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Lamb Chops with Sun-Dried Tomato Butter

Christmas dinner. We always like to splurge just a little bit, since it is a special occasion, it’s nice to cook something we don’t normally get to eat. Last year we made ribs, same thing the year before that. This year, we thought we’d give lamb a try. It was either that or seafood (which...

Vanilla Cake with Tiramisu Buttercream and Ganache Filling

Already getting a good start tackling my baking resolutions (and it’s not even the new year)… I’ve moved from macarons to fondant. I stumbled upon a fondant cake decorating class in our area, and immediately jumped at the opportunity to get my hands dirty. My first attempt (solo – stupid!) failed so miserably, I realized...

Adventures in Macarons (and my 2010 baking resolutions)

There are a few things I am determined to conquer this coming year. Call them by 2010 baking resolutions, if you will. Pie crust (I WILL make a successful pie crust even if it means baking pumpkin pies in July). Caramel (or any cooked sugar for that matter). Fondant. And now you can add French...

Chicken Panini with Fig Jam, Arugula, and Blue Cheese

Another delicious panini (have we been making a lot lately? Or is it just me? I’m counting on the fact that you all love paninis as much as we do and aren’t yet getting sick of them.) The secret ingredient in this one? Fig jam (which is surprisingly hard to find… I think we got...

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...