Recipe: Best Sugar Cookies Ever

I've been tinkering in the kitchen! This holiday season, I have perfected my basic sugar cookie recipe and elevated this sometimes boring sweet treat to a new level of luxurious goodness. The secret ingredient? Brown Sugar! These buttery biscuits have the perfect crumbly crunch around the edge and a sweet center that will melt in … Continue reading Recipe: Best Sugar Cookies Ever

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Kugel 101

Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish made of egg noodles (or sometimes potatoes in some regional variations,) that is served during Jewish festivals and celebrations. Kugel has been around since Medieval times, when it was a domed flour-based cake not dissimilar to a Gugelhupf. In fact, the word "kugel" is German meaning "ball, globe, or … Continue reading Kugel 101

Shortcut Recipe: Quick’n’Easy Protein-Packed Pumpkin Pie

I love to bake from scratch - after all, what could be more satisfying than creating a tasty dish with your own two hands and then seeing the people you care about (including yourself!) enjoying the metaphorical fruits of your physical labor? But let's face it, we don't all have the time & energy it … Continue reading Shortcut Recipe: Quick’n’Easy Protein-Packed Pumpkin Pie

Recipe: S’MORES Cupcakes!

As summer comes to a close and the weather starts to cool, I'm trying to find ways to hold onto the feeling of the season before we reach full-blown Fall here in New England. This mostly consists of filling the house with sunflowers from the garden and refusing to give up my short hemlines and … Continue reading Recipe: S’MORES Cupcakes!

Salty & Sweet Bacon Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet. Salty. Chewy. Crunchy. These cookies are literally everything you could ever want in your mouth. You may be thinking to yourself, "This is it, Lauren has finally gone off her rocker!" "Bacon in cookies???" "Damn, girl is cray!" No, my dear friends, I assure you that whatever sanity I have is still intact - … Continue reading Salty & Sweet Bacon Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe: Shortcut Lemon Bars

  So I"ve had this half-empty jar of lemon curd sitting in my fridge staring at me for what feels like an eternity as I scratch my head trying to figure out what to do with it. The first half was great with homemade scones, but there is only so much plain lemon curd a … Continue reading Recipe: Shortcut Lemon Bars

Tutorial: Cupped Cakes

Next time you need  a batch of cupcakes for a party, potluck, or school fundraiser, try making Cupped Cakes instead - they take a little more time and effort, but the result has dramatic effect and the yummy flavor combination possibilities are literally endless! ​This isn't a recipe per se, it's more of a how-to, so … Continue reading Tutorial: Cupped Cakes

Recipe: Easy Cheatsy Chocolate Croissants

Seriously. Is there anything better than a warm gooey chocolate croissant? CHOCOLATE AND BUTTER Y'ALL. (Secretly, deep down we all know I am Paula Deen's long lost love child LMAO!) Starbucks has some of The Best IMHO, but Dunkin Donuts recenty got in on that game too. And I for one just cannot get enough! … Continue reading Recipe: Easy Cheatsy Chocolate Croissants

#bts: Hartford Courant Instagram Takeover!

This past Thursday, I was given the opportunity to invade and take over the Hartford Courant's Instagram feed! For those of you not familiar, the Courant is our local CT news source and the nation's oldest continuously operating newspaper. It was both an honor and an adventure to showcase what makes this city so awesome … Continue reading #bts: Hartford Courant Instagram Takeover!

Recipe: Paddy Treats

Being Irish but not Catholic, I'm not huge into St. Patrick's Day. I celebrate my heritage every day so I don't need the calendar to tell me when I should do so, and when I do it's not by getting plastered and marching in the streets. I absolutely hate the fact that Americans consider drinking … Continue reading Recipe: Paddy Treats