Healthy After-School Snacks that Your Kids will Love

Frozen bananas with Chocolate and nuts

Most kids get home from school famished and exhausted. The perfect solution to get them from hangry* to happy? A tasty, satisfying snack! In the old days, moms would offer a few packaged cookies or salami sandwich and be done, right? Nowadays,we know better. These fast snacks, although easy, are full of unhealthy ingredients. Here, […]

Berry muffins

Berry Muffins by Bake Bellissima

These gorgeous beauties are inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow’s healthy blueberry muffin recipe from My Father’s Daughter cookbook. I love that the recipe is made without refined sugar, uses spelt flour and still tastes amazing. My kids had 2 each as an after school snack, and were begging for a third. Which brings up my next point, […]

Caramelized Rice

Caramelized Rice Cereal

This recipe comes from Michael Laiskonis’ Workbook, a collection of dessert recipes that can be used alone or as a component to a cake, pie or other confection. While it may sound silly, like a Rice Krispie Square in disguise, I assure you the flavor is more sophisticated and it will not leave your fingers […]

Pecan Buttercrunch

Pecan butter crunch by Bake Bellissima

This buttercrunch should come with a warning sign because it is truly addictive. The combination of the sweet buttery toffee, rich dark chocolate, followed by the salty crunchy nuts are heavenly. This recipe makes a large batch, but not to worry, the likelihood of leftovers is very low. It is a really great recipe that […]

Base Recipe: Pecan Praline with Smoked Sea Salt

Pecan praline by Bake Bellissima

Delicious on its own, or as part of a salad or dessert, pecan praline is pure genius. Sure you can buy it ready made, but good quality praline can be pricey, and I assure that once you make this at home, you will not go back to store bought because the flavor of this recipe […]

Nougat Glacé with Pecan Praline

I love ice cream as much as the next person, but I will not go to great lengths to produce my own at home. Some recipes are very tempting, but when I assess the efforts involved, not to mention the required specialized equipment, I quickly decide to keep it simple and make a run to […]

Inspired Cooking

I think I enjoy cooking because I truly appreciate good food, and I always have. At the beginning of my courtship with my husband, he used to complain that I moaned in delight with almost every bite of food I put in my mouth. After repeatedly being told to keep it down over the years, […]