Shower Power Recipes: “Naked” Cakes

Summer’s here, so it’s time to get naked…cakes, that is! Traditional layer cakes are going frosting-free, and the result is an almost un-BARE-ably awesome dessert for all warm-weather occasions: wedding showers, baby showers, grad parties—you name it, I’ll be creating naked cakes.

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Citrus Desserts to Beat the Winter Blahs

I HATE going to work in the dark and returning home in the dark. It’s the most soul-sucking part of winter, in my book. You can give me snow shoveling and heating bills and that constant cabin-fever-germ-paranoia, and I’ll take it in stride—but I need me some sunshine now and then. So when I’m feeling cold and blah and fantasizing about tropical beaches, I head to my kitchen to make one of these glorious citrus desserts. When you’re basking in their bright colors and tangy flavors, you can almost pretend it’s 80 degrees outside. (Almost.) Continue reading

Crowd-Pleasing Brunch Made Easy

Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re inescapable this time of year. No, I’m not talking about shopping-mall Santas. I mean holiday guests. Extra bedrooms are quickly filling up with parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends gathering for celebrations large and small. Personally, I love a full house—though with my husband, kids and new baby, mine’s feeling pretty full all the time these days! With these large gatherings come large meals, and it turns out people need to eat more than just the one big holiday meal. Last year, we learned the hard way that a few boxes of cold cereal only go so far.

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The Perfect Appetizer for Any Holiday Party

Everyone has a favorite holiday tradition. My mom would go all out each Christmas Eve by preparing a spread of appetizers that included chicken wings, bacon-wrapped wieners, cheese and crackers, crab salad and fresh fruit. She’d give us brand-new pajamas and we’d all change into them before starting a classic Christmas movie. Snuggled together, we’d watch the screen under the lights of our Christmas tree. For dessert there were always homemade holiday cookies and candies. It was wonderful! I love passing on childhood traditions like these to my children. Continue reading

3 Microwave Hacks for the Best Pecan Pie of Your Life

Is there anything worse than getting ready to bake and finding your brown sugar is basically hard enough to cut glass? This seems to happen to me every Thanksgiving Eve when I’m already coated in flour, reeking of onions and garlic, and in the middle of three other Thanksgiving recipes. Fortunately, there’s one quick microwave trick to solve this problem—and a couple more that are even easier if you have the foresight to check your sugar more than five minutes before you need it. Continue reading

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