TWD: Brownie Buttons

I loved everything about these wee cute-as-a-you-know-what brownie buttons. Adorable size? Check. Easy to make? Yes. Good crunchy-crust-to-fudgy interior ration? Uh-huh. Twee name? Absolutely. Great taste? Certainly!After a morning of airplane travel and hours spent at the Sprint store and grocery store, it was a relief to be able to come home, make these, photograph…

TWD: Yes, We Have Banana Bundt Cake

Fans of Arrested Development may be familiar with this little guy here: Allow me to introduce Mr. Bananagrabber, who is, in the words of the Arrested Development wiki, “an anthropomorphic banana who rides a Segway and steals and eats other bananas. When he speaks, his S’s whistle.” [You may well be asking yourself the same…

TWD: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches and Bonbons

Let it be known: this was the week all of my husband’s dreams came true. You see, he is a simple man, with simple dessert needs. While I love deep, dark chocolate cakes drizzled with five kinds of sauces and topped with sorbets that involve obscure ingredient combinations, he likes vanilla ice cream. By itself….

Daring Bakers Knockoff Cookies

I had mixed feelings when I read about this month’s Daring Bakers challenge. We were given two recipes that were “copycats” of popular store-bought cookies: chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies, and Pepperidge Farm Milanos. On the one hand, it didn’t seem too daring. On the other, summers get busy, and whipping out a few batches of cookies…

Pita Bread, Jell-o, and a Radical 80′s Dessert

Hey, look, I have a blog! Life’s been busy recently and I took an unplanned blogcation for a few weeks–whoops. Sometimes a little break can be a good thing, though. Here are the highlights: I had a dinner party recently. The theme was “Dining Through the Decades” and the dinner featured nine courses, each from…

TWD: Tribute to Katharine Hepburn Brownies

Hrmmm. I have serious doubts about these “Tribute to Katharine Hepburn” brownies being an actual tribute to Katharine Hepburn. I mean, they don’t look a thing like her! How can you compare those dull chocolate squares to this dame? Check out her killer cheekbones. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. Now HERE’S…

Red, White, and Blue Velvet Cake

Some people celebrate the Fourth of July with picnics, or barbecues, or fireworks, to which I say, fireworks, shmireworks! Let’s celebrate with cake instead. Red, White and Blue Velvet cake, to be exact. It looks super-impressive when it’s cut into, but it’s not any more complicated to make than a regular red velvet cake. The…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Perfect Party Cake

You know, I’m not the most obedient Tuesdays with Dorie baker. Sometimes I take liberties with an ingredient (or two, or three…) and I don’t always stay true to the recipes. But I like to think I have my priorities in order, and I follow the instructions when they’re absolutely necessary. So when Dorie ordered…

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