November 2017 archive

Marble Bundt Cake

Marble Bundt Cake

I can’t say that I’ve ever sought out a recipe for a spectacular bundt cake.

Three-layer chocolate cake? Sure. The best pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust? You know I’ve spent hours perusing Pinterest for that baby.

But a bundt cake? Never.

I have several reasons for the bundt cake deficit in my life.

Marble Bundt Cake

A. I do not own a bundt pan. I suppose it goes without saying, but I see absolutely no reason to hunt down recipes for a cake that I cannot physically make in my own kitchen. And when you spend the majority of your adult life living in kitchens smaller than your bathroom, bundt pans are not a luxury you have the cabinet space to afford.

B. I am not a huge fan of bundt cakes. I grew up in the Midwest, where bundt cakes reign supreme at the church social, second only to the casserole, forever and amen. And while the neighborhood ladies dutifully baked their bundt cakes with the devotion of a 1950’s housewife, I never actually tasted one that was worth a second bite. Based on childhood experience, “bundt cake” is synonymous with “dry, bland cake with a hole in the center.”

Marble Bundt Cake

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Pumpkin Pie Bites

Pumpkin Pie Bites

I love everything about Thanksgiving.

The big gatherings of family and friends. Remembering all of the reasons we have to be thankful throughout the year. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The table settings and the decorations and the food. ALL of the food.

Pumpkin Pie Bites

I even love braving the crowds at the grocery store. Call me crazy, but give me two hours alone without kids and I can make a trip to Whole Foods on the Sunday before Thanksgiving feel like a day at the spa. Why yes, I WILL sample all six wines you’ve chosen for the holiday. There’s brie en croute with cranberry chutney to go with that? Give me all. of. the. things.

But my favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the fact that it rings in the holiday season.

Pumpkin Pie Bites

I woke up this past Sunday morning and I could FEEL it. THE HOLIDAYS HAVE BEGUN!

I’ve already queued up my favorite Christmas playlist on Spotify, and you better believe it’s been playing on repeat this whole week while I’ve been working in the kitchen. (Just don’t tell my husband. He has a strict “no Christmas music before Thanksgiving” policy.)

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