These decadent Chocolate Cherry Pancakes are thick, fluffy, and perfect for summer brunch.

My energy level has always fluctuated dramatically. It evens out slightly when I cut sugar and grains from my diet but never completely normalizes. I think in my case it’s more an issue of brain chemistry than blood sugar (though it can definitely be a combination of both). It’s a good thing I managed to get slightly ahead before the holiday weekend because so far I am a complete zombie this week.

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Macerated Cherry Nutella Pop Tarts are pretty much everything you want in a dessert: flaky pastry, creamy chocolate and a boozy fruit filling!

I love adding liqueurs to desserts and savory dishes. Grand Marnier is one of my favorites. It adds a delicate hint of orange that brightens everything from pan sauces to buttercream frosting. And I especially love using it to macerate fruit.  [Read more...]

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Is it breakfast or dessert? This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie is both!

I don’t consider myself to be a writer. It’s kind of weird because I actually have a bachelors degree in English with a focus in creative writing. But I feel like that was in another life 15 years ago that I barely connect with anymore. I’m no longer the same person. I followed that path because I had no idea what to do with my life and an English teacher told me I had talent. I never loved writing. I was never meant to be a writer. [Read more...]

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This decadent Chocolate Mousse Poached Pear Tart is the perfect ending to a romantic meal!

I love rich, velvety, dark chocolate mousse. It’s one of those decadent treats I would enjoy every day if I could (though I don’t because that wouldn’t exactly be healthy). Chocolate mousse is for special occasions and it’s the perfect foundation for a Valentine’s Day dessert. I’ve created a recipe that I know you will love – a tart with a cookie dough shell, a layer of dark chocolate mousse, spiced poached pears and melted dark chocolate drizzled on top.  [Read more...]

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are the perfect Valentine's Day Dessert!

I love celebrating Valentine’s Day. I don’t think it needs to be a big ordeal involving gifts and cards. It doesn’t even have to involve going out to dinner. In fact, my favorite way to enjoy the holiday is by having a quiet, romantic dinner for two at home. Nothing overly heavy, just small bites that are full of flavors.

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