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IMG_7471Those of you who have followed my blog for a few years already know I’m a weirdo who doesn’t like chocolate. So, you could probably guess that I didn’t take that bite out of the brownie–thanks, mom! Although I didn’t taste these delectable treats, they received rave reviews from everyone that tried one. Considering these are called buckeye brownies, I had to take the opportunity to use an Ohio State backdrop. Go Bucks!!

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Chocoley–an online provider of high quality chocolate ingredients–contacted me a few weeks ago, asking if I’d be interested in baking a dessert with the company’s gourmet chocolate. I decided to make these decadent and gooey toffee brownies topped with homemade caramel and a white chocolate drizzle. The Chocoley dark chocolate gives the brownies an incredibly rich and delicious flavor. I brought the brownies to my office and they were a huge hit!

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Calling all peanut butter and banana lovers–I think I’ve found your new favorite dessert. These bars are moist and full of flavor, and the Nutella drizzle takes them to the next level. I know I’ll be making these again very soon.

Last weekend, my best friend’s brother (who happens to be my brother’s best friend), got married. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous and one to remember. Congrats Ryan and Stephanie!

1078604_495069247243948_1508835377_oIf you’re in need of a wedding photographer, I highly recommend Lauren Scotti!

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IMG_3783If you’re a fan of snickerdoodles, I’m gonna go ahead and say that you’d love these cinnamon squares. They’re basically a snickerdoodle cookie in gooey cake form. What could be better than that?! I brought these to a 4th of July BBQ and not a single bar was left on the tray. I’ll most definitely be making these again soon.

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Hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday with family and friends. I hate to keep this so short, but I’m hopping on a plane to San Francisco for New Year’s. So, with that said, have a fantastic New Year and I’ll see you in 2013! Cheers.

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I know I’m late, but happy 4th of July! It’s been a busy work week, but I was still able to spend a good amount of time with my family and relatives in town from Ohio–primarily because my boss was generous enough to give us the day off yesterday.

While home, we ate some unbelievably delicious food (my uncle is an incredible cook, or rather, chef), drank copious amounts of wine and laid in the sun for far too long.

Back to work today, but at least it’s Friday! Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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This past Saturday, food bloggers across the country hosted and participated in Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale to end childhood hunger. Thanks to Chung-Ah at Damn Delicious and Geni at Sweet and Crumby for hosting the Los Angeles bake sale. The 30 plus bloggers who participated raised $700 for the organization. :)

It was so nice to finally meet Geni, whose blog I’ve been following for over a year, and meet some new bloggers–Samantha at The Little Ferraro Kitchen and Gerry at Foodness Gracious. After the bake sale, the four of us got to know each other over a delicious lunch at BLD, where the event took place. I can’t wait for next year!

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I’m sure most of you have your go-to recipe for specific appetizers, dinners and desserts–and that’s the case for me and these lemon bars. I’ve used this recipe for a few years and have never tried a different one. I’ve yet to find a reason to do so, considering the bars are always a hit wherever I bring them.

BUT, if I were to ever stray from this recipe, first on my list is Greg’s recipe from the Euro Pane Bakery in Pasadena. Considering the rave reviews of the bakery on Yelp, I have no doubts that the lemon bars are as delicious as they say.

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Since I was still battling a cold (much better now!), my weekend was mellow and relaxing, yet productive. My roommate and I fully welcomed December–we bought and decorated a Christmas tree, listened to Christmas music on repeat and had a holiday dinner with some close friends.

Our dinner party provided the perfect opportunity to start baking with gingerbread, so I made these simple gingerbread ice cream sandwiches. If you’re not an ice cream fan, these bars would also be delicious topped with a ginger cream cheese frosting and candied ginger.

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Happy belated Mother’s Day to the much appreciated mothers out there. My family and I celebrated my mom yesterday with a delicious brunch at Opah, followed by a relaxing day at home. Our original plan was to have my brother and I cook a gourmet dinner, but unfortunately, my other brother had to work. However, I was still able to bake a little something for my mom.

Since she loves citrus desserts, and didn’t want to eat anything too heavy, I decided on this strawberry and blueberry-topped lime mousse tart. I found the recipe on Epicurious, and made a few minor alterations.

The slightly salty shell from the crushed, toasted almonds worked perfectly with the refreshing tart filling from the lime juice and zest. The variation of textures was also pleasant–a buttery and crumbly crust, silky mousse layer and succulent and tender strawberries and blueberries.

My mom approved. :)

Other tart recipes you might enjoy here, here and here.

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