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Ginger and Spinach Green Smoothie

I know, I know. Here I am, posting a green smoothie. Me, the girl that berated juice cleanses and liquid diets in lieu of hot fudge sauce. But, you know what, sometimes after a week of decadence and doughnuts and tacos and fried everything, we were craving something fresh for lunch instead of our usual...

Strawberry & Meyer Lemon Marmalade

An unexpected surprise a few weeks ago from some very dear friends left me with a box of gorgeous homegrown Meyer lemons. And as you very well know, when life gives you lemons, especially Meyer lemons, you sure as heck don’t waste them, even if you do happen to be hopping on a plane to...

Almond Cookie Dough Macarons

Do you know what today is? It’s National Cookie Dough Day, duh. The holiday I officially declared last year, on the release date of my first book. This was a recipe that got cut from the book shortly before it went to print. It was a last minute decision, based on the fact that I...

June Kitchen Challenge: Mozzarella

Just in time for tomato season, this month’s kitchen challenge involves making homemade mozzarella cheese. Apparently it’s pretty easy (if the internet is to be believed). My cheese-making experience is limited, having only made homemade ricotta and mascarpone. While mozzarella does require a few special ingredients, the overall process is quite similar, albeit a bit...

Elaine’s New York Cheesecake

This recipe comes from my grandma Elaine. She’s turning 90 this July, and we’re all going out to New York to celebrate. Will there be cheesecake? I sure hope so, and knowing Grams, there will be no shortage of sweets. To call these recipe cards well-loved would be an understatement. The neat pencil script is...

Food Blog Forum Orlando 2013 Wrapup

Be authentic. It’s a lesson I feel we, as bloggers, hear over and over again, but what does it really mean? It’s something we talked a lot about during Food Blog Forum Orlando last weekend, and rightly so. As bloggers, authenticity is the key to not only success, but also to continued passion, because, in...