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Scratch-Made Moscow Mules + Ginger Beer Concentrate

My experiments in baby ginger continue… it turns out pickling isn’t all it’s good for. Ever since Rachel’s ruined me for ginger beer forever, I’ve been trying to recreate it at home, since I don’t exactly make it to Seattle very often (and the shipping… well, it burns more than the ginger). In my experimentation...

Giant Swiss Cake Roll

Taylor always talks about the “good old days” back in elementary school, when he would scour car seats, jacket pockets, couch cushions and the school grounds hoping to find to stray change. When he managed to scrounge together two quarters, he’d head straight to the school lunch counter and buy himself a two-pack of Swiss...

Pumpkin Chess Pie Bars

Pumpkin pie and chess pie come together in one truly glorious fall dessert. This is what you call a dessert mashup gone right. Very, very right. It’s not too far from the pumpkin pie you’re used to, just sweeter, butterier, and more luscious. It’s what pumpkin pie strives to be. And unlike many pie recipes...

Mojo Clams (Steamed Clams with Green Mojo Sauce)

This recipe was created in partnership with Olive Oils from Spain. Thanks for supporting us and the products we love! Did you know that one out of every two bottles of olive oil consumed in the world contains Spanish olive oil? Indeed, Spain has one of best climates in the world for olive cultivation, more...

Homemade Pickled Ginger

Have you ever wondered why that pile of pickled ginger next to your sushi roll is dyed pink? It’s obviously an artificial addition, but did you know that there is a natural reason why it is even done in the first place? It turns out pickled ginger, or gari, will develop a natural pale pink...

Bourbon Pecan Fudge Brownies

Like a good bourbon, these brownies actually get better with age. Not that they’ll last that long, but still, just know that if you find yourself with a few left in 4 or 5 days, they will be nothing short of awesome. Baking with bourbon is a lot like baking with an extra-potent vanilla; in...

Let There be Light: Master Bedroom Reveal + a Rejuvenation Giveaway!

Now that you’ve seen the kitchen… let’s take a peek upstairs, shall we? Because the kitchen wasn’t the only thing we redid. Granted, other than the floors (goodbye gross dog-stained carpet) the changes are mostly cosmetic. But it still makes a huge difference when you compare what it looked like before… Of course, more big...

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I have a no banana left behind rule. Now, know that I’m not the one actually buying/eating the bananas (Taylor is), but any banana that gets too soft and speckled for his liking (which, seeing as he likes his bananas on the green side, is pretty much after the appearance of that first spot) is...

One-Pot Lemon Chicken & Orzo Soup

This recipe was created in partnership with Kitchen Basics by McCormick® with your busy schedule in mind. Thanks for supporting us and the brands we love! Soup’s on! Soup season, that is. And yet, we’re still not quite ready to let go of summer. Which is why this soup is so perfect, with a hint...