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Peach Caramels

I call this one “conquering your culinary fears” (aka I made caramels and didn’t die.) You see, I’ve had this irrational fear of cooked sugar for years now. No idea where it came from, because as a child I boiled my way through my mom’s candy cookbook without a second thought. Perhaps I ruined a...

Black Bean Nachos with Pomegranate Salsa

I had a dream. And in that dream I was eating pomegranate nachos (or was I cooking them? Or just thinking about them? I can’t remember exactly, but the specifics of I what I was doing with the nachos in this dream aren’t as important as the nachos themselves.) Indeed, whereas most people dream about...

Peanut Butter Comfort Giveaway

If yesterday’s recipe had you salivating, just imagine what the entire book will do to your taste buds. Goodbye, inhibitions… hello, peanut butter. And today’s your lucky day, because I’m giving away one copy of Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America’s Favorite Spread by the lovely...

Rice Krispie & Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

The first rule of entertaining: always stash some for yourself. Especially when it comes to dessert. Because after the crowd of tipsy beer-fanatics have their way with the dessert tray, there won’t be a solitary crumb left. In hindsight, perhaps this particular dessert wasn’t the best choice for an outdoor gathering that day, considering the...

Mix ‘N Match Free Printable Canning Labels

As you might have realized, no jam that comes out of my kitchen is finished until it has a pretty label. The label not only labels (duh), preventing you from mixing up which was which and what was what, but it also instantly takes your jams up a notch on the gift-awesomeness scale. Sure, what’s...

Blueberry Jam, 3 Ways

I told you we picked a lot of blueberries. In fact, the tart and ice cream were attempts to use what was left AFTER all the jam. All in all I made about 14 jars worth of blueberry jam, in three different flavor combinations. I’ve realized I like to make jam much more than I...