Cast Iron Blueberry Cornmeal Cake

When I received a special issue of Bake From Scratch Magazine called One Layer Cakes, and passed by this cast iron blueberry cornmeal cake, I knew I had to try making it. Since pick-your-own blueberry season is still underway here in Connecticut, our first step in making this recipe was to drive to our local farm and pick the required amount of blueberries, plus additional for daily snacking. This recipe is great to make with your kitchen helper(s) of any age. Once I pre-measured all ... Continue Reading

Food Lifestyle Photography With Kids

I'm excited to announce that I'll be providing a video tutorial series on Food Photography with kids! This series is four years in the making and it's time to pass along some helpful tips and tricks to you so you can feel more confident photographing your children while baking with your children. As if baking wasn't stressful enough with little hands in the mix, right? Capturing images adds another layer of complexity, but it can be done. I'm here to show you my tips and tricks to do both ... Continue Reading

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos with Homemade Flour Tortillas

Summer has arrived and tacos are a great meal to enjoy all season long. These slow cooker beef tacos with homemade flour tortillas and pickled red onions satisfied my family's street tacos craving. I also love that my kitchen helper was involved in making the spice rub and rolling out the flour tortillas. I'm pretty sure the warm tortillas were his favorite part of the dish. This recipe calls for a boneless chuck roast, which requires low and slow cooking for 8 hours. The slow cooker was ... Continue Reading
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5 Desserts To Make This 4th Of July

Fourth of July 2020 is upon us and although we won't be celebrating as we did last year or years before that, we can still celebrate with the ones we love at home. Why not enjoy a delicious dessert to cap off the day. These are 5 recipes worth trying this holiday. They are fun, festive, colorful and would please most palettes. Take a family poll, chocolate, vanilla or fruit? Or cookie, tart, cupcake or cake? To see what to make this holiday. Recipe Snapshot Mix Berry Tart: No bake, use ... Continue Reading

Homemade Cinnamon Bread

I can't believe I'm going to confess this, but when I was in graduate school I used to reward my good grades with store bought cinnamon bread (without raisins) Ha! Thinking back on this makes me laugh and even funnier is that when I was talking to my little kitchen helper about our 4 year Make & Taste blog anniversary he suggested Homemade Cinnamon Bread to be the feature recipe. How could I say "no". Happy 4 year Make & Taste Anniversary! It's hard to believe that four years ... Continue Reading

No Bake, Small Batch S’mores Cake

Memorial Day Weekend 2020 is going to be a bit different, like most national holidays this year. Never did we think a pandemic would sweep the country and restrict us from seeing family and friends. But it's all to slow the curve and hopefully holidays in the future will be filled with family and friends again; without social distancing. For all these reasons I decided to make my family of three this No Bake, Small Batch S'mores Cake. This recipe was adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction ... Continue Reading

4 Chocolate Recipes To Celebrate Mom

** This post contains affiliate links and any purchases help continue my coffee enjoyment. Mother's Day 2020 will be one for the memory books and more than ever your chocolate loving Mom needs some extra celebration. With work, homeschooling and balancing family life, Moms out there would love to enjoy a chocolate treat made by you and her kitchen helper(s). Bonus points for making the recipes that contain espresso and coffee beans. This is why I put together my 4 Chocolate Recipes to ... Continue Reading

Small Batch Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

I made these muffins last night and know you will love these too. If you are in search of a muffin to feed your family that isn't overly sugary (no refined sugar, uses honey) and provides them with a healthy snack, this is for you. During these times of quarantine, I feel like I'm eating more snacks throughout the day than normal so these Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins were a welcomed change. This Small Batch Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin recipe is based on Sally's Baking Addition recipe. I cut her ... Continue Reading

A How-To Guide For Making Your Family Cookbook + Video

(** This post contains an Affiliate link any compensation will go to support my next cup of coffee) There is no question that right now in April 2020 people, including myself, are home baking and cooking more with our families. For me baking is a source of comfort during these uncertain times. I've made childhood favorites, family staples and even taken a few items off my baking bucket list. As a photographer I document almost everything. Our neighborhood walks, new milestones, homeschoo... Continue Reading

How To Make Your First Sourdough Bread + Video & Worksheet

If you have ever wanted to bake bread but fear that it's too difficult or you don't have enough time, I'm here to tell you that after following the below steps in this post you will feel more confident in making your first sourdough bread. Let's just get one thing out of the way first, yes there are many steps along the way to cutting into your first loaf of bread, but the amount of time per step is minimal, some are as quick as 15 seconds. Yes, 15 seconds! If you have the desire, determinat... Continue Reading