Gluten-Free Classic Pumpkin Pie

You didn’t think I would forget about those gluten free neighbors out there this Thanksgiving, did you? I am still testing out the gluten-free world of pie, but have discovered this full-flavored, perfectly flakey classic pumpkin pie that will rival a floured version any day.  Continue reading “Gluten-Free Classic Pumpkin Pie”

Rustic Apple Tart


Ihave been working to find my zen recently, and one practice I have taken away from my yoga sessions is that of gratitude. Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful out loud. So what better way to express my gratitude for those in my life than with a Friendsgiving!? Nothing says thank you for being you like a heaping plate of homemade food, some booze, and a rustic apple tart. Continue reading “Rustic Apple Tart”

Persian Nougat (Gaz)

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What a beautiful season. So full of love and family and friends and food. And eating. I successfully stuffed myself with appetizers before Christmas Eve dinner, and there are exactly 2 boxes of chocolate, 2 trays of cookies, a loaf of Lithuanian nut bread, 2 pans of homemade sourdough cinnamon rolls, and an unlimited supply of hot chocolate in my family’s kitchen at this very moment. And those are just the sweets.

The holidays have been so wonderful for my entire family this year. I witnessed a proposal. Continue reading “Persian Nougat (Gaz)”

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

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Today is World Kindness Day. What a wonderful day. As a baker, I could not ask for a more perfect day to share my recipes or love of baking with all of you.

Sometimes life is hard. Like really hard, and you just want to be mean and bitter and do things in your own interest and forget about the rest of the world, but all that does is turn you into a grouch and make life that much harder. One of my favorite quotes comes from that wise old bearded philosopher, Plato. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts”

Santa’s Choice Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Two days and counting! No… presents are still not wrapped, but they are on my list and I have checked it twice.

So many holiday memories have been made in the last week. My snow trip was unforgettably magical, and I attended my first Lithuanian Nut Bread making party with four generations of women on my boyfriend’s side. Also pretty magical. And messy.

I made sure to cross all of the must-do snow activities off of my list while in Tahoe. We built a snowman, made snow angels, had a snowball fight, drank hot chocolate, went tubing down the bunny slopes, and watched a Christmas movie of course. My extremely patient boyfriend also spent the day teaching me how to snowboard.  Continue reading “Santa’s Choice Chocolate Crinkle Cookies”

Cranberry Apple Buttermilk Scones

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Poor breakfast. The forgotten meal on Thanksgiving day. Everyone is too busy bustling over the turkey, and the stuffing, and the gravy, and ohhh the desserts. But poor old forgotten breakfast.

Now I know what you are thinking. “I just don’t have time to make breakfast. I have to boil the potatoes, steam the carrots, casserole the green beans. And the turkey. The turkeyyy!!”

Well what if I told you a quick 20 minutes in the oven the morning of is all you need to have your family waking up to the sweet, sweet smell of Cranberry Apple Buttermilk Scones. Continue reading “Cranberry Apple Buttermilk Scones”

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Topping

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Who was the first person that decided putting marshmallows on a potato was a good idea? I wouldn’t mind having dinner with them.

Well, curiosity got the best of me as it usually does so I decided to do some research. Like it or not, it is time for a history lesson.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Poppers

Whoa baby, she popped! This lovely little camera has been busy capturing moments that don’t involve eggs or baking (err, well… sort of). A family friend of ours has given birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy! So in honor of his arrival it only seemed appropriate to bake up some delicious, seasonal pumpkin poppers.

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This was also the perfect excuse to use up the rest of that pumpkin puree that had been hanging out in the fridge. After this, no more pumpkin. I promise. At least not until next month.  Continue reading “Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Poppers”

Orange Mascarpone Marbled Pumpkin Bread

Oh autumn. Crisp air, wool scarves, steaming lattes, falling leaves. Or at least that is how it is supposed to be. As it goes on the Central Coast, we are still experiencing what we call an Indian summer. This means that as much as we will it to be fall around here with pick-your-own pumpkin patches and pop-up Halloween stores, it’s still stinking hot. I’m talking 85-95 degrees.Although with the grape vines turning bright orange and a new season of Walking Dead looming, I know it must fall. According to Trader Joe’s, this means pumpkin flavored everything. While they may have gone a little overboard, nothing helps it feel more like fall than a kitchen that smells like cinnamon and nutmeg. I think pumpkin bread with a little twist will do the trick.