funfetti cake + homemade sprinkles

How could you not want homemade almondy, white cake with floating fireworks of color in each slice?? Needless to say this cake will become a regular in our family’s repertoire—especially since my mom said, “this is the best cake I’ve ever had”…..WOW

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chocolate chip pound cake

Pound cake is a whole different animal than regular birthday cake. For starters, it has a pound of butter in it–oh yeah, that’s why it’s called pound cake. (I didn’t know that for a long time!)

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weeknight sauce

Pasta is one of the easiest and quickest things to make when you’re in a bind for ingredients, and there is always at least one half eaten box of pasta in the pantry. This sauce is inspired by my “inspiration-less” nights when we just need some form of food in our bellies, and I don’t have any creative juices left. This is a meal that’s quick, easy, and simply delicious!

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egg in the basket

For now, I’ve been taking it easy in the cooking department. Easy and quick are my main goals these days! So here is one of my fav breakfasts growing up–just a little fancy because I made my own bread. (seriously the easiest bread in the world…you can make it right now.) Some people call this Egg in a Hole or Toad in a Hole (which I don’t really get the second one) but we call it Egg in the Basket in my house.

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roasted red pepper and tomato sauce + pizza dough + pizza española

When I was young, I remember watching food network daytime shows (not at my house because we didn’t have cable) and writing down recipes as fast as I could during the episodes. There was no DVR or any way to rewind at the time, so if I missed an ingredient, well, I just guessed.

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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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seafood paella

Food is so powerful. We need it to sustain our lives, and it also brings us together, friends, families, and strangers. In my family growing up, we spent most of our time together in the kitchen or around the table with family and friends. When friends came over, we all gathered in the kitchen.

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the ultimate birthday cake

I scoured the internet for chocolate cake recipes. I tore through the pages of The Joy of Cooking. It all sounds rather dramatic, I know. I couldn’t find the perfect chocolate cake that wasn’t just plain chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

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uovo in raviolo

“Now what should I expect to find when I cut into this ravioli?” I would say, “the golden yolk should rush out, swirling into the lush, red sauce.” As he begins to cut, we go to commercial break!!! After the commercial, Chef Ramsey would take a bite and say something like “this is without a doubt [pause] the absolute [long pause] most incredible ravioli I have ever tasted. It’s brilliant!”

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