Recipe: Seven-Layer Bars

I broke my streak and did not host a cookie exchange this year. I am disappointed but I just couldn’t get it together with a busy few weeks at work and my in-laws in town for Thanksgiving. Because it’s not just about baking cookies, but preparing tasty savory dishes, decorating and one-upping myself when itContinue reading “Recipe: Seven-Layer Bars”


Generally, I don’t believe in fruit for dessert. I like desserts that are dulce: cakes, ice cream, chocolate. Chocolate ice-cream cake. But fruit? No. That being said, I have discovered a fruit-based (and chocolate-coated) Salvadoran delicacy that is acceptable as a postre — particularly if one is trying to be calorie-conscious: chocobananos.

Recipe: Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve already shared my love of Smitten Kitchen and some of my favorite recipes. Today I’m sharing another one because a) it’s delicious and b) I haven’t been doing a lot of blog-worthy activities lately. I may or may not have spend the majority of the last two post-visitor, post-vacation weekends napping and watching the entireContinue reading “Recipe: Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting”

Recipe: Mom’s Apple Cake

This recipe for Mom’s Apple Cake is another Smitten Kitchen classic, featured in both the cookbook and on the blog. I made this a couple weeks ago when I was on a baking spree. In search of the perfect dessert to wow our dinner guests, I flagged a few recipes to test out.Well I endedContinue reading “Recipe: Mom’s Apple Cake”

Recipe: Ghirardelli Brownie Cookies

Not long ago Kail and I had our first guests over for dinner since arriving to post. We invited our friends, another USAID couple, because although they got to San Salvador a week or so before us, they had been living in temporary housing. So we thought they might appreciate a home-cooked meal.

Things I’m Going to Miss About America: Niche Dessert Establishments

Cupcakes, frozen yogurt and macaroons, oh my!I’ve had this post drafted in my head for a while, but I wanted to space out food-related posts so you wouldn’t think I’m THAT gluttonous. But I am. So it probably won’t surprise you that I’m going to miss America’s niche dessert establishments.

Entertaining as a Foreign Service Wife

My husband and I have received many generous engagement and wedding gifts. Like all newlyweds excited about finally having matching place settings, serveware and table linens, we are looking forward to hosting friends and family for dinner in the coming months.