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29 Dec


Phew. I’m awhirl with emotions. It’s been a great year, and I’m sad to see it go, but there’s still so much to celebrate!


Please forgive my delinquency. Not to make excuses, but in addition to the usual distractions, I’ll be starting a new job next week! Change is in the air, and blogging about cake has suffered for it. Eating cake has not, and as small amends, I’d like to share my favorite recipes from this holiday season.

Lately, recipe edition:

1. Nantucket Cranberry Pie– The Pioneer Woman strikes again. I’ve made this pie for no less than four occasions this holiday season (one of which being “I just wanted pie”). It’s tart, it’s sweet, part pie, part cake. All delicious.

2. Vanilla Peppermint Cupcakes– Oprah did good on this one. I followed the recipe exactly, except for the frosting. I used 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar instead of 3 1/2, and they turned out just sweet enough for my taste. The peppermint is just enough to feel seasonal without being too overwhelming.

3. White Chocolate Ginger Ice Cream– From David Lebovitz. My favorite part of Thanksgiving dessert. The ginger perfectly balances the white chocolate for one darn good ice cream. A+++ will make again (sorry, eBay humor).

4. Vegetarian Lasagna– I love this recipe for a go-to winter meal. It feels lighter than other lasagna, but still has all the cheesy goodness.

I hope it’s been a magical season for you and yours, and I look forward to getting back to regular blogging again in 2014! Happiest of holidays from me to you. xo!


Lately, Summer edition

7 Jul

I am at a loss. Vacation has been over for a week now, and I just can’t seem to get back into the swing of things. It would seem I just had TOO much fun in the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle, Victoria, and the great beyond– ALASKA!


If you find yourself there any time soon, here’s my advice:

1. Supercharge your camera. It’s stunning!

2. Let’s talk food. We spent a week on a cruise ship with an abundance of food, but left to our own devices, here’s how we did:

  • Ivar’s: it’s a Seattle classic. Order fish and chips, then feed a few to the seagulls (or don’t). For a snack, grab a bag of calamari for $1.79.


  • Pike’s Brewery: Located smack dab in the middle of Pike’s Market, it’s the perfect relief from a rainy day in Seattle (which it was), and full of tasty brews. My favorite was the Clam Digger.


  • Afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel: Victoria, BC has a fantastic old British feel, and there is nothing better than an afternoon of finger sandwiches, scones and tiny treats. We at ECB fully endorse. Oh, and they also have tea!


  • Virginia Inn: The perfect cap off to our vacation before actually heading back to old Virginny. This place had great local beers, and the moules frites were just perfect.


In summation, I’m still here! And I can’t wait to share some new recipes in the works after a fantastic few weeks away. Cheers to summer! xo



19 May

May has kicked my butt. Also, didn’t May just start? I’m behind in a big way, but committed to clawing my way back. Here’s what’s been happening lately. Stay tuned for a slew of new recipes!

1. We moved! And, as of last weekend, have (most of) our boxes unpacked. Phew.

2. I ran my first half marathon (and first road race, period). Also a “phew” moment. I’ll be living on my bed until my legs work again.

3. Mother’s Day happened, and I borrowed from some stellar recipes for brunch inspiration. I’d highly recommend:

  • Baked Eggs with Chorizo and Potatoes– From Food & Wine, this recipe is spicy, savory and perfect for a crowd. Because every brunch needs eggs.
  • Buttermilk Biscuits– Easy and so delicious. Because every brunch needs eggs…and biscuits.
  • Italian Cream Cake– The Pioneer Woman can do no wrong in my book. This cake was just. so. good. Even if you don’t like coconut, you will in this cake.


Wishing you a great week ahead! xo


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