That Time I Made French Baguettes at PAUL Bakery

Not sure if you guys ever noticed, but I’ve never made bread here. Sure, I’ve made quick breads (aka breakfast cake) but I’ve never made real bread, the kind that needs yeast… You are right in guessing that I am scared to use yeast. You are also right in guessing that I’ve just been making excuses, saying I don’t have time and I’m too lazy to make my own bread from scratch ....more

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Hand Pies

My first mistake was forgetting to brush the tops of these little hand pies with an egg wash. So I ended up with pale (like winter legs-pale) non-golden pie rounds. My second mistake was baking these during a gray and snowy afternoon, without having any immediate plans to have friends over who will polish off these pies within minutes ....more

10 Best Thanksgiving and Holiday Recipes

With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, and then Christmas right around the corner, I think it’s time I write down a list of my favorite holiday dishes. I love the holidays because I get to spend quality time with my family and friends, and we all get to eat some very tasty and decadent meals together. You all probably have your own traditional meals already, but if you’re looking for some easy to make dishes, here are some ideas ....more

Chocolate Fudge Bars with Toffee Bits and Peanut Butter Cups

There is a bakery in the North End (Boston’s Little Italy) called Bova’s and it’s open 24 hours a day. It’s the best place to visit after a nice Italian dinner, and an even better place to crash after a fun night that may or may not involve alcohol. I LOVE their napoleons but it’s not always available so sometimes I am forced to get something else (forced, I say!) Sometimes I’ll get cheesecake, or a cannoli, or a cookie ....more

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Linguica

When I first made Smoked Gouda and Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, my friends went crazy for it. And not just because we’re all obsessed with pumpkin at this time of year. My friends could not get enough of this creamy cheesy perfect comfort food ....more

2014 Taste of Perkins

When was the last time you closed your eyes because you tasted something delicious? Think about it. When your eyes are closed and you eat something, your sense of taste is magnified ....more

Almond Butter Granola Bars

Are you a morning person? I am. In fact, I may be one of those annoyingly cheerful people in the mornings ....more

Salted Caramel Crunch Brownies

Here’s what I can tell you: handing out these Salted Caramel Crunch Brownies to a room full of students at the beginning of your food blogging class (the very first class you’re teaching in your entire life) is a terrific ice breaker. You say the words...more

Scenes From The Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival 2014

Wine, food, cocktails, cheese, meat, chocolate, more wine, and a stunning scenery. My friends and I were in heaven at The Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, one of my favorite events in New England....more

Dulce de Leche Cake Balls with Smoked Sea Salt

You’d think after all these years of blogging that my cake ball-making skills would have improved. But no, my cake balls are still rustic looking as ever. Slightly lumpy, unevenly coated, with some fork marks ....more