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Fresh Cherry Cupcakes

Fresh Cherry Cupcakes

Raise your hand if you have been hoarding cherries! [raises hand] [shoves cherry in mouth, wipes fingers on jeans, raises other hand] If you’ve ever wanted to make fresh cherry or strawberry cupcakes, you’ve probably run into similar problems: the surprising lack of recipes out there with natural ingredients and real fruit. Because if it’s [...]

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Triple Chocolate Cookie Dough Brownies

Triple Chocolate Cookie Dough Brownies

I hope you get a chance to thank a serviceman or woman this Memorial Day weekend. And buy them a drink. Because there’s no such thing as too much appreciation when it comes to our veterans and service people. Our freedoms aren’t by any means free. And without those fine folks, life would look a [...]

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Chocolate Cupcakes for My Little “Balemtime”

Chocolate Valentine

“Is it Balemtime’s yet?! Can we make chocolate tweats?” I didn’t think a 4-year-old could get more excited about something that wasn’t Christmas- or dinosaur-related. But I was wrong. It’s because there’s chocolate. And Master Yoda. She is my kid, after all. Although only one of us would choose broccoli & ranch over chocolate. Spoiler: [...]

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Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Let’s cut right to it and talk about my favorite part about these muffins. (Believe it or not, it’s not the chocolate.) It was the way my hands smelled all day after mixing the orange zest and sugar together. It was the way the baking muffins made my house smell bright and citrusy. It was [...]

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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

After spending a week learning about cooking and nutrition at her preschool, my sweet(ish) little(ish) Landry Kate came home with a chef hat, an apron, and an intensely unwavering interest to help me brownies. Can we make brownies? Can we make brownies now? [yelling from inside the pantry] I can’t find the box of brownies! [...]

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Chocolate Chunk Bagels

Chocolate Chunk (Chip) Bagels

A few years ago, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to start making most of our own bread. With a little bit of scheduling and some room in the freezer, I could bake up sandwich bread, burger buns, english muffins, and bagels without having to buy very much. Aside from burger buns, my favorite [...]

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Let’s Talk Leftovers: Cranberry Sauce Brownies

Cranberry Brownies

Have leftover cranberry sauce? Me, too. Already. In addition to the cranberry-apricot chutney that I’ve put on everything that was slow enough for me to catch, I also tested out a new port-infused cranberry sauce recipe for Thanksgiving. It was simple and boozy. And beautiful. And boozy. In trying to brain storm a way to [...]

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American Beauty Cake

The Pastry Queen's American Beauty Cake

Today is the very last Project Pastry Queen challenge. Over 2 years ago, Ashley and I met up in Austin to attend a cooking demo with The Pastry Queen, Rebecca Rather. I’d forgotten about several great recipes in the book and decided that I’d cook and bake all the way through the book. 100-ish recipes [...]

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