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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Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel Corn

October 1, 2013
Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel Corn

I’ve mentioned this before, but I am not a fan of popcorn. Put all the butter and salt on it you want – it still tastes/feels like you’re eating styrofoam. Buttery, salty styrofoam. Pour some caramel sauce on it, though, and you’ve got a whole other story. I don’t know what happens, but sugary syrup + popcorn + oven time = crunchy, sweet magic.  And then there’s chocolate-covered popcorn. Have you ever tried that? If not, you should, ASAP. It’s a little less crunchy than caramel corn, but just as tasty and addicting. Trust me when I say it’s impossible to have just one or two (handfuls…bowls…) of these things. The first time I tasted chocolate covered popcorn was at my friend Amy’s bridal...

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Peanut Butter & Vanilla Ice Cream Brownie Cake

September 15, 2013
Peanut Butter & Vanilla Ice Cream Brownie Cake

So…you may have noticed that there’s been very little activity on the blog lately. Zero activity, actually. For a whole month. Didja miss me? I missed you! Please don’t think I stopped loving you – I’ve just been a little busy lately. Busy and spectacularly unmotivated to cook. Because, you know…I was getting married. It’s amazing how much time wedding planning takes up in the last few weeks leading up to the big day. For a while there it felt like the only thing Dan and I did outside of work was take care of last minute wedding stuff. Did we pay the DJ? Did the photographer know where to go? Where were we going to get 300 cupcakes less than two weeks from the wedding?...

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Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes

July 31, 2013
Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes

There are so many things I want to tell you guys about these cupcakes, but passionate, emotional poetry about food would probably come off a little strange to most readers so all I’m going to say is “YUM”. Maybe even “SUPER YUM”, with a side of “NOM NOM NOM”. If you are a choco-holic, Nutella addict, or Ferrero Rocher lover (or all of the above, like me), you will absolutely adore these cupcakes – ‘cuz, you know, all of those things are in there. Just to be clear, these cupcakes don’t taste exactly like Ferrero Rocher chocolates. They are inspired by the candy, and have components that mimic all the different parts of the candy (i.e., chocolate cupcake, nutella buttercream frosting, chopped hazelnuts and chocolate syrup),...

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Blackberry-Mint Lemonade

July 7, 2013
Blackberry-Mint Lemonade

Weekend in Chico aside, it’s been a very mild summer. Unlike last year, there hasn’t been a single day so far where I’ve felt like it’s too hot to go on living. No 100+ degree days with a billion percent humidity. No relentlessly sunny days without a hint of cloud cover. It’s actually been a pretty rainy summer, which you’d think that’d be a bad thing, but really – all that rain keeps our plants happy, and the rainstorms have been pretty great for heat and pollen management. I’m hoping that this mild summer continues, but Dan tells me that the Cali heatwave is supposed to be moving east soon. Ugh! I hope the rumors are wrong, but if they aren’t I have a...

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