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Gingerbread Caramels

As part of my annual holiday baking extravaganza I decided to mix it up a bit, and include a candy amidst the dozens of cookies I’m shipping out to friends and family. I figured I had made caramels once before, so why not? Talk about pressure. Luckily, they turned out beautifully. Especially considering the two...

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

It doesn’t take much to make me happy. A good brownie, for instance. I could eat brownies all day long and be perfectly content. That said, boring brownies are for the birds. I like my brownies dressed up and ready to party. Whether filled, frosted, layered, or swirled, a brownie can be so much more...

Sauteed Green Beans with Persimmons

Persimmons. A totally underrated fruit. And all too rare here in Tennessee (at least, I haven’t seen much of them). I remember going through a persimmon phase when we lived in California, and it was there that we first created this dish for Thanksgiving, years ago during our BB (before blog) era (related: if Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving Wrap-Up: What We Ate

Our annual Thanksgiving feast is perhaps the antithesis of the norm: calm, casual, and intimate. No elaborate place settings or countless sides and dressings – just the basics. We love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. This year was our biggest crowd yet, with both Taylor’s mom and step-dad in town visiting, our...