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Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

These are delicious blueberry muffins. I substituted the sour cream with some plain yogurt, and they turned out just fantastic. A definite make if you’re a blueberry muffin fan! Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins Recipe from Barefoot Contessa. Makes 16-24 muffins. Ingredients 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar...

Espresso Brownies

These are truly special brownies… but the special ingredient in this case is the espresso. If you want something even quicker, use your favorite boxed brownie mix, and just add the espresso frosting. mmm.

Veggie Steamed Dumplings

These are one of our favorites. A bit time consuming to make all the little fellas, but well worth it. Have I mentioned that a bamboo steamer is the best $20 you’ll ever spend? Plus it makes these a healthy treat as opposed to sautéing them in oil. Taylor makes a dipping sauce with a...

Penne with Sugar Snap Peas

This dish had potential. The snap peas have a really nice, slightly sweet, but refreshing flavor. I think we might have ruined it by using whole wheat pasta… yes, I know it’s healthy, but it’s just too meaty for me. Regular pasta has a much thinner texture. We’ll definitely try this one again, especially since...

Dry Fried Calamari

To top off the top-notch tapas, we made calamari. We bought a bag of frozen, pre cut calamari, and it was surprisingly good. I like this dry fried version, as it is very light and not saturated in oil like some calamari can be. Goes great dipped in the Paprika Aioli! Dry Fried Calamari Makes...

Top-Notch Tapas

Did I mention we love tapas? :) We made a whole night of it on Saturday, and it was quite delicious. Don’t forget the Red Wine Sangria! Warm Citrus Olives Directions Take a few jars of mixed olives (we used Niciose, Kalamata, and Garlic Stuffed), and sauté in olive oil with some thyme, rosemary, and...