Chocolate Chip Cookies…

Here it is! The recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies!! This recipe is from my coworker, Karen. Karen’s reputation for her cookies is well known among all of the nurses and doctors that we work with. These cookies are truly the right combo between crispy and soft and just simply so good! You can double or triple the recipe very easily, too!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies


1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar (Packed)
1/3 Cup Butter (Softened)
1/3 Cup Crisco
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 3/4 Cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
Pinch of Salt
2 oz. Chocolate Chips


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together sugars, butter, crisco, egg and vanilla extract with an electric mixer.
Cookie Batter
2. Slowly add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Then add the chocolate chips.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter
3. Once mixed, roll to desired size and bake for 8-13 minutes, until just lightly brown.

Rolled Cookie Balls

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Italian Rainbow Cookies…

I haven’t posted for a while, but I’m back now. I was inspired this past week to make a new recipe. This recipe comes from a friend’s sister’s husband’s Italian grandmother. Translation- a sure thing!! Family recipes are nearly always amazing and full of flavor. This recipe was truly that!

After making the cookies, a group of us did a cookie “throw down”. We compared this recipe to one from Mike’s Pastry and one from Modern Pastry, both located in the North End of Boston. It was no surprise that this recipe won!

Italian Rainbow Cookies

Italian Rainbow Cookie


1 can 12oz Solo almond filling
1 cup soft butter (2 sticks)
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks, 4 egg whites
2 cups flour
Seedless raspberry jam
Apricot Jam
Red and Green food coloring
Melted Milk Chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 3 8×8 pans well. (You can also use 9×9 pans).
2. Mix soft butter, almond filling, sugar, and egg YOLKS.
3. Add flour and mix well.
Flour with mixture
4. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
Egg whites
5. Add to mixture and fold in.
6. Divide into 3 bowls. Use red food coloring for one, green for the other and leave the last one plain.
Colored Mixture
7. Spread evenly in pans. Bake 12-15 minutes until edges are brown and center is dry.
8. Let cool. Put raspberry jam on green, white on top, then apricot jam, and then red layer on top.

9. Top with plastic wrap. Put books or a heavy pan on top and weigh down overnight.
Weighted cookie
10. Next day, cut the edges to make them even. Then melt chocolate, spread on top, cool, then cut and serve.
Trimmed edges


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1st Birthday Party!!!

I had the pleasure of baking a cake and cupcakes for coworker’s daughter for her first birthday. She gave me the color scheme and I went from there. A few browses through Pinterest, and I was set! My coworker, Stephanie, is also an amazing photographer. She has such an eye for it and I was honored to have her take photos of the cake and cupcakes.

Here’s a few pictures that she took…

Pink Ombre Petal Cake

1st Birthday II

Cupcakes I

Cupcakes II

Cupcakes III

Here’s a shot from her Birthday Cake Smash…

1st Birthday Cake Smash

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies…

If you have two ingredients, then you’ll be able to make these cookies. All you need is bananas and oats. Any kind of oats will do… Old Fashioned, Quick Cooking, etc. I added some mini chocolate chips, but you can experiment with any kind of addition. Some ideas… Peanut Butter chips, Chocolate Chunks, Butterscotch Chips, Craisins, etc.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Cookies


2 Ripe Bananas
1-2 Cups Oats (I used Old Fashioned Quaker Oats)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put the bananas and 1 cup oats in a large bowl.
Banana and Oats
2. Mash bananas until they’re combined with the oats. If the consistency is too soupy, then add more oats. I added about a half a cup. The mixture should look like this picture.
Mashed bananas and oats
3. Add whatever type of sweet treat that you’d like.
Chocolate Chips and bananas and oats
4. This recipe made 15 cookies, so just drop large tablespoons of the mixture on a greased pan, or use parchment paper. They will stick if you don’t grease the pan.
Unbaked Banana Oatmeal Cookies
5. Bake for 15-20 mins, until the cookies are somewhat firm. They will still be soft in the middle.
Baked Banana Oatmeal Cookies


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What I eat for breakfast…

Every time that I’m at work, people ask me what I’m eating during our breakfast break. I never really thought it was that special, but I’ve had several comments from people telling me that it’s so beautiful and looks delicious. So I’ll share what my simple, healthy and very filling breakfast is…

It’s a layer of plain Greek yogurt, a dash of cinnamon, fruit, and topped off with All Bran Buds. I feel very strongly that Greek yogurt is one of the most nutritious things that you can eat. Unfortunately the food industry has taken it to a whole other level. It’s now mixed with sugary fruit preserves and fattening toppings. So many consumers feel that just because it’s fat free Greek yogurt, that it’s a really healthy choice. The problem is that it’s loaded with so much sugar, that it nearly cancels out the nutritional benefit.

In my opinion, your best bet is a plain Greek yogurt with either 2 or 4% milkfat. If you look at the label, you’ll see that the amount of fat is very minimal and actually essential to a healthy lifestyle. I’d rather get my fat intake from Greek yogurt than chips or something else like that.

Enough about my opinions… here’s the yogurt!

Step #1

Plain Greek Yogurt
Greek Yogurt

Step #2
Sprinkle with cinnamon. You can an additional sweetener if you want to. I’d suggest Stevia or something like that.
Greek Yogurt with Cinnamon

Step #3
Put any kind of fruit on top. My favorite is raspberries. I always store them in the freezer. They defrost in time for breakfast if I make this the night before work.
Greek Yogurt and Raspberries

Step #4
Top with Kellogg’s All Bran Buds. This is the best option out there for “granola.” It’s the lowest in fat, calories, and sugar. It also has the highest amount of fiber of any cereal or granola.
All Bran Cereal

My Breakfast

I make this the night before work, so it’s ready to go in the morning, but it can last up to 3 days in the fridge.

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A very special first birthday…

My friend Meghan recently asked me to make a cake and cupcakes for her daughter’s first birthday. I was thrilled! Despite only inviting her immediate family, I had to make enough for about 70 people!

Her daughter’s cake is a birthday hat and the cupcakes each have miniature birthday hats on top.

Birthday Hat Cake
Birthday Hat Cake

Birthday Hat Cupcakes
Birthday Hat Cupcakes

Birthday Hat Cupcakes

Birthday Hat Cupcake Stand

Another cake…
Birthday Cake

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Food Network Audition…


It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I’m back and ready to post some great new recipes and my favorite food products. The past few months have been very busy! A few weeks ago I did something that I’ve always wanted to do. I auditioned for the Food Network.

As you all know, cooking and baking have been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Although I’m not sure where it will take me in the future, I know that the being on the Food Network has always on my bucket list. A true dream!

A casting company for the Food Network contacted me recently and asked me to apply for a new show that will be airing in the Spring of 2015. It’s a show for home cooks with no professional culinary experience. I was thrilled! Within a two week period I made 2 home videos and sent countless pictures, recipes and details about myself to the casting company. They called me after seeing everything and asked to meet me in NYC at their casting call. So I set off a couple weekends ago for NYC. The casting call was on a Saturday morning and I needed to bring my signature savory dish for them to try. I prepared my Yaya’s Greek Chicken and Rice and Spanikopita. I waited outside of the building with my food and application for almost an hour. I was so excited when one of the casting people came outside to number our applications. He took one look at my application and said “Oh hey!! You’re the nurse!!”

Waiting in line...

Waiting in line…

My Cooking Party in NYC...

My Cooking Party in NYC…

I was feeling pretty good at that point. After waiting outside, we were finally brought upstairs to the casting call. It was set at a place called “My Cooking Party”, where people go for cooking lessons. I waited even longer upstairs for my turn. Once it was my turn, I approached the tables, took a short Food Exam, and plated my food. Someone came around a tasted my food. Then another person came around to ask some questions. I was told they’d be in touch and Skype me if they were interested. Unfortunately I never heard back from them. Although it’s disappointing, I’m thankful for the whole experience of applying. It was fun to show them all that I’ve done so far… The recipes I’ve tried, food I’ve created and of course, my blog!

My sampled Greek Chicken and Rice with Spanikopita...

My sampled Greek Chicken and Rice with Spanikopita…

So excited to be here!!!

So excited to be here!!!

I’m going to continue to look for more shows to apply for with the Food Network. Everything happens for a reason, and I think my opportunity will come when the time is right!

While I wait for that opportunity, I’m going to continue to blog and share as much as I can with all of you! I want to make my blog even better and hopefully start adding some videos, too!

Thanks to everyone, especially my work friends, that have been nothing but extremely supportive and encouraging during the whole auditioning process. It means to the world to me!

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Bridal Shower…

I had the pleasure of baking cupcakes for a friend’s bridal shower this past weekend. Her colors for the wedding are purple and silver. I did my best to incorporate those colors into the cupcakes. She had a picture of some ideas, and I used my imagination to create something great.

Bridal Shower Cupcakes

Bridal Shower Cupcake

Cupcake Tower

Cupcake Tower 3

Cupcake Tower 2

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Pirate Birthday Cake…

My nephew just celebrated his 3rd birthday!! One of his favorite shows is Jake and the Neverland Pirates. His pirate party was a huge success, full of pirate games and treasures. This is the cake I made for the party…

Pirate Birthday Cake

Pirate Birthday Cake

Pirate Birthday Cake 2

Pirate Cake 3

A pirate party wouldn’t be complete without a shark. My brother often points out “great things for me to blog.” He was right about this one! Pretty impressive! 😉

Watermelon Shark
Shark Watermelon

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Groom’s Cake for a Bruins Fan…

My friend’s husband is a huge Bruins fan, which is why she asked me to make a Bruins cake for their wedding reception. I made a double layer chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache frosting. On top is fondant. Happy Wedding Day, Mihoko and Bell! Go Bruins!!

Bruins Cake

Bruins Cake

Bruins Cake 2

Bruins Cake 3

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