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The Only Cupcake Recipe You'll Ever WantCake mix adapted from allrecipes.com

I first made these cupcakes for my son’s first birthday party. I almost hesitated making them, thinking if I mess up, then I’d never live it down. My family would remind me of this till the day I die, and then generations after would hear of the horror. If you need to know anything about Ukrainian culture, it’s this: you don’t skimp on dessert. Never, ever. If anything, that’s what you splurge on. That’s what you dedicate your most precious time to. There’s a bit of insanity mixed with OCD in this sweet obsession we Eastern Europeans have. It’s scary for someone who doesn’t bake much, like me!

The Only Cupcake Recipe You'll Ever Want
When I first got married, I had never baked anything that wasn’t in “ready to bake” form, or at least a boxed mixture of something. Being a newlywed and living in the same town as the family (plus now, in-laws) you’re bound to invite people over. With my husband and I coming from huge families, you’re inviting people over all the time! So here I am, inviting folks to events and hosting parties that I must prepare for. So dropping $100 on a cake is normal in our little circle of sweet-tooths. You’ve probably guessed already that this isn’t a grocery store cake. This is a fancy local bakery cake that will be devoured in ten minutes. Finally, I told myself, I need to bake. And I need to bake well! I don’t have to master every dessert type out there, but if I can get good at a couple things, then my life would be easier! So I started baking. Honestly, I didn’t enjoy it. But you know what? I came up with the BEST cupcake & icing combination EVER. I can’t tell you how many folks begged me to make these cupcakes for them. People became infatuated with these cupcakes. (703) 916-7040

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Zuppa Toscana

I remember the very first time I made Zuppa Toscana. I believe I found the most complicated, lengthy and expensive recipe on planet earth. It took me four years after that experience to try making it again. The second time around, I tried to…

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It’s like a hot pocket that doesn’t leave you guessing what you just ate. We all love hot pockets, let’s admit. Why? Well, for one they are so good, despite the nutritional mystery behind them. Two, it’s a grab-n-go type of food. And we…

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Crab Cocktail with Avocado

Have you ever ate a salad and thought, man, it’s like something is missing. Just a little bit of something extra. A “kick”, if you will. Or perhaps you ate an avocado and thought, so bland. Once again, it needs a “kick”. Have no…

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When you think of healthy eating, pizza may not pop into your mind. It has received a bad rep over the years. Granted, a few organic pizza shops have opened in my hometown and the push for no preservatives or artificial flavoring has created…

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Buckwheat with Chicken

Buckwheat in my parents’ home is like Macaroni and Cheese in an American home. So as you may assume, we ate a lot of it growing up! I’m not sure why the popularity of buckwheat is rather on the low end here, because you…