Who’s ready for another delicious pumpkin-flavored fall recipe? One of the most fun things about baking with pumpkin is that it complements so many other fall flavors. Pumpkin and cinnamon, pumpkin and cream cheese, pumpkin and gingerbread—you really can’t go wrong! With that in mind, I came up with this delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. It combines some of my very favorite flavors and textures: a tender, moist pumpkin cake topped with a velvety smooth cheesecake layer and a buttery, crisp cinnamon pecan streusel. It’s simple and straightforward to make, and comes out of the oven smelling divine!
Who else is excited for fall baking? These Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies are pretty much the essence of the season. Sweet and chewy oatmeal cookies packed with fresh, juicy apples and gooey caramel bits—what could be better? They’re also really easy and quick to make, which makes them a perfect treat anytime. Continue reading
The thought of trading in flip-flops for boots and sand for fallen leaves makes me realize that I’m just not ready for summer to end yet. While there’s nothing that will make the warm, sunny days never-ending (except maybe a move to Southern California?), I can make sure I squeeze every last drop of fun out of festive barbecues, fresh-cut grass, dips in the pool and all the rest. With that in mind, I’m sharing my most unforgettable, all-time favorite Labor Day recipes. They’re a mix of traditional—potato salad, Watergate salad—and new recipes—zucchini fries, peanut butter s’mores bars—and some others in between, but they’re all guaranteed to make this Labor Day the best in recent memory!
Do you keep up with your food holidays? No, I don’t mean Thanksgiving or Easter; I’m talking about Blueberry Cheesecake Day (May 26), Pierogi Day (October 8), or, perhaps most important of all: S’mores Day which is August 10th! Sure you could gather around the campfire and cook up the classic, but these require no bug spray! Continue reading
Ripe, juicy summer fruit is bursting from grocery and farmers’ markets these days. Time for me to grab my rolling pin and reach for the pie recipes! The window of opportunity to make desserts from perfectly ripe berries or peaches is brief but glorious, and I’m asking just one thing of you: Take advantage of the bounty while it lasts and make a pie. Any kind! Blueberry pie, double-berry pies, fruit-stuffed hand pies…they’re all amazing. And with the right recipes (*cough* like the ones I picked below *cough*), they can be ridiculously easy to make too.
When it comes to get-togethers I host, dessert is usually an afterthought. Because I’m more of a savory cook than a talented baker, I tend to put all my energy into the main course rather than the sweet ending. However, I’ve finally found a dessert that is both incredibly simple and always delicious: No-Bake Chocolate Layer Dessert. Layers of crumbled chocolate cookies, creamy whipped topping and chocolate pudding stack up to the most popular dish at the potluck! Be warned: It vanishes magically—it’s on the table one minute and gone the next. You will love this super-easy, no-bake summer treat! Continue reading
Ready for fireworks? I’m not talking Roman candles, either—I’m talking the oohs and ahhs that will commence when you set down a tray of brightly colored goodies in front of your July 4th guests. And honestly, who can blame them? Desserts too often hide in shades of brown and white (not that I’m knockin’ chocolate, mind you…). But just in time for Independence Day, treats take a turn toward the bright and beautiful—a trend spurred on by the abundance of ripe red and blue berries. So in honor of our nation’s birthday, here are a few of my favorite patriotic treats, including berry-topped mini cheesecakes, a stunning ice cream cake and that grand ol’ showstopper, an American flag cake.