Coconut Cake with Silk Meringue Buttercream is light, fluffy and perfect for a spring dessert! Not overly sweet like many of its counterparts, each bite of this version tastes like paradise.
coconut cake with silk meringue buttercream

Unsurprisingly, the girl who cannot make “30 minute meals” in thirty minutes is also inept at 7 minute frosting.

You know, the foolproof, “frosting-for-dummies” frosting that everyone and their three year old cousin can make?

Yeah. That one.

I’m just not that into it.

Or it’s just not that into me. (Probably the latter. But don’t tell my baking ego.)

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Spring is in the air with this Spring Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing! With asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, and a lemon basil dressing it will make you feel like the sun is shining more and more with every bite.
spring vegetable quinoa salad with lemon basil dressing

This salad is what happens when you force me to go vegan-by-association.

And then simultaneously throw brute force attacks on my website, tax day, and snow at me.

SNOW. In APRIL. If that’s not a cause for melodramatic quinoa consumption, then I don’t know what is.

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1. The only thing better than making a batch of macarons yourself is having them delivered straight to your doorstep (/mail room) from NOLA! As a thank you (and to show us what real macarons should look like), Sucre sent all of the bakers who participated in their Macaron Baking Challenge a box of assorted macs. My favorite was the salted caramel. No contest. I think the.boy is mac’ed out though, because I tell him every other day that I’m going to make more macarons and his response is, without fail, “Why?”. Yet he can eat Russell Stover chocolates for weeks on end without complaining. I will never understand his taste buds.

2. Speaking of which, have you gone over to vote for my snickerdoodle macarons yet?? Pretty please with a cherry(-flavored mac) on top!?

3. We finally booked our engagement photo session with Brian! Now, I just have to figure out what to wear, how to make my hair look less like a poofball, and how to look like I’m ten pounds less. Suggestions strongly needed.

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Spinach and artichoke dip gets all shook up in this Open-Faced Spinach, Artichoke and White Bean Grilled Cheese!
open-faced spinach, artichoke, and white bean grilled cheese

For those days when having an entire pan of hot cheesy dip for dinner sounds like real life.

Or, like the life that you want your real life to be, if only things like “food pyramids” and “consequences” didn’t exist.

Well phooey on them.

We are going to have our dip, eat it too, and call it lunch. And it’s going to be splendid.

When I dip, you dip, we dip.

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This tomato-basil gnocchi gratin is a feel-good comfort food meal that can go from stove to table in about 20 minutes!
tomato-basil gnocchi gratin

Because who has the strength to stand in front of the stove for an hour on a Monday?

Or on a Sunday after twelve too many glasses of wine the night before.

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Need a new way to enjoy your favorite cinnamon sugar cookie? These snickerdoodle macarons are IT!
snickerdoodle macarons

You know how during job/residency/medical school/graduate school/college interviews you’re occasionally asked to give an example of a challenge that you overcame?

Well, I finally have an answer that doesn’t involve rescuing small adorable animals from trees, saving grandmothers from having to walk across streets unattended, and/or not learning to ride a bike until I was 12 (<– no judging).

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