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Our Latest Event Rhode Island Bakes for Breast Cancer!

It has always been our hope to expand and to go into new markets with our Bakes for Breast Cancer events!  We are happy to announce the First Annual Rhode Island Bakes for Breast Cancer May 11-17!
After doing Boston Bakes for 15 years we are more than ready for the next step- doing an event outside of Massachusetts and we decided that doing a Bakes for Breast Cancer in the state of Rhode Island the beautiful Ocean State is where we want to go!
The wonderful people of Rhode Island are foodies and desserties at heart. They have a love for …

 

Irish Soda Bread

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! If your feeling festive and want to make some Irish food, Irish soda bread is a great place to start. It’s easy to make, and delicious. Despite what many people think, it’s actually only been around since the 1840‘s, although it’s popularity has grown tremendously. It uses mostly basic ingredients because it originated from times of poverty in Ireland. The reason a cross is put on top of the bread is because people used to believe it would protect houses from the devil. My friend made some bread today and shared her recipe with me.
 Ingredients:

1 pie …

 

Brunch at The Pour House

What’s the best way to start a Sunday morning? With brunch! Boston offers a ton of brunch options, just walk down any main street on a weekend morning and you’ll see for yourself. Every time the topic of brunch gets brought up, someone always asks me if I’ve been to the Pour House and proceeds to rave about how amazing their brunch is. Their brunch seems to be legendary in Boston. This past Sunday I finally decided to check it out.

The Pour House is located on Boylston Street, right across from the Prudential Center. It looks small from the outside, …

 

Tortilla de Patatas

In the U.S. people tend to think of Mexican food when they hear the word tortillas. But in Barcelona, the word has a complete different meaning. A tortilla there is similar to an omelet, and is often made with potatoes. Tortilla de Patatas is a really common item to find at restaurants in Spain, either as a breakfast food or as an appetizer before a meal. But you don’t have to travel to Spain to experience what they taste like! Here’s how to make your own. The serving size will feed four people.

Ingredients:

10 oz of potatoes
1 onion
3 eggs
olive oil
salt

Directions:

Peel and …

 

Smoothies

Is it just me, or have smoothies become HUGE lately? I see people posting pictures of them on blogs and Instagram everyday, getting more creative with each one. Green smoothies have gotten really popular, with people adding green vegetables like kale into a traditionally fruit-based drink. Ingredients like egg yolks and coconut oil also add a lot of nutritional value to smoothies. The fun part about making them is that you can add pretty much any ingredient you feel like! You can stick to one type of fruit, or add in eight. Different varieties of yogurt and milk make good …

 

Desserts of Europe

While I was abroad in Barcelona last semester, I was able to travel a lot on weekends to other countries. This met experiencing a bunch of different cultures, including the food. It’s amazing how much food can vary from country to country. And a lot of the time, countries will have the same food item, but it will taste completely different in each one. Pizza, for example, tasted amazing in Rome, but back in Barcelona, it was essentially just bread with minimum cheese on top, not exactly what I was looking for.
A lot of the places I visited have a …

 

Help Bakes for Breast Cancer receive a Globe GRANT for AD Space!

Hi Bakes for Breast Cancer Blog fans!
Checking in with only ONE MONTH to go until Miss Boston 2014 and some really exciting news!
Miss Boston Update:
It has been an incredible road to Miss Boston and I’m so happy Bakes for Breast Cancer has been a part of it. Voting has started for the People’s Choice award. I would forever be thankful for your vote and support. One vote equals one dollar and you can give any amount you’d like. I’m so proud and excited to be representing the organization with my platform at the pageant. I’ve been working hard with the …

 

Strange Bedfellows Ivy’s Story

As if divorce, breast cancer and chemo wasn’t enough, Hurricane Sandy blew me out of my cozy oceanfront Long Beach apartment and into my ex husband’s bachelor pad.
On the morning of Monday, October 28, 2012, my eight year old son and I had finished pasting three bats on our windows, trying to get into the Halloween mood. A storm brewing off of the East coast was headed for the Tri -State area. On the Friday before the weekend, they’d cancelled my son’s school preparing for the storm to hit land. By Sunday the camera crews from the networks that descended …

 

New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas

Happy New Year! In the American South, black-eyed peas are considered lucky when eaten on New Year’s Day. Plus, they’re a great source of lean protein and easier to use than other dried beans. Instead of soaking overnight, you can add dried black-eyed peas right to the pot and they’ll cook in about 1.5 hours.
We made duck for Thanksgiving this year, and have been enjoying the duck fat and stock we made from the leftovers ever since. This is the perfect recipe to use it! The silkiness of duck stock is enhanced by ham hocks, but don’t worry if you …

 

Gluten-free pumpkin cashew pancakes

Especially during the holidays, it’s nice to have an indulgent breakfast. Pancakes are such a comfort food, but refined flour and sugar are best avoided. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy these tasty breakfast treats! Inspired by this recipe, I decided to make a healthier version. Cashew meal replaces flour for a gluten-free, protein-filled pancake.

Gluten-free pumpkin cashew pancakes
1/2 cup cashew meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dash salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
unsalted butter for cooking
Combine cashew meal and baking powder. Add maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add salt and spices. Heat …