red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies.

it’s valentine’s day week. i can already hear people around me dreading it.

the commercialized day of love.
another hallmark holiday.
because i’m single and everyone is in a relationship.
love sucks.

read on…

a cake sold.

i know it has been a while since i’ve updated. these last few weeks have been really busy. between navigating unpleasant student issues, going through a selection process for a new student leader group for next academic year, and balancing me time, i haven’t had too much time to do anything noteworthy in the kitchen.

but, i did want to share the cake i made for one of my colleagues for her dad’s belated birthday dinner.

it was a 9” double layer vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. he wanted something classic and simple. so, that’s exactly what i produced. her and her dad were such a fan of it, and i’m so happy he enjoyed it.

my next project? i got asked to make cupcakes for a valentine’s day themed fundraiser for a student group on campus. i’ll have a recipe for this cake and the cupcakes coming soon. i’ll definitely be making a batch of these red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, per their request.

keep an eye out for more updates to come soon!

hot corn chile dip.

there’s been a ton of talk about 2014 being “the year.” how most people didn’t like 2013 and were happy to get rid of it.

i’ll admit, new year’s is my favorite holiday. i love getting a new calendar, the idea of starting anew, and setting fresh goals and a new focus.

read on…

cut-out sugar cookies and royal icing.

cookie decorating has to be one of those classic to-do’s when the holidays come around. i’m quite fond of gingerbread cookie decorating, but i decided to change it up a bit this year. partially influenced from just wanting some change, i also wanted to see if i could find the perfect cut-out sugar cookie recipe. they are so hard to come by!

this particular recipe turned out absolutely perfect. i’m not too sure what it was about it. maybe it’s the lemon zest. or the cream cheese. whatever it is, this is a keeper.

everyone else seemed to agree too!

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gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

i know, it has been a while… like, three months a while. the baking has been inconsistent and rare since running.

by the way, notable accomplishment since my last post: i ran my first race! 4 miles right under my goal time. i had a blast. nothing beats running a race through an apple orchard during a vermont fall. i got to pick apples for free after the race. i also ate hella apple cider donuts.

now, we’re well-past apple season and into peppermint/gingerbread season. and root vegetable season. and maybe cranberry season? someone correct me on that one.

i’ve been reinspired by the holiday season. i’ve made chocolate chocolate chip peppermint chip cookies, brownies topped with cream cheese frosting and peppermint chips, apple jack crispy treats (inspired by marshmallowy rice krispie treats), and so much more. needless to say, i’ve got some recipes i want to share with you.

i think the baking bug has bit me again.

read on…