Pear Cornmeal Cake with Rosemary Simple Syrup

Forget apple pie. Let go of the pumpkin tradition. Set out this simple pear cornmeal cake this holiday season and watch their shock. This cake will take a fraction of the time you would spend rolling out dough and a quarter of the stress. It’s so uncomplicated that you can go back to actually enjoying your time in the kitchen, with company, and doing the things that matter. The rosemary simple syrup is understated, and the perfect touch to really pull the flavors together. Let them judge for themselves. This cake is the show stopper this holiday season. PrintPear Cornmeal […]

Rum and Date Cake with Caramel Sauce

Imagine a warm cozy fire, candle light, warm blankets, and a slice of this cake. There’s not much more I could ask for as the weather starts to dip and a chill sneaks in. This decedent Rum and Date Cake with Caramel Sauce is what a sinful dessert should be. It looks stunning, will make your eyes roll to the back of your hear, perfect to impress guests, and really, isn’t that hard to make. But, we can keep that between the two of us. While the days get short and dark and the holidays sneak upon us, add this […]

Rum Cake Recipe Handed down for Mother’s Day #FlavorStory & Giveaway

The best recipes are tried and tested. The come with notes and stains. They are on old wrinkled sheets of paper that small like a Sunday morning in the kitchen. They are handed down from one generation to the next. This rum cake is no different, a special recipe that was passed down from my boyfriend’s grandmother, to his mother, and now to me. And with all those combined years of baking experience, it’s down right perfect. This is a rich pound cake, with 8 eggs and more butter than I have used in months, it’s sinful. When laying out everything […]

Confetti Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting

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Being the most social blogger ever, I baked a cake for someone. Not just any someone, but the ever ever lovely prim and proper Ms. Movita Beaucoup. a delicate little dancer, who writes the most thoughtful and heartwarming posts that will leave you waiting in anticipation for the next, who also, just happens to ice a cake like a pro. Every year Movita Beaucoup’s site hosts several competitions that make the masterful DIYers and skilled pastry chefs crawl out of their creative dormancy and show off their highly trained mad skills. These competitions also make me want to wither up and quit as I […]

Tiramisu and a Ledges Hotel Ski Weekend Review

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As we bumped along in our truck down narrow icy roads, I looked across the seat to my driver and said, “Maybe this is it for us.” Maybe we don’t need the big house, the fancy cars. Maybe it’s just us, the bikes, good food, great friends, and some adventures here and there. Heck, that’s a lot better than my parents had it. And it’s perfect for us as we found ourselves knee deep in snow storms, skiing, and relaxing in a beautiful hotel in the small charming town of Hawley Pennsylvania, looking for a quick weekend getaway to invigorate […]

Chocolate Whiskey Cake

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  Some things just aren’t meant to be. Take this cake for instance… I’ve made it three times now. I have the recipe memorized. Why? Is it that amazingly good? Well, no. It’s good, but not bake me three times in 4 days good. It is apparently the most delicious thing that little mischief monster below can grab from the counter and run around the house with though… Even from a booby trapped impossible to get to oh my God the dog just walked across the dining room table spot. Yeah, it’s been that kind of week. But then, when […]

Holiday Party Tips and a Killer Cranberry Vanilla Bean Cake

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Throwing killer parties is work – but it’s also a blast and I love doing it. If it were up to me, every Friday night would be all about entertaining. But we all know that’s not realistic. When I do get to entertain large groups of friends and family, I always have a game plan, a keep it cool mantra, and roll off my shoulders attitude about everything. Once you do it a few times, it becomes a breeze and you’ll see just how easy throwing a killer holiday party can be. 15 Holiday Party Tips to get you prepped […]

Pumpkin Latte Coffee Cake

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Normally, I test out one or two new recipes on friends at big holiday gatherings or social events, always forgetting the danger of that until I set the platters down and have my own private lack of Xanax induced freak out.  Instead of prepping and testing some recipes all week for a little upcoming Thanksgiving feast, this year I have been (much like a whiny child) doing my civic duty and serving on jury duty all week, leaving me unable to cook or test any recipes between that and working. Oh no. So, we’re going to wing it and see […]

Lemon Cheesecake Coffee Cake

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For the first time last weekend, I got to look up at a dark sky and see the stars. I mean, see the stars. I could see the milky way, thousands of countless speckles in the sky, and was in awe. It was dark and there was no one around. And everything seemed perfect. During our trip home, as the sun set I found myself looking up over and over again watching just how quickly the stars fade because of the lights around us and how few we could see as we drove. It made me want to see more. That’s […]

Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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Handsome and I are headed out for a weekend of adventure in North Carolina. I’ll be meeting his sister, niece, and nephews for the first time.  It’s a much needed ‘family’ vacation and I, for one, am really excited. Handsome and I actually do really well in a car together for several hours – and I figure that’s a pretty big accomplishment for any couple. Nothing is going to plan, and we are both over due for a few days off so this is going to be a blast! Follow my Instagram for random photos and probably at least one […]

S’mores Layer Cake for Pass the Cook Book Club with Smitten Kitchen!

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Yep, this post is late today. You know why? Pinterest. I’m not denying it. There are like 47 tabs open on my screen right now. 7 of which are just kittens being adorable. Thank God for the internet…. It’s another monthly installment of the Pass the Cook Book Club! Oh snap. This time we are cooking from the lovely Smitten Kitchen cook book from food blogger extraordinaire Deb Perelman. Can we say OG food blog much? Simple, clean, and beautiful. Much like her quality recipes and simple counter top presentation. What’s not to love about that. This month we could […]

Coconut Lime Pound Cake

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I’m cheating. Don’t hate. It’s the first time in a long time I feel like I’ve let down my blog. But, it’s Monday and I don’t have a salad for you. Better yet, it’s the last Monday of spring, which means next week it’s a new theme, and I couldn’t even phone it in for you. Now for a dramatic reenactment of Apocalypse Now, “the horror, the horror.” But, since I’m bringing this sweet pound cake to the table, I’m sure you’re not holding the lack of a green leafy salad against me. Right? Between meeting Little Miss Muffin this […]

Boston Cream Pie – for Father’s Day

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Today is all about Dad. The man of the house, the king of the castle, and speaking as my daddy’s little girl – the most awesome, selfless, coolest, tougher than nails, genuine, always make you smile, give you the shirt off his back, truest person that I will never know. I am blessed to have an amazing father and a great relationship with him. We are best friends, and I can’t imagine it being any other way. He’s where I get my stubborn streak (ask Handsome, he is the one who points this out to me all. of. the. time.) […]

Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake

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We’re baby sitting Goulda, my 140 pound rotty, again. She has progressed amazingly from the scared abused animal she was the first time she came over, who couldn’t walk up the stairs and into our house. She hid behind me and away from any males, dropped to the ground submissively with any noise, and was in general a pretty big hot mess. It’s awesome to see her bolt up the stairs and into our house now with her large brick of a head barreling through anything or one in her way. Ah progress. She has previously gotten ill, which I am counting as a […]

Tres Leches Cake

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Cinco de Mayo is almost here and I am really really sad. I’m pretty sure I could eat Mexican for an entire month long celebration of Cinco de Mayo if we wanted to make this party last… But I’m also sure I would be painfully single and looking for a place to rent on the cheap too as Handsome patiently puts up with a few Mexican recipes by eating a bag of Chex mix for dinner but wouldn’t have it for a month straight. But we’re finishing out the Cinco de Mayo celebration on PtS and GirlCarnivore with a bang! […]

Irish Dream Cheesecake

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First order of business: Did you check out my shiny new blog all about the love and joy of all things carnivorous and rolled in bacon? Please go check out Girl Carnivore, my new baby and like the page on facebook as well for more slaphappy Kita randomness. I just referred to myself in the third person… awkward. But seriously, Girl Carnivore is going to be my new home for a much more defined and structured blog where I explore the world of grilling, butchering, smoking, grinding and creating great food that sticks to the key theme – meat. Get it.. carnivore… But what about […]

Slow Cooker Triple Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake & Crock-Pot Giveaway!

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Want a classy at home date night for your loved one so you don’t have to deal with the stress of going out and forgetting reservations on Valentine’s day? Want an even easier dessert that you can whip up when you get home from work that will be ready in time to send the night off with some whipped cream on top? (He’ll never know you didn’t spend all day baking). Want a chance to win a cherry red Crock-Pot? Yeah, I thought so. For my regulars, you know by now how much I love my slow cooker. I am […]

Banana-Nut Pound Cake with Maple Crown Royal Glaze

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There was a post planned for this site where I was going to talk about this ‘pay it forward’ ideal that I would love to live by. I have had a lot of awesome pay it forward moments in the last year (mountain bikers are an especially good group for this) where a kind person has helped me, not because they had to, but because it was the right thing to do. Then January 1st happened and return lines and crappy sales associates and just generally pissy people happened and whatever benevolent and pay it forward attitude I had went out the […]

Red Velvet Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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While traveling to work the other day I had on the Serious XM Country Christmas radio station and I heard something that reminded me what Christmas was all about. I didn’t catch the very beginning, so I am not sure if it was the DJ’s personal story or something previously recorded, but who ever was talking was reminiscing about childhood Christmas’s in a small town. He talked about how his family only had one strand of lights, how they didn’t have much, but as children they never knew. He talked fondly of his mothers baked goods. Cookies and pies. He went into […]

Chocolate-Glazed Chocolate Malted Bundt Cake

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We are all of 6 days into December and the rest of the food blogging community went and left me in the dust. Preparedness has never been my thing. I didn’t roast a turkey in October and have a bunch of Thankgiving themed posts for you. Heck, I barely made any ‘large meals’ in November at all and I didn’t even make a turkey. I did pull out holiday decorations once for some photos, but immediately boxed them and put them away. So no fancy bokeh tree shots for you (yet). My static backgrounds will have to do. Besides, you just love […]

Pumpkin Maple Stack Cake

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Last week I got to be a kid again. And it was awesome. My dad and I spent the day in Philly, going to the zoo eating out and seeing a concert. It was a blast. I didn’t work, worry about emails, or wonder what was happening on twitter. I was walking around a zoo making sure we didn’t miss anything and pouting because the rhino refused to turn around – for hours. Giant rhino booty does not a good picture make.  (These pics were all taken with my Tameron Lens – seriously, great investment for a walk around lens. […]

Butterscotch Chip Oatmeal Cake

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This weekend at one of those extended family-family barbecues (because we refuse to believe it was BITTERLY cold this weekend) after about 40 minutes of non stop chatter about my cats at home and our dog, who made the trip with us just to see his BFF, I realized I talk about my pets the way some people talk about their kids. And that’s totally annoying. No one cares how cuddly my cat is, their cat is cuddly too. But it’s nice that people humor me while daydreaming of Hawaiian vacations and projects that need completing at home. So this […]

Caramel Apple Cake

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Just for the record, caramel, apples, and I don’t get along very well. Caramel and anything else, no bigs. Caramel and apples and something just goes all sorts of wrong in my kitchen. Caramel ends up everywhere besides where it is supposed to be and usually ends up with me doing a lot of extra cleaning. See hot mess here. Which pretty much sums up how I feel today. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the lifestyle but something in me is going a little nuts today. I am all sorts of down on myself, down on Pass the Sushi […]

Strawberry Poke Cake & Labor Day Recipe Round Up

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Labor day marks the return of the school year (though, I see a lot of kidlets back already) and the last big weekend for summer barbecues before fall and football take their place. If you are still scrambling for some recipes to throw on the grill or bring with you to this weekends festivities look no further. Lip Smackin’ Labor Day Recipes:  Click on the picture below to be taken to the recipe                      

The (Pink) Whiteout Cake

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I’m not saying another year has come and gone, but this cake ain’t for no one. This tic mark represents the year I officially turn ‘old’ according to my boyfriend, and that I have to start revising previous years for fear of the trade them in, trade them up policy. It’s ok, you should hear what I told him I’m trading him in and up for. If I have to revisit the same age again and again, I’d be ok with that. This last year was a great one. It was the first time in a long time I felt solid on […]

Lemon Drop Cake

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As a food blogger, creating food and post to inspire our readers for special occasions is mandatory. Once again I sit down at my desk with an over-sized mug of tea in my hand wondering how on earth to deal with Mother’s Day. As some of you know, my mother passed away when I was younger and I didn’t really have a normal parent/child relationship with her. Last year, I talked about my mom and dazzled you with out Chocolate Jimmy Sandwiches telling you how awkward a post it was for me. In a year of posts and miles forward in the blog-o-sphere […]

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Confession time: I have a problem with books. Like, I have about 4 dozen too many. Books I will never use, books I had to have, books that were simply too cheap to not earn a place in a box in my father’s attic never to be seen again on my  book shelf. So, even though I am seeing other bloggers cook their way through cook books I want, am reading intersting reviews on cook books I really want to try, and am adding all sorts of new books to the ever growing wish list I am not allowing myself one […]