Archive | September 2012

In the Kitchen Tonight: Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Can you believe October is almost here? And its the perfect time of year for all things…pumpkin! Tonight we made pumpkin cupcakes and iced them with cream cheese frosting.  The aroma of pumpkin cupcakes baking in the oven was wonderful…the warm and delicious smell of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger is so amazing. I used this recipe for pumpkin cupcakes courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker (who has a fantastic blog btw!) and decorated the cupcakes with pecans and candy pumpkins (of course).

Pumpkin Cupcake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting


Happy Grandparents Day!

I often give my beloved grandmothers credit for inspiring me in the kitchen – which is very true.  Whenever I think of my Grammy Husband (yes, Husband is our family name) I think of her at the summer cottage which sat across from Lake Champlain in Vermont. Even though the years are long past I can close my eyes and still see her  rolling out the biscuit dough on the counter for Strawberry Shortcake and us grandkids watching her patiently (or impatiently haha!)  The strawberries were always picked from my Grampy’s garden in the backyard and Grammy always had fresh whipped cream for the topping.  Oh how I long to experience the summer days of being with my grandparents again.

My Grandma Marini, who was a traditional Italian woman from the old country, always fed her family well.  My mother likes to tell a story of how at one family picnic a relative brought a cake which was made from a box. My grandmother was so alarmed by her relative making a “boxed cake” and felt she was being extremely lazy.  Every single thing was homemade if it came from both of my grandma’s kitchens.  One of my Grandma Marini’s favorite dessert was Almond Biscotti. She made this every Christmas which was a joyous time in our household with all kinds of Italian treats.  I wish that I had recipes that were passed down from them but unfortunately I do not.  I do however have the wonderful memories of my grandparents – which is priceless.

What are your favorite memories of your grandparents? Did they inspire you in the kitchen?

Four Layer Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Cake

Its kind of hard to think about Fall when it’s still sweltering outside in some places (like here in the DC area…whew!) but here is a delicious Fall recipe to try anyways – after all it is September! As a foodie this is truly my most favorite time of year with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas holidays creeping up on us (okay…maybe I am just getting a tad ahead of myself here but I really like holiday desserts!) Here is a delicious recipe that I came across today courtesy of one of my favorite websites: Just a Pinch.

Four Layer Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Cake