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Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies

Does anyone else feel like the perfect sugar cookie is a mythical creature? You know exactly what I’m talking about, the kind of cookie that melts in your mouth, is perfectly soft and tender and full of a rich and buttery flavor? I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is...

Giveaway Winners & A Freebie for Everyone

Whew. This giveaway week thing just about wore me out (Sgt. Pepper on the other hand, was too busy trying to figure out the snow to even notice, let alone offer to help). But I had a blast. I truly hope you all had as much fun as I did. Let’s do it again sometime...

Gingerbread Stout Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream

With my obsession with gingerbread cookies, I am very surprised I hadn’t attempted these before. Gingerbread cupcakes. But not your standard gingerbread cupcakes (if there is such a thing), these are spiked with beer. I am not a beer lover, in fact I can’t even drink the stuff, but the addition of it to these...

Annual Holiday Gingerbread Cookies (& one last GIVEAWAY)

Ahh, the annual tradition of gingerbread. AKA: how I spent my Thanksgiving vacation. All of it. Tediously cutting. And baking. And piping. And flooding. And cutting out miniature fondant scarves. But you know what? They turned out so gosh darn cute it was totally worth it. Robin and I are getting better, don’t you think?...

Roasted Garlic Jelly (and a GIVEAWAY!)

You know what? Canning in the winter is quite enjoyable. I need to do more of it. Especially when the temperature drops, standing next to three boiling pots on the stove is quite lovely. A nice change from the frigid depths of the living room. Earlier this year I received a note from Tom of...

Olive Oil Popcorn (and a GIVEAWAY!)

You know those days, when you’ve eaten dinner, but maybe it’s too late for dessert (or maybe you’ve already eaten dessert) and you still feel the need to munch? Maybe you’re watching a movie on a Friday night and to you, movies just aren’t complete without popcorn? Whatever your reason, sometimes we all just need...

Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes

Last Thanksgiving post, I promise. I’ve made an executive decision not to post the stuffing and the Brussels sprouts recipe, but if you are interested, you can find them online here and here. That’s not saying they weren’t good, they were; they just weren’t extraordinary and frankly, it’s two weeks after Thanksgiving and I’ve had...

Chocolate Creme de Menthe Crinkle Cookies

A Christmas cookie if I ever saw one. Snowy. Chocolaty. Minty fresh. Delicious. Granted, my cookies looked nothing like the decadent black goliaths from the original post, but they were tasty nonetheless. Rich, almost brownie-like inside, with a hint of creamy mint. You could substitute any extract or flavoring in place of the mint, I...

Cranberry Jam

In continuing with what could be our most successful Thanksgiving ever, this just might be the best cranberry sauce ever. Our cranberry dilemma usually consists of Taylor and I wanting chunky sauce, spiked with unusual flavors and additions, and Robin wanting the plain old, jellied style sauce from a can. I just won’t let her...