Strawberry Chiffon Cake

I baked a strawberry chiffon cake with my mom last week!  Tennessee strawberries are ripe, y’all, and it’s time to hatch a strawberry plan.  Of course the first thing that comes to mind is pairing them with a sponge cake.  It’s simple, not overtly sweet, and an awesome vessel for red-ripe strawberries.  Strawberry chiffon cake is also the perfect …

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Irish Cream Shortbread

In honor of all things Patrick-y (saintly or not) and my sissy’s birthday, I’ve baked my first ever shortbread, and man, is it every buttery and flaky!  I’ve only ever had the shortbread that comes in the red plaid box and of course this recipe for homemade shortbread cannot even compare.  It’s the perfect after-lunch-with-a-cuppa-coffee-or-tea treat! …

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Milk Bar’s Birthday Cake

It’s my birthday week!  I had a lovely birthday complete with a deep tissue massage, two very nearly 80 degree days, TONS of new cookbooks from family and old friends, and dinner at my favorite restaurant with new friends.  I always make it a point to take a vacation day from work on my b-day.  For …

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Chocolate Soufflé

Into every healthy diet a little chocolate must fall.  Chocolate soufflé is the perfect homemade Valentine’s gift that screams I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I MADE YOU A CHOCOLATE CLOUD!  Trust me, this is one gift that will be appreciated.  Making a soufflé is not difficult (I swear), it’s just a little time-consuming and fast-moving.   I …

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Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Tart

I Loooooove Thanksgiving dinner with a capitol “L”.  I love all the preparation of lists, grocery shopping and cooking with my mom in anticipation of the gluttonous once-a-year meal it yields. I love my mom’s sausage stuffing the most (and yes, it’s stuffing because she does stuff it into the bird). Here’s Thanksgiving tidbit #2 that you …

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Baked Doughnuts

Baked doughnuts are definitely not fried doughnuts but basically eating a doughnut for breakfast is like eating cake for breakfast so everyone still wins.  This particular doughnut is in fact called a cake doughnut, meaning there isn’t any yeast involved.  You can totally be eating doughnuts in roughly 30 minutes from beginning to end and …

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milk bar’s compost cookie

The Compost Cookie® is my first attempt at a Christina Tosi Milk Bar recipe, but it will not be my last.  I really want to try her birthday cake recipe (complete with funfetti sprinkles and birthday cake crumbs!) but figured I’d first cut my teeth on something as simple as her cookies.  Simple.  HA.    This recipe is …

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fancy chocolate cake with raspberries

I’ve already had a pretty monumental month and it’s not even over yet!  Being the amazingly advanced baby he is, P cut a bunch of 2 year molars at 14 months old.  Sigh.  Let me tell you, the past month has been sleepless in Nashville, y’all.  Good news though, those suckers are now visible and we’ve been …

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grown up chocolate cake

January was a huge month for our household.  We celebrated Baby P’s first birthday, complete with a decadent chocolate cake, lots of presents, a kiddie party, out-of-town grandparents, Snowpacolypse and only one meltdown (from me)!  I’d say that’s pretty good, considering everything…

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