Posts by: Annalise

This holiday pecan cheese ball is filled with smoked gouda, dried cranberries and rosemary, and is perfect for entertaining!

Pecan Gouda Cheese Balls with Cranberries |

I’m not sure why I waited so long to fall in love with cheese balls. Maybe it’s because they often play more of a supporting role at parties, and get lost amongst other more flashier or glamorous dishes.

But now I know the truth. Now I know that hidden amongst a pile of crackers, and behind the punch bowl, is where I can find my most favorite party appetizer— the flavorful and addictive cheese ball. Continue Reading…


A perfect way to start any special morning— baked french toast with a crumbly streusel topping and easy homemade cranberry maple syrup.

Baked French Toast with Streusel Topping & Cranberry Maple Syrup |

I like to pull out all the stops for the holidays, with regards to food. For weeks I dream / plan / stress about what we’re going to enjoy and how I’m going to pull it all off. I love it and I hate it.

Who cares? It’s just food. But I care! I love to make food, eat food, and share it with others.

And while I’m still debating with myself about what ideas I need to ditch in the name of simplicity and sanity (do we really need 3 kinds of fudge?), there is one thing I will never give up— the make-ahead Christmas morning breakfast. Continue Reading…


The ultimate sweet bread— braided challah stuffed with a swirled cinnamon-walnut filling.

Cinnamon-Walnut Stuffed Challah Bread |

My Dad always says on the ski slopes— if you’re not falling, you’re not learning.

That phrase continues to motivate me, both on and off the slopes. For example, some days I have big flops in the kitchen. Cakes don’t rise, pies don’t set, and genius ideas don’t pan out. These fails are always frustrating, but it’s a good reminder that I still have stuff to learn.

Plus, those flops make the successes so much sweeter. Pulling this beautiful loaf of cinnamon-walnut stuffed challah bread from the oven after a few failed attempts has been a highlight of my week.

I mean, look at that loaf! Continue Reading…