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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...

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...