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Raspberry Papaya Smoothies

I fall in and out of love with smoothies on a regular basis. And I think I’ve determined that the best way to stay “in” love with them is to mix it up as often as possible. Sometimes having the same combination even two days in a row makes me want to banish those particular...

Baked Panko Fish Sticks with Lemon-Caper Mayonnaise

Fish sticks are kind of my guilty pleasure, my go-to frozen snack when Taylor is out of town. He thinks they are gross. Especially when I dip them in mayonnaise. Perhaps I made a mistake when I married him… Regardless, a homemade version of my frozen box favorite was something even he could get behind....

The Best of 2013

It’s time again to recount the best posts and moments from the past year. This particular task gets harder and harder each year. It was all I could do not to include EVERY RECIPE from 2013 (I really wanted to). We traveled a lot this year, more than I remember ever traveling before (take THAT,...

Marzipan & Orange Blossom Morning Buns

Christmas morning always calls for something special. I don’t know why I’m always drawn to cinnamon rolls, but they just feel like Christmas morning, a present unto themselves. Unwrapping the layers of soft dough and gooey filling, the sticky sweet frosting melting into the swirls and down your fingers… that’s Christmas to me. That said,...

Christmas Dinner for Two

I hope your Christmas was as merry and delicious as ours was, full of pretty lights, fabulous food, and joyful Christmas music. Desmond sure enjoyed himself (the cat loves boxes and shredding paper… Christmas is his superbowl, basically). Even Kalypso got into the festive mood. Sort of. Dinner included Todd & Diane’s miraculously soft garlic...

Baked Brie Puffs with Fruit Preserves and Pistachios

Let the chaos begin… the annual scramble to fill the bellies of visiting friends and family while keeping them occupied and smiling with just the right amount of buzz (enough to be jovial but not belligerent, that’s the key). It’s precisely times like these that quick, last-minute appetizers, like these baked brie puffs, will save...