Baking: Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Kid’s gotta eat, amiright? With such busy schedules, many times it’s a grab-and-go situation and they are eating in the car en route to practice or lessons or study group. Easy on-the-run bites are usually things like a banana, string cheese, a granola bar. But…have you ever looked at the ingredients of a granola bar? Even…

Cooking at Home: Bacon in the Oven

Not long ago I curiously watched my sister fry bacon in a pan on the stove. She laid down several strips at a time, turning each one over until crispy, and trying to not get splattered by all the bacon fat rendered in the pan. When the strips were done she moved them to a…

Baking: Best Brownie Pan, Ever.

“I hate brownies,” said no one ever. Who could not like a chocolatey, cakey square with a warm, slightly gooey center? Especially with a generous scoop of ice cream on top? Voldemort, probably. And Sauron. The Emperor wouldn’t touch it, I’m sure. The one thing I do hate about brownies is the slicing part. Usually…

Baking: Double-Chocolate Layer Cake

A couple of days ago I baked my favorite chocolate cake, from a recipe by Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. This double-layer chocolate cake is a hit with my family; the kids literally squeal with delight when they realize what I’m making. The buttermilk keeps the cake crazy moist, and the coffee in both the…