Persian Nougat (Gaz)

Persian Nougat Pistachios Gaz
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. READ MORE

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies
Did you know that I am going to be a godmother? And soon! My dearest and best friend and her husband are having their first child in early October. I’m taking this role very seriously. I asked if I could bring my wand to godmother class, but I guess this is frowned upon.

But seriously, how amazing it is to have your best friend literally ask you to become a part of their family. They must like me. Or maybe it’s the wand. In either case, I could not be more honored.

Their recent baby shower got me thinking about my favorite children’s book. Did anyone ever read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? READ MORE

Gluten-Free Mudslide Cookies

gluten-free mudslide cookies
After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back in the kitchen! It has been a crazy few months. Let me fill you in. I have a brand new job as an account manager at a marketing company and have been learning a lot about horses, Wiffle ball, and tour operators in the process. And oh ya, I have a gluten allergy. When and how this happened I don’t know, but I am embracing it and taking it as an opportunity to test out some gluten-free goods, including these gluten-free mudslide cookies.

Yelp must know of my recently discovered gluten allergy based on the number of searches I have done for nearby gluten-free pizza in the last month. Omission Pale Ale and IPA have made being a gluten intolerant beer lover possible. Thank you.

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Mini Chocolate Syrah Cupcakes

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Some of you may be lovers of this holiday and some of you may be fighters. This year I am a lover. Two reasons:

1. Mini Chocolate Syrah Cupcakes
2. A very adorable, forward thinking boyfriend.

This cupcake recipe seamlessly blends two of my (and probably your) favorite things; red wine and cupcakes… and chocolate.

Ok, three favorite things.  READ MORE

Vanilla Bean Banana Cream Pie

Vanilla Bean Banana Cream Pie
Today is my father’s 1st birthday. Confusing I know. It is still something that baffles me, but I will explain. Just about two years ago my father was diagnosed with Leukemia. Today marks one year since his bone marrow transplant. The start of a new life. A second birthday. So thus we must celebrate! With Vanilla Bean Banana Cream Pie of course.  READ MORE