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Pearsimmon Jam

I really wanted to make persimmon jam. But, as it turns out, it’s very hard to find persimmon canning recipes. I researched the heck out of it and found very few recipes, none in any of my go-to trusted sources, which led me to believe that maybe these glorious orange fruits were not safe for...

Soy Sauce Sweet Potato Noodles

I caved. I finally got a spiralizer. I resisted for a long time, but a recent trip to KitchenAid® headquarters in Chicago changed my mind. Now, let’s be clear, I’m not going paleo. I’m not on a low-carb diet (sorry, not even a cool new tool is going to convince me to give up my...

Beyond the Kitchen: Get Lost (in a book) Edition

I read 30 books last year, meeting my goal with a few hours to spare (what, doesn’t everyone sit and read on New Year’s Eve?) Most of them were 3 and 4 star books, I even had one (gasp) 2 star that was lucky I even finished it at all. In fact, it seems to...

Greek Turkey Tacos

Am I the only one who finds pre-packaged ground turkey kind of sketchy? There’s a weird flavor in there that throws me off. It’s the reason I haven’t bought ground turkey (or chicken for that matter) in years. Trust me, I tried multiple brands from multiple stores before I finally had one too many funky...

Spicy Veggie Sushi Bowls

Happy New Year, everyone! If you’re like me you probably ate one (or two…) too many cookies over the past few months, and maybe you’re trying to make up for it by eating a little bit healthier. I won’t call it a resolution (I don’t do resolutions) but rather a fresh start and a chance...

The Best of 2015

It’s time again to look back on the year and reflect on all the delicious things that we’ve put into our mouths (and published on the blog) this year. This annual look-back is something I’ve done for the past 6 years (for a true time-warp check out the favorites from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010...

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Let’s face it, cheesecake recipes never come out right on the first try, and require at least 2-3 tests (or in this case, 4) before they are deemed post (and photo) worthy. And if you’re a household of two people, well, that’s a lot of cheesecake to consume on your own. Even making half-size cheesecakes...

Dulce de Leche Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

If you don’t already have enough holiday cookies to go around the block a few times (and then some) here’s one more last minute recipe that would be perfect for your holiday dessert table or cookie tray. I brought a platter of these sweet gems to a neighbor’s holiday party, where I swear every time...

Gingerbread Brownies

If you do a google search for Gingerbread Brownies, they’ve been done before (hasn’t everything, at this point?) but what you find are not what I’d consider brownies. Maybe blondies at best, but the pale brunette bars seem to be far too light in color and seemingly cakey in texture to be considered true brownies...

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2015: Recipe Roundup Part I

Who’s ready for some cookies? Another year, another the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, and with it comes another epic roundup of all the amazing cookie recipes people baked and shipped around the world. Impressive, eh? To avoid major cookie overload, we’ve divided this year’s recipes (384 in all!) into two posts. What you see...