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Blueberry Peach Jam

I’ve been hoarding fruit. We’ve been blueberry picking and peach picking and would have gone cherry picking if they grew here, so instead I bought some cherries when they went on sale. All the excess fruit that wasn’t devoured immediately is now stashed in our freezer. Usually it all gets turned into jam within days,...

Dark Chocolate Cocoa Nib Caramels

Isn’t it amazing to think, that just over a two years ago I was terrified of caramel? Like, honestly truly scared I was going to burn my face off or something. And ruin a few pans while I was at it. Now I can’t get enough. I’ve made peach caramels and gingerbread caramels and whiskey...

Tart Cherry Giveaway

Following up yesterday’s EPIC cherry pie recipe, I’m excited to offer an amazing tart cherry giveaway valued at over $400, brought to you by the Cherry Marketing Institute. I’ve loved exploring this new-to-me culinary ingredient, and I know you will too! One lucky winner will receive a prize pack containing over $400 worth of tart...

Tart Cherry Pie

Cherry pie has always been one of my ‘bucket list’ recipes, along with caramel and macarons and other dishes that I’ve since tackled (or plan to tackle) in the Kitchen Challenge series. My main obstacle was a pretty big one, the main ingredient in fact: tart cherries (aka sour or pie cherries). Despite our amazing...

Peach & Arugula Caprese Salad

We most often associate caprese salad, or insalata caprese (literally meaning Salad of Capri, an island off the coast of italy) with tomatoes. And in fact, it was originally intended to mimic the colors of the Italian flag with its red, white, and green elements. Nowadays, pretty much anything that features fresh basil, mozzarella, and...

Beyond the Kitchen: NOLA Edition

Taylor and I recently celebrated our 5-year anniversary. Although we’ve been together for over 13 years, we still felt like 5 was something special, something to be celebrated. And not with stuff, but with experiences. In a rather spur-of-the-moment decision (we’re the type to plan our trips and book our tickets well in advance), we...

Double Chocolate Brownie Waffles

I’ve been obsessed with chocolate waffles for some time now, but hadn’t yet perfected the recipe. I wanted something crispy on the edges and tender in the middle, yet still deep and dark and packed with rich chocolate flavor. Turns out, a chocolate waffle is a lot harder than you think. Adding cocoa to a...

Five Cheese Skillet Mac and Cheese

When it comes to making the ideal mac and cheese, you could say it’s all in the cheese. Or cheeses, because a mac and cheese with just one kind of cheese is going to be dull and disappointing. You need at least three (in my opinion) to make something worthwhile, four would be better, and...

August Kitchen Challenge: Tamales

Making tamales never really crossed my mind before, at least until I saw bags of corn husks in a local international market. Something lit up and since then, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them. I’ll admit, my experience to tamales is limited, mainly to the frozen green chili cheese tamales at Trader...

Blackberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumble

Crisp. Cobbler. Crumble. It’s a veritable culinary jumble. Can someone tell my why such similar desserts must distinguish themselves with completely different names? Not wanting to be politically (dessert-ically?) incorrect, I tried to figure out the difference for myself. Turns out crisps and crumbles are essentially identical except one has oats and one doesn’t. But...