Category Archives: Recipes

Chai Latte Muffins

I usually have a small jar of pumpkin pie spice sitting around. It’s easy to make, but in the morning it is very convenient to have some ready to go when I want to spice up my oatmeal on a chilly morning. A few weeks ago, I picked up a jar at Trader Joe’s and was very surprised to discover that it tasted nothing like ... Read More »

Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


The only problem that I have with loaf cakes/breads is in choosing the pan size. I tend to prefer using my 8×4 inch pan because I like the higher rise, but the 9×5 inch size is slightly more common and I often feel pressured to write my recipes for that particular pan. Pressure or no, however, I usually just go ahead and use the pan ... Read More »

Bailey’s Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Crust

Bailey's Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Crust

When I got a bottle of the new Bailey’s with a hint of Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur, I knew that I wanted to bake something with it even before I tasted it. I had two reasons for this. First, I don’t often have a full bottle of Bailey’s sitting around, so it seemed to provide ample resources for creativity. Second, while I like the taste ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Remember when I pointed out a few weeks ago that cashew butter could be used to make extra-chewy cookies? It turns out that the very same property carries over to brownies, although this time I used peanut butter instead of cashew butter for something a little bit different. Besides – who doesn’t like the combination of peanut butter and chocolate? It wouldn’t be such a ... Read More »

Double Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cake

Over the holidays, I found myself with the need to make a dessert for some guests – surprise, surprise, right? I somehow got it into my head that a bundt cake would look good, not to mention that since these guests happened to be family members, I didn’t feel the need to go over-the-top and made an especially elaborate dessert. I wanted something that would ... Read More »

The Cheeseboard’s Currant Scones

It’s not really possible to eat low fat all the time, not without missing out on something really tasty every once in a while, so even if your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, just keep in mind that eating healthier doesn’t have to mean excluding everything that could be described as “decadent.” It just means eating less of those items. Really good scones ... Read More »

Margarita Cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes

Chocolate and vanilla are classics for a reason, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t think outside of the box a bit when it comes to cupcakes. And I’m not refering to boxed cake mixes here. I’m talking about using more unusualy flavors, like Cupcake Bakeshop does, to really let cupcakes shine, not just act as pacifiers when we’re in the mood for a little ... Read More »

Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Rugelach

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas (Hanukkah, etc.) with their families and friends this year. I know I did. I feel that I am a bit late with these rugelach because they are a traditionally Jewish cookie and very popular during Hanukkah, especially at parties. This doesn’t preclude them from being eaten the rest of the year, of course, but I must say that ... Read More »

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