• lemon vanilla cookie
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    Lemon-Vanilla Cookies

    So Rob decided he wanted to do some baking this weekend. One of his coworkers had been asking him to bring in some cookies like his chocolate-ginger ones, so he set off to do just that. And just to be clear, this was all him, I left him to his own devices in the kitchen (which almost turned out badly when he almost forgot to add the eggs to the dough). Rob was aiming for something like the crinkle cookies, but that isn’t quite what he got in the end. They didn’t really get that crinkly look but more the look of like a drop cookie. This may be on…

  • orange vanilla pound cake
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    Orange-Vanilla Pound Cake

    This pound cake is my take on a family recipe that is a dessert staple for parties. It also is another one of those family recipes that Rob seems to love. I mean, it’s not fancy or anything like that but it is classic and does taste awesome. Traditionally, this would be made in a bundt pan and served as a dessert with icing all over the top. I decided to go for more of a breakfast approach, since Rob wanted it for that. So I actually made it in not one, but TWO different forms! The first was a traditional loaf and the second was muffins! The loaf served…

  • chocolate vanilla swirl cheesecake
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    Black & White Cheesecake

    Cheesecake was the only request Rob’s sister had when her and her fiance over for dinner before they move cross country. They have been the taste testers for all of our cheesecakes so far and this time would be no different. In order to mix it up, I decided to do a chocolate/plain swirl. We had intended to give this a try on our last cheesecake, but we ended up just doing a layered thing. The swirl worked out really well, we may have accidentally made a little too much chocolate. We were also happy to find that there was not any impact of the cooking (if anything it cooked…

  • chocolate mousse cheesecake
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    Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

    I think that cheesecake is the perfect dessert for me. Its sweet but not over the top. My favorite cheesecake growing up was one with chocolate and vanilla from Cheesecake Factory. Thankfully for me, Rob has a huge sweet tooth and loves chocolate mousse and cheesecake. So, he was all for this mash-up. I decided to combine a layer of classic vanilla bean cheesecake with a bittersweet chocolate ganache mousse layer. This gives it a combination of both worlds: the soft creaminess of the mousse on top and the firmer richer cheesecake. The bittersweet chocolate provides a good balance for the mouse so that it is not too bitter but…

  • Apple Crumb Cake
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    Apple Crumb Cake w/ Bourbon Vanilla Glaze

    This Apple Crumb Cake is the perfect fall baked good that can serve as breakfast or dessert, because who doesn’t love cake, apples, and warm spices in the fall.  It has the warmth of a breakfast cake with the sweetness of a dessert, you can eat it any time of day!!   If you can’t tell from my blog, I tend to focus more on cooking than baking.  Generally, I find that baking requires a lot more precision and makes experimenting a bit more difficult.  That is where this recipe comes in, I can really adjust the spice mix and place around with the apple preparation to give it a…