Minestrone

Minestrone

Now that my husband and I live in Southern California, the weather here seldom calls for a bowl of hot, hearty soup. But in our first few love nests in Boston, soup was a regular supper on the cold (and I mean cold) winter...

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

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 If ever I were to succumb to death by chocolate, I would want it to be from these cupcakes. Keep your brownies, biscotti, cookies and cakes. These cupcakes will be waiting for me in heaven… I just know it. But instead of death, let’s talk...

Crème Brûlée

Creme Brulee

You make plans and life laughs. That seems to be the motto for the way things have gone in the past two weeks: My husband and I planned to stay with his family in New Jersey for just five days of the holiday, but...

Snowed In

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1/1 UPDATE: Happy New Year! We’re still in New Jersey and spent last night and today medicating colds with DayQuil, chicken noodle soup, comfy pajamas and movies. However, we’re homebound on Monday and looking forward to it. A belated celebration with friends is planned for soon – noisemakers, champagne and lots...

Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Happy holidays, dear readers. I hope you have had a relatively calm and organized season so far, as I have, and have taken a moment between the list-making and cookie-baking to feel thankful for all that you have and all you have accomplished this...

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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 Pure vanilla extract from the store can be pricey staple if you use it as often as I do. Luckily, though, there is a great alternative to spending a lot of money or reverting to imitation extract. It’s called homemade! And it’s easy to...

Turkey Chili

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Last week, my husband and I made our first-ever roasted turkey. The meat was tender and juicy, the skin delicate and crisp. It was perfect! But then, after we cleaned our plates and the kitchen mess, there was a problem. WHAT were we going to...

Spicy Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

Roasted Almonds

The holidays allow plenty of opportunities to get creative with delicious dinners, decadent desserts and stunning sides. But, sometimes we all forget that the little bites you set out before the main course are just as important. These cinnamon roasted almonds with a touch...

Easy Roasted Turkey

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Ever go to Target for batteries and greeting cards, and come away with something entirely different? In my case, yes. All the time. Very rarely, though, is it a 12-pound turkey for just 68¢ per pound. Can you say bargain? Thawing, dressing, roasting, basting and carving...

Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Ginger Beef Stir Fry

The posts may be plentiful around here, but truthfully, I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut lately. This time of year, I can’t get enough of soups, pot pies, pasta and roasts for dinner, but though my husband would disagree, most of...