• Butterbeer and pumpkin Linzer cookies

    A few months ago, I happened to find some Halloween linzer cookie cutters (those cookies that look like sandwiches, but with a shape cut out of the top part) while I was shopping for something else. They were so cute that I had to get them, but I had to wait forever to use them. […]

  • Ode to candy

    Mellowcreme pumpkins Peeps, jelly beans, gummy bears orange slices, Red Vines Sugar sugar sugar sugar sugar sugar Corn syrup and red dye #40 You complete me. Your calories may be empty but my blood is full of sugar Sugar sugar sugar sugar sugar sugar Happy Halloween!

  • Puff pastry pizzas

    Halloween is all about costumes and candy. But before the kids go out with their superhero pillowcases and plastic pumpkins (or before you rip open the bags of fun-sized Kit-Kats), everyone needs some dinner. And it seems like trick-or-treating gets earlier and earlier every year. We always had pizza before we went on our hunt […]

  • Georgia sorority girl cocktail

    As you may know, the Georgia-Florida game (along with tailgating and pre/post parties at The Landing) is known as the world’s largest outdoor cocktail party. But even if you’re not attending the annual debauchfest, you can still raise a glass (or red Solo cup) in honor of the Bulldogs. I wanted to make a red […]

  • Georgia-Florida cookies

    A very important event is coming up, y’all. And I’m not talking about a Halloween party. The Georgia-Florida game is Saturday: the epic battle of good vs. evil, sundresses vs. jean shorts. Clearly we’re going to need some cookies. I got these cookie cutters from Williams-Sonoma — the set comes with three cutters and a […]

  • Tell-tale heart chocolate-raspberry cupcakes

    “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” It was the old man’s pale blue eye (with a film over it) that turned me into a cake-flour coated madwoman. Well, that and a heart bundt cake Isabel baked a few months ago. […]

  • Super-fast fettucine alfredo

    Back in my days of super-high metabolism and super-picky eating habits (aka the 80’s), fettucine alfredo was my go-to choice at Italian restaurants. I don’t order it very often anymore (a lot of restaurant versions aren’t good enough to justify the fat/calories/etc), but I was intrigued when I saw this recipe in the “quick and […]

  • Sopapillas

    My favorite restaurant growing up was Marilyn’s First Mexican Restaurant, right across the street from the Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix. I always requested the hot salsa to accompany our regular chips and salsa, and if I wasn’t too full after my bean burrito (without onions) or cheese enchiladas (also without onions), I would order […]

  • Natty Boh beer cupcakes

    If you’re not from the mid-Atlantic, you may not be familiar with National Bohemian beer — or Natty Boh. Natty Boh has a long history in Baltimore, and while it’s not brewed in the Charm City anymore, many people consider it Baltimore’s beer. And the super cute one-eyed mascot, Mr. Boh, still winks at everyone […]

  • Cookies for hire

    My neighbor, Joanne, was co-hosting a bachelorette party a few weeks ago, and the other co-host wanted to give everyone a favor. They ordered monogrammed koozies in the wedding colors (purple and silver)… but then they thought they should have something to go inside the koozies. That’s where I come in.   Joanne hired me […]