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This non-alcoholic version of sangria incorporates grilled fruit for a smoky/spicy summer quencher. The contrast of the grill marks on the colorful fruit make for a stunning visual display, so be sure to serve this in a large glass pitchers or several smaller glass carafes. 

Get My Recipe at Random House’s Tastebook: Sparkling Nongria with Grilled Fruit

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sprinkles dessert

Sprinkles elevate an everyday dessert like this simple chocolate mousse into something special. Glittery red cinnamon sugar and vanilla mini marshmallow bits add a kick of flavor, while the subtle color of these pretty blue jimmies comes from natural dyes. So sprinkle without abandon and make even everyday celebrations sparkle like it’s the 4th of July.

Get My Recipe at FoodNetwork.com


Pound Cake Revisited

June 24, 2015


Store bought pound-cake was a weeknight dessert staple when I was growing up, and it’s still got a strong presence in the grocery store’s freezer section. What I like best about it is that it’s sturdy, but not too sweet, making it a good base for creative elaboration. I came up with 10 ways to fancy-up store bought pound cake for my latest FoodNetwork.com article. I ate a couple of slices plain along the way, for old time’s sake. 

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S’more of my multiple microwave mug meals, manageable in mere minutes!

Mug Desserts at Refinery29

Mug Breakfasts at Refinery 29

Funfetti Microwave Mug Cake Recipe at The Kitchn




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Are you standing in the middle of a convent store in the middle of the night, or are you perhaps gazing at the leftover remnants of a box of Krispy Creams from your latest work-related breakfast meeting and wondering to yourself, “What else can I do with these donuts other than just stuff them into my gaping pie-hole?”  Well, I came up with three super easy ideas for you. Take those donuts home and get cooking. Get the recipes At Refinery29.

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It’s breakfast for dessert — or maybe it’s booze for breakfast. You decide.


Donut Custard Cream Pie Recipe for Refinery29Donut Custard Cream Pie


Bagel Improv Sundae

“The most creative and inventive snacks are the result of mastering the art of improv” – me quoting me! Read the article I wrote for The Kitchn. The improv snack pictured is a bagel sundae topped with hot fudge, caramel sauce, popcorn, Raisinettes, whipped cream, cherries and of course sprinkles. There are also links to two original recipes I developed for The Kitchn’s Snack Week.


Hot Doggin’ It

May 27, 2015

My Mother's Famous Baked Beans Hot Dog

12 Unexpected Ways To Top Hot Dogs | By Jackie Alpers for Food Network.com

Summer party spreads like picnics and pot lucks are an excellent opportunity to put your creative snacking skills to use and experiment with inventing new and exciting hot dog combinations, or host a summer soirée with a pre-loaded DIY hot dog bar to get your guests’ juices flowing. 

It’s time to “get hot doggin’ it” and accelerate your imagination with the fun and creative combo ideas I came up with (and photographed of course) for the FoodNetwork.com.

Pimento Cheese Dog on a Pretzel RollPimento Cheese Hot Dog with Red Peppers on a Pretzel Bun
Chip & Dip Dog

French Onion Dip and Potato Chip Hot Dog

Mexican Street Corn Hot DogInspired by Mexican Style Street Corn, this whole beef jumbo hot dog is topped with roasted corn, mayo, lime and spices and served in a top-cut, whole grain bolillo roll. Recipe and photo by Jackie Alpers for FoodNetwork.com



I am thrilled to be a part of First Lady Michelle Obama‘s ‪#‎GimmeFive‬ challenge to explore healthy living and lifestyle choices. Refinery29 asked me to create 5 easy avocado recipes with 5 ingredients each. Here they are: http://www.refinery29.com/easy-avocado-recipes




Celebrate Spring with one of my creative pizza ideas, or use them as inspiration for your own unique pie. Read more at the FoodNetwork.com. The pizza above is a chocolate and blueberry breakfast or dessert pizza with lemon mascarpone, sage and edible flowers.

Below is a slice of seafood pizza with fresh peas and basil:

seafood pizza by Jackie Alpers This one is goat cheese, roasted corn, heirloom cherry tomatoes, parsley and chives.



Easter Cake Decorated with Peeps and Jelly Beans

There’s a Peeps extravaganza going on over at the Food Network just in time for Easter. I came up with 8 party ready ideas featuring everyone’s favorite sugar coated marshmallow candy.  The Peeps Bunny King cake is shown above.

Below are the Peeps brownie bottomed terrariums:


Eventually these Peeps will become Peeps infused Vodka. Click on the photos to learn more.

Peeps infused Vodka


Jackie Alpers on NPR

March 10, 2015

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Listen to me talk about food photography and my cookbook, Sprinkles! Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts on NPR! I also make this Lucky Charms Cake on-air to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s the link to the audio and the recipe.

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