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Let there be cake (celebrating 9 years of L&OO!)

In this household, blog birthdays are just as important as human (and feline) birthdays, if not moreso. I mean, I’ve never really thrown myself a birthday party, and yet I had no qualms about celebrating the blog’s 5th anniversary with a lime green dessert table. It’s just how it is around here. Technically I’m a...

The Prickly Lady Cocktail

Meet the prickly lady: smoky mezcal, prickly pear juice, ginger liqueur, lime juice, and a pinch of powdered sugar. And let me just say that color? That brilliant, shocking fuchsia? It’s entirely au-naturale. I mean, it makes my Blueberry Margaritas seem downright dull. Just one of the reasons I am having a moment with prickly...

Salted Vanilla Hot Chocolate

If you were wondering about yesterday’s adorable little heart shaped marshmallows… well, this was the reason I made them to begin with. And with all this talk of orange, almond, and vanilla, you didn’t honestly think that’d I’d leave you completely chocolate-less this Valentine’s day? Not so fast. Here’s a big ol’ steaming cup of...

Double-Vanilla Marshmallow Cut-Outs

It’s almost Valentine’s day, which means the internet is awash with red and pink and heart-shaped everything. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary, soon enough it’ll be all 50 shades of green up in here (and I’ll be honest that all the green-dyed foods freak me out way more than the red and pink). Of course...

Orange Blossom Almond Cream Tart for Two

It’s funny, really… just a few months ago I was lamenting the lack of chocolate in traditional Thanksgiving desserts, and downright demanding decadent alternatives. And now, in the midst of what may be the most chocolate-filled holiday of them all, I’m doing just the opposite. Sure, I’ve posted my fair share of chocolate desserts for...

Orange Marmalade Skillet Roasted Chicken Breasts

About this time of year, pretty much every year without fail, I usually go a little nuts in the produce section, buying up all the citrus without plan or abandon. A lot goes into marmalade, sure, but then what’s one to do with all that marmalade? I mean, you can only eat so much toast....

Nashville Eats & Treats: Sweet Spots Edition

After brunch, dessert is quite possibly the most important meal of the day (though you could certainly argue the opposite, too, and I’d probably agree with you). I know when I’m traveling I like to check out as many sweet spots as I can, sampling all the local sweets and treats a city has to...

Seriously Awesome Slaws

Coleslaw can be tedious, especially if you are making a big batch of it. Manually slicing all that cabbage and grating all those carrots… it’s a lot of work and requires some serious knife skills to achieve a perfect slaw texture. That or you’re stuck buying the pre-shredded bagged stuff which often leaves much to...

Buttermilk Chocolate Chip & Passion Fruit Naked Layer Cake

We could all use a little more naked baking in our lives. No, not THAT kind of naked baking. That’s… um… potentially hazardous. I’m referring to the naked cake trend, where the outside of the cake is left unfrosted and the layers underneath are the real stars of the show. Christina Tosi of the Milk...

Winter Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

After the gluttony of the holiday season, a big, leafy salad is perhaps the most wonderful thing in the world. And this one is no exception, with bright fruity flavors and a tangy citrus vinaigrette to top it all off. Unlike a summer salad, which has a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables to choose...