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Beef and Avocado Fajitas

For my birthday a few weeks ago, my parents surprised me with a huge box of meat. Grass-fed, humanely-raised beef. Unusual, yes, and unexpected, but a welcome surprise. I commented that this box contained more beef than we had probably eaten in the past three years combined. So we’ve had to be quite creative in...

Fun with Fondant.

My first practice for the wedding cupcake decor, proper colors and all. I bought some adorable little flower molds, some pre-packaged fondant and gumpaste, turquoise food color, and some other fun bits and pieces. Finally got it all out today and had a ball. It’s practically like being in kindergarten again, except the play-doh IS...

Fusilli With Peppers, Zucchini, and Feta

I love quick, refreshing meals. Ones that you feel took virtually no time to prepare, yet are still just as satisfying as the 4-hour-long fancy schmancy dinner. It almost feels like cheating. This dish is just that. A cheaters’ dinner. A summertime tease. It’s got all the fresh and exciting flavors of summer, but something...

Mexican Seafood Posole

Something different for dinner. This soup had an amazing flavor, we were left wondering where it came from. Extremely simple ingredients produce an incredibly complex broth, paired with a bag of mixed frozen seafood (shrimp, scallops, and calamari), this is definitely something we’ll make again (and we don’t say that often). Not only is it...

Dark Chocolate Creme de Menthe Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick’s day to you! I’ve had these on my mind for quite some time now, I’ve been plotting and scheming and planning my creme de menthe tactics, and this green-loving holiday seemed like the perfect time to make them. I’m warning you, if you are in the least bit hungry or craving anything...

Caramel Banana Cupcakes

After our delicious Valentine’s day dessert of caramelized bananas, I’ve had caramel and banana on the brain. It’s such a rich and satisfying combination, one that I thought would translate perfectly into cupcakes. However, I had a dilemma. A sugar dilemma. My fear of sugar may have delayed these delicious cupcakes longer than necessary. A...