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October Kitchen Challenge – Saltwater Taffy

I was a fearless child. Around the age of 10 or 11, I bubbled and boiled my way through my mom’s candy-making cookbook, whipping up fudge and lollipops and taffy. Now, well, now it’s a different story, as I tremble at the mere mention of hot, boiling sugar. I figured salt water taffy would be...

Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Crumb Cupcakes

Can you believe it’s been a year and a half since I’ve made a cupcake? That’s just not right. I almost called these muffins, because, well, cupcakes without frosting are basically muffins, right? And you could argue that these are completely acceptable to eat for breakfast. I won’t judge. But they are cake, truly, through...

September Kitchen Challenge Results: Bacon

I’ll tell you, you haven’t had bacon until you’ve had homemade bacon. The flavor is… indescribable. There’s depth and dimension and savory notes that you can’t quite place but find yourself craving at all hours of the day. It actually tastes like pork (hey, what a concept). I think the fact that ours is roasted...

Lemon Hibiscus Soda

Mission: carbonate all the things is undoubtedly underway. And I love it, being that I’m not a big drinker (despite my boozy baking), homemade sodas are a way I can concoct creative beverages and enjoy them just as much as any cocktail (although, might I add, this soda would be a stellar base for a...

Toasted Almond & Chocolate Granola

Is this breakfast? Or dessert? Or a salty sweet afternoon snack? I’d argue all of the above. This chocolate granola is sweet, but not too sweet to be eaten at sunrise with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit. It’s hearty, but decadent enough to sprinkle over vanilla ice cream. And it’s perfect by...

Damson Plum & Gin Jam

Finding the elusive Damson plum in the wild (aka the farmers’ market) is like hitting the culinary jackpot. I somehow stumbled across the diminutive fruit two years ago, where I made a batch of what is still one of my favorite jams. It was a complete fluke that I saw the fruit that first time,...