The Best Ever Banana Cake – made even better!

My littlest one just turned two which provided a needed excuse to bake a birthday cake. I was in a bit of a baking rut, my KitchenAid needed to be sent in for a repair and I’ve been relying on a hand mixer which can surprisingly conquer most baking needs in the kitchen. I didn’t…

Little Radishes Go a Long Way With These Recipes

The radish may be the most underrated vegetable in my garden right now. I almost missed the fact that they were ready to be pulled had my daughter not spotted their little heads poking out out of the dirt this week. I still feel that sense of wonder when a fully grown vegetable gets pulled…

Becoming a Mom while Losing a Mom

My mom’s favorite thing to say to me was that I was the best Mother’s Day gift she could ever imagine. It was 41 years ago that my mom became a mom on Mother’s Day, forever intertwining my birthday with the holiday.  Losing my mom to cancer ten years ago while becoming a mom myself…

Birthday, Valentine’s Day, Any Celebration Brownies

Reposting the recipe for my most favorite brownies courtesy of my dear friend Brenda. They’ve come to be known in our family as daddy’s birthday brownies because my husband loves anything baked with extra chocolate (this one calls for an entire bag of chocolate chips) and the recipe is so simple that my daughters can…

Three Cheers for Ice Cream, Candy and Jen Vellano

I’ve been busy working on some exciting new ventures which I’m looking forward to sharing in 2022. One of them is a new collective of local women entrepreneurs, business owners, founders, philanthropists and investors gathering to support each other, share resources, and mentor the next generation. For now we’re calling the group Westchester Women Making…

Composition of a perfect Thanksgiving salad

Thanks to vaccines and boosters we are resuming our longstanding tradition of traveling to Chicago to be with my family for Thanksgiving this week. For the past several years we’ve gathered at my dad and stepmom’s home where our blended family each gets assigned a dish to be responsible for. Surprising to none, I’ve been…

The case for homemade granola

I admittedly have a weakness for granola. Maybe it’s the combination of savory and sweet, or that it feels like I’m making a “healthyish” choice for breakfast but I find it incredibly addictive and absolutely delicious! After years of trying different brands there is not one that I’ve found that I like more than my…

Simple Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash soup is one of my all-time favorites especially this time of year. I love how healthy yet filling this soup is, served with bread its the perfect fall lunch or accompaniment to dinner. I’ve toggled between different recipes and have finally landed on one that I keep coming back to because of its…

Tis’ the season for baking with apples!

Fall is definitely in the air as temperatures are starting to drop up in Bedford and we’re just starting to see hints of leaves changing colors. Farmers markets are filled with all varieties of apples yet my favorite still remains a classic honey crisp. With the kids back in school I’ve been in the mood…