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Savory Pesto + Roasted Red Pepper Beer Buns


I have been playing with this recipe for Diamond of California for quite some time. I wanted to start with a dough that was nice and yeasty, full of life. I wanted it to be easy: a dough we could through together on a Wednesday, stash in the fridge and then come Friday or Saturday we could quickly roll it out…

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Sea Salt + Double Chocolate Muffins


Sea Salt + Double Chocolate Muffins So, I really have been sticking to this healthy eating thing. Wanna know what healthy eating means to me? It means how can I make everything that is actually healthy taste not healthy. It’s just how my palate swings. I want ooey, gooey, oozy, boozy chocolate things. I want sauce…and lots of it. I want things…

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{ chocolate + tangerine meringue swirl bites }


chocolate + tangerine meringue swirl bites { more diet food } No, really, this is more likely to be considered diet food than the Lemon + Candied Blueberry Coffee Cake of last week. I was just joshing with that one. I mean, the lemon will keep scurvy at bay and the blueberries are full of antioxidants…but with the meringues, these…

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Chocolate Crinkles + Peppermint Bark


Chocolate Crinkles + Peppermint Bark ‘tis the season I love to throw peppermint bark in everything around the holidays. And I love chocolate. So everything happening on this page makes perfect, logical sense. I do love Martha’s crinkles…and I love the new Cook’s Illustrated recipe. But I wanted to kick it up a notch. Could we throw in more chocolate?…

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Boozy Sugared Cranberry Coffee Cake


Good grief, sugared cranberries. Where have you been all of my life? You are by far one of the cutest things I’ve ever done. You’re perfect in a bowl. Just sitting there, lighting up the room, begging to be snacked on. I’m inclined to want to throw you haphazardly around the house just to spice things up a bit…you add holiday…

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Salted Caramel + Brown Butter Blondies


Salted Caramel + Brown Butter Blondies I woke up this morning pretty excited to lounge around. The most pressing obligation being decorating the Christmas tree. Not a bad day to look forward to. As I lay in bed scrolling through my email, my Food52 email caught my eye…Brown Butter Blondies by DashandBella (Phyllis Grant). This got me out of bed,…

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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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Buttermilk Waffles


Buttermilk Waffles   I’d love to say we’re having waffle weather. What’s that you ask? What’s waffle weather? It’s cold. For starters. Second, ideally, it’s raining. Lastly, in this fall-appropriate weather forecast, you have nothing to do on this particular waffle weather day, but chill. In your pjs. TV on all day…even if no one is watching. We’re not having…

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{ brussel sprout slaw }


brussel sprout slaw bacon + lemony garlicky dressing + parmesan This one is going to be a quickie…just wanted to share for those of you that haven’t yet picked all of your Thanksgiving sides. This one is perfect…it’s super easy and quick to put together and it’s kinda healthy. Kinda. { brussel sprout slaw } Serves 12 INGREDIENTS 1.25 pounds of thick-cut…

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{ five-spice cranberries three ways }


five-spice cranberries cranberries + cocktails + appetizer I like a recipe that will serve multiple purposes. For instance, when I make tri-tip, you can always expect beef tacos the next day. And if it was an especially big tri-tip, than I will roll it into chili and I’ve got three meals under my belt. Boom. These cranberries are just like that. First, they’re a…

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{ persimmon salsa }


persimmons what to do…what to do… Every fall my persimmon tree turns the most gorgeous shade of orange.  It overflows with fruit and then it seems that, within weeks, it’s a naked and barren Charlie Brown-like tree. It all feels very quick. And every year, I haven’t the foggiest idea of what to do with my persimmons. The tree is by far…

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White Girl Mexican Soup


White Girl Mexican Soup { i’m having an affair } What’s that? An affair you say? It’s not nearly as titillating…my current love is my slow cooker. Steamy stuff, I know. My slow cooker has been sitting, completely ignored and dusty in the back of the hallway closet. He burned me not quite a decade ago. I was making spaghetti and meatballs and thought…

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{ apple cinnamon cherry scones }


the lazy breakfast My life is currently filled with two lists. One list is filled with “have-to-dos” and the other with “want-to-dos”. The first sucks up most of my daylight hours. The latter is filled with all of the things that make me happy: hanging out with my kids, writing, baking, gardening, laying in bed reading. As I read this list it…

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{ let’s take a culinary journey }


middle eastern kebabs + lemony kale quinoa tabbouleh + yogurt sauce Mouth watering yet? I came up with this concoction in early summer. It was one of those things that I couldn’t stop making and then I totally burned out on it. I just revisited this gem recently and I don’t know why I stopped making it. It gets better and…

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{ happy autumn, my little pumpkin }


{ über moist pumpkin scones } The only scones I ever eat are my mom’s. My son called her up last Sunday morning just so she would get out of bed and make them for us. She did, and they were perfect. Every time. She and my sister love the Starbuck’s pumpkin scone. Never tried it. You literally cannot turn a corner…

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