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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Blondies

Yes, I put these in the breakfast category. So sue me. Technically these snack-worthy bars fall somewhere between a traditional blondie and a loaf of banana bread. We’ll just say that before 11am they lean towards the banana bread side of the spectrum, a perfectly suitable breakfast in my opinion. But after lunch they’re equally...

European Adventure Part V: Barcelona Eats

Barcelona: land of fresh seafood, churros, horchata and ham. Where modern mingles with traditional cuisine and the result is truly delicious. We ate our way through the city like our lives depended on it. I’ve done my best to highlight our favorites, so be sure to click through and read the entire post. I’ve also...

Tart Cherry Fondant Creams

(This is a sponsored post in partnership with the Cherry Marketing Institute) I’ve been dreaming of these candies. Ever since I got back from Victoria with two of Rogers’ famous Victoria creams, promptly devouring them and wishing I had bought more. Without plans to return to Victoria in the near future, I set out to...

European Adventure Part IV: Barcelona, Spain

After 5 days in Paris we made our way via high-speed train along the Mediterranean and through the Pyrenees into Spain. We could have flown, but the 6 1/2 hour train ride allowed us to see the countryside transform before our eyes, the voice over the train loudpseaker slowly transitioning from French to Spanish and...

Blueberry Caprese Salad

Because we have blueberries coming out of our ears right now. Because we’ve pretty much been eating caprese non-stop since the first tomatoes showed up at the market, and the blueberries seemed like a logical addition (I mean, we’ve done a peach caprese before, and if that worked so well, why not other fruit too?)...

Boozy Salted Caramel French Toast

Over the years, I’ve learned a thing or two about French toast. Namely that the best french toast is a perfect combination of textures, crunchy around the edges and rich and custardy in the middle, with a hint of sweetness and (hopefully) something super decadent drizzled on top. But exactly HOW you acheive that perfect...

Sea Salt & Vanilla Fudge Chunk Ice Cream

Let me get one thing clear: when it comes to ice cream, chocolate chips do not fudge chunk make. I’ll admit to have posted a recipe or two claiming just that, but it’s kind of a cop out. Fudge chunks should be fudgy, softer with a bit of chew to them, not hard chunks of...

European Adventure Part III: Paris Eats

If there’s one thing Paris is known for (you know, other than the iconic landmarks, museums, architecture, etc etc) it’s the food. And (at least when it comes to the pastries, bread, and cheese) I was not disappointed. If you missed it, here’s yesterday’s post with more photos of the sights in Paris; this post...

European Adventure Part II: Paris, France

What can I say, Paris is perfect. Walking through Paris, past the sidewalk cafes and pastry shops and fruit markets, I felt like I was walking in a movie, in that perfectly imperfect kind of way (funny, because one shopkeeper we spoke to said he feels the same way about New York). It’s like the...

Aztec Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream

What is there to say about this ice cream? It’s all gone, I’ll tell you that much. Need I say more? Considering this is my 3rd batch of ice cream this week, I’d say I’m doing a pretty darn good job of embracing ice cream season fully and completely. Hey, don’t judge. I had a...