Graveyard Dirt Cookies with Peanut Butter

Cookies have never been my specialty. I have very few recipes for cookies, and the ones I do have are strict classics–chocolate chip, oatmeal, shortbread. My sister is a fantastic cookie maker, so I’ve never needed to be good. These babies, though! I am so proud of these little clumps of dark chocolate dirt. TheseContinue reading “Graveyard Dirt Cookies with Peanut Butter”

Pumpkin Roll Stand-up Cake

Nothing says fall quite like pumpkin. When late September hits, so does the flood of pumpkin-flavored goodies, and we just can’t get enough! I was inspired by an image I saw on Pinterest (of course) for a Valentine’s Day chocolate cake roll. I’ve made dozens of pumpkin rolls for the fall, and I’ve had chocolate cakeContinue reading “Pumpkin Roll Stand-up Cake”

Candy Corn White Cake

What a strange candy. Nothing divides Halloween lovers quite like the candy corn: you either love it or hate it. I personally love everything about it! The colors, the shape, the flavor–I can’t get enough of those little guys. I started craving a candy corn fix earlier this month and thought what would be betterContinue reading “Candy Corn White Cake”

How-To: 3 Easy Ways to Decorate Halloween Cupcakes

Oh, it’s that most wonderful time of the year! I’ve been going absolutely bonkers in my kitchen cooking up all sorts of Halloween tricks and treats, and I can’t wait to share them with you! The post I want to start this witching season off is one I find the most valuable. Look, Halloween isContinue reading “How-To: 3 Easy Ways to Decorate Halloween Cupcakes”

The Ultimate ‘Psych’-Themed Bridal Shower (Or Party)

Have you ever been in charge of planning a bridal shower? It can get overwhelming pretty quickly, I hate to admit. I mean, just look at the concept of the theme. There are millions of bridal shower themes; storybook, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, fall-ing in love, kitchen-theme, shower-theme, lingerie-theme . . . It’s all a bitContinue reading “The Ultimate ‘Psych’-Themed Bridal Shower (Or Party)”

Cheater, Cheater Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Mmmm, chocolate and peanut butter. No better culinary combination exists. We’ve been mashing it up in our candies, our cakes, our waffles for decades, and really, who am I to monkey with tradition? So what makes my Cheater, Cheater recipe so great? This bad boy is bakery quality–I’m talking moist, soft, packed crumb paired with aContinue reading “Cheater, Cheater Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting”

Tuna Niçoise Salad Sandwich

Nick-o-eyes. Nee-co-eese. Nye-soys. When I first came across this recipe, I had no idea how to say it, let alone know how to make it. Tuna Niçoise salad has a hoity-toity reputation, definitely much fancier than its cousin, the plain-old tuna salad. It seemed like the more people corrected me–tuna Niçoise, not tuna salad–the less IContinue reading “Tuna Niçoise Salad Sandwich”

Phat Thai Jones’ Plum Cake

A few months ago, I received an email from a reader asking if I had come across a good plum cake recipe, a-la “Psych.” In the episode “Autopsy Turvy,” Shawn and Gus investigate a previous case that the coroner labeled an accidental death, and along the way, they stumble upon the world’s best plum cakeContinue reading “Phat Thai Jones’ Plum Cake”

Star-Spangled Angel Food Pancakes

Happy early Fourth of July, everybody! Don’t you just love Independence Day? All the patriotism, popping fireworks, vivid colors, and of course, all the good food! This is a holiday that truly salutes the grill as much as it salutes our country, and while we all love a  good BBQ, we can’t overlook breakfast, nowContinue reading “Star-Spangled Angel Food Pancakes”

Apple Bread with Spiked Caramel Sauce

  In my house, sweet breads are traditionally a breakfast food. We’ll pop a slice of banana bread in the toaster to crisp it up, melt the chocolate chips inside–there’s no better way to start the day. As far as this recipe goes, well, it’s definitely one way to start the day. Typically, this boozyContinue reading “Apple Bread with Spiked Caramel Sauce”