I’m seriously in love with Challah, and my husband encourages this affair. What’s not to love? It tastes so good, and (pardon me while I become a kitchen nerd here) I can use my oven’s proofing function. It took some tweaking of several other recipes to come up with a version I liked, and this it. Always a hit.

Colorful Focaccia

On Mother’s Day my eldest step-daughter and I channeled our inner artists. You can, too. Take basic artisan bread dough and turn it into something beautiful and delicious! It is sure to add color and flair to any meal or hors d’oeuvre spread.

Chocolate Serenity Cake

Whether you’re doing a couples thing or a small Galentines event, this cake will fit the bill—a dark chocolate mess of happiness … and healthiness! Don’t celebrate “Hallmark holidays”? This cake is still worth a try. After all, dark chocolate is good for your heart.

Magic Muffins

What a great magic trick: this substantial muffin tastes sweet enough to be a cupcake but packs a punch of magic—zucchini—to help get those vegetable servings even in something that feels like a splurge. And if you want to splurge, ice them and make them magic cupcakes!