P is for Polish Paczki

P is for Polish Paczki

  This article was first published in 2014. We’ve done some more tasting and have added a few more bakeries and updated the paczki review. Enjoy!  It’s that time of year when many people start preparing for a season of spiritual rigor and renewal. That means parties and festivals and, of course, lots of amazing […]

National Chocolate Day October 28th

National Chocolate Day October 28th

  Chocolate. We find it tough to find anyone who doesn’t like it. We love it ourselves. We’ll find any excuse to celebrate almost anything with some type of chocolate. Perfect celebrations are birthdays (or birthday months!), getting that new client, finishing a task, cleaning the cat box, whatever it may be that earns a reward. […]

Holiday Treasure Cookies

Holiday Treasure Cookies

    Share your favorite cookie recipes this holiday season. The holidays are a wonderful time for baking treats. One of our favorites to share is this easy and delicious recipe for holiday treasure cookies that each come with a secret hidden delight. My mother used to make these every holiday and store them in […]

Easy Chocolate Crinkles Cookie Recipe

Easy Chocolate Crinkles Cookie Recipe

  Cookies are a universal taste treat. Many countries around the world have their own unique cookies – Italian Biscotti, Korean Yakgwa, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Balinese Jaja Lempog, Swedish Rosenmunnar, Greek Kourabiethes, Scottish Shortbread,  French Macarons, Chinese almond cookies, Dutch Stroopwafels and more than we can count! Cookies are that sweet, delicious finger food that’s perfect […]

The Original Red Velvet Cake Recipe

The Original Red Velvet Cake Recipe

  While the Waldorf Salad may tell you exactly where it originated, did you know that Red Velvet cake also originated at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel in the 1920’s? In celebration of National Culinary Arts Month, Hilton Worldwide is sharing some classic recipes and their unique history and encouraging everyone to Be A Weekender […]

Secret Recipes and Hidden Kitchen Treasures

Secret Recipes and Hidden Kitchen Treasures

  by Diana Laskaris (the Messy Chef)   We were recently invited to test the Hand Mixer from Hamilton Beach. We were not financially compensated for this review. The opinions shared are our own and based on the experience we had.      There’s an urban legend that has been passed around in various forms […]

Chocolate – The Global Treat

Chocolate – The Global Treat

  Just mention chocolate and you’ll likely see smiles, hear sighs and gather a happy crowd around you, just about anywhere in the world. So, listen closely -CHOCOLATE! We thought it would be fun to consider the delicious treats that just about anyone can make using a little creative melting and some tasty ingredients. Here’s […]

Cake Decorating with Style

Cake Decorating with Style

    Cake decorating with style is quite a process. Some people are naturally artistic and once they learn about the process they can zoom ahead. Others need inspiration or instruction. But whatever the process, the results can be stunning. From fun and whimsical to elegant and gorgeous, the art of cake decorating with style […]

Founding Foodie

Founding Foodie

    Are you one of the many who believe that the wondrous and beloved Julia Child was the first notable person responsible for introducing the  joys of French cuisine to America? However much she popularized it, Julia was not the first. Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third President of […]

Passionate Profiteroles

Passionate Profiteroles

    If you’ve spent any time around French cuisine, you know that the art of French pastry is full of passion and delight. It can also take a lot of time, patience and technique. Sometimes, you just want to finish off a meal with something sweet without buying a dessert from the local patisserie […]