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Double Shot Mocha Cupcakes

It’s been a good two months since I last baked cupcakes (with good reason, you’d need a break too if you had made 300 of them in one day). But I figured it was about time. I was also having major chocolate cravings, and we all know the result of those is usually cupcakes. Chocolate...

Heirloom Tomato Panzanella

Summerfest is on. As in, make the most of the fresh veggies while you’ve still got them. And if you can do it while only needing the oven for a mere two minutes, even better (oh the joys of a hot and humid tennessee august). This panzanella, or bread salad, is a great way to...

Gruyère-and-Zucchini Sandwiches with Smoky Pesto

Making the most of the local zucchini while it’s still around. Eating these sandwiches reminds me of just how much I love summer, and the bounty available to us at the farmers market. It was also a good opportunity to use our first successfully-baked baguette, which, unlike our last attempt, turned out beautifully. This time?...

White Chocolate Bread

Stop. Whatever you’re doing. Grab your keys. Drive to the nearest grocery store and buy yourself some white chocolate chips and wheat gluten. Speed home as fast as you can, and make this bread. Immediately. Because once you do, you won’t be able imagine how you ever lived without it. It’s that good. I first...

The Eggplant Experiment.

I always knew there were different varieties of eggplant. Even your ho-hum grocery store usually carries at least two. But on a recent trip to the farmers’ market, I was completely flabbergasted at just HOW MANY varieties there were. In the process of oogling the various shapes and colors of eggplant, we began thinking how...

Roast Chicken and Mango Curry Salad with Yogurt

This might just be our hottest weekend yet. Even more of a reason to avoid turning on the oven at all costs. This recipe allows you to do just that. And, you know, add another carcass to your frozen chicken mortuary in the process (despite the heat, we’re going to make a giant vat of...