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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Lemonade Spritzers with Berry Ice Cubes

July 4, 2013
Lemonade Spritzers with Berry Ice Cubes

Last weekend Dan and I flew to Chico, CA for our friends’ Sarah and Lucas’s wedding. The ceremony was beautiful, the reception was amazing (Sarah is a DIY genius), and the BBQ was the best I’ve ever eaten. But, it was a little hot. Like…holy-crap-it’s-110-degrees-are-those-tears-or-are-my-eyeballs-sweating hot. Luckily, Lucas and Sarah are smart, and provided a seemingly endless supply of beverages for their guests. There were chilled bottles of water everywhere, limitless Sierra Nevada beers at the bar, and gallons of self-serve sweet tea and lemonade. Plenty of fluids to hydrate with before and after hitting the dance floor!  (Look at how well my balcony garden is doing!) Through out the wedding, Dan and I guzzled many, many glasses of pretty much anything we could get...

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No-Churn Strawberry Fudge-Swirl Ice Cream

July 3, 2013
No-Churn Strawberry Fudge-Swirl Ice Cream

Guys, it’s really hard to photograph ice cream. It’s not even that hot outside, but my scoops starting melting basically as soon as they hit the bowl. And while goopy, melted ice cream is delicious, that deliciousness doesn’t really translate well visually. Which is why you’re only getting one picture of this fabulous strawberry fudge-swirl ice cream. Can you tell how yummy it is from this picture? Can you taste the smooth, rich fudge on your tongue? Or the tart sweetness of ripe strawberries? No? Well then I guess you’ll just have to try this recipe yourself! Happy 4th of July, everyone!

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Korean BBQ Short Ribs (Kalbi)

June 25, 2013
Korean BBQ Short Ribs (Kalbi)

This post is dedicated to my friend Susan who, after months and months of promising to do guest posts of her family’s favorite Korean dishes, finally just sent me her mom’s Kalbi recipe so that I would stop harassing her while she was neck deep in finals and bar exam prep.  I still want to wrangle a guest post out of her (ahem, Susan are you reading this?), but since I got a delicious family recipe out of the bargain I’ll let it go…for now. I’ve made this dish several times since I got the recipe, and it’s quickly becoming one of our favorite things to eat when we’re in the mood for Asian food. The salty-sweet marinade is tongue-ticklingly delicious, and not only...

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