Big day folks! The book that started it all, Beach House Baking, is released today into the ethereal world of paperback reprint! This newly updated reprint has TEN new recipes that are perfect for the start of summer. Order your fresh copy on Amazon here.
In the mood to bake something delicious today, but don’t have a lot of time? This is the answer: Blueberry Zucchini Bread!
Every time I bake this delicious blueberry zucchini bread, I’m always blown away by how good it is. The sweet blueberry flavor really shines through – so much that people often don’t realize there’s zucchini in it. It’s super moist and keeps well for days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s great any time of the day, morning or night.
Now go, bake, and enjoy!
A strawberry daiquiri was the first cocktail I ever tried. I was vacationing in Saint Thomas recklessly laying on the beach without sun block (ah to be 21 again) and snorkeling the clear blue waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands. At the end of each full day of water adventure, I treated myself to one of the most refreshing blended cocktails out there.
Just like its cocktail version, these strawberry daiquiri cupcakes combine strawberries, sugar, lime and rum to make a sweet treat that can be enjoyed any time of day. Roasting the strawberries ahead of time intensifies not only their sweet flavor but also their beautiful red color eliminating the need for any artificial coloring or additives.
This recipe yields 14 booze infused cupcakes topped with a heaping mound of vanilla whipped cream.
Btw, this recipe can also be found in the upcoming reprint of my first cookbook Beach House Baking. You can pre-order it on Amazon here!
Happy 2017 everyone!
I decided to spend the day bumming around the beach loft, reorganizing my closet, watching football and you guessed it, cooking some dang good fall off the bone pot roast. Now, to be clear, I used a boneless roast but the meat turned out so soft and tender the only way to describe it is fall off the bone.
I roasted the meat in a Dutch oven for 3 long, hunger-inducing hours. The aroma filling the loft was ridunculous! When the roast was finally done I found that I had snacked on every chip and cracker in my cabinet. The most challenging part is waiting for the roast to cook. But believe me it’s worth it as the result is fall off the bone delicious!
The ingredients are easy to find. In fact, you probably have them in your cupboard ready to be used.
I used a 4 to 5 pound boneless chuck roast which was enough for 3 servings.
To start, I made a mixture of salt, garlic powder and freshly ground pepper and rubbed it all over the meat.
I then seared both sides of the meat in a Dutch oven over medium high heat.
While the meat seared, I combined Lipton onion soup mix, water, red wine vinegar, 2 garlic cloves, 2 bay leaves and a touch of ketchup in a small bowl and poured it over the meat. I immediately transferred the pot to a preheated 350 degree oven and baked it covered on the middle rack. After cooking it for 3 hours, I opened the lid and this beauty was staring right back at me.
Mmmmmmm, fall off the bone pot roast!
Wondering what to serve this with? I opted for a baked potato, sauteed turnip and mustard leaves from my garden and a delicious horseradish cream sauce. What a delicious way to start the New Year!
I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again. I decided to start Holiday gift shopping as soon as possible this year and spent the weekend finding fabulous and affordable gifts that I’m going to get my friends this season. I’ve gathered all my ideas and put together a list of my favorite Holiday Gift Ideas 2016.
If you’ve never heard of Bombas, take note. Bombas is all about comfortable socks and paying it forward. For every pair of socks purchased, a pair is donated. Cool, right? They also have an awesome ‘happiness guaranteed’ return policy. I’m in love with these ski and snowboard socks designed by Olympic Gold Medal snowboarder Hannah Teter. They are midweight performance socks made with high-grade merino wool. Buy a pair for your best girlfriend and while you’re at it, pick up one for yourself.
This lightweight fashionable scarf comes in 3 colors to choose from and is sold online at J.Jill. With chunky stitching and an oh so soft texture this scarf will keep you cozy through the winter months.
Save some paper cups this season and buy your friends this gold stripe thermal mug from Kate Spade. Made with BPA-, phthalate-, and lead-free construction, this beautiful mug allows you to sip and savor safely. I love that the lid has an open/close feature!
I think these scales are the most reliable, economical kitchen scales around. I use them at my bakery as well as at the beach loft. They come in a variety of colors and are readily available on amazon.com.
This is one of my favorite candles to burn over the Holidays. I love the Spruce Cuttings scent and the two wicks. Not only is it pleasant, but it really permeates nicely throughout my loft.
Well of course I had to recommend my cookbook Beach House Brunch! It’s perfect for anytime of the year – whether you’re dreaming of warmer weather or wanting to bake up brunch favorites like Italian Sausage Casserole, Blueberry Pancakes, Omelets, and Cranbery Walnut French Toast. Purchase my book on Amazon.
Oh and while you’re on Amazon, pre-order my third cookbook Farm to Table Desserts!
I recently came across this fantastic bakeshop mystery series by author Ellie Alexander. Ellie currently has four titles out, Meet Your Baker, A Batter of Life and Death, On Thin Icing, Caught Bread Handed, and soon to be a fifth with Fudge and Jury (January 3, 2017). The story’s protagonist is Baker Jules Capshaw. Looking for some reprieve from a busy career as a cruise ship pastry chef, Jules retreats to her hometown of Ashland, Oregon to help out at her mother’s bakery Torte. But her dream of peace and quiet quickly dissipates into a cloud of murder, mystery, drama and love.
Okay, okay, I know this one’s a bit silly but gosh it’s fun. These Chewbacca slippers emit two different Wookiee roars when you walk. Stay warm and entertain your friends and family at the same time! These are available on thinkgeek.com.
These personalized charm bracelets make such a nice gift because of their distinctive quality. Offered by Alex and Ani, they are available in gold or silver finishes. The charms are stamped with script lettering giving the bracelet an elegant, timeless look.
One of my favorite online clothing shops is ModCloth. I’m a big fan of all their clothes, but especially their leggings. These Holiday leggings have super cute gingerbread printed on them making them perfect Christmas morning attire. Your friends will love them!
With the final Presidential debate nearing, I think we all need something delicious to sweeten up the evening.
Kettle corn is a popular treat at markets and fairs across the country. Kernals of corn are cooked with oil, sugar and salt at high temperature resulting in sweet salty popcorn with a barely visible sugary crust. It’s an irresistible snack that’s delicious served warm or at room temperature.
This snack is best eaten the day it’s popped.
I have some great news. My first cookbook, Beach House Baking, has been queued up for a reprint!
I’ve been asked to create 10 delicious new recipes for the reprint to make it even bigger, badder and beachier!
These buttery almond squares have definitely made the cut, and I’m excited for all of you to try them.
They are quite easy to make and quick to bake. They keep well in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator but trust me, they won’t last very long because it’s hard to stop eating them.
While the cake bakes, you cook a butter almond sauce over the stove until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture thickens. The sauce is then poured over the warm, just-baked cake and broiled until the almond topping caramelizes to perfection.
When the cake has cooled, cut it into squares and enjoy!
It’s easy to carried away by adding too many ingredients when making an omelet. I think simpler is better when it comes to omelets so the wonderful flavor of egg doesn’t get lost.
In this simple and delicious omelet, the sharp cheddar and chive complement the soft egg and showcase what an omelet is really all about.
This omelet is wonderfully creamy on the inside and perfectly cooked on the outside.
Need more egg recipes? Purchase my book Beach House Brunch: 100 delicious ways to start your long summer days on amazon here!
Hope you enjoy this recipe!
I was at the farmer’s market this weekend and came across some super gorgeous white figs that just had to be turned into a delicious summer dessert! I wanted to make something simple since I had much to do at my bakery this weekend. I decided that some open faced fig slab pies were doable and sounded delicious.
I made a simple pate brisee to use as the crust, spread honey on top and topped them with fig slices.
The slab pies bake up nice and crisp making it easy to eat them with one hand.
And, they are sooooo delicious!