Coconut and chocolate is one of the best combinations. These cupcakes are fluffy and full of soft coconut flavor – not too overpowering, but just right. Oh and they are completely dairy free. I found the original recipe from How Sweet It Is, and was inspired to take a few extra steps, like adding a coconut bottom, stuffing them with coconut cream, and removing the two tablespoons of butter that was in the original recipe. Continue reading
Margarita cupcakes were the first boozy cupcake recipe I made and I got hooked. They opened the door to Guinness cupcakes, white Russian cupcakes, kahlua and cream cupcakes…the list goes on. However, the margarita ones have continued to be my favorite. They’re super different from traditional cupcakes and so shockingly delicious. Continue reading
Kale is one of those veggies that usually you love or you hate. This salad is one of the first ways that I really had kale and it turned me into a kale lover. It probably had to do with the fact that its loaded with garlic and parmesan (what, those aren’t your two favorite flavors either?). Continue reading
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t eat a spoonful (or three) of this when it was finished…and in the middle of the process. Pesto is super easy and so yummy. It’s a perfect summer recipe since basil is everywhere you turn at this point.
Quinoa has become popular over the past few years and for good reason. Technically, quinoa is a seed, which opens up when it cooks. It has a slightly nutty flavor and doesn’t get mushy when cooked (though it also is not too crunchy). Continue reading
Now that the holiday season is finally upon us, Starbucks has really upped its advertising of its holiday drinks. PSL. Caramel apple cider. Peppermint mocha. Chai has always been on the menu, but it is a great cold weather drink that I especially love during the winter. Continue reading
The candy store at UConn sells s’mores bars: chocolate covered graham crackers and marshmallows, and they’re amazing. So this prompted me to try to make some sort of s’mores at home, a kind that I DON’T need a fire to make. I was looking at recipes online and I found one for a s’mores log, I found a chocolate cupcake with marshmallow meringue on top, but none of them were perfect. Since I had 3 tests this week, I was a little pressed for time (hence the cake mix but I can’t be perfect all the time) but I threw this together pretty quickly. Graham cracker bottom. Chocolate cupcake. Fluff center. Chocolate frosting with a browned marshmallow. AKA heaven. Continue reading
I made this a few weeks ago with some friends—but used a recipe one of the girls found on Pinterest and it was not the eggplant parm I’ve grown to love through my mom. So, I decided I needed to make it correctly, and though it is still different than my great-grandmother’s way of making it, it came out delicious. Continue reading
Things have been a little busier than normal, so please forgive my tardiness on putting this up (finishing work, moving into school, starting SENIOR YEAR OF COLLEGE). My favorite summer fruits are blueberries and peaches, so voila, I combined them both into a recipe. This recipe was originally for blueberry coffee cake, but, in typical Ellen fashion, I added peaches because I can’t follow a recipe. The peaches add more moisture to the cake and make it a little denser but the flavor is great. Unfortunately while at school, my baking is more limited since all of the ingredients I could ever dream of are not at my fingertips anymore (they’re at the grocery store instead of the closet), so I hope to still be able to add more recipes more frequently this fall (fingers crossed). Enjoy the last few days of summer and this great recipe! Continue reading
I started out making macaroons. I bought a fresh coconut, I grated the meat and toasted it and I used a weird recipe and I had weird macaroons. Naturally, I covered them in chocolate, because chocolate makes everything better. Then I realized (slash my mom told me) they looked like Mounds bars. So I added an almond and made them an almond joy. But to get back to the point, I initially followed a recipe for macaroons. It’s a pretty bad recipe for macaroons. They came out dense and chewy and moist. But it’s a pretty great recipe for Almond Joy bites. So, what started as macaroons took a scary twist when I realized they were not macaroons but took a happy twist when I realized they were still pretty darn great.