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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Beany’s Goodnight (Funfetti) Cookies!

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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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Dinner in a pinch, made to impress! Puff pastry with ham & Gruyère

Ham and Gruyere Puff Pastry 5

This time of year is so, so hectic (though we probably always feel like our lives are crazy busy, right?). When I think of an easy fall dinner, I often base its viability on a simple pre-trick-or-treating test. Basically, is it something that could be easily made and quickly served to a family (friends included!)…

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For the Pinteresty time of year: Applesauce spice cake

Applesauce Cake

Like any other self-respecting, seasonally driven Pinterester, I’ve spent the better part of the past month searching the interwebs for fall-filled recipes and holiday décor ideas. There were the pumpkin spice latte copycat recipes, the “12 ways to decorate with gourds” kind of posts and plenty of outfits involving riding boots and scarves. And I…

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Tarts are for dreamers: Blueberry nectarine tarts

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I think most people, buried in the to-do lists of their day-to-day lives, probably have some sort of pipe dream, an “I’ll do this someday when life slows down and the timing is right” sort of thing, that they keep coming back to when day jobs get too busy, overwhelming or stressful, and they just…

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Top 5 strawberry recipes for summer

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We eat strawberries nearly every day of the year in our house because Beany and I can’t get enough of them, but summer strawberries are by far the best of the bunch. They are amazingly juicy, amazingly sweet and amazingly not $5 a quart right now. So strike while those fields are hot! In honor…

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