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{recipe} “Frozen”-Themed Meringue Trees

My son is obsessed with all things Anna, Elsa, and Olaf! He loves the movie Frozen so when we wanted to make meringues, we decided to give them a little bit of Frozen flair by coloring them pale teal with snowy sprinkles.

frozen meringue trees

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December 26, 2016   No Comments

{try this} How To Make Labneh

Do you have enough labneh in your life? It really is delightful stuff. In case you’re not familiar with it, labneh is simply strained, full-fat yogurt – thick, creamy, tangy, and good on everything. It’s a staple of the Levant region (Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel, and Jordan) and it should always be in your fridge.

How to make homemade labneh

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May 15, 2016   No Comments

{how to} Mike’s Crispy Shiitakes

My Dad is good at cooking quite a few different things, but his shiitake mushrooms have got to be one of my all-time favorites. The thing about my Dad is that he loves the good things in life, so if he thinks that a whole mess of olive oil and butter will make mushrooms better, then he won’t be shy about making that happen. The main problem with these is that they shrink down so much so there are never enough and we always end up fighting over them!

crispy mushrooms

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April 21, 2016   1 Comment

{recipe} Coconut Candied Pecans

I love candied nuts, and make them each year for the holidays. I usually do a sweet, salty, and spicy version. But lately I have discovered a way to make candied nuts that are better than the usual: by adding a generous helping of unsweetened coconut flakes to the mix. It adds a subtle coconut flavor and a welcome chewiness to the mix. I like the Bob’s Red Mill brand because the flakes are paper-thin but big enough to stand up to the nuts.

coconut candied pecans

I have been putting these on all kinds of things. I first made a version with pistachios and slivered almonds and put it on a spinach salad that also had pomegranate seeds and roasted squash on it. That was great, but last night I made them with pecans to top a pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

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November 17, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Three Cheese Souffles

“Souffle” is one of those culinary terms that often has people running for the hills – they have been led to believe that making souffles is hard or even impossible. But here is a secret: many souffles are simple to make and essentially foolproof. These delicious three cheese souffles have a light parmesan crust, a healthy amount of gruyere in the souffle mix, and a slice of crusty goat cheese on top. And they only take about 15 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake.

cheese souffles

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June 15, 2015   No Comments

{advice} Ten of the Best Travel Tips, From a Super Frequent Traveler

You probably know by now that I am a very frequent traveler, and I thought it was about time I put together my top ten travel tips. What did I miss?

travel tips

Ten of the Best Travel Tips, From a Super Frequent Traveler 

  • If there are 2 of you traveling together, and the plane has a 3-seat configuration, book the aisle and the window seat. If no one has the middle seat, you can easily trade with that person so you can sit together. The middle seats are (obviously) the least popular choice so they are last to book and most likely to be left empty in case of a flight that’s not totally full.

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May 22, 2015   8 Comments

{recipe} Easy Homemade Cruffins with Vanilla Custard Filling

You’ve probably heard of cronuts by now, but are you hip to cruffins? Yes, hot on the heels of the hybrid croissant-donut that became the notorious cronut, we now have a custard-filled croissant-muffin mashup called a cruffin. If you’re like me, and don’t fancy standing in a long line to get one, I have good news for you: you can make these beauties at home pretty easily by using frozen croissant dough.

cruffin recipe

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May 12, 2015   1 Comment

{recipe} Easy Caramelized Strawberry Jam

Recently I made a pretty life-changing discovery, which is that I can make incredibly delicious strawberry jam with only 3 ingredients, and it’s super easy to do. Jam consumption in the household has skyrocketed, but since it’s so easy to make, it’s no big deal to turn out another batch.

strawberry jam coconut sugar

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April 17, 2015   4 Comments

{happy birthday} How To Make a Super Cool Thomas the Train Birthday Cake

Let me give you a quick piece of parenting advice that I learned the hard way: do not let an almost-2-year-old browse train birthday cakes on Pinterest. If you do, be aware that he may come to his birthday party with some seriously lofty expectations! This is how we got to this point. Luckily my sister–who, FUN FACT, earned a trophy for cake decorating in the 7th grade–was there with her super steady hands, clear design eye, and patience to help me work this out.

thomas the train birthday cake

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March 21, 2015   3 Comments

{recipe} Buttery Cheese and Asparagus Scones

Sounds weird, right? When have you ever had asparagus in your scones? But once Spring rolls around and asparagus is in season, I try to find ways to put it in everything–even a buttery, flaky scone laced with shredded cheddar cheese. So good!

asparagus scones

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March 2, 2015   No Comments