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Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

It doesn’t take much to make me happy. A good brownie, for instance. I could eat brownies all day long and be perfectly content. That said, boring brownies are for the birds. I like my brownies dressed up and ready to party. Whether filled, frosted, layered, or swirled, a brownie can be so much more...

Sauteed Green Beans with Persimmons

Persimmons. A totally underrated fruit. And all too rare here in Tennessee (at least, I haven’t seen much of them). I remember going through a persimmon phase when we lived in California, and it was there that we first created this dish for Thanksgiving, years ago during our BB (before blog) era (related: if Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving Wrap-Up: What We Ate

Our annual Thanksgiving feast is perhaps the antithesis of the norm: calm, casual, and intimate. No elaborate place settings or countless sides and dressings – just the basics. We love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. This year was our biggest crowd yet, with both Taylor’s mom and step-dad in town visiting, our...

Fruity Chocolate Bark

Bark is a candy that has no regard for perfection; the rough, jagged edges and irregularly scattered toppings are part of the appeal. It’s a great cabinet-cleaner recipe too. Perfect for those days when you’re frantically trying to clean out the pantry before your inlaws arrive, and those three random bags of freeze-dried fruit seem...

S’Mores Pumpkin Pie

Taylor refuses to let me experiment on Thanksgiving. Especially when it comes to the pie. Talk about a buzzkill. My suggestions of “let’s try this!” or “how about that totally unique variation?” are shot down with a loving but firm, “No.” And god forbid I suggest making something OTHER than pumpkin… Or, he tells me...