Category Archives: Baking

Lemon Cookies

Lemon Cookies

These lemon cookies are dedicated to my friend Tess, who astutely pointed out to me that most of my latest pins on Pinterest were of lemon baked goods. “Are you throwing a lemon-themed party?!” she asked, and I, not realizing my pinning trend, had no idea what she was talking about. But she was right. Lemon cupcakes, lemon cookies, lemon cakes, lemon parfaits, lemon puddings… it was getting out of hand. My favorite color IS yellow and one of my favorite flavors IS lemon, so I decided to go ahead and make lemon cookies in her (and spring’s!) honor.
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Simple Mini Cheesecakes

Simple Mini Cheesecakes

I love my mom. I love my dad. I love my big brothers.

I love my roommate. I love my friends. I love my school.

I love you, the person who ventures into my little corner of the internet to read my silly recipes.

I have so much love this Valentine’s Day! Do I sound like Jessica’s Daily Affirmation yet?

My closest friends and I are heading into Chicago this Thursday to see Kishi Bashi perform at Lincoln Hall. I’m extremely excited to see him perform, but I’m even more excited to spend this LOVE-ly little holiday with friends I cherish the most.

Simple Mini Cheesecakes
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Chocolate Bread Pudding

Chocolate Bread Pudding

This morning I went out to breakfast and ordered a hot chocolate instead of my usual coffee. The drink disappointed me. The chocolate wasn’t rich enough. The milk was too watery. I don’t normally drink hot chocolate, so when I do, I want to indulge! I don’t want to have everyday sacrifices in my cocoa (skim milk, powdered chocolate) if I’m not drinking it every day.

Flash back to sitting in Florence last fall, drinking a 6 euro hot chocolate while looking out at the Duomo. Maybe I shouldn’t be comparing the two at all, but the chocolate in Florence was a moment wholly about indulgences. Outrageous price, but an outrageous setting and outrageous taste. I believe in treating oneself. Rather than having little goodies here and there, save up your “goodie points” and use them on something special. A decadent cocktail, dessert made with heavy cream, or new pair of fancy shoes. Or all three.

Chocolate Bread Pudding

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Easy Peanut Brittle

Easy Peanut Brittle

This recipe came to me in the form of a yellow notecard titled “Kathy p-nut brittle,” complete with a few scribbles and my mom’s shorthand (“micro 4 min”). My mom and her friends used to “peanut brittle together online,” meaning they’d email back and forth between batches of holiday treats. “I’ve got three batches done!” or “Oh, my last batch burned the house down.”

My mom and her best friends have emailed back and forth almost every day for the last 15 or so years. (Her most accurate calculation is “however long email has been going.”) They have a written archive of the last decade and a half, as my brothers and I grew up, as our family faced struggles and found triumph. From the grand to the mundane, they’ve shared it from across town or across the country.

Easy Peanut Brittle

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Maple-Caramel Nut Crisps

Maple-Caramel Nut Crisps

Are you ready for a slightly involved but totally worth it cookie recipe? Do you have an afternoon or evening with nothing to do and want to devote a lot of it to making the most drop-your-pants, devilishly delicious delicacies? Get ready for cookie bonanza.

I told my roommate the other night that I love cookies because they are always soooo simple. Now that it’s Christmas break (CHRISTMAS BREAK!!!), I decided to crack open my All-American Desserts cookbook, which doesn’t often get used, but when it does… the results are amazing. It’s never produced a bad thing. In fact, it’s consistently produced enlarged waistlines. I did a quick run down of the ingredients… maple syrup, sugar, nuts, and then more of the basics… Okay, great. I just need to pick up some pecans at the store. These cookies must be SIMPLE!

Maple-Caramel Nut Crisps

Maple-Caramel Nut Crisps

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