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March Kitchen Challenge Results: Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt. What can I say? I was unimpressed. While it was (once I worked out a few kinks in the process) surprisingly easy to make, I didn’t find the flavor of my homemade yogurt to be anything extraordinary, nor was it life changing or revelatory like some claim it to be. If anything it...

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve had a sweet revelation. A dose of sugary inspiration. A life changing discovery. And it’s called dark muscovado sugar. If you thought sugar was entirely flavorless, think again. I feel like I’ve discovered a whole new world (a dazzling place I never knew). Ok you probably hate me and you’ll be singing that for...

Tart Cherry & Meyer Lemon Marmalade

When tart meets tart, the result is extra sweet. It’s no secret I adore Meyer lemons, and tend to go on somewhat of a Meyer-binge during the late-winter months when they are in season. Nine times out of ten that excess of citrus will ultimately become marmalade. Rather than making plain Meyer lemon marmalade (not...

Dipped Colorblock Sugar Cookies

Spring is here. Finally. At least, it was when I wrote that sentence. And hopefully it’ll be back by the time this post publishes, but right now the heat is running and I’m having chilly flashbacks to February. I should have published this recipe last week. Regardless of the bipolar weather, it IS spring now,...

Coconut Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry Rice Bowls

Beef broccoli meets Thai coconut curry meets stir fry rice bowl, in this glorious mashup that you’ll adore. Take-out shmake-out, I mean, really, who needs it? The thin slices of steak practically melt within a savory coconut broth spiked with soy sauce and lime. Served over a generous bowl of sticky sweet coconut rice, it...

Sparkling Meyer Lemon & Passionfruit Panna Cotta

I’d like to call this adult jello, but that sounds rather, uh… unsavory. But really, isn’t that what panna cotta is, afterall? Milk jello. For grownups. Taylor said all it needed was a bit of whiskey and then you’d have a whiskey sour panna cotta. Well, a whiskey sour passionfruit panna cotta. Which actually sounds...

Food Blog Forum: Orlando & Walt Disney World 2015

In the 4 days we spent at Walt Disney World this past month, I found a lot of hidden Mickeys. The fact that most of them were disguised as food should not surprise you one bit. Life lessons #423: everything tastes better when it’s mouse-shaped. Like this cupcake. I knew I had to have one...

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...