Jessica Segarra

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Despite the name of her blog, The Novice Chef, Jessica is no longer a novice in the kitchen. Since 2008, this trial-by-error, self-taught home cook has been experimenting in her kitchen, and sharing her adventures and tasty recipes with readers. Whether it’s cupcakes, tacos, or pizza, Jessica approaches cooking with ease and a sense of humor. Jessica is a misplaced Texan living in Tampa, Florida with her husband Jorge, and their brood of four-legged, furry children.
 

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Almond Amaretto Pound Cake

A dense, moist poundcake flavored with almond and amaretto liquor topped with a warm buttery amaretto sauce.

Almond Date Truffles

No-bake Almond Date Truffles are super easy to make and only have 4 ingredients. It only takes 30 minutes to blend, roll and refrigerate these little...

Andes® Mint Cookies

Soft dark chocolate cookies are frosted with green mint butter cream frosting and topped with chopped Andes® Mints to create the ultimate mint cookie!...

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie just became easier to make in this delectable soft cookie form. You only need 30 minutes to make your house smell like you have been baking...

Apple Upside Down Cake

This Apple Upside Down Cake is perfect for dessert or with a cup of coffee for breakfast. The cake is a spiced sour cream cake with sweet brown sugar...

Apricot Pecan Bread

This Apricot Pecan Bread has layers upon layers of flavors, including buttermilk, dried apricots, chunks of pecans, orange zest and vanilla. Feel free...

Baked Mini Doughnut Muffins

Is it a doughnut or is it a muffin? Truth be told, they are so delicious it doesn't matter! Fluffy sweet muffins that taste like donuts, but are baked...

Berries & Cream in Puff Pastry

Gorgeous puff pastry is filled with chilled vanilla pastry cream and topped with sweet strawberries! Perfect make-ahead light dessert for a dinner...

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Jessica Segarra
Dec 01, 2015

These cookies are delicious! Super soft and tons of honey and ginger flavor (if made with honey). However, when I think of gingersnaps - I think of the traditional crisp cookie. I personally prefer a soft cookie, so I was excited to find those flavors in a soft cookie instead.

Jessica Segarra
Aug 08, 2016

Loved the berry soup - was the perfect dip I didn't know I was missing with my poundcake!

Jessica Segarra
Dec 01, 2015

Perfectly soft - can't go wrong with cinnamon and sugar!

Jessica Segarra
Aug 08, 2016

Loved the combination of sweet and savory!

Jessica Segarra
Aug 08, 2016

Perfect candied apples just like from the fair! I used wilton icing red coloring to give them a deep red flavor without having to add a lot of food coloring.

Jessica Segarra
Dec 01, 2015

Soaking the cake in eggnog is a key step. It gives the cake so much eggnog flavor and makes it more like a tres leche! Loved it!

Jessica Segarra
Dec 01, 2015

This was definitely a new way of making banana bread for me with the maple syrup. I wish I could have tasted the maple flavor more and would personally add a splash of maple extract next time. It's easy to over cook, so be careful!

Jessica Segarra
Dec 01, 2015

I really liked the combination of orange and sweet potato and I wasn't sure I would. I added a little zest to the top of my icing for an added orange kick.

Jessica Segarra
Dec 01, 2015

A twist on the traditional pecan pie bar flavors. I loved the addition of brandy.

Jessica Segarra
Aug 09, 2016

Loved the berry soup - was the perfect dip I didn't know I was missing with my poundcake!

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