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Sunny Side Up Beet Hash with Crispy Rice Cakes

Beets. Rosemary. Balsamic vinegar. Arborio rice. Four ingredients with endless possibilities. Yes, you could do risotto, that’s the obvious choice. But when we were given these four ingredients as part of McCormick Gourmet’s Go4Gourmet challenge, we wanted to think outside the risotto and come up with something a bit less obvious. A few failed attempts...

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013

It’s that time again, folks! I am so excited to announce the launch of this year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by myself and Julie of The Little Kitchen. For the 3rd year in a row, this event brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of all things cookie. Last year...

Le Creuset Pumpkin Cocotte Recipes and a Giveaway

The fun pieces from Le Creuset just keep coming. Hearts, flowers, and now pumpkins? LC, you slay me. What’s next? Kitty cat cocottes? (That would make my day!) Despite the fact that we were stewing and spicing and pumpkining it up in mid-May, we absolutely loved developing these autumnal recipes for Le Creuset. Doesn’t this...

Blackberry Applesauce

Fall meets summer. Summer meets fall. Homemade applesauce is one thing, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the batch I made last year. But even with cinnamon, applesauce is always sort of plain (in fact, it’s one of my ‘safe’ foods when I’m feeling under the weather). Otherwise, I eat it with sour cream on my latkes...

October Kitchen Challenge – Saltwater Taffy

I was a fearless child. Around the age of 10 or 11, I bubbled and boiled my way through my mom’s candy-making cookbook, whipping up fudge and lollipops and taffy. Now, well, now it’s a different story, as I tremble at the mere mention of hot, boiling sugar. I figured salt water taffy would be...

Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Crumb Cupcakes

Can you believe it’s been a year and a half since I’ve made a cupcake? That’s just not right. I almost called these muffins, because, well, cupcakes without frosting are basically muffins, right? And you could argue that these are completely acceptable to eat for breakfast. I won’t judge. But they are cake, truly, through...