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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...

Stuffed Salted Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Forget sugarplums… I’ve had cookies dancing around my head for weeks (can you blame me?) To be more specific, stuffed chocolate chip cookies: perfectly chewy and sprinkled with sea salt. The dancing continued into the wee hours of the night, and let’s just say it was going to remain a problem until I did something...

Nutella Swirl Brownie & Sugar Cookie Tart

This recipe was inspired by an entry into this years’ Pillsbury Bake-Off, which I was lucky enough to be able to attend last month in Las Vegas. Called Sweet & Salty Cookie Pie, the recipe included basically 5 things: pie crust, nutella, chocolate chips, sugar cookie dough, and toffee bits. I tasted it and was...