Boozin’ Brownies: Beer, Bourbon, & Bacon!


Do you like chocolate? Beer? Bourbon? Bacon? Ever wonder what would happen if you put them all together?! Well, I was curious. City Tap House in Washington, DC had a baking-with beer competition. It was a Terrapin Wake-n-Bake competition; everyone had … Continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Sandwiches! (aka “Take 5″ bites)


Have you heard of Take 5 bars? If not, let me tell you, they are the best candy…ever. They have become challenging to find, at least in DC, and so I’ve been experimenting with different ways to recreate them. What are they you ask? … Continue reading

Crock-pot Cranberry Apple Thyme Chicken w/ Roasted Brussel Sprouts


  This month’s Improv Challenge: create a red and green themed recipe. (Thanks, Lesa of Edesia’s Notebook!) Challenge Accepted. Enter: Crock-pot cranberry apple thyme chicken with oven-roasted brussel sprouts. I recently was given a crock-pot and let me tell you, it … Continue reading

Take 5 Cookies! aka chocolate, peanut butter, pretzel, caramel cookie sandwich!

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Get ready…for a party…in your mouth. These are my new favorite cookie. Big statement, I know. Allow me to explain. One of my favorite candies of all time is the Take 5 bar. It contains everything I want in a treat: Chocolate … Continue reading

Peanut Butter Mousse Snickers Pie!


Want to impress your family this Thanksgiving with a unique pie chock-full of chocolaty-peanut buttery goodness? Or just looking to make a decadent, delicious dessert? You’ve come to the right place! Let’s break this down: Need I say more? Oreo Crust: … Continue reading

Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes with Bourbon Maple Cinnamon Glaze


Who doesn’t love a good donut? I’m especially partial to donut holes (aka munchkins)…because..well, they’re just so cute! And then you can have more than one without feeling guilty. And you can try more than one kind :) I made … Continue reading

The Peanut Butter Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Oreo Cookie (psst, they’re whole wheat!!)


Remember the candy Take 5’s? They had caramel, pretzels, peanuts, peanut butter– all covered in chocolate? Well, if Take 5’s were to become a cookie, this would be it! I made these for the October Improv Cooking Challenge! Each month, … Continue reading

Scott Drewno of The Source Wins Cochon 555 for the Third Time!

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This past weekend, the 4th annual Taste of DC brought hundreds of restaurants, beers, and wines to Pennsylvania Avenue. Look at all those people! Food was tried, drinks were imbibed, and lots, LOTS, of fun ensued. Two additional long-standing, delicious … Continue reading

Peanut Butter S’mores Brownies!


Chocolate? Peanut butter? Graham crackers? Marshmallows? What’s not to love!? When I was growing up, my family and I would go camping at least once a year. I LOVE camping. Building the campsite, going hiking, building campfires, and, always, making … Continue reading