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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Thanksgiving Brined Turkey

Let’s pretend, if you will, that you invited me over for Thanksgiving supper. This would mean that you have an extra place setting  at your dinner table. It would also mean that you condone a guest guzzling gravy directly from its porcelain boat, cranberry sauce fingerprints on your collectibles, and that you’re willing to risk…

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Individual Pumpkin Spice Cheesecakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

I should have mentioned it sooner, but, I have a thing with individual-sized desserts. And by thing I mean fixation. And by fixation I mean please call Dr. Drew and his addiction medicine specialist team. And if he’s not available, just come over to my house. I’ll be that thing on the floor in the…

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Cranberry Corn Muffiins with Sweet Milk Drizzle

Someone get a pen and paper. Scratch that. Get a good solid slab of stone, find a chisel, and carve away: Cornbread and sweetened condensed milk are in love. Plain and simple. Yesterday, before I came to this discovery, I thought to myself, ‘you know, cornbread is a near perfect food.’ It’s fusion, really. A…

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Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I don’t claim to be an expert on many things. In fact, only three things come to mind when I think of mastery. The first: peanut butter and fluff sandwiches. The second: The View. The third: cake. I, myself, am not even on that list. And because I’m feeling generous, I’ll spare you the etymology…

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Flashback: In the past year, I’ve lived in four states. Before moving to Seattle, I was working in the art department of film production for three years. Shuffling from Boston to Philadelphia to Hamden, Connecticut. In the film world, as well as in television, there’s a magical land on set that everyone prizes above all…

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Cranberry Walnut Pie

cranberry walnut pie

I’m from New England. That means that I’m slightly cynical, a little rushed, and if you bite me, I taste like fall. For thirteen autumns, my mom has baked this pie. Officially, I think it’s “Nantucket Pie.” But because we’re so God blessed creative, we’ve always lovingly called it Cranberry Walnut Pie. The first fall…

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