June 2014

As we make our way into July, wedding season is now officially in full swing. I can’t even remember the last day I had ‘off’. Strangely, this afternoon while I was making tonight’s dinner, I felt the urge to bake something other than cake.  Cookies sounded good, but what kind? I immediately thought of this recipe, which is one of my mom’s favorite recipes for peanut butter cookies.  They’re insanely easy, and they deliver  yummy results. Tender, soft, and speckled with milk chocolate chips, we couldn’t stop eating these after dinner. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.  The first I time I made this recipe at altitude I noticed that the cookies are very crumbly when you take them out of the oven. Let them cool [...]

Zack and I have purchased a grill- about time- and decided it would be fun to have some friends over for a cookout this past weekend. When I entertain, it’s uncalled for not to serve dessert. I feel like I’m not doing my job as a pastry chef if I don’t.  Zack suggested strawberry shortcake, and I immediately thought of my trusty vanilla sponge cake recipe. Rather than make individual shortcakes, or the biscuit kind, I would bake the cake batter in a deep springform pan. That way, once the cake has baked, you simply split it in half and fill with whipped cream and strawberries. You can also add some more on top, too. Fast, simple, and divine.  Everyone loved this dessert. We devoured it so quickly I didn’t [...]

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