Posts Labeled ‘Epicurious’

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I think I found my new favorite Fall dessert! These pumpkin whoopie pies from Epicurious are amazing. I followed the recipe to a tee. The only modification I would suggest is not candying the pecans (the whoopies are sweet enough on their own) and press the pecans into the cream rather than rolling them on the sides.


Summertime Dining: Watermelon Salads

One of my favorite culinary treats in summer is watermelon. Refreshing and bright, watermelon is often a great picnic or BBQ food or a sweet dessert at the end of a simple meal. But watermelon also shines as a star in summer salads. The three below look delicious!

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint from Food & Wine

Watermelon, Feta, and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Glaze from Bon Appetit

Watermelon Salad with Mint and Crispy Prosciutto via Real Simple

Caring for others through food

Recently, my father-in-law had a stroke and was in the hospital for almost a month before ultimately passing away. It was a difficult time and one of the things that sustained us most was the hospitality extended to us by friends through meals. Almost every night during those long weeks someone brought us dinner. The food was such a blessing after long days that were physically and emotionally draining.

All this made me think of how I need to extend support to others through difficult times and I started brainstorming about what type of meal I might bring to a friend. I am still thinking on this, but did come up with one treat that from my experience is perfect — muffins. They are a great breakfast food but can also serve as quick snacks throughout the day. My new favorite muffin is a banana coconut muffin that I found online at Epicurious. I thought I’d share it with you.

banana coconut muffins via Epicurious


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed (3/4 cup)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • Special equipment: a muffin tin with 8 (1/2-cup) muffin cups; paper liners


Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Line muffin cups with liners.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together bananas, butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and 1/2 cup coconut in a large bowl until combined well, then fold in flour mixture until flour is just moistened.

Divide batter among lined muffin cups and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup coconut. Bake until muffins are puffed and golden, about 25 minutes. Transfer muffins to a rack and cool slightly.

Cinco treats for Cinco de Mayo.

I love Cinco de Mayo. No, I cannot tell you anything about the Battle of Puebla or much else about the origin of the holiday, but I still love it! And who doesn’t want another excuse for a holiday?

Here are five festive ideas for celebrating on the fifth of May:


One of my favorite dips to make for the holiday is an oldie-but-a-goodie from Cooking Light. Their Tex Mex Black Bean Dip is to die for. It’s served warm, easy to prepare, and is a little more unique than some of the run-of-the mill mexican dips we see so often. Serve it with a colorful assortment of tortilla chips for an easy and delicious snack to kick off your Cinco de Mayo celebration.


It’s unfathomable to celebrate Cinco de May without good margaritas. And what fun to make your own frozen version at home! If you didn’t buy this machine last season when it came out, it’s time now!

Margarita machine from Frontgate

Margarita machine from Frontgate


And to serve those margaritas? Try these fabulously festive glasses from Uncommon Goods. I love how each stem of the six glasses is unique — helping guests identify which glass is theirs.

Hand painted margarita glasses available from Uncommon Goods

Hand painted margarita glasses available from Uncommon Goods


 Can you say Burrrrrritos! (remember to roll the “r” of course!). Rachel Ray has a quick and easy plan for a fun Make Your Own Burrito dinner. When I served this for guests (with a few adaptations) at a party, they loved it!


For a sweet treat at the end of the evening, why not have fun with flan?! Epicurious offers a list of great flan recipes to choose from. The Perfect Flan sounds, well, perfect!

Feliz Cinco de Mayo, everyone!