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!
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.
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
“’Tis the season for eating cookies, FA-LA-LA-LA-LA LA-LA LA-LA!” Continue reading
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.
It’s time to start planning holiday parties, and that means delicious food to serve to all those hungry guests. Treats that are easy to hold make for more mingling, and ensure everyone’s having more fun. Continue reading
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