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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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