The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Chocolate Nutella Cookies

It’s that time of the year again…cookie season! And my favorite way to kick it off is by participating in the Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap hosted by The Little Kitchen and Love and Olive Oil. This is my third year participating and I feel like it just gets better and better every year! Here are my cookies from Year 1 and Year 2 if any of you are curious. The way it works: Food bloggers sign up online and then we receive 3 matches. We then make 3 dozen of the same cookie and send out 1 dozen to each match. In return, we get 3 different types of cookies (1 dozen each) from 3 other bloggers. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you have hundreds of bloggers participating from all over the world! Also, this year Julie and Lindsay got some great sponsors who matched our donations, and we ended up [Continue Reading...]

Sausage, Apple, and Sage Stuffing

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! And I can’t wait. It’s my favorite holiday by far…you don’t have to stress about getting people gifts, friends and families get to spend quality time together, and then you just eat and eat and eat until you want to pass out and nap. Who could ask for more? One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes is stuffing. I guess it’s technically called dressing if you don’t cook it inside the turkey…but that sounds like salad dressing and it’s confusing, right? So let’s stick to calling it “stuffing” even though it’s baked in a casserole dish. This stuffing is sourdough heaven. It has a slight apple tang, a hearty flavor from the sausage, and then a heavy  drizzle of browned butter and fried sage. Can we talk about combining browned butter and sage for a minute? It produces the most amazing aroma ever. If you’ve [Continue Reading...]

Mulled Wine

We haven’t seen rain in San Francisco for over 2 months. 2 months! And when it did rain 2 months ago, it only rained for one day…it’s so weird and I’m anxiously waiting for some drops so that we can get some snow up in Tahoe. Fortunately for me, I’m running away and heading to the warm beaches of Mexico for a few days this week! Muahaha. But when I get back…I expect rain. :) However, the warm weather has not stopped my friends and I from embracing Fall and enjoying some seasonal festivities (including a Friendsgiving potluck this past Saturday and a friendly game of softball yesterday). In my opinion, the best way to celebrate the holiday season is by chowing down on some delicious food and sipping on tasty drinks. Warm, spiced drinks scream comfort to me. It’s quite possibly my favorite part of the holiday season (besides [Continue Reading...]

Chocolate Stout Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Ganache

It’s March. WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?! Life is weird and Mercury is in retrograde but this cake makes up for all of it. ;) Plus, this weekend is St. Paddy’s Day so it’s a perfect excuse to make some cake. This cake is delicious and super rich so all you need is a small slice (aka it will feed a huge group of people)! Three layers of a moist, fluffy chocolate stout cake with rich and creamy chocolate ganache in between. Oh, and did I mention that the ganache has irish cream in it??? If you’re looking for a cake that really tastes like Guinness or Baileys Irish Cream, you’re in the wrong place. The addition of stout and Irish cream in this particular recipe just really brings out a deeper and richer chocolate flavor overall. That’s actually one of my favorite aspects about it. Ganache tip #1: There [Continue Reading...]

Happy New Year + 2 Year Blog Anniversary!

Another year has come and gone even though it feels like January 1, 2012 was just yesterday! But my oh my so much has happened this year. As I launch this post, I’m in tahoe again for the fourth year in a row! Last year there was no snow at all and we went on hikes instead of to the ski resorts but this year has proved to be quite the opposite. Snow everywhere! YAYYY! This is probably my favorite part of the year. Hiding out in a cabin, surrounded by a group of fantastic friends, ending 2012 and welcoming 2013 all at the same time. It’s crazy to think that it’s been a full 2 years since I started this blog! And I’m so glad I did. It’s a place for me to release my thoughts, post fun recipes, and share a little bit of me with you. :) [Continue Reading...]

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