Any other stress-bakers out there? Suffice it to say I’ve been overwhelmingly busy these past few months with very little time to slow down and enjoy basic hobbies. Now that things have slowed down (at least for the moment), something I’m picking back up is baking.
Fun fact: When I started this website, I really thought it was going to be all about food. Wine was just a side-act. Now it is (without any remorse) the shining star of this one-man show.
But for fun and giggles, I’d like to post my latest two bakes. One a super-healthy vegan cookie thing. The other, good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies alla mamma used to make. So please, enjoy. (Also, either pairs well with a super-dry champers. 🥂)
I was inspired by a bottle of white port the first time I baked this pumpkin cheesecake. The lightly spiced cream filling along with the buttery, cookie crumb crust, was the perfect accompaniment for my dessert wine. Not too sweet, and slightly less guilty than a normal cheesecake, this is one recipe sure to please a crowd.
Celebrate the fall season with this easy little recipe. Great for a snack, dessert, or dessert topping. It’s only 3 ingredients (and one of them is water). Added bonus: swap out the pumpkin seeds for your favorite nut or seed and you can use this recipe all year long.
Also, see below the recipe for how I use this as a gourmet topping to a delicious dessert. Bon Appétit!
A super simple, fun appetizer or light lunch — I actually created this recipe using leftover ingredients in the fridge. But with a little time and a little love, I was able to create something that truly tastes gourmet. Bon Appétit!
PS See below the recipe for recommended wine pairings!
I’ve always cheated with butternut squash, opting for the pre-chopped, steam-in-the-bag version from Trader Joe’s. But I thought I’d take a chance and work with the real deal. Turns out it’s not as difficult as I imagined. Here’s a really easy recipe for butternut squash puree — all you need are 3 ingredients and some patience. Bon Appétit!
PS See below the recipe for an accompanying chicken recipe and wine pairing suggestions!