• 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…

  • 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…

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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…

  • 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…