Summer Market Risotto

Summer Risotto

Ah, summer farmers markets. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning, especially when the weather’s nice and the stands are overflowing with such great stuff. And even if it’s a little too sticky outside to be comfortable, the bounty is usually worth it. No, it’s always worth it. I’d walk…

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Fit for a Fairy: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Beany has been increasingly interested in ingredients lately, and her questioning is often relentless. “What is that?” “Where did that come from?” “What does that taste like?” “How did you make it?” This has its plusses and minuses, of course. Curiosity finally convinced her to taste salad dressing, which made her taste spinach salad, which…

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Becoming Bread Makers: Awesome Everyday Bread

Honey Wheat Bread

Years ago, I think during his early college days, my older brother took up bread making. Every so often when he came home from school for the weekend, he’d stay up into the wee hours of the morning baking loaves of a simple honey wheat bread. I say simple, but the process always seemed pretty…

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Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Mint and chocolate are one of the world’s great loves stories. You’ve heard it before, right? Once upon a time, there was a guy named Chocolate. He was hanging out one day, just being all rich and sweet, when the beautiful young Mint entered the picture. She was smart. She was strong. She didn’t need him…

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Dessert Fix: 20-Minute Apple Turnovers

20-Minute Apple Turnovers | splashofsomething.com

Some days are just ho hum, and you need a pick-me-up to turn things around. That, my friends, is when you must head to the kitchen. No, I’m not encouraging you to eat your feelings (though a once-in-a-while ice-cream binge never really hurt anyone, right?). But I am encouraging you to pour those feelings into…

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Don’t get hangry: How to build the perfect breakfast tacos

Breakfast-Tacos

I’m happy to report that we’ve made it through our first real Boston blizzard. There’s still so much snow outside (and it’s snowing right now), but aside from the bunches of snow, it was pretty uneventful. Wonderfully uneventful, actually. We certainly prepared for the blizzard like any normal people would: filled up extra bottles of water, made sure…

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Snow Day Prep! Linguine with Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Mushrooms                     

Linguine with Lemon Mushrooms 3

The whole Northeast is prepping for a gigantic wallop of a snowstorm, so, naturally, Target was a madhouse yesterday. Think holiday-sized crowds grabbing at end caps filled with water and snack foods (Super Bowl fare works well in blizzards, too, FYI), filling baskets with enough flashlights and peanut butter to last well into next week….

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Easy Weeknight Dinners: Black Bean, Corn and Tomato Tacos

Weeknight Tacos 3

True confession: Our Christmas tree is still up. Make that trees. As much as I realize the time is nigh (past nigh?), I just can’t let the holidays go. Have you ever seen your house look as pretty as it does when it’s filled with twinkle lights? I know it’s about time I pack those…

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Beany’s Goodnight (Funfetti) Cookies!

Goodnight Cookies 5

Recipe development can be a precarious business, filled with ups and downs, wasted ingredients and way too many dishes to count. Some of us overthink things. Some of us underthink things. And some recipes are just downright flops. (Note to self: There is a such thing as too much cinnamon.) Some people, though, seem to…

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