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as you like it: a story of banana muffins (or bread)

8 Jul

If you are thinking that these should really be called “cupcakes,” and not “muffins,” you are completely 100% right. These are, for all intents and purposes, banana cupcakes (with cream cheese frosting, but we’ll get to that later). However, these delicious cupcakes derived from my absolute favorite Martha Stewart banana bread recipe, and for that reason we can pretend, just a little bit, that they are not as intensely rich and cupcake-y as they became after several twists and turns.

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carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

26 Feb

I know there is nothing exciting or revealing about this statement, because anyone who knows anything about food blogs will agree, but can I just tell you how much I love Smitten Kitchen? And how wonderful and lovely and charming I can only assume the writer, Deb, is? She is my food blogger idol, and I’m not ashamed to say it. Gorgeous photos, charming writing, and amazingly delicious recipes. And what do you think this has to do with carrot cupcakes? Hmm… Continue reading

about those cookies…

15 Jan

My dear readers, all five or six of you, I am so sorry I have failed you! I tempted you with photos of cookies, promised to provide the recipes…and never followed through. Now it’s January, when everyone is trying to hit the gym and ignore the sweets, and I am giving you cookies. Delicious, sugary, buttery cookies. While I won’t try to say I’m not wrong, I also won’t say you have to wait until next December to try these out. Cookies are delicious all year round, and as long as we stick to our other resolutions…what’s so wrong with a cookie here and there??

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incredible cupcakes (and they’re vegan, too!)

22 Nov

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Over the years I’ve had quite a few friends with dietary restrictions (who, coincidentally, often happened to be my roommates). As someone who can and will eat just about anything, this was initially a bit of a road block for my love of baking. How can you make delicious treats without gluten? Without dairy??

Luckily, it’s really not too hard, and it’s also a lot of fun to bake for people who aren’t used to being able to eat cookies or brownies or, in this case, super-moist, insanely delicious cupcakes. What might be even more satisfying is the reaction of non-dietary-restricted people when they find out that what they’re eating is gluten- or dairy-free — generally some incredulous variation of “No way! But it’s so good!” The happy occasion for this particular round of cupcakes was a housewarming party for myself and my lovely, lactose-intolerant roommate. Continue reading

bourbon apple pie with pecan streusel

12 Oct

For some reason I actually had off of work for Columbus Day to…think about Columbus? Of course, I wasn’t expecting it at all, but it gave me an opportunity to make some really delicious, though not Columbus-inspired, food. In addition to this yummy pie, I made Vietnamese noodle bowls that I will definitely write about soon. But this pie…this pie is one of the best apple pies I have ever had. Ever. (Modest, I know, but wait until you try it!) Continue reading

back where it all began: dad’s kitchen

10 Aug

My mom bakes a mean cake, but my dad is really the one who taught me to cook and, more importantly, to really love and enjoy food. So I thought I’d kick this blog off with an amazing meal I made with my dad, brother, and step-mom just before I left for Brooklyn last month. Continue reading