Seven-Cheese Layered Mac and Cheese {inspired by John Legend}


The other day I was googling “layered+mac+and+cheese+casserole” for a completely different reason (than plain old mac and cheese) when I came across John Legend’s recipe. I also found a plethora of other recipes for layered mac and cheese. As I flipped through the internet pages searching the recipes, it dawned on me that I’ve never…

Thanksgiving Day Shepherd’s Pie


This is probably the worst time of year to be living in temporary housing. It’s the holidays and I don’t have any of my own kitchen stuff to cook with. To improvise this year, I decided to put together a few dishes that required very little prep work. You gotta have turkey on Thanksgiving. It’s…

Sausage, Bacon and Brie Breakfast Casserole


As someone who loves to cook and (usually) blog about it, the holidays offer a good excuse for me to do both. I especially love trying new recipes. I’m a little bit out of my element back in Long Beach. I have yet to move into the condo I’m about to purchase, so I’m stuck…

Creamed Spinach with Baked Eggs


I just made the most amazing breakfast for dinner. Dontchya just love having breakfast for dinner? I love breakfast. I could eat it any and every meal of the day. Recently I’ve been craving spinach. Creamed spinach to be exact. And with Thanksgiving coming up (tomorrow!), I figured it’s the perfect time to make some and…

{Sweet Paul’s} Pistachio Layer Cake


My grandma introduced me to Sweet Paul by sending me a few of his recipes featured in some magazine. I’ve loved him ever since. So when I saw that Sweet Paul has a pistachio layer cake, I knew I had to try it. His recipe makes a four-layer, 8-inch cake. I multiplied his recipe by…

Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake


This might be my favorite chocolate cake recipe of all time. I made it in October and took it to work to share with my coworkers. It reminds me of a cake The Cheesecake Factory used to sell circa 2008. Sadly, the cake is no longer on their menu. This recipe is gently adapted from…

Black and White Cake


Still catching up on blogging – this cake was made in July during cake week. Unfortunately due to the length of time that’s passed since I made this cake, I do not have any interesting stories or baking anecdotes to share. I barely remember making this cake. This was an interesting cake to make in…

Chocolate Maltball Cake


Holy hell I’m behind in my posting. My laptop took a crap on me a few months ago and I’ve been posting sporadically since then. Right now I’m writing from my dad’s lap top at the dining room table in my temporary housing in Long Beach, Calif. My laptop is somewhere in Portland, Ore. I…

Chorizo Mac ‘n Cheese


Soooooo much has happened since I last blogged. For starters, I’m back in Southern California. For good this time? Time will tell. I just started a brand new job and I’m currently in corporate housing in Long Beach (for about the next three weeks). I put an offer in on a condo and we are…

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake


A few months ago my old coworker Anchal asked me to make a cake for her husband’s birthday (September 15th). I used to see Anchal around the office last year and think she was the cutest little pregnant woman I’ve ever seen. She really was! While she’s no longer pregnant, she’s still the cutest little woman…

Cookie Dough Chocolate Layer Cake


In my first full day of work at my new job, I warned my two coworkers that I’m a cake baking fiend. I did not tell them about cake week. I’m not sure I want to unleash that beast at this time. But I did let them know that they can expect their own birthday…