Pressed Chef

worthwhile food experiments

Battle of the Brownies, Part 2

Oh boy, friends. This week, things got real. Real, as in, maybe had to wear some stretchy pants for a couple of days and wear facemasks before bed because I spent two days eating pretty much nothing but brownies and... Continue Reading →


Battle of the Brownies Part One

On New Year's, I made the resolution to take a month-long reset. It was complicated and painful for someone who likes to eat what she wants when she wants it, but long story short, I survived a month without sugar... Continue Reading →

Max’s Super Cheese Pie

Where did the name come from? I have no idea. It's been passed down from my grandmother, and that's about all I know. Well, that and it has been my Mom's favorite cake for the last 30 or so years.... Continue Reading →

My favorite homemade ‘nog

This recipe is adapted from the recipe in Hudson Valley Mediterranean, which is a wonderful and very nutritionally focused cookbook from a local chef. It was knowing this that I decided to try out the recipe- maybe it isn't possible... Continue Reading →

Buche de Noel

Happy Holidays everyone! As you've probably guessed from some of my prior posts, the madre and I love Flour bakery and the Flour cookbooks! We especially love the celebration recipes, like the traditionally French buche de noel, or yule log,... Continue Reading →

Butter Bakery’s Carrot Cake

Another month, another birthday cake. Or at least that's how I think it should be. This month, it was my stepfather, who requested carrot cake. I like to think that he was psychic, and knew that I had the recipe... Continue Reading →

French Pumpkin Cookies

I think that there's nothing so central to a Thanksgiving dinner as really great dessert. Normally, that's pies and crumbles and tarts, but this year, everyone who came over brought some kind of pie. Despite this, I'm a dessert person... Continue Reading →

The Super Chocolate Cake

For my Choco-holic roommate and best friend Leonie's twenty-first birthday last year, I decided to go over the top and make a seven layer chocolate cake for her.   I layered the Butter bakery chocolate cake, then a layer of... Continue Reading →

Ultimate Candy Cookie Brownies

After Halloween I had a ton of candy leftover, and no idea what to do with it. Then I found some Joejoes that I had left in the back of a drawer for two weeks. And then I got to... Continue Reading →

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