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Breakfast Tacos

After a mere 3-days in Austin for BlogHerFood, I returned home with a severe case of taco-withdrawal. Indeed, I had tacos on the brain. Despite the fact that I didn’t feel nearly cool enough for the vibrant city, its all-encompassing taco-culture was something I could certainly get behind. The breakfast tacos, especially. For obvious reasons....

July Kitchen Challenge: Bagels

Yeast. Some people fear it. If you’ve had less-than-stellar results with breads in the past, know that it’s probably a result of old and long-dead bargain yeast than anything you did to kill it. So don’t blame yourself; instead, pick up some new yeast and try, try again. This month we tackle one of the...

Silpat & Roul’Pat Giveaway

A quick housekeeping note: if you follow this blog via Google Reader, you probably know the service is shutting down as of July 1st. In order to continue to follow L&OO and other blogs you love, be sure you have a replacement lined up BEFORE this date. I might recommend Feedly or Bloglovin‘. And remember,...

Amaretti Morbidi Cookies

No, not morbid cookies, silly! Morbidi meaning “soft” in Italian. And these almond-and-egg-white cookies are just that: soft. Nothing like the crunchy little cookies we typically think of as amaretti. I first encountered these cookies two and half years ago in Italy, where Nellie, a close family friend and Italian cooking mentor, brought a bag...

June Kitchen Challenge Results: Mozzarella

I’ve got mixed feelings about this challenge. While what I produced was technically mozzarella, it wasn’t anything special. Although I was comparing the final product to what I consider the “gold standard” of cheese: Tom’s homemade mozzarella. Orbs of milky white, tender layers, gloriously melty and perfect for pizza or caprese. It’s incredible. And ready...

Cherry, Hibiscus, and Goat Cheese Panna Cotta

In an ongoing effort to put goat cheese and hibiscus in just about everything… Today I’m guest posting over on DESIGNLOVEFEST, sharing this stunning and unique panna cotta recipe. Panna cotta is one of my favorite desserts; literally meaning ‘cooked cream’ in Italian, the combination of the creamy milk custard and tangy fruit topping make...