Everybody loves a super easy recipe. Life gets busy, ya know? There’s your job, and working out, and having a social life, and making quality time for trashy reality tv. And don’t even try to roll those eyes at me – I know I’m not the only one watching Bravo! So yes,… keep reading...The post Mashed Cauliflower with Feta appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
It’s been awhile since we’ve talked Italian food. And I could sense you’ve started to get anxious. It’s all because of this healthy eating, low-carb kick I’m on, and yes it’s as lousy as it sounds. Apparently Penne alla Vodka, Lasagna, and Eggplant Rollatini are not the way to a bangin’ bod. Who knew,… keep reading...The post Traditional Stuffed Peppers
Exactly 1 month from now I will be vacationing in Europe. France and Spain specifically. And yes, it’s okay to be jealous With where my life is right now, I can’t think of two more perfect places to explore. I mean, let’s look at the facts: It’s common knowledge that wine and I are… keep reading...The post Caramelized Onion Chicken Salad appeared first on Cooking with C
You may have noticed I’ve been a little distant lately. Out of touch, out of sight, out of your kitchen. But as of today my MIA status is over. After a week+ of birthday-centric engagements, I am finally done celebrating myself and back to my normal routine. So for my first post as a newly… keep reading...The post Summer Style: Decorative Pops of Color appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
We’re finishing off Cinco de Mayo week with some pie. Seems appropriate right? Most meals end with a bit of dessert, so whipping up a pie felt apropos. The only difference here is that this isn’t a sweet treat – it’s a savory confection that’s spicy, cheesy, buttery, and all sorts of enticing. It’s… keep reading...The post Chile Relleno Pie appeared first on
Today is all about quesadillas. Cheesey, melty, delicious quesadillas. But unlike the traditional variety you’re used to, I really switched things up. I went rogue, so to speak. I went there, if there is somewhere totally unexpected and even more totally awesome. I completely pushed the limits of what a quesadilla is, and if… keep reading...The post Sweet Potato & Chorizo Quesadill
There’s a celebration happening in the next few days. A fiesta, if you will. There will be drinking, eating, dancing, and embarrassing photo ops, too. No, it’s not my birthday (which is next Wednesday, in cause you needed to know!) It’s Cinco de Mayo! And we’ll be celebrating it all week. For… keep reading...The post Avocado & Bacon Mahi Mahi Tacos appeared firs
Happy Thursday, food lovers! It’s time for another Quinoa post. My first quinoa recipe was a smashing success, so I figured why not try to go for a repeat? Lighting doesn’t normally strike twice, I know. But honestly guys – I think I nailed this. Let’s check it out… This concoction started… keep reading...The post Cheddar & Chive Quinoa Muffins appeared
We don’t do breakfast all that much around here, so today I’ve made you some eggs. Why do I rarely show breakfast any love? Honestly, it’s just not that convenient for me to make. Most of my CwC cooking happens on weeknights, long after I’ve left work and the confines of my gym. After… keep reading...The post Caprese Poached Eggs appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
We’ve been eating pretty healthy around here, haven’t we? I mean yes, there were those “Eggs in a Nest” Easter Cupcakes. But for all intents and purposes, lately everything has been strictly diet-friendly. And I think it’s time to shake things up. Sure, the healthy eating we enjoy at CwC is delicious (duh). But… keep reading...The post Chocolate Almond Bark appea
You guys… I’m super stoked to share these burgers with you. As in – “It’s Christmas morning and Santa got me the Barbie Dream House” totally excited. Or – “I’m hungover and there’s a Law & Order SVU marathon on” oh-so thrilled OR – “I just got my Tax Return AND it’s payday!!!!!!!!” freaking… keep readi
Last week turned into one giant food blogging kerfluffle. First, my “real” job – yes, something needs to pay my bills – kept getting in the way of my posting schedule. The nerve, right? It’s as if my boss thinks the work he pays me to do should take precedence over the food I… keep reading...The post Fresh Corn Slaw appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
Today is a totally great day. The sun is shining, the temperature is warm, my hair looks fab, and someday soon I will be tan again. Life is good. This weekend was a great first-Spring weekend. There was copious day drinking on Saturday that turned into a Sunday morning affair, rooftops… keep reading...The post Toasted Sesame Shrimp & Broccoli Stir Fry appeared first on Cooking with C
Apparently it’s Spring. And apparently Mother Nature has forgotten to take her bi-polar medication. I remember the March/April transition as always being kind of spotty. The temperature would randomly hit the 60′s in the middle of March, and I’d inevitably fight with my Mom over wearing flip-flops to school. Or there’d be a freak… keep reading...The post Mediterranean F
When it comes to my ability to maintain a healthy diet, snacking is definitely my weak spot. Every morning I have a solid breakfast before work. I pack my lunch everyday and eat it at my desk (yup! I’m that lame). And I’m pretty experienced at cooking healthy dinners, as you all can attest… keep reading...The post Roasted Garlic Hummus appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
If you’re familiar with this delightful little blog, then you already know I’m really not a baker. If you’re not a regular here at CwC – Welcome! What took you so long?! Is it because I’m kind of a crappy baker? You can’t be good at everything, right? I mean, I guess… keep reading...The post “Eggs in a Nest” Easter Cupcakes appeared first on
My experiences in the kitchen have taught me many things. Among them.. That you will burn yourself. A lot. Often. TONS. Get used to it. Loading/unloading the dishwasher only grows more annoying with time, not less. Sea Salt? Coarse Black Peppercorn? EVOO? Don’t even bother trying to cook without them. Always have a back-up… keep reading...The post Ham & Cheddar Quiche appeared
Being an adult is hard, am I right? There’s so much working, and bill paying, and responsibility – did I actually sign up for this? When I was younger adulthood was this amazing phase in life I couldn’t wait for. I wouldn’t have a bed time! I could eat anything I wanted! I wouldn’t… keep reading...The post Zesty Italian Chicken appeared first on Cooking with Cake
In life there are certain necessary evils. Like traffic cops. Officers meant to maintain the flow of traffic, yet always create 10X more congestion than there would be without their presence. But even people with no skill-set need to make a living, so there’s that. Or nail/hair salons. Yes, they might be a giant… keep reading...The post Caramelized Brussels Sprouts appeared first on Coo
Last week I found myself all by my lonesome. Dave was in Telluride enjoying a bro-tastic ski trip, leaving me solo for the first time in almost a year. You’d think I would have been sad. Well I was, just a little bit. But in no particular order, living alone again gave me time… keep reading...The post Parmigiano Spinach Dip appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
Sometimes our best laid plans just don’t go as we’d hoped. Like when you attempt to wear a smokey eye because really, it can’t be that hard, but inevitably you end up looking like a raccoon. Or when you decide wearing 5″ platforms to the Meatpacking District in a snowstorm is totally reasonable, then spend… keep reading...The post Kitchen Decor Round-Up appeared first on C
Sometimes pop culture really gives me a headache. When I was in college my roommate and I lived for everything gossip and entertainment. We religiously read Perez Hilton, obsessively collected every fashion mag, and always knew what was happening with Lindsay Lohan (… okay, I still do). But today’s pop culture is sort of… keep reading...The post Sweet & Savory Chicken Meatballs
Life’s been seriously busy since my last post, and for once I’m not complaining. Between resuming my workout routine, being preoccupied at work, and planning/celebrating a special birthday, I’ve had my hands full. So like any normal person with too many tasks to accomplish and too few hours to do them, I’ve been taking… keep reading...The post Coconut Chocolate Pudding a
So I went to a Total Body Conditioning class last night, and it has left me a cripple. A sore, limping, hella-cranky cripple. I guess I shouldn’t complain, seeing as I moaned about my boring workout routine in my last post. But when life hands me lemons, I grab some vodka, make some spiked… keep reading...The post Quinoa Fried Rice appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
Today is Tuesday. February is almost over. And this is my really pathetic way of starting a post when I’m having writers block. The truth is I’ve been uninspired by pretty much everything recently. I’m so over my winter wardrobe, I’m bored with my workout routine, I don’t know what to do without Sunday… keep reading...The post Red Wine Cherry Tomato & Goat C
Valentine’s Day – it’s a pretty abusive holiday, isn’t it? If you’re single, February 14th is just another reminder that you are all alone (you aren’t), that you’re going to die a spinster (you won’t), and that your life is meaningless without a man (it isn’t). If you’re in a relationship, it means you… keep reading...The post Cinnamon
When you live in a place like NYC, it’s easy to get lost in your thoughts. After awhile it becomes second nature to block out the sirens, the petulant child who’s terrorizing his nanny, the guys who say “bro” every other word, and instead simply focus on what’s floating through your head. Sometimes I… keep reading...The post Jalapeño Cheddar Tomato Soup appeared f
February is an odd little month, isn’t it? It’s shorter than the rest. Sometimes it has an extra day. It no longer means I get a week of vacation for absolutely no reason (I miss you Winter Break!). We’re not really any closer to Spring, regardless of what that silly groundhog says. And that… keep reading...The post Turkey & Brie Sandwich Melt appeared first on Cooking
If you’re anything like me, you’re pretty stoked for the Super Bowl this weekend. I’m excited to watch the Ravens & 49ers duke it out. I’m eager to see Ray Lewis ride off into the gospel-preaching sunset. I’m ready for Beyoncé to be obnoxiously Beyoncé. I’m hoping to be entertained by at least a few… keep reading...The post Chili Ranch Super Bowl Snack
You guys, I’ve really outdone myself this time. Last night’s dinner was so incredible, I’m practically squealing. I’m totally giddy, totally excited, and completely fah-reaaaking out. I barely slept last night, and I’ve been dyinggg to post this baby all. damn. day. And now, now the glorious moment has arrived. Finally, I can share… keep reading...The post Lobs
Here are some things I really love about my apartment: I decorated it super nicely. I live with the greatest guy I know. I absolutely adore my neighborhood. And I’m in a second floor walk up – best. convenience. ever. But then.. then there are some things I really don’t love about… keep reading...The post Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Drops appeared first on Cooking with
Yesterday was a totally awesome Sunday. I woke up without a hangover (go me!), made some pancakes from scratch (soooo good!), managed to make it to the gym (I’m amazing!!), and then spent the rest of the day watching football (yeah Jets!). There’s really nothing better than scheduling your Sundays around a big game.… keep reading...The post Oven Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Wings appeared
Within the past week, you may have heard that there’s a flu epidemic terrorizing the United States. You may also know that the media really excels at overreacting. Remember when we were all going to die from SARS? And that time we were going to die from the Swine Flu, too? And that Y2K… keep reading...The post Pesto & Parmigiano Cheese Torte appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
Sometimes I can be really, embarrassingly, offensively lazy. Like when it takes me a week to put away my laundry. Or when I cut open a tube of Crest for a few extra morsels of toothpaste, even though I live down the block from a Duane Reade. And the times I take my plates… keep reading...The post Ridiculously Easy Buffalo Shrimp Salad appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
You can’t really escape the fact that January is the month for weight-loss initiatives. I’ve seen that Special K “What will you Gain when you Lose?” commercial 37,000 times, I can’t look at my Facebook feed without seeing 100 statuses of people congratulating themselves for going to the gym, and if I hear ONE MORE… keep reading...The post Chicken & Cheddar Corn
Hey! Remember me? Your go-to gal for cooking made easy? Yes I know, it’s been awhile. But after a much needed holiday hiatus, CwC is back full-force and ready to take on 2013. Are you hungry? Obviously. Are you ready to cook? Of course you are! Let’s get things started… It’s a… keep reading...The post Spinach & Sausage Casserole appeared first on Cooking w
Hi. My name is Christine, and I’m a Cookieholic. This isn’t a surprise, I know. But the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, so here it is: I have a serious addiction to le cookie. Yesterday I told you all about my recent cookie coma, and today I… keep reading...The post Coconut Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
The almost-middle of December means a few things for me. In no particular order… I’ve eaten more cookies in the past ten days then I will ever admit to. Ever. I’m continuing to avoid buying presents because dealing with Christmas shoppers is like having a seizure. I’m still pretending this will be the year I send… keep reading...The post Sundried Tomato Chicken Pizza ap
Grocery shopping is a laborious task, no two ways about it. There’s the making of the list, the traveling to the store, the navigating of the aisles, the knocking into others with your shopping cart like you’re in a damn go-kart race, and the realizing you forgot to pick up milk when you’re… keep reading...The post Sweet Chili Scallops w/ Coconut Rice appeared first on Cookin
I’m one of those people who needs a little something sweet to finish off a meal. A nibble of chocolate, a bite of a cookie, or if I’m trying to be disciplined, a handful of raspberries. But then there are times when a small taste just won’t do. There are times that command cake.… keep reading...The post Peppermint Pattie Cake appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
I know I was supposed to post this a week ago, but instead I’ve been busy eating everything in sight. Legit, everything. Thanksgiving leftovers, chocolate chip cookies, more leftovers, and some pizza, too – it’s been a real free-for-all. But now that I’m thoroughly ashamed by the depths of my gluttony, it’s time… keep reading...The post Thanksgiving Extravaganza:
you guys… I totally crushed Thanksgiving dinner. For the past three years Dave and I have celebrated Thanksgiving a few days early with a little Turkey-Day dinner of our own. I love our personal celebration, so I intended to keep the tradition alive with just one exception – this year’s dinner was going to… keep reading...The post Thanksgiving Dinner Extravaganza:
The holiday season is officially upon us. And while I am certainly not one of those people who begins blasting Christmas music on November 1st – seriously, can’t we quarantine them somewhere?! – with just over a week before Thanksgiving, I think it’s safe to say the holidays are here. For… keep reading...The post Italian-Style Oven Fried Chicken appeared first on C
So there’s this thing called stress eating – have you heard of it? It’s an adorable emotional tick where people use eating as a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions. Odds are, it’s happened to you. Those consecutive pints of Half-Baked you inhaled after your boyfriend dumped you? Stress eating. That donut you bought… keep reading...The post Easy Shrimp Primavera a
Yes, you read that correctly. Butterfinger Brownies – what a delightful idea, isn’t it? For someone who is less than enthusiastic about Halloween, the thought of bringing the holiday spirit into my kitchen rather than my wardrobe really brightened my mood. Call me a total Deb, but Halloween is just not my jam. Stupid… keep reading...The post Butterfinger Brownies appeared first on
Hurricane Sandy – what a bitch, huh? I never really thought NYC could be shut down the way it has. Like every true New Yorker I’m convinced our city is invincible and immune from destruction. But alas, here I am, four days without power and writing this post from a Barnes & Noble in… keep reading...The post Chipotle Turkey Chili appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
I’m one of those people who can’t escape a bad day – once things start off on the wrong foot, they don’t get any better. I’ll sleep through my alarm, watch the subway speed away as I refill my metro card, get caught in the rain sans umbrella, and chip my manicure 20 seconds… keep reading...The post Fontina Grilled Cheese and Fire Roasted Tomato Soup appeared first o
I initially planned to title this post “Low-Fat” Oreo Cheesecake. But after a few moments of pondering, I realized that low-fat is a pretty misleading term. Like so many popular expressions, the meaning of low-fat is relative; depending on context, low-fat could mean anything. Yes, Barney’s does have sales – but does 15% off… keep reading...The post Reduced Fat Oreo Ch
One of my favorite ways to save some money and spend some quality time with the BF is to enjoy an at-home date night. Why confine dates to the weekend/restaurant routine when you have a wide-open Wednesday and a kitchen begging to be used? And really, who would turn down a date where you… keep reading...The post Saucy Shrimp Enchiladas appeared first on Cooking with Cakes.
Fall weather is in its prime right now, and I am fully embracing the crisp mornings, sunny days, and cool nights that Mid-October brings. With the season in full-swing, certain Fall staples must be adhered to: Sundays dedicated to football. Brown Riding Boots & Exaggerated Scarves. Copious pints of beer. Pumpkin everything. With items… keep reading...The post Pumpkin Alfredo Stuffed Shells