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Challah Buns and Challah Rolls

Challah Buns and Challah Rolls

These challah buns and challah rolls were last week’s bake for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge (Week 39: Buns or biscuits). They’re an adaptation of my orange raisin challah recipe (itself an adaptation from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice). They’re great for 

Chocolate Rugelach

Chocolate Rugelach

These chocolate rugelach are a marriage of a cream cheese pastry wrapped around a rich, dark chocolate and orange filling. They aren’t the rugelach of my childhood. Those were filled with cinnamon sugar, raisins, and walnuts. But they will be the rugelach that kiddo remembers 

Garbanzo Bean Soup

Garbanzo Bean Soup

This garbanzo bean soup is inspired by the classic Italian chickpea soup called pasta e ceci. It’s a hearty one pot vegetarian soup for fall or winter.

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Cookie Decorating with Kiddo

Cookie Decorating with Kiddo

These crayon cookies were my bake for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge (Week 38 Decoration Challenge: Royal Icing or Fancy Glaze). It was the first time we made royal icing for cooking decorating with kiddo.

Mango Pico de Gallo Recipe

Mango Pico de Gallo Recipe

Pico de gallo (salsa fresca, or salsa mexicana according to Diana Kennedy’s The Art of Mexican Cooking) is a classic tomato and onion relish served throughout Mexico. Ripe mango is included here to add color and sweetness to this mango pico de gallo recipe.

Dehydrating Cherry Tomatoes

Dehydrating Cherry Tomatoes

Seattle had our first fall rain and windstorm this weekend, so we harvested everything from a volunteer tomato plant growing by the side of the driveway. We might be eating cherry tomatoes at every meal for a while, but dehydrating cherry tomatoes is one way we’ll preserve the last bit of summer.

two bowls filled with cherry tomatoes
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Salted Caramel Chip Chocolate Cookies

Salted Caramel Chip Chocolate Cookies

These salted caramel chip chocolate cookies were baked for the reddit 52 week baking challenge (Week 37: Sweet and salty). They combine soft and fudgy sweetness with salty caramel chips and a sprinkling of flaky seat salt on top. If you like brownie-like chocolate cookies 

A Pink Sauce Pasta Recipe with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes

A Pink Sauce Pasta Recipe with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes

This pink sauce pasta recipe is, at its heart, a tomato cream sauce. It’s also similar to the Knorr Parma Rosa sauce mix, for those of you looking for a full-flavor, homemade knock-off.

Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookie Bars

Call them chocolate chip marshmallow cookie bars. Call them s’mores bars. Either way, I promise that the combination of graham crackers, melted chocolate, and gooey marshmallows in these bars will bring back your fond campfire memories. All without the smoke.

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Oatmeal Blackberry Muffins

Oatmeal Blackberry Muffins

These oatmeal blackberry muffins are soft and moist, with big chunks of fresh blackberries and a cupful of cooked oatmeal that make them seem almost, well, healthy. Enjoy them for breakfast or a snack with only the tiniest bit of guilt.

Fried Patty Pan Squash Patties

Fried Patty Pan Squash Patties

Squash patties. Those of you with a vegetable garden know that late summer brings a bounty of summer crops. Perfect tomatoes. Maybe some beans. A pepper or two. And squash. So. Much. Squash. Every year I make a list of recipes to use up all 

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Twists

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Twists

Puff pastry cinnamon twists are a quick and buttery sweet treat to make when you already have puff pastry in your freezer.

No puff pastry in your freezer? No worries. I’ve got you covered.

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A Sweet Corn Soup Recipe with Bacon and Potatoes

A Sweet Corn Soup Recipe with Bacon and Potatoes

This sweet corn soup recipe is an ode to the end of summer. A time to revel in the bounty of the harvest and enjoy the last few warm days and nights. This corn soup is for those nights.

Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe

Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe

This cranberry chicken salad is a Thanksgiving-inspired way to use up leftover chicken using things you probably already have in your refrigerator and pantry. No one will fault you, of course, if you cook chicken specifically to make this chicken salad recipe.

Nutella Waffles

Nutella Waffles

Do Nutella waffles really need an explanation? Especially if they’re topped with maple syrup, banana slices, and an extra spoonful of Nutella?

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A Gin Espresso Martini Recipe

A Gin Espresso Martini Recipe

This gin espresso martini combines gin, espresso, and coffee liqueur to give you a cocktail that’s also a pick-me-up. It’s a variation on the classic espresso martini with gin instead of vodka. And it’s my coffee counterpart to “The Lady Bridgerton” cocktail, which combines Empress 

Spinach and Feta Muffins

Spinach and Feta Muffins

These spinach and feta muffins are beautifully moist, balanced with salty and rich flavors, and packed with greens. It’s a great savory bake for those of you with picky eaters in your home.

A Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

A Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

This is not only a peanut butter Rice Krispie treats recipe. It’s a peanut butter Rice Krispie treats recipe made with homemade marshmallows and rainbow chip crunch sprinkles.

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Juniper Lime Drizzle Cake (aka Why Did My Cake Fall?)

Juniper Lime Drizzle Cake (aka Why Did My Cake Fall?)

Warning: while there may be a recipe for a juniper lime drizzle cake included with this post, I can’t recommend that you make it. You see, I created this loaf cake with dried juniper berries for the reddit 52 week baking challenge (Week 31: unusual 

Peanut Butter Manhattan (A Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey Recipe)

Peanut Butter Manhattan (A Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey Recipe)

This peanut butter manhattan may not be the first Skrewball peanut butter whiskey recipe you try. But it’s one you’ll make again and again.

Peach and Burrata Caprese Salad

Peach and Burrata Caprese Salad

This peach and burrata Caprese salad is a great example to show you that food doesn’t have to be fussy to be delicious. It may be simple. But those perfectly ripe peaches and tomatoes give off an aroma that screams out “Summertime!”

And the rich, creaminess of the burrata doesn’t hurt.

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A Summer Raspberry Cake Recipe

A Summer Raspberry Cake Recipe

Because everyone needs a summer raspberry cake recipe.

BBQ Quinoa and Pinto Bean Burgers

BBQ Quinoa and Pinto Bean Burgers

These BBQ quinoa and pinto bean burgers are everything you might want in a bean burger. They are packed full of flavor from the barbecue sauce, garlic, green onions, and cheese. And they’re sturdy enough to hold all the toppings you might want. No mushy 

An Ooni Pizza Dough Recipe and the Ooni Learning Curve

An Ooni Pizza Dough Recipe and the Ooni Learning Curve

I finally have an Ooni pizza dough recipe that is both reliably easy to work with and tasty. And I think we may also have the Ooni pizza oven figured out.

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Jalapeño Raspberry Bramble

Jalapeño Raspberry Bramble

This jalapeño raspberry Bramble is a spicy twist on yet another classic gin cocktail. It’s made for sipping alongside your favorite Mexican meal or other spicy food. The original blackberry Bramble is a modern cocktail created by Dick Bradsell made with a dry gin, lemon