Caprese Pasta

posted on August 18 2014

Tomato. Basil. Mozzarella. Balsamic. Pretty much my favorite flavors of summer.

Out of all the salads out there, my favorite has to be Caprese. It includes all my favorite ingredients and has tons of flavor. Why not turn my favorite salad into a pasta dish? This pasta has all the classic Caprese flavors with a quick and easy balsamic vinaigrette.

If you're like me, you probably already have all the ingredients in the kitchen. There's never a shortage of classic Italian ingredients. If you can't find mini San Marzano tomatoes at your local grocery store, you can substitute cherry tomatoes.

This can also be made a day ahead, just keep it refrigerated until you're ready to chow-down.

Caprese is where it's at tonight.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

posted on August 17 2014

Truth be told, I've never really loved a red velvet dessert before. I've never been too impressed. I'll admit, it's hard to do red velvet just right, but it just never really looked appealing to me before. I've seen it in that brownish red color, very bland and dry. I'd rather eat my calories in the form of a cookie!

A couple months ago, I decided to take the plunge and conquer red velvet cupcakes. It took a few tries, but I finally perfected them during a late night baking session. Bite after bite, I fell in love. The perfect deep red cupcake that wasn't quite chocolate and not quite vanilla, with each bite a generous amount of tangy cream cheese frosting... it was pure heaven. Success never tasted better.

Last week I was in the mood to bake another red velvet dessert. With an excess of cream cheese and not being able to decide on brownies or cheesecake, I decided to combine them.

Yup, you read that right, brownies and cheesecake all in...

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The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

posted on August 15 2014

Oatmeal cookies are my weakness. There's something about the moist and tender centers, slight crisp around the edges, studded with chocolate chips for extra sweetness and chopped walnuts for an added crunch. These are for sure, the best I've ever had.

Once you make these, you'll agree when I say it's completely acceptable to eat these for breakfast. After all, they do have the same ingredients as the granola bars that I grab for breakfast.

Let me talk about the cookie dough for a minute. Which, if you're a dough lover, it's ridiculously good. I use both brown sugar and white sugar because (1) brown sugar's taste is on point, and (2) brown sugar contains more moisture (and flavor!) than white -- in the end, produces a moister cookie. As for the oats to flour ratio, there's 3 whole cups of oats. Yes, you read that right and no, I'm not insane. I prefer my oatmeal cookies to taste oat-y (technical, right?) Oats give the cookies that extra chewy...

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Apple Cinnamon Scones

posted on August 13 2014

Oh my scones. You had me at hello.

Summer may be coming to an end, and while it's my favorite season, I look forward to this time of year. (1) For Labor Day week, we head back to NJ for some beach therapy, and (2) Fall baking can begin. Who doesn't love Fall baking? All the cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, ground cloves and allspice overload -- not to mention, because of these, the house smells even more delicious.

Scones can be dry and bland, who wants that? No thank you. Give me something moist, flavorful and I'm sold. These scones have a soft interior, crisp edges, buttery, and most importantly moist. The best part, in every bite you'll get a burst of apple.

Just wait until you smell these baking in the oven. It will immediately feel like Fall.

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Zucchini Carrot Muffins

posted on August 5 2014

Breakfast is a must for me, I need to eat something in order to function the rest of the day.

I'm always looking for a simple, on-the-go, healthy breakfast that is not only satisfying, but wholesome as well. The worst is when you eat breakfast and you're hungry a few hours later. I happened to have a few zucchini and carrots hanging out in the fridge, so these muffins were the perfect way to use them up before they went bad. 

If you like carrot cake, or zucchini bread, you'll definitely want to try this recipe. These muffins have just the right amount of sweetness, and the perfect touch of cinnamon. All of that combined makes for a really great smelling house while these are baking. It was love at first bite -- sorry taste testers, these muffins are for me!

While these are delicious, they are super cute too! Just look at the orange and green bits throughout the muffins. Cute, right?

Zucchini is plentiful at the moment, and carrots are decently priced year...

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