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Bakehouse Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

If Dexter was a food blogger… I promise, I’m not a psychopath… though I kind of felt like one when I was cutting these bars apart, seething with frustration as my initial rectangular bar shapes came out wonky and the glaze was cracking and cookie crumbs sticking everywhere (can you tell I’m a bit of...

TARDIS Birthday Cake

I only bake one cake a year… and that’s for Lindsay’s birthday. She knows that I don’t have much experience with baking in general, and even less skill when it comes to decorating cakes, so she insists that I don’t need to do anything complicated. The thing is, Lindsay made me the most amazing slot...

Soy Sauce Noodles

It’s hard to believe that simple noodles could be so satisfying. But these, well, these noodles are beyond belief. Technically, these are pretty close to what you’d call chow mein. Not to be confused with lo mein, which are usually thicker noodles and tossed with sauce rather than pan-fried. While chow mein has roots in...

Peanut Butter Millionaire Shortbread Bars

The only thing in this world better than chocolate and peanut butter… is chocolate, caramel and peanut butter. And that’s exactly what you get when you take a classic millionaire shortbread recipe and add a heaping scoop of peanut butter. You’d think peanut butter caramel would be more of a thing, because the two go...

Spring Kitchen Challenge: Homemade Yogurt

Ok ok cats have nothing to do with yogurt, but I needed more in here than just my blathering. Besides, you guys did ask for more cat pictures, remember? I’m just giving you what you want. You also asked for more Kitchen Challenges. Despite the fact that I sometimes feel like I’m completely alone in...

Chicken Tortilla Soup

As I sit here with frozen fingers, numbly trying to type up why you need to make this soup NOW, I realized that winter has essentially done my work for me. I could write 1,000 words about why this soup is amazing and continues to be one of your favorite recipes to date, but I’m...

FREE Download: Winter Citrus Wallpaper

Citrus is just so dang photogenic. Before this gorgeous assorted citrus was stripped and squeezed and cooked and canned into some beautiful Triple Citrus Marmalade, I couldn’t help but snap a few photos first. I figured since we’re all dead sick of winter at this point, a little sunshine couldn’t hurt, and that’s why I’ve...

Triple Citrus Marmalade

YOU GUYS. It’s citrus season! Perhaps the only redeeming quality of these frigid winter months. We may be completely iced in for 3 1/2 more days at this rate, but rather than see this confinement as a sentence, I see it as an opportunity. To make more marmalade, that is. I mean, if I have...

Roasted Beet and Farro Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

After a trip, you’re left with memories and photos. Maybe a souveneir or two (I have a habit of bringing home spoons, go figure) but sometimes a dish, something you ate during your travels, follows you home and simply refuses to be ignored. In cases like this it’s helpful to have a direct connection, a...

Celebrating 8 Years & a Reader Survey!

Eight years. I like to say that’s like 120 in blog years. Pretty old for a blog when you think about. Back when I started this blog in 2007, I wasn’t really aware of the food blog community, and didn’t know or follow many other food blogs. I started this blog, basically, to record and...