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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...

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

I bet you’ve never seen a pumpkin pie as pretty as this one. I also bet you’ve never been threatened by your own husband and sister, warned that if your pumpkin pie wasn’t perfect, you’d have to go out and buy them not one, but TWO grocery store pumpkin pies. On Black Friday, no less...

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Biscuits

One Final Plea: Please take a moment and vote for my Rainbow Cake (entry #8) and help me win a $150 butter gift basket from Kerry Gold. If the contest were based solely on the quantity of butter used, I’d have it in the bag (I mean really, almost 2 1/2 lbs in one cake?...

Thanksgiving Wrap Up and Malt-Beer-Brined Turkey

Another wonderful Thanksgiving, come and gone. Much like last year, we cooked for 11. And also like last year, the 3 of us stuffed ourselves to oblivion. Needless to say we’ll be putting those leftovers to good use over the next few days, er, weeks even. But that’s part of the fun of thanksgiving right?...

Rainbow Cake

I think you all know what this time of year is. Yes, I know it’s Thanksgiving, but more importantly, it’s also Robin’s birthday. My little sister. Who loves cake. And every year she chooses to visit us for her birthday. She could spend her precious Thanksgiving break anywhere, and yet for the past 3 years,...

Italian Adventure Part IV: Finale in Florence

Our trip ended where it started, in Florence. We flew in and out of the tiny airport, which, aside from the delayed luggage (we lived out of our carry-on for 2 days) was much more pleasant than I’m sure some of the larger airports were. Especially at 7am when we left. The Duomo in Florence...

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Puddings

Sometimes a recipe speaks to you, so loudly it is practically shouting. When you find a recipe like that you have no choice but to drop what you are doing and make the darned thing. And folks, this pudding made quite the ruckus. Out of practicality, we halved the recipe, and it made 4 good...

Italian Adventure Part III: To the Sea

From the country, to the city, to the sea… Our next stop took us to the area known as the Cinque Terre (aka five lands). The Cinque Terre are five villages nestled into the most picturesque coastline you have ever seen. I don’t know, I think the sea cliff towns are giving the hill towns...