About Me

Hi. I’m Tessa Arias, a 20-something culinary school graduate, food writer, recipe developer, and cookbook author living in Phoenix, Arizona. I’m here to make your life more delicious. Have you ever asked yourself: “What should I make for dinner?” “Why do my cookies never turn out?” “Where can I find TRUSTED recipes?” If so, you’re in the RIGHT PLACE! I started this blog in 2009 to help people make homemade food in their kitchens because I believe homemade food is the best food. Since then I’ve shared hundreds of fresh, simple, mouthwatering recipes alongside delightful indulgences. I love dissecting recipes to show you exactly how they work in my Ultimate Guide series. If you’re looking for cake mix recipes you’ve come to the wrong place. I LOVE to cook and bake from scratch, and I want to show you how to do that so you can have a more delicious life and impress your friends and family.

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My first cookbook is available for purchase! It is called Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich and features 50 recipes for homemade ice cream sandwiches with fabulous flavors like Red Velvet Cheesecake, Boston Cream Pie, and Cookies and Cream. It’ll make you feel like a kid again! Want a more delicious life? Subscribe to receive new posts delivered via email. You’ll get all the latest recipes, videos, kitchen tips and tricks AND a *free* e-cookbook filled with the most beloved dessert recipes from Handle the Heat.

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I hope you enjoy your time here on my blog and find a recipe (or a few) that become family favorites. If you have any questions, comments, recipe requests, or are interested in working with me please contact me.


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My work elsewhere:

The Kitchenthusiast – A KitchenAid Blog How to Make Croissants Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes and Spiced Apple Sangria Potstickers for the Chinese New Year

Relish Magazine The Ultimate Brownie Guide The Ultimate Truffle Guide The Ultimate Dinner Roll Guide The Ultimate Pie Crust Guide The Ultimate Cupcake Guide

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