Does rosemary & olive oil ice-cream sound totally weird to you? It did to me at first. One of the first dates Aaron and I went on while we were dating long distance between Chicago and LA was to RPM Italian in Chicago. We loved their food and atomosphere from the start, so this became a regular date-night spot for the two of us. During one of our visits, they had a special gelato for the night – flavored with rosemary, olive oil and sea salt. I thought to myself – this is weird, but I also love rosemary and this is probably super good – and it’s literally one of my most favorite flavor combinations now. Continue reading “Rosemary & Olive Oil Ice-Cream”
Classic Carrot Cake
Hoppy Easter! What a beautiful weekend in Chicago, I hope it’s as lovely as it is here where you are!
It’s been just over a year since we’ve moved into our home-sweet-home in Chicago… just in time for Easter. Last year during Easter, my dad and his wife came to spend the holiday with us and they’ve come back to join us again this year with their two new puppies! Typically during the Holidays we’re off to visit our families in Michigan, so I’m grateful for new traditions in our own home. We will have a house full of family, friends and fur babies to share Easter dinner and dessert with. Continue reading “Classic Carrot Cake”
Croatian Chocolate Ice Squares (Ledene Kocke)
It’s been too long since I’ve baked a Croatian treat! One of the things I love most about Croatian desserts is the layering – you’ll find that so many of these desserts are delicately layered, beautiful bars and some are airy and creamy. Today I’m baking Ledene Kocke which is known as Chocolate Ice Squares. Continue reading “Croatian Chocolate Ice Squares (Ledene Kocke)”
Bauli Cake Bread Pudding with Lemon Curd
My fellow blogging buddy Annie, of Give Me Meatloaf, provided great advice and tips as I began to explore developing my own, long-awaited baking blog. Being that I’m new to the blogging world, she’s been happy to answer questions and share her own experiences that have really helped me so far! Recently, Annie’s family friend gifted her a bunch of wonderful Bauli products for Christmas that she shared with me to get creative with on my own blog, which was super thoughtful – thanks Annie! 🙂
When she gave me these mini cakes, the first thing I thought of was “0mg, I can do so many fun decorating things with these”, then I thought “these would make for an awesome bread pudding dessert too”. Continue reading “Bauli Cake Bread Pudding with Lemon Curd”
Croatian Christmas Cookies!
It’s my favorite baking day of the year – the day that we bake our Croatian Christmas cookies!!! You may have read in my “About Me” section that this is a very important tradition on my Mom’s side of the family, and this is very near and dear to my heart. Since I was a little girl, Mom and I would head over to Grandma’s house, and we would spend the day baking these recipes that the women in my family brought over from Croatia. The recipes are found in countless, handwritten books in Croatian. Continue reading “Croatian Christmas Cookies!”