Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Cast Iron Skillet Cake (Gluten Free)

This April I hosted an Ayurvedic cleanse for my friends and family, with the intent to bring the cleanse to a broader audience this Fall. After two weeks of cleansing it became clear to me that I feel much better off of gluten. I am not as bloated, I don’t feel heavy after meals, my […]

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Zucchini Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling

As a kid, Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies were one of my absolute favorites. I would beg my mom to buy me a box at the grocery, and when she obliged I would take them home, eat them slowly and savor every bite. Magically, though it never occurred to me to replicate that childhood favorite, […]

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Bourbon Buttermilk Bread Pudding with Strawberry Bourbon Sauce

On July 4th I hosted a cookout, and my friend Andy brought enough poundcake, ice cream and berries for a small army. So, what to do with all the leftover poundcake and berries? A light and fluffy buttermilk bread pudding with a spike of bourbon was the perfect option. It was the first time I […]

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Strawberry Lemon Cornmeal Cake

Strawberry season has trailed off, but there are still berries on the shelves to choose from that would be lovely in this lemony cornmeal cake. I recently made two of these to take to two dinner parties in the same night. They were a tasty success, and the plates at both parties disappeared quickly (even […]

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Southern Tres Leches Cake with Fresh Fruit and Whipped Cream

It is my birthday week (I officially turned 34 on the 14th) so it seemed only fitting that I create a lovely, fabulous baked goody to post this week. Nasturtium, one of my favorite edible flowers, is growing in abundance in my garden now and I wanted to create a dessert that showcased their beauty. […]

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Kentucky Derby Recipes: Mint Julep Fruit Salad

Being a Louisville native, I absolutely love and adore the first Saturday in May, The Kentucky Derby. This year the weather happens to be a little gloomy and rainy, but I can assure you it hasn’t dampened the spirits of all of us Kentucky Proud folks. I’m hopping around to a couple of Derby parties […]

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Trail Mix Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Cookies

Ever thought to yourself, It would be so awesome right now to be eating a homemade cookie on this hike instead of trail mix and power bars? Well, if not, I’ve just planted the seed. These energy-loaded cookies are perfect for any activity, place or time. Hikes, bike rides, runs, walks, adventurous picnics, anytime is […]

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Big Lemony Birthday Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

A few months ago my friend Jen and I hosted a book group for The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. In this particular book group the hosts choose food that is complementary to the book. In our case, the title and cover of the book said it all – we needed a […]

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Cranberry & Bittersweet Chocolate Shortbread Cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap #fbcookieswap

This year I participated in the 2nd Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, where bloggers from around the country bake cookies and send them to other bloggers as a surprise. Last year was super tasty and great fun, and this year was even better. In addition to baking and receiving tasty cookies, the cookie swap […]

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Bourbon Sorghum Pecan Cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap #fbcookieswap

I’ve already made 3 batches of these cookies (including the initial experimental batch) and it isn’t even December yet! My friends and family have vied for the right to take extras home, and eat as many as they could for themselves. I even found partially eaten cookies lying in the pile thanks to the mouse […]

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