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Zucchini-Basil Soup

This post marks the changing of the seasons. I actually had to put on socks today. Funny how accustomed you get to living at 77 degrees, and even the slightest drop in temperature and I have to break out my sweatpants. It’s only 72 in here and I definitely notice it. It’s impossible not to...

Eggplant Parmigiana Heroes

You can probably go through our recent recipes and easily spot which meals Taylor picked out. He likes manly meals – no lentils or barley or any of that stuff. Hearty, satisfying meals, often resembling pizza in some form or another (ie: cheese + tomato + protein = Taylor in heaven). Don’t let the eggplant...

The Go-To Chocolate Cupcake

If you pay attention to my cupcakes, you probably notice a lot of similarities from one recipe to the next. Why reinvent the wheel with each and every cupcake? I’ve baked a lot of cupcakes in the past few years, and slowly developed what I consider to be the ‘mother’ of all cupcake recipes. It’s...

Barley Risotto with Eggplant and Tomatoes

The trick to this recipe? Homemade chicken broth. You won’t believe the flavor it gives a seemingly simple dish like this barley risotto (which might otherwise be somewhat unremarkable). We’ve been stashing the carcasses of rotisserie chickens in the freezer, and when we’re up to three or so we break out the stock pot and...

Chocolate Amaretto Cupcakes

Spiked cupcakes anyone? These cupcakes, much like my last batch of Mocha cupcakes, will give you a bit of a buzz, albeit in a slightly different way. I probably went a bit overboard on the amaretto in the frosting (2 tablespoons is a wee bit strong for only 12 cupcakes), so I’ll leave the recipe...

Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese and Peppered Honey

Figs seem to be something of a rarity, especially around here. No sign of them at our farmers’ market, meaning they probably don’t grow anywhere even remotely near here. But I was lucky enough to spot a pint of fresh figs one week at Trader Joes (where they’ve since disappeared) and made darn sure they...