I made these on a whim this weekend and they were a huge hit with FH and my brother. I love how they look and they taste just as yummy.

Technically it’s not really a cupcake. It’s a savory muffin with mini pepperonis and mozzarella cheese inside. But FH took one look at them as said “Hey, it’s Pizza Cupcakes” and I didn’t have the heart to correct him. When I finished baking them, they tasted good but didn’t look so pretty. So then I got the idea to top them with more mozzarella cheese and pepperonis for a more finished appearance like adding streusel to a muffin or frosting to a cupcake.

The Second Annual Food Blogger Bakesale is coming up!

It’s the perfect opportunity to try some of the yummy baked goods you’ve been drooling over on your favorite food blogs and do some good too since all the proceeds go to Share Our Strength, an organization working to end childhood hunger across America.

Soft chocolate chip cookies I baked last year!


I baked for the sale last year and will be baking again this year as well along with about 40 other wonderful San Diego food bloggers. In addition to going to the bakesale you can also bid on various online auctions we have going on this year. You can find out who will be baking, online auctions, and other San Diego information on the San Diego Bake Sale website here.

Cornstarch in chocolate chip cookies?Who knew. I read this blog post last week discussing using a secret ingredient to keep chocolate cookies soft and chewy. I was surprised to learn the secret ingredient was cornstarch.

I’ve soaked raw beef strips in cornstarch to make the beef tender, so I guess it makes sense. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to try it out. The recipe comes courtesy of Anna Olson and can be found on the Food Network.

I followed the recipe almost exactly. I found the dough to be pretty dry, especially for a chocolate chip cookie recipe. As a result the cookies didn’t do much spreading and they maintained a pale color.