Peanut butter blossoms

July 24, 2011

Peanut butter blossoms | Photo by BNF

Before you tell me that these are a “Christmas cookie,” I’m aware.

And I’m totally doing it anyway.

Because it’s Christmas in July.

My grandmother used to make these during the holidays, and they were one of my favorites.

Peanut butter cookie meets Hershey Kisses sprinkled with sugar. Win-win … win. Read the rest of this entry »


Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing

June 18, 2011

Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing | Photo by BNF

Growing up, when my mom would ask which kind of cake I wanted for my birthday, I always requested the exact same kind.

Vanilla cake with chocolate icing.

Well, it’s not my birthday, but I did pass my journalism master’s thesis defense yesterday.

*Happy dance!* Read the rest of this entry »

Fruit pizza

May 28, 2011

Fruit pizza | Photo by BNF

In honor of Memorial Day (even though I don’t get Monday off because I teach Tues-Thurs – doh!), I thought I’d include one of my favorite summer desserts: fruit pizza.

You really can’t go wrong with a combination of fruit, cream cheese and sugar cookie.

Fruit pizza is sweet … without being too sweet. Read the rest of this entry »

Almond biscotti

April 12, 2011

Almond biscotti | Photo by BNF

Somehow, making this traditional Italian almond biscotti makes me feel legit.

Sure, I burned the bottom of half of them and didn’t quite get the texture right.

But, come on. I made biscotti! Read the rest of this entry »

Pear and ricotta tart

April 9, 2011


Pear and ricotta tart | Photo by Brave New Food

Most mornings I kind of dread breakfast.

Not eating it, really. Deciding what to eat.

Part of the reason I enjoy blogging is that I get to try new dishes all of the time. And with breakfast, well, I get a little bored.

Blueberry muffin here, bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios there.

Basically, unless it’s a Sunday brunch at the Flying Biscuit, I’m not terribly excited.

Until now. … Well, for at least a week or so. ;) Read the rest of this entry »

Ricotta fritters

February 25, 2011

Ricotta fritters | Photo by Brave New Food

What’s better than ricotta cheese? You guessed it … fried ricotta cheese!

I’ll be honest, I had no idea how these were going to turn out. The anticipation reminded me of the time I made homemade funnel cakes for a county fair-themed luncheon at work (totally my idea).

Did you know that funnel cakes are made by dripping batter through a funnel in a swirling motion? Because I didn’t. Guess that’s where the name comes from, eh? *slaps forehead* Read the rest of this entry »

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