Month: October 2014

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I didn’t grow up with red velvet cake. I don’t think I actually knew it existed until college, and even then the combo never appealed to me. Red velvet remained a mystery: is it chocolate cake? Why is it such a southern thing? Does cream cheese frosting actually taste good on something that isn’t a spice cake? Give me my chocolate frosting or go home, because I really wasn’t interested.

Fast forward to a few months ago, and I still had never eaten red velvet cake. Then a coworker made a special request for red velvet cupcakes at his going away party. He asked so sweetly that I couldn’t say no, so I did some research. Turns out, red velvet cupcakes are moist and tangy buttermilk cake with just a hint of cocoa powder. Knowing this was a southern recipe, I turned to one of my go-to resources for all things southern and delicious: Christina from Dessert for Two.  This girl knows her stuff when it comes to food from south of the Mason-Dixon. I scaled up her recipe (sorry, Christina!) to serve more of a crowd, and these cupcakes are simply divine.

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Garlicky Hummus

I love football season. It means the beginning of cooler days, changing leaves, and football food. Now that we’re about halfway through the NFL and college football seasons, I’ve been in the mood for snacks! But I like knowing that we don’t always have to gorge ourselves on heavy, cheesy, or fatty foods when we turn our game day snacks into dinner by the TV. This hummus is dreamy. I peel the chickpeas (a step that admittedly takes a few more minutes than just dumping everything together and whizzing it up, but is beyond worth it when you taste the final product), add a lot of garlic and a touch of tahini, and finish it with a bright acidity from some lemon juice. I usually use organic, canned chickpeas because they have far less sodium than their non-organic cousins, but any canned or cooked dried bean will work in this recipe.

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Apple Cider Pound Cake

Welcome to Golden Brown and Delicious! I’m so glad you’re here.

I started this blog to combine my three favorite things: writing, photography, and eating. I’m absolutely obsessed with food, and I hope this space can be a resource when you’re looking for new recipes. I want to showcase just how gorgeous food can be while inspiring you to get into the kitchen to make something delicious for the ones you love.

I put a lot of thought into what my first post should be, and I finally decided on this apple cider pound cake: it’s moist, delicious, and perfect for fall. Apple cider is one of my favorite seasonal treats, so I try to mix it into as many recipes as I can before it disappears for another year.

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