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Chewy Muscovado Sugar Cookies

I will always, ALWAYS, choose a chewy cookie over a crispy one. And these are the absolute chewiest. Muscovado sugar is my new love, my new obsession, and I’m all for using it anywhere and everywhere I can (because it’s delicious, for one, but also because I bought a case of 10 and Taylor’s been...

Raspberry Russian Cocktail

Cheers to the holidays! Here, have a drink. Or two. Because that’s what the holidays are all about, after all: friends, family, and a good stiff drink to tide you over until they all leave (just kidding, of course, I’m over exaggerating. But I think we can all agree that a little booze makes everything...

Crispy Potato Latkes with Spiced Pear Compote

It’s Hanukkah time, and you know what that means: latkes. Lots and lots of latkes. I’ve discovered that when it comes to latkes, there are two kinds of people in this world: sour cream people and applesauce people. Although I’ve sometimes found myself in the center of this latke-venn diagram, dolloping both sour cream and...

Mexican Hot Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Remember that one time, you left out the sugar in your first batch of cookies, perhaps the one time in recent history when you didn’t taste the dough first, taking a giant bite out of a hard nugget of chalky cocoa before you realized? And then the next batch you remembered the sugar but screwed...

Mint Chocolate Swirl Bark

It shall be our new Christmas tradition: whip up a batch of super easy chocolate bark and devour it before it can make it into any gift bags. Oops. Luckily that ‘super easy’ part makes it, well, super easy to simply make some more. Inspired by last year’s wildly popular peanut butter cup chocolate bark,...

Ginger Persimmon Scone Muffins

I simply adore persimmons, which I believe to be entirely underutilized in cooking and baking. In fact, my all-time favorite green bean recipe (which I made again this year for Thanksgiving) utilizes persimmons in a savory manor, but they are most often found in sweet treats and bready things. These scones, or scone muffins (scuffins?...

Marzipan Pear Hand Pies

Just because you’re fully and wholy pumpkin’d out doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some pie. ‘Tis the season, after all. Because, let’s face it, other than pumpkin, it’s pretty much impossible to get sick of pie. In fact, I’d argue that winter IS pie season. Which is perfect because it’s also pear season, and...

Pumpkin Bolognese with Pappardelle

There are few things as satisfying as a hearty bolognese on a blustery winter day. It fills your stomach and warms your body from the inside out. Bolognese is an Italian meat-based sauce named after its place of origin: Bologna, Italy. The city of Bologna is actually the birthplace of most of what we consider...

Clips & Quips: Near and Dear

I recently acquired a few of my late-grandmother’s cookbooks (they go perfectly with the priceless box of her handwritten recipes) including a well-used copy of the Joy of Cooking (something every cook should have in their kitchen), and a decades-old Mastering the Art of French Cooking, its dust jacket just barely holding on. But my...