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 This is the second post in my four-part series of recipes from the seduction scene from my latest book, Baking Bree.

In the scene, Simon, the sexy Australian chef, blindfolds Brianna in his kitchen and torments her by feeding her bites of four delectable desserts he made just for her. As you can imagine, it gets pretty intense :)

Especially when he feeds her the final dessert, an amazing white chocolate brie cheesecake.

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What? You've never thought about using brie in a cheesecake before? It is cheese, after all.

And if you get a milky, buttery brie, it blends amazingly well with the cream cheese and gives your just a tease of the delicious brie flavor. It's not overwhelming, but it's definitely different from plain old cheesecake.

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To make two mini-cheesecake rounds (perfect for a romantic dessert), you will need: ...continue reading

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Holy crap!!!

It's been an entire year since I started this blog as a way to document my attempts at learning how to cook. It's been an amazing year, and I doubt I would have come this far if I didn't have the motivation of this blog to keep me pushing forward.

At this point I'd like to clarify that I have never been to a cooking school, class, seminar, what have you. I am a self-taught cook, who picked up everything she knows from the internet, cookbooks, and trial and error.

This means that I have had some fun disasters in the past year, but as a whole, I am proud of how far I've come in just 365 days. To celebrate my 1 year anniversary (let's be honest here, who thought I would keep this up this long?!), I am "recreating" my original disaster meal. My first posted recipes were of an unappetizing looking grilled cajun salmon, inedible grilled corn that caught on fire, and a good salad. Taking the main ingredients, I decided to put everything I've learned in one year into this meal. So enjoy the before and after!!!

Salmon:

Oh god. I shudder when I look at this picture.

I was having issues with my old grill that day. Mainly, the heating was SO uneven that my fish came out burned and undercooked simultaneously.  And then I chose to take an overhead picture, with flash (double shudder), on these horrific plates from the 1970's. If I had any dignity I would take this picture down from the internet, burn all copies onto a CD, shatter that CD with a hammer, and throw the pieces in the microwave. And then bury it, just to make sure it's really dead.

But, I like to look at it every once in awhile, so that when I look at my more recent, and much sexier food pictures, I swell up with pride.

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Now, I know that corn and salmon do not really go well together. But, as I made them together 1 year ago, so I had to pair them again. This made the food styling particularly difficult, but I'm fairly certain the salmon stands out enough on it's own. ...continue reading

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101st post! Yay!

So the weekend before my 24th birthday, I drove up to a friend's house for a Roarin' 20's party.

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Wow that's a large picture. 

Anyway, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try out some alcoholic cookies, you know, so I could sneak the booze past the coppers. They were also sort of inspired by the previews for the Great Gatsby, which will be released this coming Christmas. I thought that these chocolatey, minty, topped-with-candy cookies perfectly represented the 1920's. They are fun, flirty, easy to make, wonderful to share at parties, and best of all, liquor infused.

These turned out to be such a great success, and the best part is drinking the leftover alcohol! So grab your pearls and feathers, tuck your flask into your garter, and prepare to get tipsy.  ...continue reading

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I've mentioned before how much of a cinephile I am, so it'll come as no surprise then that when I heard that they were rereleasing Casablanca for one night in theaters to celebrate the 70th anniversary of this classic film, I jumped onto Fandango and bought my tickets immediately.

It would be too easy for me to dive into what makes this film so amazing, but this isn't a film blog (idea for a spinoff blog maybe?), it's a cooking blog. So to tie everything together, Kevin and I decided we would whip up a delicious Moroccan meal before we went to see the movie. It would be our first successful date night, seeing as how our Valentine's day dinner plans were foiled by the sudden and violent onset of my stomach flu. :P ...continue reading

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Merry Christmas everyone! 

I...can't think of anything else to say here. It's too early in the morning, and I'm already all hopped up on sugar and peppermint. And ginger cookies of course. Breakfast of champions.

I made these cupcakes from my brand new cupcake cookbook that my sister gave me, and I'm so excited that they worked! We all know I've had cupcake troubles in the past, so I was thrilled that not only did they poof nicely,  but they tasted pretty damn good too ;)

It's a simple chocolate cupcake recipe paired with a fluffy white frosting with crushed peppermint candies in it and sprinkled on top! And a few candy canes, in case they weren't minty enough. ...continue reading