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White Chocolate-Peppermint Chunk Cookies

White Chocolate-Peppermint Chunk Cookies

It’s a cookie hangover kind of Monday. Yesterday I took 6 dozen cookies to a cookie exchange… and came home with 6 dozen different cookies. Chocolate-covered cherry cookies, chocolate-peppermint sandwich cookies, peanut butter truffles, chocolate-ginger cookies, cinnamon-chocolate chip… In between baking and packaging up 6 dozen cookies and the tummy full of deliciously sweet shame [...]

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Homemade Pecan Pumpkin Butter

Homemade Pecan Pumpkin Butter

Updated from the archives. No trip to the mall is complete without a 20-minute detour into the shiny, overpriced gourmet kitchen store. We like to slowly creep along the aisles, ooohing over fancy salts, aaahing over delicious oils and gourmet chocolates, and shaking our head disapprovingly at $100 pairing knives. Six (!) years ago, we [...]

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DIY: Spicy Honey-Roasted Peanuts

Homemade Honey Roasted Peanuts

To me, the appeal of any recipe has always been that it was created with a good, solid base, allowing me to easily swap out a few ingredients and transform the dish into something completely new. Adaptability. Variability. Riffability. (I’ll concede that one of those might not be a real word.) One recipe I’ve been [...]

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DIY: Crushed Red Pepper

Homemade Crushed Red Pepper

One of the biggest pains in the garden this year, besides fire ants and weeds, has been the Serrano plant. It’s a hold over from last year’s garden and the only reason it got a reprieve was because I got it mixed up with the jalapeno plant. Serrano peppers are hot. Really hot. Too hot [...]

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DIY: Homemade Garlic Chile Sauce

Homemade Garlic Chile Sauce

Oh, sriracha. I adore that stuff. At some point in the last year or so, it supplanted Tobasco as my favorite hot sauce. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, and with a nice dose of garlic, it’s far more flavorful than the little bottle with the red lid. And with only 5 ingredients, it’s so easy to [...]

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Photo Friday: DIY Milk Bottle Props

DIY Milk Bottle Photography Prop

Raise your hand if you, too, could easily go broke buying pretty things to use for food styling or as photography props for your blog? Don’t be shy. It’s an expense that can easily get out of control… and probably land me in divorce court pretty quickly. We mostly take the second-hand route, but when [...]

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Photo Friday: Refinishing A Resale Shop Find

Before & After: Refinished Cutting Board

If you’ve ever emailed/chatted to ask me where I got a specific prop, there’s a really good chance that I responded with either “Goodwill” or “garage sale.” Those are by far my top two sources for photography props and food styling accessories. They’re extremely budget-friendly and most of the pieces are well-worn and pretty unique [...]

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Photo Friday: DIY Serving/Cutting Board Props

DIY Wooden Serving Board

I had a chance to hang out at White on Rice Couple’s beautiful studio last month for a KitchenAid event. There’s a dreamy prop room. And an entire wall in their kitchen dedicated to hanging cutting boards; some old, some new, all beautiful pieces that add height, texture, and mood to a photo. And I [...]

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