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Loco Moco

“So, if you had to pick, what’s your favorite recipe in the book?” Throughout this entire process, that question comes up over and over. And when I was promoting The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, I had a hard time answering it. I mean, it’s kind of like choosing a favorite child, right? For Breakfast for...

Roasted Garlic and Parsnip Soup with Sage Lemon Butter

Mother Nature is having a good laugh, that’s for sure. One weekend it’ll be beautiful, a perfect 70 degrees and a periwinkle sky. Then, in what feels like a cruel trick, Monday comes along complete with rain, dreary skies, and even threats of snow flurries. I thought I left the whole springtime-snow thing back in...

March Kitchen Challenge Results: Croissants

Mission, Croissants: Accomplished. What fun! And not nearly as difficult as I expected! Time consuming, yes, but actual level of difficulty was surprising in its straightforward simplicity. And the result is pure satisfaction as you dig in to your first warm croissant, in all its buttery, flaky glory. I am not going to re-print the...

Lemon Layer Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

I do hope I’m not the only one that often finds the food and meals in a novel more memorable than the book itself. For example, I read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake last year, and could not stop thinking about cake (On the contrary, I was quite disappointed when the Life of Pi...

Honey-Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Salad

Another day, another unique salad. This one combining some rather unusual ingredients, including honey-roasted carrots, pickled beets, and dill. The beets and carrots make for a delightfully sweet salad. Darn right pretty too, with Trader Joe’s rainbow quinoa blend and some stunning rainbow carrots. Just keep an eye on the carrots as they are roasting...

Gorgonzola Cheese Straws

I don’t know what my obsession with gorgonzola is lately, but my first attempt at more of a crispy-cracker-like snack was not so successful. It’s like I couldn’t roll the dough thin enough. Stumped at how I could acheive such an outcome, I went in a different direction (what do they say, if you can’t...