First on the First

Balsamic Blueberry Mille-Feuille

May 1, 2014
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Mille-feuille, also known as Napoleon is a traditional French dessert. I’m sure you’ve enjoyed it many times. I love seeing the flaky, gorgeous, chocolate and vanilla swirled tops of mille-feuille through the glass at the bakery. Mille-feuille is made up of three layers of puff pastry and in between those golden layers are layers of […]

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Garlic Naan

April 1, 2014
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Naan is something I’ve come to love these days. I’ve always enjoyed it when I’ve eaten out or even store brought brands for snacking on. I love spreading naan with hummus and topping it with fresh veggies as a light lunch or afternoon snack. I also realized that naan makes an amazing pizza! Since that […]

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Classic Beef Wellington

March 1, 2014
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Let’s talk about culinary challenges. What’s on your “bucket list?” Anything you really aspire to tackle and succeed at? That’s what First on the First is really all about. This month we took on Beef Wellington. Tender beef, meaty mushrooms, thin prosciutto, all wrapped in golden puff pastry.  That really was something that was on […]

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Homemade Candy Canes

December 1, 2013
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Happy Sunday! Perhaps you’ve noticed I skipped out on The Weekend Whisk this weekend. Sorry but I’ll be back next weekend with a few pictures from my time at Mixed this past week, recipes galore and of course, a glimpse into the life o’ me from the coming week. I’m sure it will be adventurous and […]

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Pumpkin Spice Penuche Fudge

October 1, 2013
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This month for First on the First, it’s all about penuche. If you’re not familiar, penuche is fudge made from only brown sugar, butter and milk. Traditionally it has no other flavorings. In the spirit of kitchen creativity, I did not go traditional. Instead, I made pumpkin spice fudge perfect for autumn. Penuche has somewhat […]

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Florentine Brittle – #FirstOnTheFirst

February 1, 2013
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When things go wrong in the kitchen sometimes you just have to adapt and overcome. Florentine cookies were one of those situations. For First on the First this month, Carrie and I decided to choose something easy to make. Florentines, also sometimes called Lace Cookies are crisp Italian almond cookies with a little orange zest […]

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Cannoli Roulade – #FirstOnTheFirst

January 1, 2013
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Roulade, swiss roll, jelly roll, cake roll. There are so many names but whatever you call it, a spongy cake rolled around any number of fillings is just plain good!  This month for First on the First, Carrie and I challenged all of you to make a swiss roll. Truth be told, this is not […]

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Vietnamese Cinnamon Rugelach – #FirstOnTheFirst & The Weekend Whisk 12/1/12

December 1, 2012
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Cookie making season is officially upon us. We are in the midst of the holidays which means that we are all likely shifting life into baking overdrive. I know I am! And I’ve had cookies on the brain. Surprisingly it isn’t for the normal reason which for most people is because Christmas is this month […]

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Apple Pumpkin Bread Pudding ~ #FirstOnTheFirst

October 1, 2012
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Bread pudding feels like it’s something I probably should have made in the past. When Carrie suggested it, I couldn’t believe it was something I hadn’t made before. As I did a little research on exactly how to make it and started formulating my idea I realized, I have kind of made this a few […]

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Chicken Chorizo Empanadas ~ #FirstOnTheFirst

August 1, 2012
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Empanadas are one of my all-time favorite foods. I’m lucky because my sister-in-law is Dominican so any time there’s a family event or dinner at my brother’s house, surely there will be empanadas served. I’m also fortunate to work in an area that has a ridiculous amount of Columbian, Portuguese, Peruvian, Uruguayan, Cuban, and Dominican […]

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Peppermint Patties ~ #FirstOnTheFirst

July 1, 2012

This month for First on the First we did things just a little differently. Normally, we all make the same thing while putting our own personal spin on the assignment. This month Carrie and I decided we wanted to make candy. But not just any candy. The challenge then became to recreate your favorite candy. […]

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Chocolate Dipped Sponge Toffee ~ A Guest Post By Anna of “Hidden Ponies”

June 7, 2012

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Anna, one half of the blog Hidden Ponies and another incredibly creative, talented participant in First On The First with Carrie and I. Anna is a wife and mother, interior designer, blogger, and as if she didn’t have enough on her plate, she’s pursuing her BA as well! Phew! […]

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Citrus Churros ~ #FirstOnTheFirst

June 1, 2012

During most of my high school years, I was awkward. Really awkward  I had gigantic, round glasses that made me look some sort of bug with large eyes. I was a complete dork. I wasn’t fashionable although in my own head, I thought my “patterned vests” look was pretty sweet. I had my small group […]

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Lemon Kissed Wedding Cake Cookies ~ Guest Post By Donna Of “What The Dog Ate”

May 31, 2012

In the past five months Carrie and I have had the pleasure of getting to know a great group of people through First on the First. They’re baking and blogging along with us and we keep growing! I always mention that “we” are making these things, but you all have no idea who “we” are. […]

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Sourdough Pretzels ~ #FirstOnTheFirst

May 1, 2012

This month in New Jersey, we’ve had some unseasonably warm weather. I can’t ever remember experiencing 90 degree days in April. I’m sure somewhere in the record books they would certainly show them but I cannot recall them in my lifetime thus far. It was so warm at times this month that our neighbors filled […]

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