Harvest Apple Cake

Still have apples from your overly curated IG apple picking? Thought you might… why don’t I introduce you to my Grandmother’s apple harvest cake recipe. It’s a family tradition, ludicrously simple, and succinctly captures that fall magic in every bite. Harvest Apple Cake

Ina’s Apple Pie Bars

I know you have apples. I’ve seen you all over Instagram picking them with your families, some in coordinated outfits. Some claiming you don’t know how to make pie. Tis the season. Ina’s Apple Pie Bars are better than pie because well, they’re Ina’s. Also, the crust is more short bready goodness than bland shortening…

Double Snickerdoodle Cookies

This recipe takes the cinnamony-sugary goodness of a sugar cookie and stuffs another one inside of it. Why eat one when you can eat two…or rather one riddled with the innards of a cinnamon roll. Perfectly chewy, right from the freezer…if they last that long to make it there… Double Snickerdoodle Cookies For the filling:…

Strawberry Margarita Pie

Refreshing. Frozen. Boozy. Salty. Sweet. Easy. Dessert. You’re. Welcome. Strawberry Margarita Pie CRUST: 2 c. crushed pretzels 1 stick of butter, melted 1 T. sugar PIE: 16oz. cream cheese 1/3 c. lime juice 14 oz. sweetened, condensed milk 8-10 strawberries, diced 1/4 c. tequila 2 T. triple sec Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all crust…

Ina’s Chocolate Cassis Cake

It’s been ages that I’ve been wanting to try Ina’s Chocolate Cassis cake after learning that Giada requests this every year for her birthday. It must be good if you’re using another chef’s recipe for your celebrations. And…it was SO good! While cassis is throughout all components of this cake, it really has no boozy…

Ina’s Peach & Almond Torte

My girl Ina claimed this was an easy one and I needed something simple to take to a small dinner party so I put my quest in her capable hands and she delivered as always. Ingredients on hand plus seasonal fruit was an astounding success that resulted in requests for seconds as well as the…

Lemon Mascarpone Berry Tart

Turns out chemo-taining (yes, that’s a word) is something you really want to do, because, well you have the time to experiment with recipes. You are also going to want it to be simple, because, well, you’re exhausted. But, you’ll want it to look nice, so you just move to Switzerland and take advantage of…

Lola Coats Europe in Her Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate buttercream in Europe? Yes, dreams do exist… or at least this was my takeaway from my friends who were fighting over the most frosting-filled slices of cake. One in particular told me that he consumed four pieces of cake in twelve hours. This was after he asked if there was any extra frosting. (There…

Heath Bit Cookies

These are the bendiest cookies! Dark brown sugar, slightly under baked. You can pop these babies in the freezer. Grab one when you need it and within a few minutes at room temp, you too can have the bends. The good kind. Heath Bits Cookies 3/4 c. Sugar 3/4 c. Brown sugar 1 c. Butter,…

Birthday Blondies

Was it anyone’s birthday? Well aside from my entire family… no, not in Switzerland. I must have been getting hungry seeing all the gorgeous cakes flying about the Instagram of all of the Leo’s that I know! Realizing I’d shipped some good ole US cake mixes earlier this year, I knew what I had to…

Popelini

There’s a new (to me) must-have treat in Paris- Popelini! Golf-ball sized confections of choux pastry and cream with a wee extra sugary disk on top. I ran into them on IG and knew I had to test drive and damn, did they ever deliver. Salted caramel was my game but of course it was…