Tiki, Do You Love Me?

About six months ago, an idea came to me seemingly out of nowhere. There’s probably always some part in the back of my mind that is on the lookout for tiki-related pun names to be used for my never-ending tiki parties (My favorite, which will never be acted upon because, well you can figure outContinue reading “Tiki, Do You Love Me?”

Cocktail Hour: Let’s Have a Tiki

Theme Background For the third and final tiki party of the summer, we celebrated tiki in modern times. After our throwbacks to the golden era and the dark ages, it seemed only fitting that we should end on a high note. While the books I have used for past menus are from the last decade,Continue reading “Cocktail Hour: Let’s Have a Tiki”

Cocktail Hour: Tiki Meets Disco

Theme Background For my last Cocktail Hour, I celebrated the golden era of tiki. But that didn’t last forever. By the end of the 1960s, tiki was relegated to the strip malls. With the rise in popularity of disco in the 1970s, tiki was all but squashed. While tiki and disco likely never co-existed inContinue reading “Cocktail Hour: Tiki Meets Disco”

Cocktail Hour: The Golden Age of Tiki

This year I decided to host three tiki parties, one during each of the summer months. For one thing, it gives enough reason for people to invest in a proper tiki wardrobe. And, selfishly, it allows me to get a bit weird with the theme of each party. Tiki is already a theme, you say.Continue reading “Cocktail Hour: The Golden Age of Tiki”

Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Sugar Cookies

I am a big fan of the chocolate-raspberry flavor combo. It’s the perfect solution to the oft-asked question I face when picking a dessert: Do I want chocolate-sweet or fruit-sweet? I mean, there really is a huge difference between those kinds of sweet. And the wrong choice could lead to a disappointing dessert experience. AContinue reading “Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Sugar Cookies”

Make It Mini: Convert Your Favorite Pie Recipe to Individual Pies

Pie is great. I love almost everything about pie—the versatility, the relative ease, the not-being-cake. The only thing I don’t like about pie is serving it. That fateful moment where everyone watches you make a mess of your once-pristine dessert. That first slice is always a minor travesty. No amount of whipped cream can coverContinue reading “Make It Mini: Convert Your Favorite Pie Recipe to Individual Pies”

Winter Olympics-Inspired Cocktails

The Olympics are the only time when I will watch sports or express patriotism (both classic American pastimes). This sporting event occurring every two years changes my core personality. Do I want to hear a story about someone defying the odds/overcoming tragedy/etc.? If it’s during the Olympics, you bet I do! Do I need toContinue reading “Winter Olympics-Inspired Cocktails”

Cat Cupcakes Tutorial

Sometimes you’re asked to help plan a wedding celebration at work for your coworker. And sometimes you get to make that celebration cat-themed because he has three cats and no one can stop you. For such a special occasion, I decided to make cat cupcakes because more cats are always better. What’s great about theseContinue reading “Cat Cupcakes Tutorial”

Some People Just Can’t Handle Their Cotton Candy: Boozy Cotton Candy Milkshake Recipe

Note: I love watching TV. And I love making desserts. This is the first recipe in my series of television show-inspired desserts, Watch Party.  I have very little self-control when it comes to certain things. I wouldn’t say I ever purposefully binge-watch something, but I will spend an entire week using any of my free timeContinue reading “Some People Just Can’t Handle Their Cotton Candy: Boozy Cotton Candy Milkshake Recipe”

Matcha Cookies with Black Sesame

Before I bake, I always scour the internet to make sure I am making the best version of a recipe possible. I’m that way about most things, though. I look at every “best of” list I can find before picking a book. I have fallen down an Amazon black hole looking for the best-value bakingContinue reading “Matcha Cookies with Black Sesame”