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Kentucky Mudslide Cake

This cake is overloaded with good stuff. Or, more accurately, simply loaded. I took a few liberties with Jocelyn’s recipe for Mississippi Mudslide Cake from her new Grandbaby Cakes cookbook, swapping the Kahlua for bourbon, so I figured calling it a Kentucky Mudslide Cake was more appropriate. You could also use whiskey and you’d have...

Mini Angel Food Cakes with Fresh Whipped Cream & Berries

Angel food cake is one of those totally appropriately named foods if you’ve ever tried it, because the texture is truly heavenly. It’s what a cloud would taste like if baked into a cake. But I’ll readily admit that I’ve never made angel food cake before. I know, any baker worth their salt should have...

Clips & Quips: Not a drop to drink.

A few months back our neighbor noticed some waviness in his floors, which slowly grew to a small knoll in the middle of his living room, and finally split into a crevasse. While our own floors aren’t nearly as topographically noticeable, we do have some cupping (the edges of the boards are turning up causing...

Mango Passion Jam

Mango and passionfruit were made for each other. Together they become a tart and tropical superfruit of awesomeness. This jam was inspired by I similar concoction I picked up in Barcelona (of course me being entirely enthralled by anything and everything passionfruit). I’d done a Peach Passionfruit jam last year, and this one is very...

Mini Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookies

I’ve been testing these cookies on and off for months now, trying to get the perfect chewy and gooey texture, one that melts in your mouth and tickles your palette, the perfect balance of chewy and gooey and crispy and melty, served warm right out of the oven. Easier said than done (isn’t it always?)...

Deconstructed Pesto Couscous Salad

It seems Taylor and I are getting pickier as we get older (I joke that it’s glad we found each other in high school because we might not meet each other’s ever-elevating standards today). But especially when it comes to food. Or maybe it’s just Taylor who seems to be getting pickier, since he used...

Damson Plum & Habanero Jelly

I’ve made my love for Damsons very well known. These unremarkable looking little plums often get mistaken for mutant blueberries or weird grapes and overlooked entirely. The first time I saw them (being the grape hater that I am) I almost ignored them completely. Lucky for all of us though, my curiosity got the better...

Tart Cherry Chocolate Tart

Think of this tart like a king-sized cherry cordial nestled in a sweet and salty chocolate cookie crust, filled with a layer of tart cherry jam and a cloud-like chocolate ganache. A tart tart if you will. The ganache layer falls somewhere between a ganache and a mousse, dark and rich with a dollop of...

Free Download: Scenic Alaska Wallpapers

I said it once and I’ll say it again: Alaska was picture perfect. Around every corner was another postcard just waiting to be seen and photographed. Here I am, 4 months later, and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I took a whopping 1934 photos during our 8-day voyage aboard the Ruby Princess (yes,...