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Braided Tart Cherry & Chocolate Danish Pastries

Twisted and flaky, fruity and chocolatey, this pastry is all I ever want for breakfast from here on out (Cereal? What is that?) This pastry is serious business. I mean, I’ll be honest, it’s basically pie. But pie that you’re allowed to eat for breakfast (see what I did there? By calling it a Danish...

White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Avalanche Truffles

Some recipes prove more challenging than others, I’ve found. And yet some recipes are worth the fight. I’d been dreaming of turning my Rocky Mountain Avalanche Bars into truffle form for weeks now, creamy and crispy bite-sized candies enrobed in dark chocolate. It’s a dream that quickly turned into an obsession, and an obsession that...

Goat Cheese & Avocado Egg Sandwiches

I’m calling these breakfast sandwiches, but for us they are more often lunch sandwiches, as eggs are often our go-to for quick and filling lunches. But you know we are strong proponents of breakfast for dinner, so why not breakfast for lunch, too? The key is the egg, scrambled and cooked super thin and folded...

Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Blood Orange

Imagine yourself somewhere warm. Somewhere with a gentle breeze and turquoise waters and the sound of ocean waves. It’s a nice thought, eh? Especially since so many of us are probably freezing our buns off right now. This recipe takes me back to that serene, happy place, as it was inspired by a similar dish...

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

My main beef (ha) with chicken noodle soup is the “stuff” to broth ratio. So when a soup has like 2 1/2 noodles in the whole bowl and a measly bite or two of chicken, well, I’m disappointed, to say the least. If I wanted to drink flavored hot water I’d have some tea instead....

Beyond the Kitchen: Bookworm Edition

It’s been about 10 months since my last book post. In that time I’ve probably read 25 books. Some good, some great, some downright awful. I actually felt like there were a lot more good ones in that 10 month period, but going back through my reading list, only a handful got five stars. Maybe...

Fresh Ginger-Lime Tonic

Ok ok enough ginger already, you might be saying. No such thing, I reply. I’ve talked at length about ginger beers, and even made my own at one point, complete with yeast fermented bubbles. That was true ginger beer. But this is practically a homemade ginger beer, made from fresh ginger juice, lime juice, and...

Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse

Can we start posting decadent desserts again? Not that it stopped me before, but it seems like there is about a 25 day period in the food blogosphere where every recipe is kale or quinoa or chia something. And then about 3 weeks into January, the healthy recipes slowly start to disappear, replaced with the...

Picture-Perfect Roast Chicken and a Peek Inside our Home

Thanks to all y’all’s input on our art dilemma, we finally made a decision and went with Option 1. The combination of print and pattern and color turned out to be simply perfect. And as great as the art looked in my mockup, it looks even better in person. It feels so good to have...

Vegas Slot Machine Birthday Cake

When it comes to Taylor’s birthday cake, each year I try to one-up myself from the year before, which is pretty hard when you’re trying to top something like this. I’ve pretty much stopped asking what he wants, because I know exactly what he’s going to say. I’m sure he knows by now that I’m...