March 2009

As you have probably deduced, both Sara and I really like to make our own salad dressings. A lot of times when I’ve made a salad dressing for the consumption of people that do not include my husband and children, people look at me like I’m smoking crack. “You make your own dressing?” they ask, looking at me like I’ve sprouted a third eye. You know, like this is rocket science or something. The craziest thing is that making dressings …

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Kate threw me for a loop on Friday when she posted Pizzookies instead of the pizza that was on our calender. You see I already had planned this chocolate chip cookie-ish treat for today. So I quickly scrambled through my files to see if I had any other posts all ready to go. Why? Because it would be weird to post two warm, gooey, individual sized chocolate chip cookie-ish treats in a row, right?? You’re all saying no in your …

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Posted in Cookies, Kate

Okay, so for those of who were scandalized by my use of artificial vanilla flavoring in the Snickerdoodle Ice Cream recipe are about to REALLY keel over when you see what I’m about to post. But before I show you what I’ve done, can’t we all just agree that sometimes all you need is some chocolate chip cookie dough? And sometimes you need it FAST? And, especially when it’s smothered in vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and caramel syrup, you …

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Some of you may know that my father-in-law owns a bagel deli in Seattle. With that information, some of you who know Sara from her formative years may be reading this and are just figuring out who I am (not a “who I am” in an “Oh, I’m soooo famous” sense but “who I am” like, “Ohhhh, Kate’s married to Seth’s brother.”) Anyway. One of my favorite things about The Bagel Deli is the fresh-squeezed lemonade. I worked there the …

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I love dinner salads. I mix up everything I eat anyway, so the idea of combining the main dish, the salad, and the veggie sides all onto one plate and smothering them with yummy tasting sauce seems like a natural thing to do. And even though I’m still eating a whole meal, I feel better about myself since it’s called a “salad”. This ‘aint no sissy salad either. The steak and beans make it filling and dare I even say- …

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Okay, so much for my Irish roots! Here we are, the week of St. Patrick’s Day, and all our food has a Latin/tropical flair. Ah, well, my Irish ancestors would probably rather have Key Lime Pie and Mexican salad dressing if they had the choice! As all you long-time readers know, we absolutely love limes around here. You’ll also probably know that Brazilian Lemonade is my favorite drink in the whole world. So yeah, this key lime pie? It’s pretty …

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Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing

This is my knock-off version of a Costa Vida/Cafe Rio style dressing. I’m always getting asked for this recipe, so I finally wrote down what I do! There’s millions of recipes out there for this type of thing and a lot of the good ones call for fresh tomatillos. However after experimenting quite a bit I decided I didn’t like the fresh tomatillos, in this instance. For one thing it’s not something I have laying around my kitchen on a …

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So I’ve been envisioning this cupcake for a long time now. And I know it’s not springy everywhere–heck, it’s not even springy here right now! We started out the week in the 80s and now we’re back in the 30s. But I guess that means I now want springtime cupcakes more than ever! I tried out a couple of strawberry cupcake recipes in search of the one that was just right. Ultimately, I wanted one that got a fantastic rise, …

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