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Strawberry Jalapeño and Strawberry Basil Jam

In the past four weeks I’ve picked over 15 pounds of strawberries, nearly three gallons of ruby red goodness. From two different farms on two different mornings. I’ve made preserves and ice cream, salads and guacamole, and sprinkled them in my cereal every morning. I’ve stashed a few bags of puree in the freezer, and...

June Kitchen Challenge: Marzipan

I’ve lamented before on the lack of good quality marzipan here in the US. Usually I end up buying almond paste and thickening it as needed, because it actually tastes like almond. The marzipan you buy in the store is, more often than not, a rock-hard log of flavorless, chalky stuff that’s really a waste...

Apricots & Cream Thumbprint Scones

Scones are often, for lack of a better term, boring. And, unfortunately, there are a lot of bad scones out there. Dry, flavorless, chalky things that you can’t swallow without submersing them in coffee first. A sad thing too, because when you stumble upon a truly good scone, it’s as good on its own as...

Strawberry Guacamole

It started as a discussion trying to decide what kind of jam I wanted to make with all those strawberries. My friend Michelle asked if avocado strawberry jam was a thing. While I don’t think avocados are safe for home canning, the suggestion got my brain cogs spinning. Because strawberries and avocados together sounded kind...

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry season snuck up on me this year. In a good way. We’ve been so busy that I feel like my mind is a few months behind my body. I’m having a hard time remembering I need to wear shorts now and stop grabbing the winter scarves as I walk out the door. (Our trip...

Viet Fajitas

Some recipes are better with company. The first time I had these Viet Fajitas, Taylor and I were staying with our friends Julie & Curtis in Florida before last year’s Food Blog Forum (speaking of which, will I see you in Asheville this August?!) Anyway, she whipped out her trusty camp stove and cooked the...

April Kitchen Challenge Results: Eclairs

The very definition of an epic mess is when you’re left cleaning chocolate from between your toes. And yes, I probably should have expected that when I set out to recreate my eclair doodle from the announcement post, not quite realizing that 3 different glazes and 6 different colors and 2 different fillings plus drizzles...

Homemade Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

It’s surprising, really, that I’ve never made homemade potato chips before. Sure, I’ve tried lame baked ones (spoiler alert: they are not the same) but never truly fried potato chips at home before now. Perhaps the hassle of heating (practically) an entire bottle of oil to skin-searing temperatures and stinking up the entire house with...

Frosted Funfetti Layer Cake

Sisters are like sprinkles. Sweet and vibrant and (yes) a little bit crunchy. And life isn’t nearly as fun without them. Needless to say, when your sister comes to town and adamantly requests that you make a funfetti cake together, you don’t waste any time seeking out the most fabulous sprinkles you can find for...