Insanely easy Red Velvet Cake Balls recipe

This past weekend I had to chance to fly home and spend some time with my family. I always treasure these days with my family, and my little sister and I got to spend some time baking together. In high school we would make treats for our football players before games, but we loved doing […]

Chocolate Coconut Bread Pudding

 Ingredients ¾ loaf of stale bread cut into cubes 6 oz. semisweet chocolate 21 oz. coconut milk 1 ½ heavy cream ¾ cup sugar 9 ea. egg yolks 1 ½ cups shredded coconut Preparation Scald cream, sugar, chocolate, coconut milk, blend well. Separate egg yolks and temper with chocolate mixture. Pour custard over bread cubes […]

Pan de Muerto

On Tuesday, November 1st and Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 Chef Erwin Ramos of the Olé Restaurant Group is hosting an authentic two-night Día de los Muertos celebration featuring traditional Mexican cuisine and customs at Olé Mexican Grill located in Cambridge, MA and Zócalo Cocina Mexicana located in Boston, MA. While “Day of the Dead” may […]

You must be eighteen to eat this cupcake

Here’s a vanilla cupcake with yellow frosting that packs an unusually large punch for a dessert. I infuse the batter with valerian root and melatonin. Used as a minor sleep aid, valerian root is derived from a perennial flowering plant with sweet-smelling pink or white flowers and can be used to treat sleeping disorders, headaches […]

Easy delicious apple crisp

This recipe was featured in Blast Magazine in September 2010. When you go apple picking in the fall, you end up with a bunch of apples. The problem with a bunch of apples is that, say you’re a young couple, you will never finish 20 or so apples before they go bad. Furthermore, you will […]

Hunk of Burning Cake

This Elvis cupcake features treasured ingredients from the King’s favorite snack; the Peanut Butter, Banana, and Bacon Sandwich.  Part touchstone of youth culture, and part rebellious attitude, the chocolate cupcake is infused with bacon and topped with creamy peanut butter frosting before being topped with a piece of mouthwatering bacon. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes. […]

Butterscotch Bread Pudding with Rum Drunken Raisins

This recipe comes from Jim Solomon, Owner/Executive Chef at The Fireplace in Brookline. A New England-style grill and barbecue, the restaurant is also one of the few green certified restaurants in the Boston area. Sunday-Thursday The Fireplace features Humble Offerings. Each week a new, high-quality American classic is priced at $20.00 or below. Some past […]

The Crabby Cook’s Brownies

My husband and I do not need brownies; we’ve eaten enough of them already to meet our lifetime quota and to account for certain body changes that I will not describe here. But because Tom is a hopeless chocoholic, when I make brownies to curry favor with my kids’ friends, I have to keep an […]

Homemade Pumpkin Bread

This easy, delicious bread has been a favorite in my household for many years.  It is a recipe from Wilson Farms in Lexington, Massachusetts.  This bread can be a welcome gift, a family treat, or an interesting addition to your bread basket at dinner.  Enjoy! Ingredients 1/3  cup butter or margarine softened 1 1/3  cups […]


Here’s a classic cookie recipe that I learned from my friend Nigella, reinvented into a donut hole shape that can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the sweet tooth occasion.  Instead of taking the traditional route and making these cinnamon-sugar delights into flat These snickerdoodles can be eaten with a steaming cup of […]