The Best All Butter Pie Crust

All Butter Pie Dough

I just got back from an unbelievable trip out west to visit my aunt and uncle’s cabin in Jackson, Wyoming.  It’s like no place I’ve ever been – the stark contrast of the Teton Mountains against the valley plains makes for an incredible 360 degree view. It was sensory overload from the minute we got there – the green alpine meadows next to crystal clear aqua lakes lined with wildflowers in what seemed to be every hue.  On top of that, the sumptuous smells of the vast sage fields, the ancient pine forests and the crisp fresh air was intoxicating.  Continue reading

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Blueberry Coffee Crumb Cake

Blueberry Coffee Crumb Cake

I went blueberry picking with my family a few weeks ago in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Since we don’t really have “pick your own” in NYC, I try to take advantage of the gorgeous produce at the local farms near my family’s home every chance I get.  The blueberry bushes at Solebury Orchards were brimming with perfectly ripe berries, practically falling off their stems , ready to be picked.  With little effort, we had 6 full quarts of plump blue berries, certainly more than we knew what to do with.  Continue reading

Caipirinha Cupcakes with Cachaça Buttercream (a.k.a “The World Cupcakes”)

Caipirinha Cupcakes with Cachaça Buttercream (a.k.a “The World Cupcakes”)

With the World Cup in full swing, the city has come alive with closet soccer fans, and I’m loving every second of it. People who have seemingly never even seen a game before are calling out international players by name, gasping at missed opportunities as if they were as exciting as a ball in the back of the net, and coming out in masses to cheer on the US as they advanced to the knock out rounds. It’s as if they finally understand why soccer/football/fútbol, whatever you call it, is the most exciting game in the world.  Continue reading

Rhubarb Coffee Crumb Cake

Rhubarb Coffee Crumb Cake

I used to think that there was nothing better than store-bought Entenmann’s Coffee Crumb Cake.   The outrageous ratio of crumb to cake always seemed like confectionary perfection, and on the rare occassion that my parents would buy it as a treat for Sunday morning I would experience both utter excitement, and then utter regret at having eaten way more than a suggested serving size.  Continue reading

Lemon-Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Almond-Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon-Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve been holding out on these lemon-poppy seed cupcakes since I made them a few months ago for my coworkers birthday, and I apologize profusely for not sharing the recipe sooner. Partly because a couple coworkers have been begging me for the recipe and partly because I think they would have been a perfect addition to a backyard barbecue, which almost every American was doing this past holiday weekend.  After all, if you can’t spend the day lounging on the beach, grilling out in your backyard is the obvious next-best option.  Continue reading

Orange Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Bourbon Buttercream Frosting (a.k.a. The Old-Fashioned)

The Old Fashioned Cupcake

Last weekend, my mom, sister and I hosted a “psuedo”-surprise birthday party for my dad. I write “psuedo” because my dad, not being a fan of surprises, knew the party was happening, but was not made privy to the guest list.  So he was certainly surprised to see over fifty of his closest friends and family show up to celebrate.  That’s right, my dad’s a pretty popular guy.  Continue reading

My favorite Banana Bread

My favorite Banana Bread

Whenever I buy a bunch of bananas, it never fails that I have at least 2 or 3 left at the end of the week that have turned completely black and are no longer very appealing for topping cereal or sliced on peanut butter toast. I realized this past weekend that I’ve probably been doing it on purpose…because you can’t make banana bread without over-ripe, almost rotten, bananas.  Continue reading

Spicy Caramel Popcorn

Spicy Caramel Popcorn

The Oscars were on last night, and I realized I have not yet seen any of the nominees for Best Picture. I hate to say it, but I guess I’m just not a movie person. I find that when it comes down to it, if I have the choice between going to a movie, and doing almost anything else, I generally choose the latter. It’s not that I don’t like movies because I do. But going to the movies can be a gamble, and a complete time suck. I’m picky, and if it winds up being a movie I don’t enjoy…the plot is boring…the characters are disengaging…Anne Hathaway is a leading role, or for whatever the reason – I totally regret going. I walk out of the theater knowing I wasted at least 2 hours of my day – time that could have been put to such better use…like binge watching Downton Abbey on my DVR.  It’s a commitment that I just can’t justify making. Continue reading

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I saw these cookies in last month’s issue of Bon Appétite and was looking forward to making them for Valentines Day’s. Since nothing says “I love you” more than chocolate.   The recipe was really straight forward, but I knew something was off when the batter was more cake-like than cookie-like, and even though it thickened a bit while chilling in the fridge, the dough never turned into the consistency I imagined it would.  Continue reading

Award Winning (!!) Biscoff Buttercream Cookies

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This past weekend my coworker, who is also an avid baker, and I teamed up to compete in a cookie bake-off competition in Brooklyn. And we won 3rd place!!!!  The event was hosted by The Takedown, a food competition for the amateur home cook. It was so deliciously Brooklyn. The competition consisted of 30 cookie baking teams each with their own tempting recipe.  Some were unique (Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies with a little kick), some were classic with a spin (sunflower seed chocolate chip cookies) and some complimented by ingenious marketing (the Cookie Vermonster, a pecan maple cookie with a Cookie Monster sidekick, come on!).  Continue reading