In the world of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, there is a serious debate going on–Team Cake-y and Team Cookie-Like (clearly, these are very scientific names). I’m actually not strongly one team or another, but truthfully, one of the reasons pumpkin cookies so often come out cake-y is just the nature of pumpkin; it adds a…

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I have the softest of soft spots in my heart for pot roast. It’s one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. Every single week while my mom was alive, we had pot roast and baked potatoes on Sunday afternoon. Now that I’m an adult and the default pot roast maker, I love the smell while…

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I love this classic apple pie recipe because it’s simple and timeless, something I imagine grandmas were making 150 years ago. Butter. Apples. Cinnamon. Sugar. Nutmeg. It just takes you back to a different place and time and a happy place at that. Let it cool down for as long as you can stand it…

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Many of you followed along on my Instagram account this past week as I traveled around Ireland with my husband and our oldest son. It was our first time visiting and it was as enchanting as every movie makes it out to be!  We ate at lots of pubs and restaurants and most of them…

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So you guys know I love my homemade yeast breads. Like Breadsticks and French bread and Rosemary Focaccia and Flatbread and all sorts of yeasty goodness. I find making them very fun and satisfying and relaxing (all of which are promptly negated by the very un-fun, un-satisfying, and tension-inducing moment when I take a look…

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I have a confession: I had never had queso at a Mexican restaurant (or anywhere else) until about 5-6 years ago. Sure, there were cheese dips at parties, usually Velveeta-based dips, but I had never had white queso until I went to dinner with some friends and one of them ordered a bowl of it…

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I always hear people say, “I’m not a frosting person.” And while part of me thinks that’s ridiculous, I can understand to a certain extent when so many frosting are sickeningly sweet and heavy- or greasy-feeling. My favorite frosting is the kind that is more like whipped cream. I used to actually fold whipped cream…

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I have to tell you that when I started really cooking, one of the things I was most scared to make was pie crust. I’d only heard how hard it was, how bad tough, non-flaky crust can be, how careful you have to be, all that stuff. And I believed it. Wanna know a secret?…

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Did anyone ever read Bedtime for Frances when you were a kid? Or read it to your kids? I LOVED the Frances books when I was a kid and then they became my favorites again when I was an adult reading to my spawn. In Bedtime for Frances, Frances the badger will not go to bed and…

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We’ve got lots of frosting recipes on this site (most are attached to cakes or cupcakes), but the other day someone asked me for a go-to chocolate frosting and I realized we didn’t have this one in our index.  I love chocolate, and I love fancy chocolate frostings like Swiss Meringue buttercream, Whipped Ganache, or…

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When September rolls around I’m always 100% ready to jump right into Apple recipes.  I love pumpkin and pumpkin spice, but there’s something about Apples in September, when the summer weather is still lingering but things are just starting to turn.  Where I live I’ve been noticing amazing deals on fresh apples so I thought…

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Ah, french fries. The devil’s starchy fingers, as Mrs. Kim calls them. Fortunately for your heart, this recipe is actually healthy–you’re using the whole potato, including the nutritious skins, as well as coating them in some olive oil before baking them rather than deep-frying them. Of course, they’re still salty and, at least at my…

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