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Iced Matcha Latte

I wake up each morning, and before even rubbing my eyes awake, I stumble into my kitchen, grab my pre-made vat of iced coffee, pour a glass just the way I like it (half milk, half coffee) and then feel ready to start my day. Sometimes I literally find myself waking up in the middle of the night and thinking about how many more hours are left before I can have a sip of coffee…now that I am reading this back to myself, I sound like I have a serious addiction…. However, ever since my daughter was born, I found I needed that jolt of caffeine in the morning to get myself awake after the multiple mid-night feedings and 3am tantrums that come with a baby. Now that she’s sleeping almost 11 hours at night, I really don’t have any excuse for my coffee requirement, other than I just love ...

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe, literally translated means “Cheese and Pepper”....arguably, 2 of my favorite ingredients in cooking. This dish is not only incredibly easy to make, but can be made in under 20 minutes....and is a real crowd pleaser! But I digress on the topic at hand for a moment to explain my absence in the blogging world… 5 months ago today, I gave birth to my amazing and incredibly adorable daughter, Mayzie! While I have actually still been cooking almost every night since her arrival, I have been making things that were either already on the blog, or too lame to blog (putting together a turkey and cheese sandwich, hardly seems like chef material). Now with my girl getting a little older and a little more independent, mamma is getting back into the blogging scene! Now that we have the sabbatical covered and clarified, let's get back to the pasta ...

Chocolate Covered Cake Pops

This year for Valentine’s Day, my hubby got me 2-dozen Chocolate Covered Strawberries. So to show my thanks, in the only way I know how, I decided to reciprocate with some more chocolate covered goodness: Chocolate Covered Vanilla Cake Pops. The gift of food is truly the best gift there is, and these cake pops are no exception. I decided to leave out the stick which is usually inserted into the pops for serving….but since we’re both adults here, and can just pop these bad boys into our mouths, I found the popsicle stick a little superfluous. I also really wanted to decorate these confections with colored sprinkles, but hubby strong vetoed my creative efforts in favor of the simple chocolate only look…so forgive the lack of creativity in the photos to follow, but I wanted to make him happy. For these cake pops, I wanted to try and replicate ...

Roast Beef with a Horseradish Cream Sauce

My new favorite dinner that I have been making at least once a week is this super easy Eye Round Roast Beef recipe served with a Homemade Horseradish Cream Sauce. I like that the prep is easy, and while the roast beef is cooking and doing it’s thing, I can go along with my day and do my thing! The instructions for cooking the roast beef perfectly every time are quite simple. You place the roast in a 500-degree preheated oven and roast it for 25 minutes. You then shut the oven off, leaving the door closed for 2 hours, and, viola! Perfect Roast Beef. Do not open that oven door under any circumstances. Walk away from the oven, go to the gym, walk your dog, get your hair done, do whatever you need to do, but do NOT open that oven door. You have been warned. If you have ...

Shortbread Cookies

One of my favorite clients recently gave me a cookbook that we are planning to cook through for various meals and dinner parties in the future. Today, amongst various savory dishes, she requested I make the cookbook’s Shortbread Cookies. Dread immediately set in. I have made Shortbread Cookies before, and have always had a difficult time with them, resulting in ugly cookies, and many 4 letter words being uttered from my mouth…but thankfully, not only was this cooking experience explicative-free, but these cookies are to die for! The issue I would normally have with Shortbread cookies would be that the dough was too crumbly, and when you got to the step of slicing them or cutting them with cookie cutters, the dough would crumble into a mess and I would cry (if you haven’t cried while baking, you clearly haven’t experienced the gamut of baking emotions). This recipe was much ...

Cucumber Lemon Spa Water

Let me preface this post by saying that I personally have never been to a spa. I can actually count on two hands how many times I’ve had a mani/pedi in my life. I’ve never gotten a massage, facial or any other special lady treatment….so the fact that I decided to name this drink “Spa Water” is me projecting my ideas of what I assume occurs at a spa. Along with people fanning you with large banana leafs while you lay on a bed of orchid petals, I assume they feed you grapes and refreshing water such as this one… I came up with the concept of this water when my husband and I were up in Maine 2 summers ago, and our hotel greeted us with water flavored with watermelon (absolutely delicious, and perfect on a hot summer day). Since then I experimented with various fruit combinations in my ...

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