Mind-blowing Black Bean Brownies

Say whaaaat!?  Yup, if you’re still here after reading black bean brownies, I thank you. I do have a flare for the dramatic when it comes to food but I guarantee , they ARE mind-blowing because they are super delicious and taste like they’re terrible for you.  Isn’t that what we are all looking for,  the…

Watermelon “Cake”

      Hello there! I hope everybody had a great Easter or Passover 😀 This year, my contribution to the Easter festivities was a Watermelon “cake”. It’s not really a cake…although it looks like just like one. Its a solid piece of watermelon on the inside, deceptively decorated.  I found this recipe on Pinterest a…

Marie B’s Italian Lemon-Ricotta Cookies #winner

Back….wayyyy back in 2009, I had a cookie comptetition. It all started because I was searching for the recipe for those traditional soft, sugar-glazed lemon cookies. My grandmother’s cookies were awesome but her recipe had no quantities, no measurements, just a list of ingredients. Grandmas are awesome,  professionals at their craft, they did everything by…

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo taken from Justataste.com   Hello world, I am always trying to improve my blog so in my down-time, I scour the internet for blogging tips and ideas. I’ll admit that I check out other food blogs. You know, to see what’s out there in the “blogger-verse”. There are so many great ones, lots of talented…

Be my Valentine – Cherry Cheesecake Tart with Chocolate-crumb crust

Hello-again Vanilla-beaners! Yet another Valentine’s day recipe. I love cheesecake in almost any form but I had never tasted this flavor combo before and it was delicious!! The cherry mixture is sweet and mildly tart dabbed here and there so it’s especially delicious when you get a bite with all three elements, the sweet crust, the tangy…

“Valen-tiny” Chocolate-dipped Espresso-Shortbread Cookies

Inspired by the holiday dedicated to love, love, love.  Nothing says Valentine’s Day like hearts and chocolate. So, I made these cookies over the weekend for a party I was going to. These were, I thought, perfectly Valen-tiny. These are quite small but packed with a deliciously satisfying chocolatey-coffee flavor – highly addictive! I find that adding coffee in one form…

Apple Pie Pops

Holiday pot luck, cocktail party, kids’ party, Christmas Eve, Christmas day, bridal shower coming-out party and even a pitty-party…any party is an excuse to make these. People love things that are mini and do you know what they love even more? Mini desserts on sticks. People get giddy, its hillarious. Not only are these pies…

The Best Deep Fried Oreos – NYC Fair Food

Everybody loves fair food, am I right? Corn-dogs (Pogos), funnel cakes, cotton candy and my fav, deep-fried Oreos. I thought that the only place to properly enjoy them would be, where I first discovered them – at the New York Italian Festival, honoring San Gennaro. At his yearly event, you will find kiosk after kiosk…