Potlucky Brunch: Spinach Gruyere Strata Recipe

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, but this is a good one to keep on file. Trying to plan a summer potlucky gathering was proving a challenge with my busy summer schedule. But I was anxious to have the gang over at the new place, so I decided a brunch event would be a good placeholder until the next potlucky dinner event.  Continue reading

Avocado Spinach Quinoa Salad

We’ve been having some amazing early spring weather here in Philly. So to celebrate the first day of Spring, Matt and I decided to have a picnic dinner over in Schuylkill River Park. Unable to keep things simple, I planned an elaborate menu that I was working on almost til the sun went down. Luckily we were able to get over to the park just before sunset and had a lovely dinner. This quinoa salad was definitely one of the standout dishes of the meal. It was simple to make and super healthy.  Continue reading

Irish Potatoes

I have a very distinct memory of being in elementary school during our homeroom St. Patrick’s Day party, and someone handing me something they called an “Irish Potato.” Being a fan of potatoes, I happily popped it in my mouth, only to find it was really just a glob of cream cheese and coconut, two ingredients I despised at that point in my life. I made it a point to avoid the candy potato impostors after that. But this year, when it was suggested I make some Irish Potatoes as a St. Patrick’s Day treat, I figured I’d give them another chance. Even though my tastes have matured, the Irish Potatoes didn’t do it for me. I prefer my cream cheese frosting to be on top of a cupcake. But if you are looking to make some for your holiday festivities, here is a super easy recipe.  Continue reading

Chocolate Whiskey Cupcakes

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, I bring you Chocolate Whiskey Cupcakes. These cupcakes are extremely moist and rich, and came out almost fudge-like. The flavor of the whiskey in the actual cupcake isn’t super strong, but I topped these with a chocolate sour cream frosting and a Jameson glaze, and they were the perfect St. Patty’s Day treat. Recipe below!

Chocolate Whiskey Cupcakes (Modified from Annie’s Eats): 

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp whiskey
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs Continue reading

Milk Bar Banana Layer Cake

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I handed over my Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook to my friend Rob and told him to pick out any cake he wanted me to make for his birthday. It was no surprise to me that he selected a banana layer cake. Just looking at the photos of this cake are enough to make you drool. However, I was quite surprised at how intricate this cake was when I started reading about it.

The intro starts out “this banana cake is a doozy to make,” and goes on to say the only reason they still make it at Milk Bar is because it’s so popular (probably because it’s Oprah’s favorite cake). Then I started to read the recipe… Continue reading