sweet corn and ricotta raviolo

It’s a new year, and many people are seeking to “eat green” or cleanse their bodies from holiday indulgences. I think it’s good and  necessary for us to be more conscientious of what we consume; but I think we also need to be realistic and holistic to our approach.  Pasta may not be on the menu […]

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baked brown butter champagne doughnuts

What is music?  “Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound and silence, which exist in time. ” –Wikipedia This is a pretty basic definition but interesting. I’m especially drawn to the words “art form” and “cultural activity.” Music is an artistic expression of sound and silence that is shared across all […]

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ringing in the new year in hope

Marriage is hard. I think it’s even harder for an only child although I have no statistical proof; BUT marriage is mostly a huge blessing. Not because Nathaniel is wonderfully gracious, loving, patient, and kind, (although he is all these things) but because marriage highlights my selfishness and unworthiness.

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cranberry-orange babka

Have you ever seen those Ocean Spray commercials for cranberry juice with the people out standing in the bogs surrounded by floating little red and white berries? Do you wonder if cranberry bogs are as picturesque and fun as they seem?

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classic | apple pie

Today, not only has our apple variety increased, but our apple pie varieties are countless. There are slab pies (yum), hand pies (mmm), fried pies (yummo), deep dish pies (*sigh*)–the list goes on.

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cranberry lime pie

I asked my husband (of Greek and Finnish descent) what food and drinks he thinks of when I say “snow,” and he responded with hot cocoa, gingerbread cookies, apple cider, marzipan, ham, and fish.

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The best brown butter chocolate chip cookies

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, everyone was stirring, even the mouse. Thanksgiving is such a special holiday. It’s a holiday that all Americans celebrate together, it’s a holiday that reminds us of our privileges and our freedoms, and it’s a holiday that encourages us to give and be generous. This one […]

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no-knead garlic bread you need

The loaf is cooked in a Dutch oven, and it creates the most glorious crust. Serve with a big bowl of spaghetti, and I dare you to make it last until the next day.

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basic | challah

Bread is a lovely thing. The smell of yeast frothing, the spattering of flour on the counter…and on the floor and all over yourself…and the satisfaction of watching your dough rise as it fills with air pockets.

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biScotti

I have been in the kitchen alongside both of my parents since I was very young. One of my favorite things to do when I was little was to sit on the floor and use the salad spinner to dry the lettuce. Let’s be real, I still do this. My mom also had me making pie crust at an early age. She says I had the perfect little fingers to make the perfect pea-sized crumbs of shortening and flour.

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