Cinnamon Spice Muffins

Cinnamon Spice Muffins

Enjoying my super last minute slapdash photography?

Yea I kind of forgot about these muffins that I baked and photographed in haste before jetting off to sunny Pasadena. Essentially the muffin order came in when the middle one (I refer to my sisters as the little one and the middle one–not to their faces haha) decided that she wanted a grab and go breakfast to take with her in the morning before going off to work. However, in spite of the haphazard effort, and the fact that they got kind of burnt because I accidentally got distracted watching Chopped instead of keeping an eye on the oven–curse you Food Network–these muffins were surprisingly well received!  Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Pie Crust Cookies

Pie Crust Cookies 1

 

I am definitely in the pie crust fan club. Everyone knows that’s the best part of the pie (except my mom, but she’s weird haha). I may or may not be the horrible person who breaks off the crust of anything that gets left in the fridge…never happened. Don’t blame me. Ahem anyway so yea pie crust is pretty much the best thing ever, which is why pie crust cookies and I were destined to be together. I mean seriously if you’re looking for the ideal crust to filling ratio these are the way to go! Ok not gonna lie I also pick the crumble topping off coffee cake…jeez I’m such a bad person. Can you really blame me though? It used to drive my parents crazy especially over Passover when we lived off this kosher for Passover coffee cake and my sisters and I would attack the topping and leave my parents with a pitted mess that was completely devoid of all topping. I can’t be the only one who does this? Does anyone else ruin desserts for other people like me? Please share if you do–it’ll make me feel better haha.  Continue reading

Fresh Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart *Isn’t it so pretty?! I thought it was pretty so I guess that’s all that counts haha. It’s kind of rare that I make a dessert that’s anything special to look at. At the end of the day, a cookie is just a brown lump with some stuff thrown into it and don’t even get me started on brownies–it’s damn near impossible to make those look good! Anyway, this tart looks awesome in my opinion (and it tastes even better). I’m so modest haha. Something about it seems really summery–maybe because it reminds me of the 4th of July. Happy Summer by the way!  Continue reading

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

 

One of my favorite summer foods has got to be zucchini. My mom usually grills it with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. It’s pretty amazing. We actually popularized this recipe in the house last summer when we had way more squash than we knew what to do with. You might think that isn’t possible or that we should be more responsible about our grocery shopping, but that isn’t the case at all. Continue reading

Cheesecake Swirled Brownies

Cheesecake Swirled Brownies Sometimes I’m at a loss when it comes to baking something. Today was one of those days. I decided that hey may as well go through some of the cookbooks we have lying around the house. I remember always looking through this book when I was a kid, but never actually making anything out of it because it seemed almost alien to me in it’s antiqueness. Albeit this book is only from the ’70s so it’s not prehistoric or anything, but as a kid that seemed like the dinosaur era to me. Anyway as I was paging through it I remembered just how kitschy the recipes and illustrations inside were (yep there were illustrations instead of pictures for some things haha). One thing that particularly stuck out to me was the fact that all the recipes called for margarine instead of butter, obviously I didn’t use margarine, but it’s interesting to see how culinary paradigms shift.  Continue reading

Baked Strawberry Donuts

Baked Strawberry Donuts 1

I finally got to break out my donut pan! I’ve had it sitting in the cabinet forever since I tried to make donuts for Thanksgivukkah last year and failed pretty miserably. It made me particularly sad because for that attempt I actually followed a recipe I found to a T, guess I learned my lesson: always be a food blogger and change a zillion things about a pre-existing recipe haha. Anyway so I’ve actually been on a total strawberry kick lately. Not in terms of baking with them obviously (until now), but in terms of what I feel like stuffing into my face on a daily basis. My parents can attest to this, but I’ll literally stand at the counter and inhale half a carton of strawberries in a matter of minutes. I think I’m driving my dad crazy because I keep asking him to cut the strawberries and then when he doesn’t I just gnaw them down all the way to the stem. Healthy? Eh. I mean it’s not the best way to go about eating food, but heck at least they’re not chips. Continue reading

Asian Pear Crumble

 

Asian Pear Crumble

Can you guys believe it’s June already!? I sure can’t haha. Ok so I know that this recipe is SO not Italian related at all, which probably would be the logical thing to post after getting back from Rome, but my mom had some of these giant pears lying around and they needed to get used before they went bad. Never fear. I’m going to try to post something Italian for my next post!  Continue reading