Recipes

Bread

Pizza Friday

GIPF, thank goodness it’s Pizza Friday. Another week gone by just like that, and another reason to celebrate the glory that is Pizza Friday and kick off the weekend with a purpose. Okay, so Pizza Friday really originated from the fact that my dear BF, Alex, and I had an insatiable craving for pizza every
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Homemade Soft Pretzels

o I know Oktoberfest has come and gone and those little sugar plum fairies are already dancing around in your head, but I could not resist the urge to make some homemade soft pretzels. Trust me, we have PLENTY of time for holiday baking. 

Orange Mascarpone Marbled Pumpkin Bread

h 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
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Breakfast

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

oday 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
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Pistachio Pepita Granola

he chill of January. A time for hearty soups, belly warming pastas, and cranking up that slow cooker. Not a time for salads. Or rice cakes. Or freeze dried low-calorie salt “flavored” kale chips. While I’m not against a little detox from the over indulgences of the holidays, the morning chill that creeps under my covers
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Cranberry Apple Buttermilk Scones

oor 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,
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Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Poppers

hoa 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
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Cake

Your Classic Chocolate Cake

t’s National Chocolate Day. Time to celebrate with some classic chocolate cake.Now for those of you that don’t know, I am on a lifelong quest to find THE BEST of all of your classic recipes from chocolate chip cookies, to blueberry muffins, to banana bread. There are so many variations of each of these recipes
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Candy

Persian Nougat (Gaz)

hat 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
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Let Me See Them Tootsie Rolls

his week has been filled with many a birthday. Thursday would have been my mom-mom’s 84th birthday (the original baker). My bestie turned 26 on Saturday and the boyfriend is turning 28 today. Happy birthday good lookin’! I love celebrating birthdays with the honoree’s favorite treat. Tootsie rolls just so happens to be one of
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Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

id 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,
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Gluten-Free Mudslide Cookies

fter 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,
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Santa’s Choice Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

wo 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
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Bacon Toffee Peanut Butter Cookies

have been quite a busy elf over the last few weeks. I traversed the California coast a few times. South to see the boyfriend and interview for a job and north to batten down the hatches of a sailboat and visit with family. I braved the snow for the first time up at the beautiful
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Cupcakes

Mini Chocolate Syrah Cupcakes

t’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
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Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Topping

ho 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.

Frosting

Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream

et’s talk frosting. If it comes from a white plastic can with a giggling dough man or is an uneasy shade of neon blue and piled high on a store bought cupcake I want nothing to do with it. This is how I discovered meringue style buttercreams. Unlike your typical American buttercream that is made
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Gluten Free

Gluten-Free Classic Pumpkin Pie

ou 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. 

Pizza Friday

GIPF, thank goodness it’s Pizza Friday. Another week gone by just like that, and another reason to celebrate the glory that is Pizza Friday and kick off the weekend with a purpose. Okay, so Pizza Friday really originated from the fact that my dear BF, Alex, and I had an insatiable craving for pizza every
Read more

Persian Nougat (Gaz)

hat 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
Read more

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

oday 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
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Holiday

Gluten-Free Classic Pumpkin Pie

ou 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. 

Rustic Apple Tart

have 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
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Persian Nougat (Gaz)

hat 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
Read more

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

oday 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
Read more

Pie

Gluten-Free Classic Pumpkin Pie

ou 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. 

Rustic Apple Tart

have 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
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Vanilla Bean Banana Cream Pie

oday 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
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Snacks

Pistachio Pepita Granola

he chill of January. A time for hearty soups, belly warming pastas, and cranking up that slow cooker. Not a time for salads. Or rice cakes. Or freeze dried low-calorie salt “flavored” kale chips. While I’m not against a little detox from the over indulgences of the holidays, the morning chill that creeps under my covers
Read more

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