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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

We’re not very good at making decisions. It took us 3 months to pick out a sofa for our living room. Out kitten Sgt. Pepper was nameless for nearly a week. I ordered and returned 8 different pairs of winter shoes before I finally liked one enough to keep. Decisions are not our strong suit....

Vanilla Giveaway Winner & A Free Printable

Wow. You folks sure love your vanilla! We had a record 636 entries, that’s more than any giveaway we’ve done in the past. Thank you everyone for entering. I’m no statistician, but I think Vanilla Bean Ice Cream might just be the most popular vanilla recipe, but other common responses seem to be vanilla buttercream,...

Testaroli al Pesto

It’s been 3 months since we returned from Italy, and there are still a few dishes that we cannot get out of our heads. Dishes that we knew, the second we tasted them, that we had to recreate (or at least try to) once we got home. One of the most unique and memorable was...

Homemade Vanilla Extract (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Yes, it’s after Christmas. Yes, I’m posting a holiday gift idea when gift giving is probably the last thing you want to be thinking about. In my defense, I had to wait, otherwise it would have ruined the surprise for our parents, who each received a set of these for Christmas. For what it’s worth,...

Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes

Happy 2011, everyone! We’re celebrating the New Year with a fresh new layout for one thing (if you’re reading this through a feed reader you may want to click through and check it out). What started as a desire for bigger photos turned in to a pretty significant redesign (funny how that happens), but I...

The Best of 2010

What a year it has been. A truly delicious year. Choosing just a few of our favorite recipes of the year was no easy task; you only need to look at the bounty that has come from our kitchen to see that. 2010 was the year of the CSA, our first year as members, which...

Apricot Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables

We’re really trying to think outside of the box (jar?) when it comes to all this jam we have. Because you can only eat so much toast. Our abundant jars of fig and peach and pepper preserves need to be used somehow, and I’ve been looking for creative uses for them. So far I’ve found...

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...