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Coconut Milk Pound Cake

Coconut Milk Pound Cake

Whenever I cook something that calls for a partial container of an ingredient (like using a cup out of a jug of buttermilk or a tablespoon out of a can of tomato paste), I always scramble to find another recipe that uses up the rest of that container before it spoils. We cook with coconut … Continue reading

Exciting News at By the (cook)Book!

This morning, I checked my e mail and learned that I am the winner of a bake-off contest over at A Lot of Your Plate, a great blog with easy recipes, fun DIYs for kids, and information on must-have products, inspirational organizations and so much more. Click here to visit the post in which Jess announced me … Continue reading

Graduation Cap Cookies

Graduation Cap Cookies

One of the most popular posts on this blog is the photo recap from my cousin Alexa’s Style Your Sole Party, which you may remember was her way of fulfilling her senior project graduation requirement. Well, graduation has now come and gone not only for Alexa, but also for my brother Sam, and two other cousins: Evan … Continue reading

Baked “Fried” Plantains

Baked “Fried” Plantains

I love plantains, but they are a really tough to find when they aren’t in season and even a little tough to find when theyare. So, I was elated when the rinky-dink supermarket in our neighborhood had them in the produce aisle. This guilt free-dessert is just right for getting a little bite of something … Continue reading

Eggless Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough

Eggless Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough

Apparently, the most important thing a chef does in the kitchen is taste-test their food as they’re cooking it. I read this in food-network magazine, I saw it on a food-network tv show, I’m fairly certain that’s how Paula Deen ended up being diabetic, and every time I cook, Yuseff asks me why I never taste my food. … Continue reading

Fried Pineapple Rings

Fried Pineapple Rings

One of my favorite things about weekends is that who-has-to-make-dinner doesn’t default to the person who gets home the earliest (hint: that’s usually me). Truth be told, I think that Yuseff is a way better cook than me, so I love when he makes something that I would for sure mess up. Last night, he … Continue reading

Mini Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cheesecakes

Mini Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cheesecakes

Sometimes, I find that I need a lot of cream cheese. It’s a main ingredient in most dips, some of my favorite frostings, and other tasty creations. So, I guess I thought it was neccessary to buy a log of it at Costco (containing the equivalent of 8- 8 oz packages). I used half of it, … Continue reading

Indoors S’mores: S’mores Brownies

Indoors S’mores: S’mores Brownies

On Saturday, we thought it would be fun to have a movie party after dinner and eat some popcorn and ice cream. So, we went grocery shopping, came home, ate some fried chicken, and curled up on the couch with our treats to watch Rango. I think we made it halfway through the movie before we … Continue reading

Vanilla Cut Out Cookies

Vanilla Cut Out Cookies

On Wednesday Marco came home with a note from school asking parents to send in treats on Friday to be served at the Open House for prospective families on Sunday. The open house has three “themes.” Academics (Since it’s a school). Faith (Since it’s a Catholic School). And something else (I was skimming…Service, maybe?). Marco’s classroom is … Continue reading