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Extreme Brownies

Today’s recipe is from Extreme Brownies: 50 Recipes for the Most Over-the-Top Treats Ever by Connie Weiss. Weiss, a pastry chef who sells her sweet treats at the Old Beach Farmers’ Market in Virginia Beach, knows a thing or two about brownies and shares recipes that live up to the book’s title. These deeply chocolate […]


Published on September 12, 2014
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Come Early Stay Late Olive Brittle

by on April 7, 2014 · 6 comments

Olive Brittle

Today’s recipe is from Come Early Stay Late by chef Brian Malarkey. You may recognize him from Top Chef Miami, but in San Diego he’s a celebrity chef  and creative force behind restaurants Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine and Herringbone. This book is an account of his journey and a collection of recipes from the restaurants. […]


Published on April 7, 2014
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Ghirardelli Impressions Brownie

One of my favorite memories is waking up on Easter morning to a basket of treats. Say what you will about The Easter Bunny, but he/she/it did an awesome job.  There would be at least one chocolate bunny, jelly beans, chocolate eggs, malted eggs and a small toy — maybe a paddle ball or something. […]


Published on April 4, 2014
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A Seussian Layer Cake

by on April 1, 2014 · 3 comments

Seuss Cake

This cake was meant to be my entry into the Pillsbury® #GoBold challenge, where readers submit photos of boldly colored creations for a chance to win weekly prizes. I was just about to call it “A Celebration of Spring”, when Fuzz walked in and asked “What’s up with the Dr. Seuss cake?” She was right!  […]


Published on April 1, 2014
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Dunkin Donuts Coffee

One of my favorite forms of aromatherapy is going to Dunkin’ Donuts and taking in the sweet smell of glazed, chocolate, jelly donuts and coffee all at once. It’s kind of a luxury since our Dunkin’ Donut shop is on the other side of town, but I have what may be the next best thing: […]

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Published on February 28, 2014
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TCBY’s New Silk Vanilla Almond

by on February 5, 2014 · 6 comments

Frozen Yogurt

Fuzz and I like to hang out at the neighborhood TCBY, so we know what’s up.  And by “what’s up” I mean we’re on top of new flavors.  We’ve been enjoying the vegan, non-dairy Silk Chocolate Almond for months now, but it was recently brought to our attention that TCBY has a new flavor. It’s […]


Published on February 5, 2014
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Chocolate Layer Cake

This cake was inspired by Buddy Valastro, who is currently promoting his new line of Cake Boss mixes and accessories. I had the pleasure of speaking with Buddy over the phone recently, and while the point of our conversation was to discuss his products, he graciously answered some of my scratch baking questions before moving […]


Published on January 24, 2014
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Banana Muffins Made with Mayonnaise

by on December 2, 2013 · 11 comments

Sir Kensington's Mayonnaise

Today’s muffins are made with Sir Kensington’s, a fancy mayonnaise made with cage free eggs, sunflower oil and citrus. To be honest, it’s really too exquisite to use in baking, but I received a free sample for review so I didn’t mind testing it in muffins. If you happen upon it at Whole Foods, you’ll […]


Published on December 2, 2013