Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti

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It’s that time of year. Yes, that time of year when my shamelessly large flip flop collection gets tossed to the back of the closet and is replaced with random boots and furry flats scattered about my house. (The flip flops are so much easier to keep organized). Large comfy sweaters become my go to for every day (even when it’s pushing 70 in a bizarre heat wave. Cough today cough.) and I realize I own more hoodies than days in the week. Flannel PJ’s, fluffy scarves, and knee high socks. Oh yes, it’s here. So this weeks diggin on […]

Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts

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There is a way early morning smells that I can’t put into words. It’s clean and damp, fresh and alive. It’s a smell that you only get when its too early for heavy eyelids to be outside and moving about. I smelled it for the first time in a long time the other morning and was brought back to my childhood and fishing trips. Before the sun rises, the boat was hooked to the back of the truck and I was tucked into my seat getting ready for a day on the water with my father (who must have been […]

Bite-Size Cinnamon Pecan Twirls

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While driving home the other night after a few good miles on the bike, Handsome and I were both blinded what we were both certain was a mermaid standing in someones yard. There were sequins and glitter everywhere, so of course it had to be a merfolk and Aquaman was not too far behind. Then as we turned onto our street more garrish dresses and young women trying to walk through yards without sinking their heals in appeared. That reminded me that while beboping around earlier that day a man on the radio said the average cost of prom was […]

Lemon and Parsley Baked Fish

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Every now and then Handsome and I get dressed up and go out for a few drinks and nice meal. I’m sure we’re not the only people who like a little time away from reality to just pretend that we can be on a date and not worry about the stress of life. We don’t go out to places that cost hundreds of dollars, that would just be crazy, but we do go to a few restaurants that my father would have made me dress well for as a little girl. Sad thing is, people don’t ‘dress’ anymore. I look […]

Quick Tortellini Bake with Rose Sauce

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Have you ever been hit on – by a woman? (Ok, gents – that what a rhetorical question). Because it happens to me all the time. I was out to dinner with some friends once having an evening of ridiculously fun conversations and being ourselves. I don’t remember what we were really talking about but movies, politics and the sorts tend to be our normal topics. I know Angelina Jolie was being spoken about at once point or another (yeah, I know she’s not everyone’s favorite – but I love her). Our conversation went on and on and when the […]

Apple and Cinnamon Crumble a Secret Recipe

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It’s that time again! I have made it to my second month of active participation in a ‘club’. It’s called the Secret Recipe Club where you are assigned a secret mission to be a ninja all over someone else’s blog, get to know them, check things out and pick a recipe and let it shine to the world. (Seriously, I would join any club where I got to be a secret ninja). This month I was given Searching for Spice, Corina’s blog about trying new recipes. The site has tons of very diverse recipes and some even inspired by Top […]

Black Bean Brownies – They Can’t All be Winners

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They can’t all be winners, right? As far as recipes go, this one was a failure for me. And frankly, it would be unrealistic to assume everything that comes out of my kitchen is covered in awesomesauce. Truth be told, it’s not. I spend time picking apart even the dishes I get the most compliments on. Jotting down my thoughts and notes in cookbooks, on scraps of paper or here on the computer on how to better the recipe the next time around. I burn chicken, experiment with foods that Handsome pushes around his plate trying to make disappear, and […]

:ding: I’ve Leveled as a Cook

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There are a few things in the culinary world that intimidate me for no logical reason. Bread would have to be in the top 5 if I were to actually sit down and write that list. I don’t know why. I have done a billion cake like breads, but to me, they don’t count. I’m talking yeast and dough and kneading. However, I was determined to overcome this silly fear by taking on my first bread dough with a no knead version (pretty much can’t screw that up right). So after googling and tastespotting – then not reading the recipe […]

I Will Never Be The Next Food Network Star.

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We’ve all danced around our kitchens fantasizing about being the next food network diva (I mean some of them are so boring a log could be more entertaining). Personally, I’m convinced they are missing a market. Sunny is close, as she cooks for herself and friends often entertaining. Brian Boitano would be close too if he were a little younger, as he caters to crowds. The scene food network is missing is the girls who are still in college, not married, don’t have kids, are on the highway to the career of their dreams that want to be the hostest […]