{recipe} Salted Double Chocolate Cookies Stuffed with Caramel

These are some pretty magnificent chocolate caramel cookies! I have been eating them like crazy. A tiny bit salty, not too sweet, oozing molten caramel… yeah. So good.

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December 12, 2014   3 Comments

{recipe} Spiced Green Lentil Coconut Soup

Here in Northern California it’s been raining like crazy and the skies darken so early each afternoon. This kind of weather almost demands you make something nourishing and warm, with just a little bit of spice. This green lentil coconut soup fills the bill perfectly.

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December 8, 2014   No Comments

{salty} 5 Things You Should Put Truffle Salt On

A friend recently told me she had received a jar of truffle salt as a gift, but didn’t know what to do with it. She came to the right place, for I have answers! And strong opinions about what you can do with it!

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December 1, 2014   1 Comment

{recipe} Rainbow Tie-Dye Snickerdoodles

Do you believe in reincarnation? Based on how much I enjoy making and eating rainbow foods, I think I may have been a unicorn in a former life. I have been wanting to try rainbow cookies for some time now but all of the recipes I found looked pretty cool but seemed like they wouldn’t actually taste that great. So I felt compelled to invent the rainbow tie-dye snickerdoodle, which offers both good looks and great taste.

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So how did I do it? It was a little laborious but not too difficult to pull off. I made snickerdoodles and divided the dough into 6 roughly equal parts. I colored each of these with one of the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. After some time in the fridge to chill the colored doughs, I set up an assembly line and tore off little wads of each color and made a dough caterpillar. I turned the caterpillars in on themselves and rolled them gently into balls. Then I rolled the balls in white sugar and set them on the cookie sheet.

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November 24, 2014   1 Comment

{mmmmm bacon} How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Up until recently I always made bacon in a pan on the stovetop, but now that I have learned to cook it in the oven I realize I wasted many of my prime bacon-cooking years on an inferior cooking method.

how to cook bacon in the oven

There are many things that suck about cooking bacon on the stovetop. For one thing, I never have a pan large enough to cook all the bacon I desire so I invariably have to use two pans (which means more cleanup) or cook multiple batches (which means some of the bacon gets cold.) It requires attention to make sure the bacon is cooking evenly, not burning, and that the individual pieces are cooking at the same rate (which they never are.) Also, there is always a lot of greasy splatter on the stove to clean up afterwards. [Read more →]

November 22, 2014   6 Comments

{hacks} 13 Amazing Food and Life Hacks You Need to Know Right Now

I know what you’re thinking- how could there possibly be any food hacks that I do not yet know? But read on and I think you will find that these are some you have never seen before. You will be amazed at how these simple food hacks can make your life easier and better!

1. Keep cake moist by just eating the entire thing in one sitting. 

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2. How to determine if an egg is fresh: do you remember buying the eggs? If you don’t, they probably aren’t fresh.

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November 17, 2014   106 Comments

{recipe} Easy Baked Eggs with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Parmesan

I had about 12 people over for brunch last weekend, and couldn’t figure out what to make that would be easy and impressive. I searched my favorite blogs, Pinterest, and my file of ripped-out magazine pages. But in the end, I couldn’t find any compelling recipes and decided to mess around and experiment.

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November 11, 2014   4 Comments

{recipe} Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

It’s that time of year again, when leaves are falling, the weather is turning, and every last little thing is offered in pumpkin spice flavor. I will admit that I think the pumpkin spice craze is a little overdone! I certainly have no need for it in my latte or my Pringles. But a chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin spice cookie: now that’s something I can get behind. Especially when it’s topped with a super luscious brown butter icing.

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October 28, 2014   1 Comment

{life hacks} I Tried A Bunch of Those Viral “Life Hacks” So You Don’t Have To

I’m sure by now you have seen countless viral emails and Facebook posts sharing “life hacks” offering ideas on how to use simple, everyday ideas and items to make your life easier. Well, I thought I’d try a few out and let you know how it went.

 

“Pancake Mix in a Ketchup Bottle”

Here is a riddle: what’s white, viscous, and doesn’t go easily through a funnel? If you answered “pancake mix” you’re right. If you put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle, is it truly a “no-mess experience?” Once the mix is in there, maybe. But you have to get the pancake mix into the ketchup bottle first. Which makes an ungodly mess. And not to be judgy, but if you have time to put your pancake mix in a bottle and all, wouldn’t that time have been better spent making tastier pancake mix from scratch? I’m just sayin’. But yeah, don’t do this.

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October 13, 2014   137 Comments

{recipe} Power Pasta

I am a pasta lover and a carb-a-holic. And more than anything, I favor a heavy, creamy sauce on my noodles. But if I’m honest, eating a big plate of pasta makes me feel, well, tired. And I really can’t figure out how to fit a nap in every day after lunch. What’s more, I’m pretty sure it’s not the healthiest thing to eat a giant plate of what is essentially refined flour covered in heavy cream and butter. So what can I do? How can I eat pasta and feel good, both physically and mentally? The answer is my latest culinary invention. I call it Power Pasta.

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October 8, 2014   1 Comment