Fresh Peach Muffins Fresh peaches are ‘muffin’ short of delicious for breakfast

I caught Joey eyeballing the bowl of peaches sitting in our fridge this week. “I’m going to use them this time,” I promised him. “They won’t end up in the freezer until next summer.” His facial expression betrayed a lack of confidence in my promises, so of course, I had to do some baking this …

Strawberry Rhubarb Galettes ‘Galette’ yourself enjoy some tasty, fruit-filled pastry

I had a great dinner night with my family over the weekend. After going out for some greasy food, topped off with ice cream and helping my niece extract every last quarter from my purse so she could eventually win a tiny stuffed turtle from a claw machine, I headed back to my parents’ house, …

Coconut Brownies Make ’em go ‘coco’nuts for fudgy, layered brownies

This weekend, I stumbled on an article by Gabrielle Drolet called, “In Defence of Garlic in a Jar: How Food Snobs Almost Ruined My Love of Cooking.” It’s a long read, but Drolet makes the point that cooking shortcuts are a great way to make the kitchen more accessible to people who have disabilities. She …

Handheld Apple Pies This summer, let’s come together and give ‘pies’ a chance

When I was growing up, my mom’s specialty, which was required at every family get together, was her deviled eggs. I remember my uncle jokingly blocking the door, looking for her tell-tale Tupperware box before we were allowed to come inside. I also remember one fateful day when I accidentally dropped the box, creating havoc …

Brown Sugar Peach Cake Stone fruit and brown sugar are truly made for ‘peach’ other

Last summer, we ended up with a large box of peaches, and when they started to get soft before we could finish them, I sliced them up, tossed them in a bag, and stored them away in the freezer. Well, rather than using them up sometime last fall…or winter…or spring…they’ve just been hanging out in …

Blueberry Crisp This crisp lets fresh berries’ true colors shine ‘blue’

The past two weeks, every time I walked through the produce department at our local grocery store, pints of blueberries have been calling my name. I tried to avoid eye contact with them, knowing that I didn’t have a good way to get rid of a lot of dessert. But when we were invited to …

Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies From-scratch salted caramel pretzel brownies ‘knot’ an easy task

Sometimes, I ironically bite off more than I can chew when it comes to trying new recipes. This week was one of those times. I was invited to donate something to a dessert auction, and I decided it was the perfect time to try a recipe for some decadent brownies I’ve been eyeballing for quite …

Reese's Cake Reese’s cake nearly got the ‘butter’ of me this time

There are so many neat videos online that give an insider’s view of all kinds of professions. For some reason, I can get absolutely lost watching someone power wash a driveway, paint fingernails or frost cakes and cookies. And then I have it in my head that I could also easily accomplish any of these …

Confetti Blondies Sorry, everyone: I must ‘confetti’ that I’ve done it again

Holiday-themed recipes are sometimes hard for me—specifically when it comes to this column. As I see recipes start to pop up online for fun holiday treats, the responsible thing would be to make them weeks in advance to give everyone reading this the time to get the ingredients and make it for their holiday get-togethers. …