Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars

One of my super powers is turning zucchini into delicious desserts. If you’ve tried my chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini brownies, or zucchini cookies, you know it’s true. I have a gift for making the green vegetable taste super decadent an…

One of my super powers is turning zucchini into delicious desserts. If you’ve tried my chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini brownies, or zucchini cookies, you know it’s true. I have a gift for making the green vegetable taste super decadent and super delicious. These Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars are my latest and maybe greatest zucchini dessert.…

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Zucchini Cookies

Zucchini Cookies are a surprising way to use up your summer zucchini harvest! These sweet cookies are a bit cakey and infused with plenty of lemon for a bright citrus flavor. I cannot garden to save my life. Seriously, I kill mint. Those of you who garden know that mint is often deemed “unkillable,” if …

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Zucchini Cookies are a surprising way to use up your summer zucchini harvest! These sweet cookies are a bit cakey and infused with plenty of lemon for a bright citrus flavor.

Two white plates on a marble countertop, each holding two zucchini cookies

I cannot garden to save my life. Seriously, I kill mint. Those of you who garden know that mint is often deemed “unkillable,” if that’s even a word. 

Mint is definitely not unkillable. I‘ve killed it – several times. 

But for some reason I always think my black thumb will turn a pretty shade of green every single spring – that I’ll miraculously transform into some kind of amazing farmer. 

Well, folks that doesn’t happen – ever.

So despite my best efforts year after year, I’m pretty much gardenless and have to rely on veggies from our friends or the farmers market.

Thankfully, I still always end up with plenty of zucchini because it seems to grow like mint for everyone but me.

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Chocolate Stuffed Strawberry Sugar Cookies

Perfection is these soft and chewy sugar cookies stuffed with a dark chocolate ganache and topped with a burst of freeze-dried strawberries. Love is in the air… love for the timeless combination of chocolate and strawberry, that is! Also, my love of stuffed cookies is seemingly endless (am I the only one that finds a […]

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Perfection is these soft and chewy sugar cookies stuffed with a dark chocolate ganache and topped with a burst of freeze-dried strawberries.

Love is in the air… love for the timeless combination of chocolate and strawberry, that is! Also, my love of stuffed cookies is seemingly endless (am I the only one that finds a plain, not-stuffed cookie so incredibly boring now?)

Chocolate Stuffed Strawberry Sugar Cookies on a wire rack, raw chocolate and freeze dried strawberries scattered on the side

Yes I realize I made the perfect Valentine’s day cookies in the middle of summer but, you know what? My love of chocolate and strawberry lasts all year round.

My first test run of these cookies resulted in two versions, one with the ground up freeze-dried strawberries mixed into the dough, and the other with plain dough and a coating of crushed berry powder before baking.

While the strawberry flavor was lovely on both versions, the strawberry-in-the-dough batch turned a not-so-enticing mauve color when baked. Nothing like the pretty pastel pink I envisioned. But such is life when you’re using natural colorings.

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Peach Crisp

You’d be hard pressed to find an easier summer dessert than this peach crisp recipe. Toss the filling together in one bowl, mix up the topping in another, layer them both into a skillet, and bake. When you take your first bite, you’ll be st…


You’d be hard pressed to find an easier summer dessert than this peach crisp recipe. Toss the filling together in one bowl, mix up the topping in another, layer them both into a skillet, and bake. When you take your first bite, you’ll be stunned that something so delicious could be so simple to make. There’s just nothing better than peak-season summer fruit. Peach Crisp Recipe Ingredients Because this recipe is so easy to make, it’s a great choice for summer entertaining. It’s also ideal for serving guests with a variety of dietary needs, because it’s both vegan and gluten-free! […]

Gluten-free Caramel Apple Crumble

Imagine a juicy cinnamon-caramel sauce mixed with tangy diced apple topped with a fluffy and light gluten-free crumble topping. Do you want to know the secret to make perfectly even crumbles? Grate the dough with a large hole cheese grater. It will be …

Imagine a juicy cinnamon-caramel sauce mixed with tangy diced apple topped with a fluffy and light gluten-free crumble topping. Do you want to know the secret to make perfectly even crumbles? Grate the dough with a large hole cheese grater. It will be perfect. Do you like crisps, crumbles and pies? Check out our Juicy...

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Banana Split

Are you ready for the ULTIMATE ice cream dessert? The king of all ice cream sundaes? I sure hope so because today we are making Banana Splits. I love ordering a banana split when we go out for ice cream, but banana splits are easy to make at home and S…

Are you ready for the ULTIMATE ice cream dessert? The king of all ice cream sundaes? I sure hope so because today we are making Banana Splits. I love ordering a banana split when we go out for ice cream, but banana splits are easy to make at home and SO fun, especially during the…

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Healthy Zucchini Bread

It’s no secret that I love zucchini bread. I have made a million loaves and several different varieties: classic, chocolate, lemon, chocolate chip, etc. Well, I am back at it and this time I have a delicious Healthy Zucchini Bread recipe for you….

It’s no secret that I love zucchini bread. I have made a million loaves and several different varieties: classic, chocolate, lemon, chocolate chip, etc. Well, I am back at it and this time I have a delicious Healthy Zucchini Bread recipe for you. Don’t let the word healthy scare you. I promise you will get…

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One Bowl Brownies

Brownies are hands down one of my all-time favorite desserts. I love this brownie recipe, but the other day I needed a quick and EASY dessert because some friends stopped by unexpectedly and I wanted to serve them something sweet. I whipped up my One B…

Brownies are hands down one of my all-time favorite desserts. I love this brownie recipe, but the other day I needed a quick and EASY dessert because some friends stopped by unexpectedly and I wanted to serve them something sweet. I whipped up my One Bowl Brownies and everyone was dying over the deliciousness! These…

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Almond Milk Ice Cream

Whip up a batch of this Almond Milk Ice Cream for a refreshing chilled dessert. This banana nice cream recipe is dairy-free, ultra creamy, and delicious! You only need 3 ingredients to make this delicious banana and almond milk nice cream recipe. If yo…

Whip up a batch of this Almond Milk Ice Cream for a refreshing chilled dessert. This banana nice cream recipe is dairy-free, ultra creamy, and delicious! You only need 3 ingredients to make this delicious banana and almond milk nice cream recipe. If you're willing to put in more effort, though, this Vegan Fat Elvis...

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Fresh Bay Leaf and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

This twist on a classic French vanilla bean ice cream is a revelation—the addition of fresh bay leaf makes for a unique and unexpected ice cream flavor that is anything but plain vanilla. Unlike their dried compatriots, fresh bay leaves are full of nuanced flavor, as this twist on a classic vanilla bean ice cream […]

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This twist on a classic French vanilla bean ice cream is a revelation—the addition of fresh bay leaf makes for a unique and unexpected ice cream flavor that is anything but plain vanilla.

Unlike their dried compatriots, fresh bay leaves are full of nuanced flavor, as this twist on a classic vanilla bean ice cream proves: the fresh bay leaf imparts a truly unique flavor to a rich and creamy, but otherwise basic, custard-based vanilla ice cream.

Handmade ceramic bowl with two scoops of vanilla bean bay leaf ice cream, on a marble trivet with spoons and fresh bay leaves

This is certainly one of the more unusual ice cream flavors I’ve made, but it’s also one of the simplest, with little more than vanilla beans and fresh bay leaves flavoring the frozen custard.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, bay leaves? Those dusty old leaves from a jar in the back of your cupboard taste like, well, dusty old leaves, if anything at all.

But fresh bay leaves? Fresh bay leaves are a revelation.

Once you taste this ice cream, which is basically just a simple vanilla bean ice cream with the addition of bay leaf, you will be amazed and just how much extra flavor comes from a few little leaves. It’s quite extraordinary, really!

It will give you a profound new appreciation for these humble leaves.

Two bowls of bay leaf ice cream on a gray background, with vintage spoons and ice cream scoop

Fresh bay leaf is a flavor that’s hard to describe other than to say there’s nothing else quite like it.

When mixed with the sweetened custard and vanilla bean, there’s a hint of something familiar there, though it’s hard to put a finger on exactly what. It almost takes on an eggnog-like character, the bay leaf giving off subtle notes of nutmeg and spiced rum when paired with the sweetened cream and vanilla bean. The subtle spice reminds me a lot of the sakura/cherry blossom leaf flavor that I so adore.

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