• Chocolate Apricot Tarts – Bitter Sweet Delights

    Hello Summer! 2018 has been a whirlwind of a year for me so far. I left my 9-5 to follow my dream of a culinary career, pursued my real estate license, traveled to Amsterdam, and moved into a new apartment. I’m very tired. I’m hoping that now that we’re settled into our new home that I will have more time to start baking and writing again. And so I present to you my first bake in my new kitchen: Chocolate Apricot Tarts! I first saw these little lovelies by Rebecca of Figs and Pigs when looking for handheld desserts for a Halloween party. How perfect these would have looked on my…

  • Bacon Apple Pie for Pi day

    What better pie to feature for pie day than The Pie That Started It All! Bacon Apple Pie. This pie was my first foray into making my own recipe, or rather not following someone else’s recipe as I didn’t pay attention to what I was doing and actually write it down for quite a while, and it has turned into a household staple. It is a frequently requested pie for Friendsgiving celebrations and was even the dessert at my wedding. It is sweet and savory, tart and salty all at once. Best yet, it’s super easy to make. That being said, it’s not for everyone. Vegetarians for one, and the unadventurous…

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    Spiced Ricotta Tart with Apples – The Most Fall Thing You’ll Ever Eat

    The people have spoken! Your favorite fall ingredient is… drumroll please… apple! I wouldn’t be doing my job if I gave you just another hum-drum apple pie, I mean this is the age of social media and you need Instagram likes. So I present to you a Spiced Ricotta Apple Tart. I must say I am pleasantly surprised by the results of the poll. I was preparing myself for all the pumpkin I was going to have to choke down, but apparently, you’re all as sick of the pumpkin spice hype as I am. Don’t get me wrong, pumpkin’s alright (except pumpkin pie, gross), and I will break it out…

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    Steak and Ale Pies – Pie for Dinner

    Brag time: My husband and I had an epic honeymoon. We went to Edinburgh, London, Paris, Venice, Rome, and Barcelona. It was awesome and exhausting, and most of all, Delicious. I occasionally dream of my favorite dishes I had there: truffle gorgonzola fettuccine, haggis (no seriously, it’s amazing), all the pastries, and of course, you knew it was coming cuz it’s in the title: Meat Pies. The Hubs loves meat pies. He has gone so far as to suggest that we open a restaurant that serves exclusively meat pies and frequently reminds me to “practice” making them. So while in London, we stopped at a pies and ale shop called…

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Hand Pies – A Touch of Romance

    Nothing says romance quite like chocolate. Seriously, say these words to yourself: “warm chocolate”. You can’t just blurt it out, whether voluntary or not you say it slowly, drawing out the vowels. Waaarrrmm Chooooocoooolaaatte….  The words bring to mind images of sexy lips savoring a bite of deep, bittersweet, deliciousness. The scent makes you feel instantly cozy, like a cup of hot chocolate, homemade cookies in the oven,  s’mores by a campfire. Maybe that’s why these chocolate peanut butter hand pies by Sally’s Baking Addiction spoke to me so strongly. They’re like heart-shaped pockets of chocolaty romance. They pair great with a cup of hot coffee for a cozy morning, or…