When Zucchini Met Chocolate Muffins

Zucchini has been a longtime favorite veggie of mine, but until recently, I never dabbled with adding it to my baked treats. But I came across more than one recipe for zucchini bread lately and I’m all for getting in a little green wherever possible, so this proved a worthwhile kitchen experiment! The shredded zucchini was almost undetectable thanks to the dark cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate, though it added a perfectly moist texture to these Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.

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One of Summer’s Best New Desserts: No-Bake, Layered AND Chocolate!

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

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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Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Deliciousness

I love chocolate for everything from brownie baking to strawberry dipping, and especially for that perfectly thin drizzle over the top of my favorite baked goods. The latest way I’ve discovered to enjoy it is on a favorite frozen treat made at home! Vanilla ice cream is packed into crisp sugar cones, dipped into velvety smooth semisweet chocolate, rolled in nuts and frozen! Can’t you practically taste it by looking at the photos? These creamy, crisp ice cream cones taste even better than store-bought.

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How to Have a “Ball” on Game Day

It’s been a while since I’ve touched a basketball. My athletic career peaked in middle school, back when the number of sweatbands you wore was just as important as your skill level. While I never learned to spin the ball on one finger, my ball-handling skills have managed to improve since then—in the kitchen, that is. And if you think ball hogs only exist on the basketball courts, you haven’t seen my party guests when I bring out the cheese ball. Here’s my winning roster for the best ball-shaped recipes.

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