Favorites of 2012

Even though we haven’t had this blog for long, we’ve posted over 50 recipes, each one delicious! Some seem to stand out, in our mind and in our readers’ minds, and we would like to list these favorites below. But before we do, we would like to thank every one of our readers for, well,…

Swedish Almond Cardamon Wreath

This dessert is the type of thing that, if we had never had it before, we would be tempted to skip over for other desserts. It’s not that we’re particularly picky, but “Swedish Almond Cardamom Wreath” just doesn’t have the same ring to it as, say, “Salted Caramel Double-Chocolate Brownie.” However, we’re here to tell…

Chicken Taquitos and Refried Beans

It seems like most people really like Mexican food; many of our friends have obsessions with places like Chipotle and Qdoba and bowls of chips with salsa, guacamole, or queso dip. We definitely agree- we love it! Taquitos are lots of fun both to make and to eat. To us, they taste sort of like…

Eggnog Muffins

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their families and friends! We had a nice, quiet Christmas at home with our grandparents and family, enjoying some delicious baked goods and their company! These muffins were actually our breakfast Christmas morning, and they were too delicious not to share, even though Christmas itself is technically…

Sable Cookies

Sometimes we think that there is nothing better than something flavored purely vanilla. If you are having a vanilla craving, these are a good answer because they have spectacular vanilla flavor. Vanilla comes in two forms here: a vanilla bean and two tablespoons of vanilla extract. We actually improvised quite a bit from the original…

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

We have been wanting to make sugar cookies with royal icing for a very long time. Who can blame us? Sugar cookies with royal icing look beautiful and are impressive for party favors and for Christmastime! We finally tried them for the first time this weekend and we were very happy with the results! Now,…

Risotto with Chicken and Caramelized Onions

This risotto is a great option for a winter dinner because it is quick and easy to make, it is as warm and comforting as a bowl of soup, and, of course, it tastes delicious. We have tried out a couple of other risotto recipes, and this one is by far the best. It’s so…

Peppermint Bark Cookies

A few weeks ago, well before Christmas baking season had really begun, we saw a bag of peppermint bark baking pieces at Trader Joe’s. It obviously went into our cart pretty quickly! We waited for a little while to use them, and finally made these cookies. They were very, very good! The peppermint bark pieces…

Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls are something that we have enjoyed since we were little, thanks to our popcorn-loving mom. It is only time for us to put a recipe for them on our blog! They are often overshadowed by other easy desserts, such as rice krispie treats, but in our opinion, they are one of the yummiest…

Ricotta-Filled Crepes with Berry Coulis

A crepe is one of those things that seems more intimidating and challenging than it actually is, but once attempted, is way easier than expected. We’ve made crepes many times before, and our mom made them many times before that, and every time they turn out nicely. They are a little tricky to flip if…

Oreo Peppermint Bark

This peppermint bark is pretty much amazing- there are no other words to describe it. Peppermint bark is usually delicious made in the traditional fashion (unless the layers of chocolate and white chocolate are too thick, resulting in a boulder of hard-to-eat candy) but adding chopped Oreos to the top brought these up a couple…

Apple Cake

This year, our dad’s birthday was two days after Thanksgiving. With all the busy cooking that went into that, and our birthday cake, we wanted to make something simple. We decided to make our grandmother’s apple cake, which has always been a family favorite. The cake batter couldn’t be easier, and the flavor is delicious….