Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies

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Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies are a beautiful summer dessert that's not hard to make and guaranteed to impress! Are you afraid of making pie crust? I know I was. For years. A perfectly made pie crust is a real thing of beauty. But a badly made pie crust? Ugh. Just ugh. For ages, I was afraid to even try making my own pie crust. "Why should I make one," I reasoned, "when there are perfectly good pie crusts available in the freezer section of the grocery store?" Well let me tell you friends - perfectly good is nice and all, but homemade pie crust? It's perfection. And here's the best part. Once you make a pie crust once or twice, you'll be an old pro at it and you'll feel totally confident … [Read more...]

Lightened Up Cappuccino Cheese Muffins

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Lightened Up Cappuccino Cheese Muffins are a great treat for people watching their weight! I know, I know. The last couple of weeks of this blog have been filled with one decadent treat after another. Each one has been a diet killer in its own right. "So what about the dieters?", you ask. "What's a poor soul to do if s/he isn't eating cheesecake, ice cream trifle, cheesecake mousse, delicious cookies, and all those other treats? Good news friend's. I feel for you. No really, I might be cooking, baking and photographing all sorts of fattening treats, but I've been dieting hard. Really hard. Like, one bite to make sure the cheesecake is good. We're in this together. And that's why I made … [Read more...]

Nespresso VertuoLine Review: The Best Cup of Coffee I Ever Had

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Nespresso VertuoLine review: it makes perfectly delicious coffee at the press of one button! You know that blissful moment when the first cup of coffee touches your lips? Yeah, I live for that moment. A couple of days ago, just at "that" moment, I exclaimed, "wow, my coffee is so good today!" I thought for a few seconds, then I amended my statement. "Well, actually, it's amazing every morning...ever since I got my Nespresso machine!" Image courtesy of Nespresso Before I go any further, I am going to be really clear here. The awesome folks at Nespresso have sent me a machine free of charge, for a review. It was particularly exciting, because this is a machine I've had my eye on for … [Read more...]

Skinny Mocha Frappe

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  Trying to lose weight? This Skinny Mocha Frappe recipe will help you stick to your resolutions! So 2014 is here, and lots of us are probably trying to eat healthy, lose weight, yada yada yada. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I'm in the middle of week 4 of my new diet. It's been great so far, and I am definitely adjusting to the whole "eat healthier" thing, but everyone needs a treat now and then, right? Well, my diet might be structured, but I had to come up with a way to treat myself within my diet plan. So I came up with this drink. You know the one you spend $5.95 on at a cafe or restaurant? Yep, same thing. Except it costs pennies in … [Read more...]

Healthy Apple Spice Muffins

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Healthy apple spice muffins are so delicious, you will forget that they are good for you! I'm going to make a confession right now. You'd think that being on a diet and trying to eat delicious food that's still healthy, I would be coming up with all kinds of delicious new recipes to share with you. But sadly, that is just not the way it's been going. I am trying to make plenty of healthy food in minimum time, and I find myself lacking time, inspiration and motivation to play. I find myself turning to all of my old favorites, instead of creating new and exciting recipes. Don't worry, I'll get my creativity back soon. In the meantime, I decided to share one of my favorite healthy muffin … [Read more...]

Over 50 Donuts and Fried Desserts for Hanukkah

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If you're in the midst of planning a Chanukkah bash, or simply looking for an exciting new dessert to serve this Hanukkah, you're gonna love what I have for you today! I have a roundup of over 50 different doughnut ideas (baked and fried!) plus a bunch of other delicious looking fried treats! Click through the links below to find the recipes. I've got it all sorted by type. Fried Donuts: Easy Homemade Yeast Donuts on OvertimeCook Double Lemon Glazed Donuts by Chocolate Moosey 5 Minute Donuts by CookKosher Strawberry Donut Holes by Lemons for Lulu Spudnuts (Potato Donuts) by Buns in my Oven Apple Cider Donuts by Cook Like a Champion  Boston Cream Donuts by Shugary … [Read more...]

Baked Mini Cookies and Cream Donuts

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I have to admit, my feelings about baked donuts used to be very mixed. If you look doughnut up in the dictionary (and I sure did) you'll see that the definition reads: dough·nut noun -(ˌ)nət : a piece of sweet fried dough that is often shaped like a ring Notice the part where it says...fried? And notice how it totally doesn't say "baked"? Yeah, me too. And being a bit of a stickler for things like this, I really didn't like the idea of calling a baked dessert a donut. Or a doughnut. Then I went and did something that irreversibly changed my feelings about this issue. I created these donuts. They may be baked, but they're awesome on a whole new level. A level that kind of … [Read more...]

Maple Pumpkin Granola

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There are certain foods which I seem to forget about for a while, then I remember them suddenly. And as I eat said food, I kick myself as I wonder why I don't make it more often. Like, every day, for example. My Spicy Baked Zucchini Sticks are a perfect example of this. They are among the most popular recipes on this blog, and for very good reason. And I often forget that I've got such a delicious and easy recipe in my repertoire. Then I make them, and I get all confused as to why I haven't been making them daily since the day I came up with the recipe. Well, it turns out that homemade granola is another such example. I've made homemade granola plenty of times in the past, and totally … [Read more...]

Healthy Apple Berry Crumble

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As a general rule, I am not a huge fan of diet dessert. In my mind, diet + dessert = fresh fruit. Simple math, really. But as we've discussed before, even a dieter needs a treat on occasion. And if you are going to treat yourself, there are better and worse ways to do it.Last year, my editor for my magazine column asked me to come up with some diet desserts for the magazine's annual diet issue. Naturally, I published a healthy muffin recipe. (You all know how much I love coming up with those!) And I came up with my amazing oatmeal protein cookies. And the third dessert, I figured, would be a crumble. Lots of fruit, oatmeal topping, it seemed like the natural choice for a healthier … [Read more...]

Streusel Swirled Butterscotch Bundt Cake

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This recipe will always have a very dear pace in my heart. Why, you ask? Well, it's the first of my recipes to ever go "viral." This recipe was published in my dessert column in Ami Magazine a year ago, and it was crazy popular. Here's the cool thing. One of the ingredients in this cake, butterscotch chips, are only available in non-dairy and kosher through one company (that I know of). And while most kosher grocery stores in the New York area carry these chips, it isn't something that they stock large quantities of. Which was never much of an issue, until my cake recipe was published. Suddenly, these chips were nowhere to be found. Nobody had them. Any store that could get them in sold … [Read more...]