Coconut Tres Leches Cake with Lemon Whipped Cream

Can we talk about how it was 72 degrees yesterday? And I wore flip flops? And my toes saw the sun for the first time in 6 months?

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Because that was awesome.

Soon it will be time to eat all my meals outside (when possible), curse the wind because it keeps blowing my skirt up and I’m not wearing thermal leggings because it isn’t -40 degrees outside, and bust out the SPF 50. Continue reading

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How I ended up on BBC News + Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Well, 2014 certainly got away from me. And we’re only 11 days in.

I had all these lovely blog post ideas floating around in my head. Food photographed, recipes marked, a schedule set up, and then BAM, the world goes nuts.

Why?

Because it got crazy cold in Minnesota. Local news cold. National news cold. International news cold. Live interview on BBC News cold.

Live Interview on BBC News

In my non-cooking hours, I handle the communications for a nonprofit in Minneapolis called YouthLink, we work with homeless teens and young adults, 16-24. And if there’s one thing that makes a human interest piece human, it’s insanity that is being homeless when the wind chill is -40 degrees below zero. Continue reading

Holiday Cookie Exchange – Seven Layer Bars

It’s the year of the bar.

I’m serious you guys, think about it. Cupcakes have made their mark. Cake pops were all the rage. Donuts are happening now. Cookies have their moment ever year around Christmas.

Seven layer bars - love these!But where are the bars!? Heaven in your hand. More versatile than a cookie, easier to eat on the go than cake, these stackable delights are due for their revival.

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Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Time to celebrate farmer’s markets finally opening! Here in Minnesota, we’ve had such a crazy “spring” (Snow in May? Yeah, we did that.) that we had to delay the opening of some of our farmer’s markets.

But it’s finally here! And you know what that means…time for Kathleen to go nuts and buy way too much of everything.

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First up, rhubarb.  Continue reading

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Um, so I just discovered by all time favorite banana bread/muffin additions. Cranberries and chocolate chips.

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It’s genius! I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to figure this one out, but YUM! Continue reading

Nutella Coconut Macaroon Nests

I think Easter is one of the most underrated holidays.

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Speaking purely secularly here, think about this. You stuff eggs full of candy, hide them around your house, find them, eat all the candy, and then start on your chocolate bunny. Which is a chocolately representation of the magical rabbit that delivered the candy filled eggs to your house in the first place.

Is it any wonder I love Easter?

But beyond indulging my sugar cravings, I love Easter because it’s an excuse to get together with my family. Continue reading

Tater Tot Hot Dish Cake

I think I finally lost my marbles.

I gave up potatoes and cheese for Lent, and then decide the theme for my friends’ monthly family dinner should be hot dishes.

For anyone familiar with hot dishes, that pretty much eliminates anything I could possibly eat that night.

What was my solution? (And this is where you can see I really lost it.)

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I made tater tot hot dish out of cake. Continue reading