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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

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Let’s start with pizza because Friday = PIZZA! Amwelch86 made this delish looking pizza with my favorite pizza dough ever. If you haven’t made it yet, please do so ASAP. It’s a game changer for pizza Friday.

Eyelashmoments made the spicy black bean tacos and added some corn and spinach.  Tacos forever!


Alisonjs7 of Solano’s Kitchen made my faaave fresh blueberry sauce. I put it on everything I can think of. Have you made it yet?

If you do make some blueberry sauce, one of the berry best things (see what I did there?) you can do with it is make blueberry pancake cupcakes. Lauren (fatuglyrhino) knows what’s up.

Reader Shawna sent me this pic of her jalapeño cheddar biscuits. They look so good, and may have just decided breakfast for this weekend.

Kittycandy13 made the irresistible salted caramel chocolate shortbread bars.  Drool.  Why am I not eating one right now?

Megankateswan made a fab spin on the strawberry vanilla doughnuts, instead filling them with apricot jam.  How amazing does that sound?!

And she also made giant double chocolate cookies. Yep, I think it’s cookie o’clock.

I did well in math all through high school and college but I feel fairly certain I have forgotten 99.9% of it now (but I do understand percentages, so there’s that, right?) Megan_jenkins_ has aaaallll the math skillz and proves it here while converting the classic chocolate layer cake recipe to accommodate the size of cake she needs.

Reader Mary sent me some photos of a cupcake creation based on the double chocolate raspberry cupcakes that also incorporated the raspberry swiss meringue buttercream from the lemon raspberry cupcakes. How insanely gorgeous are these?!  Awesome job.

Lettucefeast made the layered Mediterranean dip. This is my go to dish for pitch ins, summer gatherings, etc. Looks great!

Liz (mrschef05) made an excellent lunch. First she made fresh homemade ricotta and then used it in the roasted zucchini sandwiches with herbed ricotta. I’m telling you, this is summertime food at its finest.

Mlcolberg did something I’ve been dreaming about for a while. She took leftover chicken parmesan meatballs and put them on pizza. If you do this again, can I come over?

Bakedbygianna made chocolate peanut butter cupcakes for Mother’s Day.  Oooooh yes indeed, that’s a fab way to celebrate.

Also on the chocolate PB wavelength, shearow made chocolate chip cookie dough pie even better by incorporating peanut butter. Say what?!

Reader D.M. sent me this cute rendition of the chocolate peanut butter tart.  Love it!

Lemon vanilla bean layer cake is practically perfect for every occasion. Megjstudios is a girl after my own heart – her birthday gift to herself was taking the time to indulge in baking and frosting a layer cake.  Apparently her first one ever.  AYKM?!  My first several years worth of cakes looked like something from the sandbox, so I’m super impressed. I loved reading what she had to say about it:

“Okay, so this cake…wow. I had been eyeing this cake ever since you posted it three years ago. But decorated layer cakes always seemed like a major time investment, and my extended family looooves the cake from the little bakery in my town, so I was always discouraged from rocking the boat and messing with that. Not to mention the thought of decorating a cake and having it actually look all professional…scary. Well I’ve been royal icing cookies for several years now (thanks to you!), and I’ve made croissants several times (also you!), so I figured I really shouldn’t be afraid of the decorating. I did a lot of research on technique, gave myself tons of time, and embraced the process. It was soooo fun. I can’t decide if the cake was prettier or tastier because it sure was both in spades. The lemon was just the right amount. And that gorgeous vanilla bean frosting…soooo good.

Thanks for such an amazing recipe, gorgeous, inspirational photos, and the confidence to tackle a new kitchen adventure! I can’t wait to try my hand at another decorated layer cake!”

This totally made my day.  Happy birthday Megan!

(Want your photos to be included next time?  If you share them on Instagram and your photos are public, tag @annieseats or use #annieseats.  Otherwise, feel free to send them to annieseats at gmail dot com.  Thanks!)

  • Lauren Ochoa

    Wow, so excited that you featured one of my pictures. It’s one of dozens I’ve made from your blog, albeit one of the prettier ones. I’m getting ready to make some scones right now in fact!

  • Tracy

    you deserve all the reader love you get, I have used several of your recipes, they always turn out!

  • Ali @ Solano’s Kitchen

    Thanks Annie! Love that blueberry sauce… now I think I’ll have to make pancakes tomorrow : )

  • JackieKC

    The tart with the heart is adorable! Good job D.M.!

  • Melissa Brooker

    mm everything looks delicious! I love seeing what other people make, it inspires me to try recipes that i either didn’t know about, or wasn’t so sure about trying.

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    These posts have been fun. All of those recipes were made well!

  • Gianna

    Annie thank you so much for including my picture!! (I’m bakedbygianna) I was so happy to see it! :D

  • Melissa Brooker

    I love seeing what others have made! Always gives me great ideas, and I get to see things I have either missed or not tried for whatever reason! I don’t particularly like zucchini but that sandwich actually sounds so good to me!

  • Meg

    Aww, thanks for featuring one of my pictures!! I was in Indy this weekend for my cousin’s wedding, and I made a point to make it to the Loft at Traders Point Creamery for brunch this morning before driving back up to Chicago. Oh my gosh. We looooved it there. I’m so glad you put it on my radar. I’ll definitely be going back next time I’m in Indy.

  • annieseats

    Ooh, I’m SO glad you made it there! That is awesome!

  • Liz N.

    Hi Annie! Seeing all the other beautiful food pics makes my “Annie’s Eats recipe bucket list” grow even longer. I love browsing through the Instagram feed #annieseats and seeing what everyone else is making. Meg’s cake is downright STUNNING! You rock, Annie.

  • Grace

    Hi Annie, I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you’ve been to me! I started reading your blog shortly after I graduated from college 5 years ago, and you’ve really given me confidence in my abilities in the kitchen. You are one of the major reasons I am so relaxed and happy while cooking. Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog with the world!

  • annieseats

    Thank you Grace! You are so kind. I am so happy that you enjoy the blog so much. Knowing that I help you be more relaxed and have fun in the kitchen makes me SO happy because that is one of my main goals here. Thank you!