With the a fresh new year to celebrate, I know a lot of people are doing their best to get back to a routine, and particularly to get back to good family dinners after the treat-filled holiday season.   Today I’m going to share recipe ideas, specifically dinner recipes, that readers have shared are a hit…

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Happy New Year!  We always love taking a couple weeks off at the end of each year (and start of the next).  Kate and I love having the time off to spend with our families, and I always come back around this time feeling refreshed and renewed with lots of great ideas to share with…

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This party sub is one of my favorite easy dinners as well as a great way to feed a crowd! You could even fake a 6′ sub by cutting off the ends of the french bread and assembling several of these onto one long sandwich board. Because it’s so simple, be sure and use the…

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Apparently I’m on an orange-cranberry kick (if you missed my scones from Monday, be sure and check them out!) But it’s Christmas, which means ’tis the season for many things, orange-cranberry included. And this Honey Cranberry Orange Baked Brie is definitely worth it. I love baked brie because it is so elegant and also so easy. The tartness…

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We are now entering what I like to call hell week. The last week of school before Christmas. Every child I know is currently insane. Every parent I know is pushed to their limit. Teachers can’t wait for school to get out. I’m wondering how much stuff can arrive from Amazon in the next few…

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Creme Brûlée.  It actually amazes me that after nearly 11 years of blogging we don’t have a recipe for creme brûlée posted??  It’s one of my favorite fancy desserts to make because despite the high-brow reputation, creme brûlée is deceptively simple to make.  One of my favorite tricks for holiday baking is to make candy…

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Ah, the small-batch cookie. You’re craving a warm, chewy-soft cookie but not enough to spend an hour making a big batch and then rotating pans through the oven and getting full and sick from eating cookie dough about half-way through.  So many of you have fallen in love with these Small Batch Cookies, which are…

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So I guess this is not super-last-minute, especially for people like me who are nowhere near done with their Christmas shopping. But close to last-minute. I’ve rounded up some of my very most favorite things this holiday season and I hope they’ll help you fill some holes in your Christmas lists! 1. Ingrid Michaelson Songs…

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So I had my oldest child relatively young (I realize that now–at the time, I felt like a senior citizen) when I was 24. For most of his life, I have felt like a pretty young mom, mostly in touch, kinda-cool-but-not-in-an-Amy-Poehler-in-Mean-Girls kind of way. Until recently. not a cool mom. just a regular mom. Now…

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I consider myself to be a pretty good artist.  My education and former profession is in the design field and I’m pretty good at craft stuff.  I also think I’m a decent cook, so I figured with those two things going for me, decorating fancy sugar cookies would be right up my alley.  Imagine my…

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Chocolate bark is one of our favorite holiday treats because it’s so easy to make and perfect for gifting (or snacking!) . We recently hosted a holiday contest with  AMERICAN HERITAGE ® Chocolate  to find the best toppings for gourmet chocolate bark and boy did you guys come through!  You submitted hundreds of fantastic ideas and we…

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We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  As per tradition on this lovely Cyber Monday, we’ve got some great deals for you that won’t last long!    O U R   B E S T   B I T E S   S H O P Today we are offering the largest site-wide discount we do all…

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