Tart Cranberry-Cherry Pie

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If one things scares me in the kitchen, it’s dough. We only had pie once a year in my house, one pumpkin and one apple.. All homemade by my father that we would dish out on Thanksgiving day to anyone who would eat them, because we didn’t. That is my whole pie experience  All 26 years of it. When I think pie, I think fruit filled, gooey, warm filled crispy golden crust creations. Key word in there being fruit. Fruit is something I am still not down with. Now cake, cupcakes, cookies, brownies… Yeah, I think I have those covered. But pie? […]

Cranberry M&M Blondies

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It’s amazing how one piece of furniture can inspire a whole lot of change. I have been living in the same house for almost four years and yet it has never been a home. The word home is weird to me. As I don’t pay for the roof over my head, I don’t treat it with the same sense of creativity. Slowly but surely my style is creeping out and I am settling in to this place, making it more then just walls, and learning to like it. The other night we added some decals to our bedroom walls. I know, it’s […]

Open Face Tuna Melt for One

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Being from a store where everyone knows your name (*see yesterdays post), it’s easy to forget sometimes, that when you are out in public, we have clients everywhere. While walking through the market, I get random waves and hello’s, sometimes even long conversations about so-ands-so’s kids or pets. Ordering pizza, a customer of mine may be making or delivering it. Have a question about your Mac? I’ve got clients for that too. We have a lot of weekly regulars that we have grown used to chatting with once a week. When I run into them at the mall (cough working […]

Rosemary Brie Chicken Burgers

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This weekend was that perfect kind of weather that inspired you to get up and go outside, fitting for Earth Day weekend. Did you get your green thumb on, go outside and roll around in the sun (you know, until all that rain on Sunday)? I took Saturday off and enjoyed a little staycation to get the garden prepped and ready for vegetables. Lowes was running a decent sale on starter plants and where we really love shopping at a local garden for all of our supplies, we figured a few to start couldn’t hurt. And lucky me, the load […]

Glazed Cranberry, Lemon & Crystallized Ginger Loaf

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My sister’s big day is almost here. My nails are all pretty, the dresses are hanging, and the rehearsal dinner awaits us tonight. I wish I had some words of wisdom to offer up as her maid of honor. But, I’m the baby sister, this is my first time being a maid of honor annnd simply, I’m not married. But the things I would like to say are Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s not worth it and it’s crazy to go to bed angry at one another over something that doesn’t matter. “You’re right” isn’t one sided. Sometimes you […]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins – Shh, it’s a Secret Recipe

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You know what I smell? Well besides stuffing, turkeys and brisk leaves in the air… I smell a bunch of secret recipes about to be relieved today. That’s right it’s Secret Recipe Club* day  and this month I got to be a stealthy little ninja over at Melissa’s Cuisine. Melissa’s is a newlywed in her early 20’s spending her free time in the kitchen (minus the newlywed part, I toootally get it ). She cooks because she enjoys it and runs to keep it off (wait, did I pick up mountain biking this year?). And she’s got a pup named Champ. We […]

Charcoal-Grilled Pork Loin with Apple-Cranberry Filling

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I’m addicted to paper. Not sure what it is about it but I think I may be the sole reason book stores will never go out of business. I am probably to blame for 32% of the rain forest being depleted and global warming. Trust me I feel horrible about it, but I can’t pass up a new book or magazine. Just the other night, a quick trip to the buy-in-bulk shoppe resulted in 4 new magazines and a new cookbook. Shameful. That all being said, these weren’t gossip magazines or tabloid trash (though the ones about Wolf-boy and alien […]

Uber Magical Cranberry-White Chocolate Cookies

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These cookies have magic powers. Not only are they flat out delicious but they give their baker the power of bravery and will make the person the baker gives them to fall madly in love with them. That’s right, these cookies are dangerous. You’ve been warned. I’ve actually mentioned these cookies long ago in the infancy period of my blogging days, long before I was snapping shots of dinner before we get to sit and enjoy it, so I feel it’s ok to feature these little magic little morsels again. Story time! Long before Handsome and I were aspiring to […]

Hearty Apple Cranberry Loaf

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Let’s talk Iron Chef America. Last night I caught another episode of the new Iron Chef competition and I just don’t like it. I don’t think a reality TV competition brings out the best in anyone nor does it make you an Iron Chef.   Are they making Ming Tsai out to be evil or is it just me? He is probably the most widely known chef on this season and has written some really awesome cookbooks – not to mention previously winning an Emmy for East Meets West. Maybe Chef Tsai really does have an evil streak and will […]