Mini Pumpkin Pizzas

November 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Thanksgiving is less than a week away!! These past few weeks have been so hectic that Thanksgiving completely snuck up on me. I absolutely love baking pies, cheesecakes, and other sweet treats with pumpkin, however I decided to change it up a bit and use pumpkin in a savory way. I couldn’t resist using these fun pumpkin cookie cutters from CookieCutterKingdom and decided what better way to use them than by making pumpkin pizzas! These mini pumpkin pizzas are great snacks, especially to appease your guests as the rest of the Thanksgiving feast is being prepared!

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These pizzas are versatile and super easy to make, especially by using store-bought pizza dough. The smooth pumpkin puree provides a saucy base for the melty Gruyere, roasted squash, and earthy sage. I absolutely love these flavors together – it’s like you’re holding fall in your hands!  « Read the rest of this entry »

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Pumpkin – Chocolate Marble Bread

November 6, 2016 § Leave a comment

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I wait the entire year for this opportunity to add pumpkin into everything and have it be socially acceptable. I love how pumpkin reminds me of fall, my favorite season, with its bright orange color that reflects the changing colors of fall foliage and warm, cozy spices that often accompany it. I feel like it’s an unstated rule that you are required to bake with pumpkin at least once during this time of the year. So let’s get to the point and talk about this incredible Pumpkin-Chocolate Marble Bread!

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As a general rule, chocolate improves almost anything it is added to. This loaf is no exception. The ribbons of chocolate swirled throughout the pumpkin batter provide not only a beautiful contrast in color but also an added depth of flavor. It is so easy too – you just mix some of the pumpkin batter with cocoa powder and then have fun swirling the two batters together! Why choose between pumpkin and chocolate when you can have both for almost little to no extra effort?

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This Pumpkin-Chocolate Marble Bread is extremely versatile – it is simple and not too sweet so it can be enjoyed as a breakfast treat or afternoon snack yet it is impressive enough to serve to guests. It is moist and perfectly spiced to help counteract the sugar and really make it an autumn dessert. Your home is going to smell absolutely lovely while this is baking in the oven. Don’t be surprised if you end up making this multiple times this week!

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Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

September 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

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I’ve been eating bagels with lox and cream cheese for as long as I can remember. It was always a staple at my house so now whenever I have it, I’m reminded of home. These cute smoked salmon tea sandwiches are my take on a slightly more elegant lox and cream cheese experience perfect for brunch and entertaining guests.

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I’ve added fresh dill to the cream cheese and refreshing slices of cucumber to help cut through the richness of the buttery puff pastry and lox. I also love how the seashell shape makes them extra special!  « Read the rest of this entry »

Raspberry – White Chocolate Muffins

August 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

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When I have the leisure to, I love going to the grocery store or farmers market without a concrete shopping list in mind and just pick up whatever looks fresh and in season. I was planning on baking muffins to bring to the office but I was still undecided on what kind when I went grocery shopping. But when I saw these plump, juicy organic raspberries on sale, I just had to get them and decided to make these moist, delicious Raspberry-White Chocolate Muffins! And of course I got a container just for snacking.

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The raspberries give the muffins a great burst of tartness and sweetness while the white chocolate adds a layer of decadence, which is just what is needed to get through an early morning. I love any excuse to add browned butter because of the fragrant smell and it gives food so much more flavor, which definitely comes through in these muffins.

Another plus is these tender muffins come together so easily and are great reheated for a warm breakfast treat or afternoon pick-me-up!

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Everything Bagel Doughnuts

May 12, 2016 § 2 Comments

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Yeah, you read that correctly. Everything bagel DOUGHNUTS.

Ever since I had my first one a few months ago at B Doughnut, a local shop in Baltimore, my life was changed. It was delicious and so unique yet familiar since it combined the savory flavors of a bagel and the fluffiness of a doughnut.

I’ve been obsessed with this concept and knew I had to try making them. If this is the first time you’re hearing of this creation, let me tell you that it’s not as weird as it sounds and you really need to give it a try!

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I filled these savory doughnuts with a blend of avocado and cream cheese so you get a trio of delicious breakfast foods – bagel, doughnut, and avocado toast – all in one because who can ever decide what to have in the morning? And just to make these even better, I topped them with candied bacon.

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White Cheddar Bunny Crackers

March 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Today is Good Friday, which means Easter is only in a couple of days! I’m not sure how bunnies became associated with this holiday but they’re fluffy and adorable.so I’m ok with it.DSC_0118

I was getting excited for Easter so I made Easter bunny cheddar crackers and wow – they are so much better than what you can get from a box and they’re so easy to make! I barely had enough time to photograph them before they were devoured by my family. They’re packed with intense cheesy flavor and I even spiced things up by adding chili seasoning to half of them, thanks to the brilliant mind of Joy the Baker.DSC_0136

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Football Helmet Beef Empanadas

February 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

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I’m super excited to show you my first monthly blog post with Cookie Cutter Kingdom!! This company has an amazing variety and selection of cookie cutters, including animals, sports, and holiday-themed ones, and you can pick sizes between 2″ to 5″. If you still can’t find the exact cookie cutter you’re looking for, you can ask CCK to make a custom-cutter specially for you! These cutters are great for cookies but who says they can’t also be used for savory foods?!

Whether you get together with your friends for the Super Bowl to watch the actual game, halftime show, or just the commercials, there always need to be awesome game day snacks involved! I used the 4-inch Football Helmet Cookie Cutter to cut out football helmet-shaped pieces of dough and then filled them with beef and cheese for a winning flavor combination.DSC_0896

These beef empanadas satisfy every craving for something meaty, cheesy, and flaky and are sure to be a crowd pleaser. To make them even better, I served them with guacamole on the side. They can also be prepared the day before to make your life a little easier if you’re hosting the party this year. DSC_0918DSC_0914 (1)

These are perfect for the Super Bowl, football team celebrations, football-themed birthday parties, or just a fun addition to a meal during the week!

Head over to CCK for the recipe and directions! « Read the rest of this entry »

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