Category Archives: Recipes

Coconut Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of those recipes that is a classic just as it is and, while it’s fun to tweak it every once in a while for variety, I find that I always go back to the original. Of course, that was before I tried playing around with coconut in my banana bread. I think I have a new “basic” now. Coconut is a ... Read More »

Microwave Chocolate Cake for One

Microwave Chocolate Cake for One

Baking is really something that needs to be done in an oven because no matter how many instructions give you optional microwave directions, the food is always going to turn out a better when it is cooked in an oven. Frozen dinners are a good example of this, as they’re always more tender, more crisp and just plain tastier when they’re cooked in the oven ... Read More »

Mini Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Mini Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Nilla Wafers are good cookies, if a bit on the boring side because they are so plain, and I always enjoyed eating them when I was little. After trying the Trader Joe’s Vanilla Wafers, cookies meant to be a gourmet version of the classic wafer cookies because they are loaded with lots of vanilla bean, I knew that I wanted to make a version myself. ... Read More »

Zebra Cake

Zebra Cake slice, up close

Visually, I believe that this zebra-striped cake is one of the most impressive looking cakes I’ve ever made. Especially because I have a soft spot in my heart for animal prints. I’ve seen this cake online for a while now, on various blogs and in various forms, but haven’t actually gotten around to trying it myself until now. It has a huge WOW factor for ... Read More »

Cherry Tomato Clafoutis

Cherry Tomato Clafoutis

Now that my tomatoes are starting to ripen left and right, I’m starting to look for more uses for them than just adding them to salads and making pasta sauces. And because I know that I haven’t even hit the peak of tomato season yet, I prefer that the recipes I end up with use more than just two or three tomatoes each. This recipe ... Read More »

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

An outdoor grill really is a versatile tool. You can do just about anything with it, from grilling meat to cooking veggies and even baking bread. You can also make dessert, and the simplest way to do this is to toss some fresh fruit on the grill. Heating fruit often releases sugars and makes the fruit taste sweeter. With some cooking methods, the fruit breaks ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Crumble Cake

Peanut Butter Crunch Cake

This is definitely a cake for all the peanut butter lovers out there. The cake itself is sweet, lightly spiced and moist – and it doesn’t have a speck of peanut butter in it. The crumble topping, on the other hand, is made up almost entirely of peanut butter, with just a few additional ingredients to sweeten it up and give it a better texture ... Read More »

Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies, swirled in the pan

The first time I ever had cheesecake brownies, they were a variation on a box brownie mix that my mom baked. I had cheesecake brownies this way for years. Some of those box brownie mixes are very good (Ghiradelli is one of my favorites) and I always enjoyed it when I found a batch in the kitchen. Presentation-wise, it’s a beautiful dessert, but the thing ... Read More »

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