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Homemade Chicken Stock: Step by Step

Homemade chicken stock. Would you believe we haven’t bought canned chicken broth in over a year? Seriously. We make a batch every few weeks or so, and it is surprisingly simple to do. Once you taste the difference (and believe me, you WILL taste the difference), you will never want to purchase the canned stuff...

Cherry-Filled Almond Cupcakes

Close your eyes. Picture a cupcake. The cutest cupcake you can think of. What does it look like? Slightly domed on top, with a huge swirl of buttercream frosting. And a cherry on top. Right? It’s like a cupcake cliche, or something… with a cherry on top. Because when do you ever see a REAL...

Tortellini with Balsamic Brown Butter

It’s not often you find a recipe that is so incredibly simple you almost overlook it, thinking, nah, nothing that easy is ever very good. But in this situation, I was lured in by the title alone. Balsamic? Yes please. Brown butter? Oh hell yes. Simple. Inexpensive. And oh so delicious. Especially when it is...

Bettie Landis’ Gingerbread Cookies

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, the Christmas season begins. I’m talking about the second you put down your fork after that second slice of pumpkin pie. Not (as many retailers would like you to believe) sooner, not later. And for many (most?) of us, the best part about the holidays are the cookies. I’d...

Haricots Verts with Herb Butter

God forbid you don’t have something green on the plate at Thanksgiving… you just might go on a brown and tan overload. We like to stick to the traditional green bean, though not in the traditional form of a can-of-soup-and-onion-string casserole (something that has never appealed to me). This year we were able to pick...

The Pumpkin Pie Incident

Ok, so the final product might look fine. But you have no idea what it took to get to this point. A series of disasters the day before thanksgiving forced me to wake up on Thursday morning and bake a whole new pie early in the morning, before we had to put the turkey in...