Top 11 Recipes from 2011

2011 was a good year. I finished school, started my career, and got to witness the birth of my beautiful baby nephew, Jack.  I also decided to start this food blog back in July.  I’ve had a lot of fun making new things in the kitchen and writing about some of my most treasured recipes…

The Lollypalooza Cocktail

Have you ever had Chambord? Until this past weekend, I hadn’t; and boy was I missing out! Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur and it is absolutely scrumptious. I received it as a Christmas gift from my parents and, after our Christmas dinner, I whipped up a little cocktail that my dad aptly named The…

A Little Change

Hey everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I know we sure did. I’ve decided to make a slight change to my blog. I am going to start including a wider variety of recipes, so I decided to change the name from Lolly’s Sweet Treats to Lolly’s Sweet and Savory Treats. Everything will…

Food Memory Friday: The Christmas Edition

Christmas is a really special time of year. It’s a time of reflection, appreciation, and tradition. Some of my most treasured memories are from childhood Christmases. Every Christmas eve, my mom would make a variety of appetizers and my siblings and I would get to open one small gift. After that we usually watched Christmas…

Sea Salt Caramels

Making homemade candy can quickly turn a person into a scrooge. Especially if your candy thermometer hasn’t been calibrated in awhile. I had these lovely visions of deliciously chewy and slightly salty vanilla bean caramels that I was going to make for Christmas. I bought the (expensive) vanilla beans, the heavy cream, the butter. I…

Gingerbread Biscotti

One of my favorite spices is ginger and one of the most synonymous treats with Christmas are gingerbread cookies. These gingerbread biscotti are just a little twist on the classic cookie. In the dunkable, coffee-friendly form. There’s three types of ginger in these spicy bad boys- powdered ginger, crystallized ginger, and fresh ginger, which makes…

Aunt Khaki’s Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

I’ve mentioned my Aunt Khaki several times before. She is the youngest of my mother’s siblings and when it comes to food and exercise, she is one of my main role models. Unfortunately, Khaki lives all the way out in Santa Monica so we don’t get to bake together very much. It’s kind of a…

Scotcheroos and a See’s Candy Giveaway!

While I love trying new Christmas recipes each year, there’s something really comforting about old favorites. Scotcheroos are one of Robert’s and my most beloved treats. Scotcheroos, in case you aren’t familiar, are basically Rice Krispie treats with peanut butter, butterscotch, and chocolate chips, but without the marshmallows (okay so basically the Rice Krispies cereal…

My Favorite Banana Bread

updated picture 9/8/2012 The best part about getting bananas from the grocery store is making a fresh loaf of banana bread. For me there is a very fine line between just right and too ripe of a banana and once the fruit passes that threshold, I think bananas taste pretty gross. Luckily, I love banana…

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

Awww yeah… it’s Christmas cookie time. This week my group of girlfriends had a cookie swap at our book club. We started this book club this past summer and while I do really enjoy reading and discussing the books (ok- I may have not read all of the book this time), the best part is…

Chicken Tortilla Soup

The weather the past couple of days has been pretty horrid here in Ohio. I don’t think it stopped raining all day Monday and when the rain finally died down on Tuesday, the temperature dropped about 20 degrees. It’s the type of weather that makes you want to curl up on the couch and hibernate…

Green Monster Smoothies

It’s been over a week since we stuffed ourselves full at Thanksgiving and now the holiday baking season is well under way. While I love this time of year, I don’t always have the most well-balanced diet. When I am faced with deciding between a Christmas cookie or a piece of fruit for a snack,…