Quick & Cheesy Cornbread Muffins

Here's a confession: I impulse buy Jiffy mixes. At the often tantalizing price of $0.54 who can resist? This is a quick, semi-homemade recipe for cornbread muffins using a big helper -- Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. That familiar blue box that is found in pantries across America. Sometimes, you just need a shortcut. And you…

Chocolate Cake with Strawberry-Mascarpone Filling

Some moments in life deserve a special celebration. And every celebration deserves cake! I made this decadent chocolate cake, adorned in pastel floral accents for Nana's birthday. Nana loves chocolate, and this cake was the perfect combination of rich chocolate and light, fluffy cake. Pastel gel food coloring gives the piped rosettes their bright yet…

Orange Espresso Cupcakes

Thank Kori for the idea of this flavor combination in cake form. The original idea was to make this a cake, with layers of espresso & orange buttercream in between flavor-packed cake. That is still something I‘d like to do — but I needed the basic cake recipe first. And so the orange espresso cupcake…

Ricotta Vegetable Quiche

It's the weekend. You are busy doing laundry, cleaning the house and laying on the couch catching up on Netflix (the most important chore of all). You want to serve up a show-stopping breakfast with minimal effort. Never fear: the Ricotta Vegetable Quiche is here! This recipe was born from a tub of ricotta cheese…