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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...

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...