Category Archives: baking

Banana Yogurt Muffins: Homemade Breakfast for Endless Snow Days

Banana Yogurt Muffins: Homemade Breakfast for Endless Snow Days

ShareTweet Because my oldest hated fruit as a child, and still does as a tween, any child that reaches for fruit with a smile brings me joy and gratefulness. Although Bella didn’t communicate her no-Fruititarian policy to any of her younger siblings, every time Baby Sophie asks for a “Nana” I’m slightly amazed. Could thereContinue Reading

Bacon Infused Macaroni and Cheese To Please the Pickiest Eaters

Bacon Infused Macaroni and Cheese To Please the Pickiest Eaters

ShareTweet Macaroni and cheese. What color comes to mind when I say that phrase? For me, it’s a bowl of creamy colored shell noodles bathed in an equally creamy sauce made from artisan cheeses. For my kids? A day-glo orange sauce coating tiny elbow noodles. A few years ago, I decided to show my kidsContinue Reading

Holiday Baking: No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Holiday Baking: No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

ShareTweet Long before the snow starts falling, when my toes are brightly manicured and my legs are still tanned, I start clipping recipes for holiday cookie inspiration. They sit neatly organized in red and green files on my desk, and that’s where they usually remain, untouched and unloved. Once the holiday madness hits, who’s gotContinue Reading

Mini Puff Pastry Chocolate Pecan Pies

Mini Puff Pastry Chocolate Pecan Pies

ShareTweet Pecan pies are definitely the highlight of the holiday dessert table as far as I’m concerned. A few years ago, I started throwing in chocolate into the mix, and made them even better. This year, instead of using pie crust, I propose puff pastry as the base. Individual puff pastry nests filled with pecansContinue Reading

Marble Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Marble Cheesecake Brownie Bites

ShareTweet When it comes to dessert, I’m definitely a chocolate kind of girl. Marrying cheesecake with chocolate makes me weak in the knees. Marbled cheesecake brownies are a combo I’m powerless to resist: rich chocolate, creamy cheesecake, and pretty to boot. I hope to host a mother-daughter cookie exchange soon (if such an event isContinue Reading

Nutella Madeleine Volcanoes

Nutella Madeleine Volcanoes

ShareTweet It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Nutella recipe, a mysterious omission considering that we always have two jars of Nutella in our cabinet. One jar would just be too close to possibly running out. We fold Nutella in hot chocolate, roll it up in hot Nutella sponge cake, and hide it awayContinue Reading

Pumpkin Spice Madeleines: Little Puffs of Fall

Pumpkin Spice Madeleines: Little Puffs of Fall

ShareTweet For the last month, my Facebook feed has been filled with love notes about Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte. I don’t like too many spices in my coffee, but I was inspired to play around with this fall spice blend in my baking. Since my personal Starbucks addiction is those little three-packs of madeleines, IContinue Reading

Caramel Apple Brioche

Caramel Apple Brioche

ShareTweet Yeast has always scared me a little, in an “IT’S ALIVE!” kind of way. This fall, I’m trying to tame the beast in yeast by baking up a storm. My kitchen is filled with little bowls of pizza dough and my bread maker is working overtime, kneading and rising challah dough. Brioche was theContinue Reading

Apple Jelly and Apple Picking to Re-Unite a Family

Apple Jelly and Apple Picking to Re-Unite a Family

ShareTweet The family activities that take the most amount of hustle often pay the sweetest dividends. I’ve always wanted to have that house, that neighborhood hangout house that kids flock to after school. Since we’ve moved to Chicago, we’ve been living that dream, and with it comes the reality of a yard filled with baldContinue Reading

Homemade Pizza on the Grill

Homemade Pizza on the Grill

ShareTweet For our engagement, Steve and I got a bread maker, a giant white box that filled the house with amazing smells as it baked overnight. The bread was a little too thick and chewy, but we were addicted to waking up to the aroma of warm bread. We made so much bread that SteveContinue Reading

Taking Back the Birthday Cake: Chocolate Chip Ganache Cupcakes

Taking Back the Birthday Cake: Chocolate Chip Ganache Cupcakes

ShareTweet Over the years, little by little, my children’s birthday cakes have become more and more artificial. As we moved from Elmo cakes to 3-D Barbies and re-enactments of Angry Birds sets, I started using cake mix and canned frosting to focus on the art rather than the cooking. I would slave over birthday cakesContinue Reading

Bacon Cheddar Popovers: Warm Lunch for a Chilly Summer Day

Bacon Cheddar Popovers: Warm Lunch for a Chilly Summer Day

ShareTweet Popovers are a cold weather treat: the last thing I would expect to make for lunch in July. The steam escapes from their cheesy tops and takes the edge off a chilly day. And when the crisp of their outer shell yields to the warm and tender cheesy inside, all is suddenly fine withContinue Reading

Making Memories and Simple Strawberry Jam Fresh from the Fields

Making Memories and Simple Strawberry Jam Fresh from the Fields

ShareTweet Adventures are best when they’re spontaneous. And when they involve strawberry picking, they’re spontaneously delicious. Last weekend, after what felt like months and months of baseball games, dance recitals and swim meets, we finally had an afternoon with nothing at all scheduled. Nowhere to be, nothing to do: pure bliss. ┬áThe couch beckoned butContinue Reading

Tarte aux Pommes

Tarte aux Pommes

ShareTweet The last recipe I’ll share with you from our Anthony Eats picnic is this recipe for French Apple Pie, aka Tarte Aux Pommes. Although few things are as American as apple pie, the French are pretty proud of their take on apple tarts, and deservedly so. French apple pies have wafer thin apple slices,Continue Reading

Quiche Lorraine: Bacon, Swiss and Picnic Bliss

Quiche Lorraine: Bacon, Swiss and Picnic Bliss

ShareTweet When you think of summer picnics, does quiche come to mind? You might have relegated quiche to that folder in your mind labeled 80s concepts best forgotten, but I’m hoping that after you read this post, you’ll layer your picnic basket with rich and butter individual quiches for when the summer finally arrives. NotContinue Reading

Candied Bacon Sprinkles

Candied Bacon Sprinkles

ShareTweet Candied bacon sprinkles? You’re either raising your eyebrows or licking your lips right now. I personally was in the raised eyebrow camp the first time I was served candied bacon on an ice cream sundae. I love bacon probably more than most people, and love that sweet and salty combinations, but bacon on iceContinue Reading

Peach and Wild Blueberry Muffins: the Essence of Summer

Peach and Wild Blueberry Muffins: the Essence of Summer

ShareTweet Block Island is a tiny and beautiful place off the coast of Rhode Island; it’s so small that you can bike around the entire island in two hours. It’s truly the kind of place where you can pack a few t-shirts, shorts, and sweatshirts and not feel underdressed at any restaurant. Steve and IContinue Reading