Blood Orange & Pomegranate Sangria

Blood Orange & Pomegranate Sangria from The Ruby Kitchen

Blood Orange & Pomegranate Sangria
Blood Orange & Pomegranate Sangria

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I have been wanted to make a fun and festive drink for Christmas and this sangria is the perfect thing. It is wonderful for parties and can be made a few days ahead of time. One of my favorite things about sangria is how it can be customized. This one takes advantage of some of the best flavors of the season.

Blood Orange & Pomegranate Sangria from The Ruby Kitchen

Blood oranges, pomegranate, honeycrisp apples, cinnamon sticks and rosemary come together in a blend that is so delicious it can become dangerous! Continue reading

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Chocolate & Bourbon Cannele Bundts

Chocolate & Bourbon Cannele Bunts from The Ruby Kitchen

Chocolate & Bourbon Cannele Bundts from The Ruby Kitchen

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! The Cake Slice Bakers started baking from our new book, World Class Cakes, this month and if this recipe is any indication I am going to love it! Canneles are a delightful little treat with a custard-like center and a beautifully crispy exterior. These adorable little treats are traditionally baked in cooper or sometimes silicone molds. I have neither and did not want to invest in any so I instead used my mini Bundt cake pan. The results were lovely and the cakes were the perfect chocolaty treat without being overly rich. Canneles are also typically made with rum (as the original recipe indicates) but we don’t typically keep it in the house. I instead opted for bourbon which is usually on hand. Continue reading

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Gold Rush Chocolate Sauce

Gold Rush Chocolate Sauce from The Ruby Kitchen

Gold Rush Chocolate Sauce from The Ruby KitchenThis month is the last time the Cake Slice Bakers are baking from Cakes by Maida Heatter. As it is the final month we got to choose anything to make. With so many birthday parties and celebrations the past couple of months I really did not want to bake another cake so I decided instead to try of the Gold Rush Sauce in the last chapter of her book. It seems like a fitting end to make something from the last chapter. Continue reading

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Chocolate Dough (and a Sweet 16 Party!)

Chocolate Dough & a Sweet 16 Party from The Ruby Kitchen

Chocolate Dough & a Sweet 16 Party from The Ruby Kitchen

Recently I had the opportunity to help one of my best friends throw an epic Sweet 16 party for her daughter. Tricia is lovably goofy, loves to write and marches to her own beat. She is one of the sweetest teenagers I know and reminds me a lot of myself at her age so I was super excited to help plan her party. She liked the idea of a “Night Under the Stars” theme and over time it morphed into a wonderful, sparkly mess with rich, galaxy-like colors. Continue reading

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Slow Roasted Tomato & Sunchoke Pasta

Slow Roasted Tomato & Sunchoke Pasta from The Ruby Kitchen

Slow-Roasted Tomato & Sunchoke Pasta from The Ruby Kitchen

It is my favorite time of year. The air is crisp and fall flavors of apples, pumpkin and warm spices abound. Lately I have been taking advantage of the cooler weather by enjoying hikes in the woods with my beagle, Sawyer. I usually do not last long but we enjoy exploring and reflecting the peace nature brings (although, if you ask him he just likes to sniff!). If we come across a steep terrain Sawyer will eagerly run up a few feet, then turn and wait for me, tail wagging, as if to say “hurry up mommy!”. Once we get home we both collapse and he sleeps the day away. Continue reading

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Farmer’s Daughter’s Cake

Farmer's Daughter's Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

Farmer's Daughter's Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

It is time again for a look at what the Cake Slice Bakers have been up to this month. This time I chose to make The Farmer’s Daughter’s Cake from Maida Heatter’s Cakes. I wanted to make something simple and was intrigued that the cake had no butter, hence the name. Maida writes that she guesses “this recipe was perfected on a dairy farm where they had plenty of real heavy cream.” Continue reading

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Basil Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Basil Lemonade from The Ruby Kitchen

Basil Strawberry Lemonade from The Ruby Kitchen

It is hard to believe that summer is almost over and the season of pumpkin spice everything is just around the corner. School started last week for our area and I think people are just now getting back in the groove of their routines. One thing is certain though – although the start of school usually indicates fall is here the heat outside certainly says summer is here to stay!  Continue reading

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Blackberry Scotch Cheesecake

Blackberry Scotch Cheesecake

Blackberry Scotch Cheesecake from The Ruby Kitchen

It is that time of the month again for another yummy dessert from The Cake Slice Bakers group. This month we had four tempting choices and they all sounded delicious. The options were: American Chocolate Layer Cake, Pecan Sweet Potato Cake, Blackberry with Scotch Cheesecake or Carrot Cake. The last cheesecake I made from Maida Heatter’s book turned out so delicious I decided I needed to make another one.  Continue reading

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Black & White Sponge Cake

Black & White Sponge Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

Black & White Layer Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

It is that time of the month again when the Cake Slice Bakers share their selections from Maida Heatter’s Cakes. I have really been wanting to do a rectangular layer cake so I chose to do this Black & White Sponge Layer Cake out of this month’s choices. I was so flustered with the results I decided I needed to bring a little fun and color into the cake via sprinkles and these oh-so-adorable marshmallow clouds. Due to the many mishaps and lack of being “worth it” I decided not to share the recipe, but instead show the photos as a bit of fun baking design inspiration!  Continue reading

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Fajita Salad

Fajita Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette from The Ruby Kitchen

Fajita Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette from The Ruby Kitchen

Lately I have been craving fresh salads filled with tender greens and brightly colored vegetables. What is it about a colorful salad that is always so appealing? The bold colors of this salad invite you to dive right in and enjoy. It is a hearty salad perfect for a weeknight dinner.  Continue reading

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