Apricot Chocolate Chip Irish Soda Bread

Hello friends! Ah, the classic Irish Soda Bread! The simple combination of flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and buttermilk. Of all the traditional foods served to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this is my favorite. Somewhere along the line I thought adding chopped apricots and chocolate was a good idea, and fell in love with…

Morning Glory Muffins

Hello friends! What better way to enjoy a glorious morning than by baking up a batch of Morning Glory Muffins. This healthy and earthy whole grain muffin has a little bit of everything: chock full of carrots, apples, raisins, pineapple, coconut, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. They also have a very cute name! Chef Pam McKinstry…

Irish Buttermilk Brown Bread

Hello friends! Ah, Irish Buttermilk Brown Bread! Like the classic soda bread but unlike with the combination of whole wheat flour, oats, wheat bran, molasses, and buttermilk. Of all the traditional foods served to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this may be my favorite. This 100% whole grain bread gets its crackly-crunch crust from a touch…

Blueberry White Chocolate Biscotti

Hello friends! The most comforting aroma after a long day of school was discovering a batch of freshly baked cookies right out of the oven. While I’ve finished school long ago, I’ve never outgrown the appeal of a warm and gooey baked cookie. Biscotti were one of the first cookies I discovered and fell in…

Orange Cardamon Pistachio Buns

Hello friends! Baking with yeast has become one of my favorite things to do. In the beginning, it was a challenge. My family can share many tales of horror in my quest to bake with yeast. Many hockey pucks I’ve baked. Tons of wasted ingredients; butter, sugar, and flour mixed with yeast, that I killed….

Ranger Cookies

Hello everyone! Have you ever had a Ranger cookie, never? It’s an “everything but your kitchen sink” cookie. A cookie recipe that you could throw whatever tastes good in! I had no idea that Ranger cookies even existed. Well, now I’m a Ranger cookie-lover from my first bite. The Ranger cookie origin is unknown. Some…

Healthy Granola

Hello friends! A little crunch, a little chew, granola makes a great snack. Store-bought granola has its shortcomings. Most are packed with lots of fat, too sweet, high in calories, and with little nutrition. I wanted to make my own granola that’s easy to make, not-too-sweet, with satisfying clusters, and deliciously healthy. Every crunchy cluster…

Classic Carrot Bread

Hello, friends! January sparkles with the excitement of a new year. Resolutions abound with the promise to put the woes of the past behind. And who could forget the struggle to shed pounds that lie ahead? With this in mind, I set out to bake a healthy carrot bread. Adapting the familiar substitutions: whole wheat…

Chocolate-Dipped Chocolate Espresso Meringue Cookies

Create magical melt-in-the-mouth moments with each bite of my sweet, crisp and fluffy meringue cookies. Rich dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and espresso powder flavor each light, crispy, and chewy Chocolate Espresso Meringue Cookie. They are a breeze to make: crack the eggs, separate the whites from the yolks, and blend in sugar and flavorings. All…

Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Crystallized Ginger

Hello Sunday! Don’t throw out your bananas when they start to turn brown and are over-ripe. Their soft texture and high sugar content make them perfect for this banana bread. This bread is made with whole wheat flour, loads of bananas, and spiked with warm, spicy, crystallized ginger. There are so many ways to turn…

Instant Pot Baked Apples

You’re just eight minutes away from a delicious, naturally light, cinnamon spiced wintertime treat. Instant Pot Baked apples are a delicious time saving, healthy winter dessert. Whole, crisp apples and warm baking spices are the stars of the show. Each apple center is stuffed with the perfect balance of butter, maple syrup, cinnamon sugar, cranberries,…

Soft Bavarian Beer Pretzels

Happy New Year! Ziggy zaggy, ziggy zaggy! Oy oy oy! Ziggy zaggy, ziggy zaggy… This time every year, the universal toast to health and well-being is heard while celebrating at the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.  More than 6 million attend the city’s celebration making it the largest bier festival in the world! It goes without saying,…