About Me

Hi. I’m Tessa. I’m writing to you from the giant oven that is Phoenix, Arizona. I’m a recent university and culinary school graduate, food writer, recipe developer, and cookbook author. The thought of trying a new recipe excites every part of me more than almost anything else. Here at Handle the Heat I turn that excitement into fun, fresh, and approachable recipes to help make your life more delicious. There’s nothing I love more than when readers tells me they made one of my recipes for their family and it was a big hit, and that’s my number one goal here.

I started this blog in April of 2009 as a way to document and share my own experiences with cooking and baking and to join the amazing community of lovely food bloggers. The opportunities that have arisen due to this blog, thanks to the tremendous support of my readers, have as been life-changing. As of late 2013 I now blog and freelance food write full-time, which makes me unbelievably joyful. If you have more questions, please visit my FAQ page.

Cookies and Cream IconMy first cookbook is now 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. I first wrote about the book in early 2012 and it’s thrilling that it’s finally here!


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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