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Rustic Cranberry Apple Hand Pies Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife

Rustic Cranberry Apple Hand Pies


Prepare yourself. This recipe is a no-self-control recipe. The kind where I had two cranberry apple hand pies before noon and had to talk myself off the ledge about eating another before dinner. You can’t eat just one. I seriously dare you. And if you have that kind of self control, I just don’t understand you on the deep human…

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Five Spice Fig Jam


This post has so many ties to Beijing. Not that I had an affinity for figs while I was there. Nor did I make fig jam while living in China. But autumn was my most favorite season in Beijing, with spring running a close second. Winter was cold and dry and summer was steamy, hot and wet. In fall, everyone was back from…

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Thai Thai Scones


I have been thinking, musing, daydreaming and jotting down ideas about this scone for months. When my tai tai’s (read little bits about my tai tai’s here and here) were coming for a visit this summer I wanted to do something special for them. A little culinary gift, if you will. I thought this Thai Thai Scone would be that…

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Crispy + Healthy-ish Chicken Nuggets


crispy + healthy-ish chicken nuggets { shut up & eat } Living in China introduced me to lots of things. Lots of Chinese things (obvi), but also lots of European things. My first Euro find was Nutella. Although it’s been in the US since the ’80s, I had never, ever tasted it. I know, weird. I would stroll the markets…

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Chicken + Veggie Chow Mein


I can’t overemphasize how dire the Chinese food situation is where we live. There are two places: one charges a stupid amount of money per dish and the other is just depressing. I sometimes dream of opening up a tiny restaurant with just a walk-up window that only sells dumplings and noodles. To go. Only to go. Maybe I’ll even call…

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Petite Raspberry + Blueberry Scones With Hella Lemon Glaze


My life has consisted of two meals lately: noodles and scones. I’ve been messing around with chow mein noodles, rice noodles, pad Thai noodles and zucchini noodles (which we’re calling vasta, right???). I’ve been dressing them in slightly spicy peanut sauce, a thicker soy-based sauce or a heavy-on-the-sesame sauce. Sort of like my own little culinary version of My Size…

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Straight-Up Honky Kung Pao Chicken


For this kung pao chicken post, we’re going to pretend I never lived in China. What you’re about to witness is west-coast, quick, weeknight kung pao chicken. There isn’t much authentic happening here. If we were hanging in Mainland China together and we ordered kung pao chicken it would be a completely different experience. We’re talking Sichuan peppercorns that numb your tongue. It’s intoxicating.…

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Whiskey Sorbet + Dark Chocolate Pudding Cakes


This is a frisky marrying of a very new and very old recipe. This first one is adapted from the NY Times Dark Chocolate Mint Sorbet recipe. This sorbet is so dang easy to make I can hardly stand it. Zero cream. Nada eggs. Which makes me feel like I’m practically juicing it’s so healthy. I’m digging booze-cooking this week, so I wanted to…

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Cashew + Spicy Tofu Stir-Fry


I’m sure any card-carrying Chinese person would look at this recipe and call it straight-from-the-motherland Chinese food. No hippie around, just Chinese. I’m adding the hippie part because this reminds me of something I would have eaten at a Dead show.  This feels vaguely familiar and was probably eaten in the back of a Volkswagen Bus. Can you picture it? I wouldn’t call myself…

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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake


Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake I was hesitant to put this pumpkin cheesecake recipe up after Thanksgiving. Then I saw that Martha Stewart had pumpkin pie in her top ten list of Christmas desserts…so it suddenly felt relevant. Suddenly. This pumpkin cheesecake is one of those recipes that you can make a few days ahead, the whole thing, and not give it another…

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Beer Crust Pizza


You ever have one of those moments where you could not be happier? Filled up with goodness and love and everything that is great in your life? I was having that moment last night and my daughter said, ‘Why are you so happy?’ I told her I could go back to being the psychotic hormonal crazy lady I was a week ago, if she’d…

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Petite Lemon Cakes


I have a couple of things I’d like to explore, answer, clear up…so pour yourself a cocktail and pull up a chair. First, let’s talk about my inclination towards sweets. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not…but I seem to be posting lots of dessert recipes. Deep down inside, I always knew I liked to bake. I just didn’t realize…

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{ summer tomato goodness }


{ fresh tomato crostata } Three years ago I started with two raised planter beds for veggies and I ushered in this growing season with nine. That’s right, nine. I had visions of bed after bed of tomatoes. More tomatoes than I could possible eat or can. And then I went seed shopping. I was so compelled by tomatillos and…

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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls


One of my nearest and dearest tai tais now lives only four and a half short hours away. We moved to Beijing within the same month and we left three years later within the same month. I’ll call her Tai Tai L since I’m not sure she wants her name out there in a APB. Tai Tai L and I…

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