Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

FULL DISCLOSURE:  This post will contain a lot of Jurassic Park references. Over the weekend, I experienced the crazy happy madness that is a bridal shower – specifically, my bridal shower!  It was established by mmmm pretty much everyone prior to the party that a great gift idea would be baking and kitchen gadgets.  They…

Lemon Shortbread Cookies with Lemon Lavender Glaze

It is with absolutely no hyperbole that I say this recipe is one of the best things I’ve ever made that wasn’t a cupcake.  I got some culinary lavender in my Christmas stocking and realized I had no idea what to do with it.  After some cursory Googling to find out what flavors go well…

Guest Baker: A 2 1/2 Year Old

Happy New Year friendos!  I hope you all had a wonderful time with loved ones, or off of work sitting in a cave, or with Making a Murderer – I got to go to Texas, my motherland, to spend time with family and it was pretty great!  My brother let me take over his kitchen…

Peppermint Bark

Hello friends!  I’m sorry for the long hiatus – year-end at work means lots of meetings and conferences and all sorts of nonsense.  But fear not!  The holiday season is in full swing, and I finally have some time to play around in my kitchen.  Which is beneficial for everyone and everything except for tight…

Kirsch-Nuss Kuchen

Guten Tag, meine freunde!  After another one of those damned “oh right…work” hiatuses, I am positively thrilled to be bringing you all a real life German recipe, from a real deal German!  My dearest stiefmutti  Margit was born and raised in Bavaria so when I tell you this is legit, I mean it.  The recipe was…

A brief note, on the magic of Gluten-Free baking 

Hello internet friends!  I apologize for the radio silence as of late – as always, real life has a nasty habit of getting in the way. My workload at Real Work has tripled (tripled!) in the last week so I haven’t had as much time to be testing concoctions in the galley. Last night I…

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread

You wake up in the morning, and all of the sudden BAM.  HALLOWEEN IS OVER, PALS.  November is upon us and without mercy, the march to the end of the year has begun.  This is my most favorite time of year because it goes Halloween – Thanksgiving – My Birthday – Christmas – New Year’s…

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Boys and ghouls, the most wonderful time of the year is finally upon us.  HALLOWEEN.  My most favorite holiday of all (sorry Arbor Day) is but 3 days away, and I am SO EXCITED.  I get to dress up for a costume contest at work tomorrow, which obviously means two things – over the top…

Oatmeal Scotchies

As I write this, my entire apartment smells like baked butterscotch and warm oats.  There is enough of a breeze that it’s “chilly”, which by Florida standards means “not 100% humidity/on fire”, and maybe…just maybe…if I pretend hard enough…it feels like real, actual, bona fide fall. Oatmeal Scotchies are a Wez family staple.  My mom –…

Lemon Curd Pound Cake

In keeping with the “this could be us but you Florida” theme of my fall, today I whipped up a citrusy take on a pound cake.  Pound cake, of the same family as banana bread which is NOT fooling anyone, is essentially just loaf-shaped cake but it at least has the decency to call itself…

S’mores Waffle Cupcakes

It’s fall in my neck of the woods, finally! Though in Florida that doesn’t really mean much – palm trees don’t exactly change colors – it meant fires and hot chocolate and pumpkin (so much pumpkin) and apple cider and everything fantastic about New England when it’s cold, but not tooth-chatteringly so.  Though not *technically* a fall…

A Note, On Biting Off More Than You Can Chew.

Over the weekend, I learned a Very Important Lesson™ in time management, crisis control, and making the best out of a kitchen roughly the size of the kitchen on a nuclear submarine.  Actually, I just Googled it, and my kitchen is way smaller than that. It’s tiny, is what I’m getting at. I had promised…