The Best Whipped Frosting

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A good cake has a great frosting to match. Because truly, frosting makes the cake. Right? I’m glad that we agree. Now, bear with me here because I’m going to talk science and logistics of perfecting that sweet silky cream. The slight problem I find with many homemade frostings (versus freshly made bakery versions) is…

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Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake with Milk Chocolate Sauce

In my mind, there are two types of desserts: those of a simple, classic nature, and those with such an ooey gooey factor that they deserve a siren and a flashing red light bulb. Both are delicious in their own right. Both keep me up at night. Traditional cookies like chewy sugar and browned butter…

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French Onion Soup

I’ve been to Paris. I spent a week there, traipsing about the Louvre, chicly knotting my knock-off silk scarf and standing up straighter than usual, daintily sipping cafe au lait, and mostly, asking the kindly gentlemen working crepe carts if they would  “please use a heavier hand with the Nutella.” Something is always lost in…

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Vanilla Whoopie Pies with Chocolate Ganache

I’m just going to assume you and I regard chocolate in the same way. You know, that it’s standing on the same threshold as never-ending happiness and two steps above all tangible worldly entities? Good. It’s nice to know we’re on the same page.   It should come as no surprise to you, then, that…

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Homemade Cinna Minis

It may be odd that some of my most vivid, and favorite, memories of childhood involve skipping school. And Burger King. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it; I did. I loved school. But I loved being home more. Or, I loved that skipping school and “feeling sick” often fell on days that Mom was…

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Spinach, Artichoke, and Parmesan Frittata

The other day, I was sitting all by my onesie in the kitchen with nothing of note but two lavender shallots, a bag of wilting spinach, and six egg whites leftover from my yolk-loving eggnog squares. What to do…what to do… I had never made a frittata before. I figured them to be less lovable…

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Homemade Twix Bars

If for some unfortunate reason I should ever be stranded on a desert island and have enough luck to be able to tote three things with me, I can almost certainly assure you at least two of those things would be candy bars. Life vest? Too bulky. Cell phone? Too many dropped calls I bet….

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The Chewiest Molasses Cookies

When I bite into a cookie, I need three things to happen: 1. The cookie must be chewy. 2. It must have a pronounced, close-your-eyes-and-please-God-make-this-moment-last flavor, most preferably of butter, sugar, or chocolate. Perfection if all three flavors are present. 3. My plate must contain two more just like it.   These molasses cookies are…

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Chicken in Creamy Mustard Marsala Sauce

Ahhh to be home. It smells like only home can. Sweet and buttery, like Eau de Paula Deen, I imagine. It feels familiar, comfortable, and nostalgic. The floorboards sigh and squeal at just the same coordinates they did as I used to tip-toe in at 1am. My adolescent face is gracing just about every wallspace….

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Eggnog Squares

Yesterday I woke up in Seattle, and today I opened my eyes in my sweet and sleepy little hometown in Massachusetts. And as I laid there for a good ten, okay forty, minutes before setting foot on that familiar, icy oak floor, before even considering what butter-fried breakfast my mother could be lovingly plating, I…

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