Making Macarons

Alicia Froio’s Recipe for Making Macarons This recipe makes approximately 20 macarons. Tools Needed: KitchenAid Mixer, Baking Pans, Mixing Bowls, Spatula, Two Piping Bags Ingredients: Macaron Cookie: 1 cup of powdered sugar 3/4 cup almond flour 3 egg whites 1/2 cup sugar, granulated A pinch of salt Buttercream Filling 2 cups sugar, powdered 1/8 cup heavy cream 3/4 cup of butter Optional food colouring (or mashed sprinkles) Directions: Making the macarons: In the KitchenAid bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form (usingRead more

Recipe: Cozy Winter Pot Roast

Pot roast is a delicious and healthy comfort food that is easy to make in a slow cooker. It is the perfect winter meal that allows you to sit back, drink some red wine, watch the snow fall, while it cooks for you and infuses your home with a delicious scent. Below is my recipe: Ingredients: 3-5 lb chuck roast 2 whole onions 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil, more for cooking chuck roast 7 whole carrots, peeled and halvedRead more

Gingerbread Cookies

This holiday season is the perfect time to bake gingerbread cookies. They are a delightful treat to enjoy yourself or share with others. I follow Martha Stewart’s gingerbread cookie recipe.   INGREDIENTS: 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar 1/3 cup unsulfured molassesRead more

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is one of everybody’s favorite holiday desserts. Below is my recipe: INGREDIENTS: Homemade pie crust ( use half recipe for Martha Stewart’s Pate Brisee) 3 large eggs 1 can of pure pumpkin 1 can of evaporated milk 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ginger Pinch of salt 1/4 teaspoon cardamom 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg DIRECTIONS: Add pie dough to 9 inch pan and crimp the edge with thumb.Read more

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are a wonderful additional to a Holiday feast. This recipe is easy, simple, and incredibly delicious. INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 pounds of brussels sprouts 3 tablespoons of olive oil 1 teaspoon of kosher salt 1 teaspoon of pepper DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F Place brussels sprouts into a bowl and drizzle olive oil over the vegetables and add salt and pepper. Mix so that the brussel sprouts are completely covered by olive oil, salt and pepper. PourRead more

Chocolate Cherry Rye Cookies

This recipe makes the most delicious chocolate cherry rye cookies. They are gooey and fudgey and fulfill just about every chocolate craving. The recipe is from Displaced Housewife. Enjoy xo Ingredients: 8 oz of coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate 1/2 cup olive oil 3 large eggs room temperature 3/4 packed brown sugar 3/4 granulated sugar 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 3/4 cup dark rye flour (or whole wheat flour as a substitute) 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powderRead more

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

I found a delicious Fall apple cider recipe from Displaced Housewife: Ingredients: 11 medium apples, cored + quartered (gala, granny smith, honeycrisp) 6 cups of water 2 sticks of cinnamon 6 cloves 1 star anise juice of 1 lemon Instructions: Put your cored + quartered apples in your slow cooker. Cover with the water and add the cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise. Juice your lemon straight into the slow cooker and cover. Cook on high heat for 7 hours.Read more

Recipe: Candy Corn Peanut Butter Blondies

I found a great, festive recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod. This is great to make for kids as a Halloween treat – or really even for adults for any occasion. Below is the recipe for Candy Corn Peanut Butter Blondies. I made some adjustments to the recipe and noted the changes in this post. Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon bakingRead more

Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

These pumpkin-chocolate-chip squares are a delectable Fall treat. I found the recipe from Marta Stewart. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)  1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice  1 teaspoon baking soda  3/4 teaspoon salt  1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature  1 1/4 cups sugar  1 large egg  2 teaspoons vanilla extract  1 cup canned pumpkin puree  1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chip Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch bakingRead more

Recipe: Snickerdoodles

One of my favorite cookies to bake is Snickerdoodles. I follow Martha Stewart’s recipe: https://www.marthastewart.com/1066612/snickerdoodles-recipe Ingredients:   2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour  2 teaspoons cream of tartar  1 teaspoon baking soda  1/4 teaspoon salt  8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter  1/2 cup pure vegetable shortening  1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed  2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, with one rack in top third and one rack in bottom thirdRead more