Maple Bourbon Candied Pecans

Bourbon Maple Candied Pecans- The perfect topping for ice cream, oatmeal, and everything in between! Candied pecans with a perfect sweet salty mix, with a touch of bourbon.

These bourbon roasted pecans are singlehandedly one of my favorite things I’ve made in..oh the last year? I helped Kate from Cookie and Kate test a few recipes from her cookbook (!!) and this pecan recipe one one of my favorites.  It’s a seemingly unassuming recipe, starting with a healthy dose of maple syrup and ending with a roast to perfection in the oven. Each time I’ve made these sweet bourbon roasted pecans (more…)

Sweet Potato Salad with Mustard Balsamic Dressing

A sweet and savory sweet potato salad with pecans and dried cranberries, perfect for summer cookouts and parties! Made with a sweet balsamic vinaigrette and tart cranberries.

I know, sweet potato salad in May? But hear me out! On my recent visit to my grandparent’s house last month, my grandma enlisted me to help her in making a side for lunch one day. Putting our cooking minds together, we ended up coming up with a cold sweet potato salad, using up some frozen sweet potatoes she had and whipping up a dressing from an old cookbook that would (more…)

Vegan Herb and Onion Bagels

Vegan Herb and Onion Bagels- Make brunch even better with a batch of homemade herb and onion bagels!

Would you believe me if I told you I’ve never made homemade vegan bagels before? While it’s bee on my ‘to bake’ list for forever, I just never got around to the process of making onion bagels until this past weekend. Between the kneading, rising, and boiling process, some people might think it takes too much time, but I find it downright meditative. Forcing myself to commit to one activity for an entire afternoon has proven to be an exercise in patience, especially since I know one wrong move or trying to juggle too many cooking projects at once could (more…)

Quick Baking Tip: How to Easily Chop Chocolate

Want to make chopping chocolate easy and quick? Here's a quick tip for making chopping chocolate for your next baking project even easier!

Happy Sunday and welcome to a new series I’m starting around these parts! I wanted to do an additional quick post on Sundays, with a quick tip for baking that is (most likely) a time saver or patience saver or a savory/everyday recipe that I make often, but haven’t shared on the blog yet. Today’s tip is a simple, but helpful one that I’ve found saves me headaches when I’m trying to easily chop chocolate for cookies or any other baking recipe. Also, this tip works like a dream if your chocolate has been sitting in the cabinet for a while (who are you, why aren’t you eating your chocolate?!) and has gotten harder than usual.

Want to make chopping chocolate easy and quick? Here's a quick tip for making chopping chocolate for your next baking project even easier!

One of the best ways I’ve found to making chopping chocolate even easier to to warm it up slightly! I usually place my squares of chocolate on a plate or bowl and microwave it for just a few seconds, maybe 5-10 seconds at the most. I’ve also placed it in a bowl and set it next to the oven for a few minutes, if I’m preheating it for baking or have a burner on to cook something else at the same time. Heating your chocolate up just slightly makes chopping easier, since you aren’t trying to hack through chunks of hard chocolate, risking it flying all over the place or resulting in uneven pieces. Take my advice though, don’t stick it in the microwave and walk away, because you will end up with half melted chocolate and nothing to mix into your chocolate chip cookie dough.

And that’s it! Short, sweet and to the point. I hope this helps you just a little, even if you are just whipping up a batch of red wine truffles for your momma or a loaf of boozy banana bread for yourself. Happy baking!

Dark Chocolate Matcha Popsicles

Dark Chocolate Matcha Popsicles- A warm weather treat with a kick a matcha and generous chunks of dark chocolate! Match popsicles are your new favorite summertime snack.

So far in the last year or so, I’ve put matcha in a pound cake, in a batch of scones, and even into one of my favorite/most popular smoothies and all signs point to my matcha love not stopping anytime soon. When I was brainstorming more around summertime recipes, I knew popsicles were going to be a given, seeing as they’ve always been popular around this space (especially if they are of the boozy variety). I figured that I might as well just combine my (more…)