Classic Thumbprint Cookies, Revisited

December 17, 2013
Classic Thumbprint Cookies, Revisited

It’s almost Christmas, which can only mean one thing – time to make a billion cookies. Sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, peppermint cookies, hot cocoa cookies…so many cookies to choose from, so little time to cram them into my mouth. Nom nom nom, cookie cookie cookie. In my family, the only type of cookie that matters this time of year is thumbprint cookies with strawberry jam. Not raspberry, not blackberry, not (shudder) orange or apricot – STRAWBERRY. Cuz, you know, strawberry jam is red, and red is festive (raspberry jam is also red, but it’s not as delicious so why bother?). Our holiday devotion to these jammy thumbprints is so rabid that everyone expects to see these cookies at our family’s annual Christmas party. I don’t even...

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Charlene’s Red Velvet Cupcakes

December 15, 2013
Charlene’s Red Velvet Cupcakes

The first time I made red velvet cake was in back in law school, around the time I started this blog. It was my friend Jill’s birthday, and red velvet was her favorite, so I decided to surprise her with a homemade birthday cake. I hadn’t made a lot of non-box mix cakes at that point, but I figured it couldn’t be too hard. After all, red velvet cake was basically just chocolate cake with a ton of red food coloring, right? Wrong. So very wrong. The cake was a disaster. I used a basic chocolate cake recipe, which would have been fine, but I really wanted a gorgeous red cake so I kept adding more and more food coloring to the batter. As it...

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Sauteed Garlic Bacon Brussel Sprouts

December 13, 2013
Sauteed Garlic Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Can we all just take a minute to process the fact that brussel sprouts grow on stalks? Like, big, thick branches covered with fat little sprout bulbs! Did you know that? I definitely did not. I sort of always assumed that the brussel sprouts I saw in the grocery store just….grew out of the ground that way. You know, like teeny tiny baby cabbages. So when I saw big, crazy branches of sprouts at Trader Joe’s around Thanksgiving, I was all OMGAWWWW WHAT IS THATTTTT. And then of course I had to buy one, just to see if branch sprouts tasted any different than loose sprouts. (They did not.) Dan was, unsurprisingly, not pumped when I came home with a giant stalk of brussel sprouts....

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OREO Cookie Ball Snowmen

December 8, 2013
OREO Cookie Ball Snowmen

A few weeks ago Yummly asked me if I wanted to be part of their OREO holiday campaign. To participate, all I had to do was come up with a fun, festive treat using Oreo’s classic cookie ball recipe. I was immediately on board because (1) I love OREOs, and (2) what’s not to love about crushed chocolate cookies mixed with cream cheese and dipped in chocolate? Plus, I’d been toying with the idea of making snowmen out of cake balls for a holiday post, and cookie balls aren’t really all that different. Same basic concept, equally delicious. As it turns out, I haven’t made truffles or cake balls or anything involving dipping/coating things in a long time, and I forgot that…I kind of...

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Stove Top Chili Bread Boats

November 17, 2013
Stove Top Chili Bread Boats

Dan’s lunchtime eating habits are laughably predictable. Tell me what day of the week it is, and I’ll know exactly what he’s having for lunch. Monday? Buffalo chicken wings from a place near his office with 10 cent wings on Mondays. Tuesday? Chili. Wednesday? Chili. Thursday? Chili again. Friday? If you were thinking chili, you’d be wrong – Fridays are for Mexican food. Obviously. But yeah…Dan likes chili. A lot. It’s actually one of the few things I make that he enjoys the leftovers of. One giant crock pot full of chili = a week of happy Dan. But, that takes kind of a long time to cook, and I don’t make it often during the week. So when he was craving chili for...

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Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken

November 11, 2013
Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken

You know that scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary when she’s sad-drinking alone in her apartment and starts scrounging around her fridge because she’s hungry from all the drinking and all that’s in there is a moldy block of cheese? That has been my life for the past few weeks, minus the drinking.  For no particular reason, grocery shopping just sort of…slipped our minds lately, so our fridge has been in a rare and depressing state of emptiness. I’ve been in constant fear of people asking me what we’re having for dinner because I know they’ll judge me if I tell them that we’re probably just going to eat cheese and crackers and/or Doritos…again. WHATEVER, OK? JUST BECAUSE I HAVE A FOOD BLOG DOESN’T MEAN I...

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Apple Pie Mummy Slices

October 30, 2013
Apple Pie Mummy Slices

Continuing my tradition of making adorable, spooktacular Halloween treats, I present you…apple pie mummy slices. Yup. Apple slices seasoned with sugar and cinnamon, then individually wrapped with thin strips of pie crust. So cute, so delicious, and so easy to eat. Seriously, these things are two, maybe three bites at most – you eat one, reach for another, and the next thing you know the whole plate is gone. If you like apple pie, these are the treats for you. And, these mummified pie slices are incredibly easy to make, especially if you use pre-made pie crust. A little tedious, since you have to slice the pie crust into thin strips and then individually wrap each piece of apple, but definitely not hard. In fact,...

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Pepperoni Pizza Pretzel Hand Pies….and a GIVEAWAY! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

October 21, 2013
Pepperoni Pizza Pretzel Hand Pies….and a GIVEAWAY! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

I’ve said this before, but…I suck at homemade bread recipes. Or, more accurately, I suck at recipes that involve yeast. Some people have a black thumb when it comes to plants, I have black hands when it comes to yeast. My dough never rises nearly as much as it ought to, and I always, always over-knead everything, so my breads inevitably come out dense and heavy. No light, fluffy loaves or buns over here, folks. Never. Not once. OK, maybe once – the first time I made monkey bread from scratch the dough was perfect, but that sight has rarely been seen in my kitchen since. Which is really tragic and depressing, because we love bread, and it would be nice not to have...

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Brownie Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

October 16, 2013
Brownie Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

This may come as a surprise for those of you who know me but…I was productive last weekend. How productive? Super productive. Thanks in large part to the efforts and encouragement my mother-in-law, Dan and I finally painted all the rooms in our condo, cleaned everything, organized the pantry, took a crap load of old stuff to Good Will, and bought some much needed furniture and shelving. And, there are actual pictures on the walls now! The place looks so good, y’all. High fives all around! And did I mention I also baked a whole bunch of cookies for a work-birthday? Yup. While Dan took a break from cleaning/picture hanging to go play hockey, I watched reruns of Big Bang Theory and baked soft, chewy brownie...

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Roasted Potato Bites with Brie & Mushrooms

October 8, 2013
Roasted Potato Bites with Brie & Mushrooms

Things I’m currently obsessed with, in no particular order: white and purple nail polishes, this sweater from Nordstrom (I may or may not own it in 3 colors…shhh, don’t tell Dan), cinnamon almonds, chocolate covered caramel corn, wedge booties, the Black Jewels trilogy, my new iPhone case that looks like a wallet, and Trader Joe’s Triple Cream Brie with Wild Mushroom. Yes. I’m into a lot of things right now. I wouldn’t necessarily be able to pick one single thing on that list that I absolutely couldn’t give up, but that brie…it would be a tough call. Have you ever had it? So good. I discovered it at Trader Joe’s earlier in the year and loved it so much that I started buying (and devouring) a wedge pretty much every...

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