• 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…

  • Gingerbread Cake with Apples and Brown Butter Frosting

    There are two words in the English language when used in combination will get me to click every. single. time. Those words are Brown Butter. If you’ve never had brown butter before, then your life is about to change, my friends. Before I started this blog it was a rare occurrence for us to have butter in the house. Not because we don’t like butter, but specifically because we like butter. Now that I have an obligation (read: excuse) to bake regularly, I find myself buying butter in larger and larger quantities. The size of my ass is starting to reflect this. It is no secret that a copious mound…

  • Rosemary Goat Cheese Biscuits – A New Holiday Tradition

    Well, I didn’t get it out before Thanksgiving. Good news is you probably have a thousand holiday potlucks between now and the new year, so here’s one for the repertoire!   Holidays at my Grandma’s has always been a little nuts. My mother has 8 siblings, most of whom have multiple children, who now have children themselves. So it’s pretty crowded, to say the least, and gets more crowded every year as more cousins get married and reproduce (with other people, not with each other, it’s not that part of Missouri). So our Holiday meals don’t look like most families. We don’t sit around a table and politely pass dishes…

  • Quadruple Chocolate Cookies – No Such Thing as Too Much Chocolate

    Chicago winter has arrived. I’m a little bit of a humbug, so my mood in November usually starts with depression that Halloween is over, then anger over people skipping Thanksgiving and going straight to Christmas, then a big fat groan upon hearing the first Christmas song of the season, and eventually settles on grumpy old man style mumbling about kids these days and shuffling around Target reluctantly shopping for secret Santa gifts with my hair shoved under my hat making me look like a cone head. Maybe it was years of retail that turned me against the Holidays. Or maybe it was working in Emergency Rooms (dark stuff my friends). Or…