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Babka (Polish Yeast Cake) with bittersweet Chocolate Chunks

As I sit here and type, I am on vacation in Asheville, where we have had record lows and torrential downpours the past few days, my daughters have both been diagnosed with strep throat and HostGator has been crashing all day which means that people have been unable to access my site. And I am posting with Bundt Bakers today, supposedly by 8 AM EST. Which may or may not happen. So hopefully nothing else will go too wrong while I am typing—KNOCK ON WOOD. [keep reading to whet your appetite]


Hot Dog with Masala Peas and Caramelized Onions

Now give it a moment before you reject the idea. An intensely spiced and slightly sweet mustard seed and tomato curry with peas plays the roll of ketchup and mustard both. A fluffy and warm piece of naan replaces the roll. Caramelized onions sell themselves. It is complex and a little daring. And absolutely delicious. [keep reading to whet your appetite]


S’Mores Bars with M&Ms and Graham Cereal

by Laura on April 12, 2014

S'Mores M&M Bars made with Graham Cereal

Guys! Easter is coming SO LATE this year. And our spring break is always at Easter, which means our spring break is late. Mama needs a break! I know, none of you feel too sorry for me since I was in the Caribbean in January, and I get it, but I have serious spring fever. I need to get out of town! So thank goodness we are finally here, and tomorrow I leave for Asheville, North Carolina. [keep reading to whet your appetite]


Rosemary Mustard Pork Tenderloin and Pasta with Mushrooms and Peas: Review of The Glorious Vegetables of Italy

April 8, 2014

I just could not decide how to deal with this post. It started out at as me wanting to use The Glorious Vegetables of Italy, which the publishers had sent to me to review–and besides, I love Domenica Marchetti and her books so it was not exactly a chore. The recipe I fell in love […]

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Brazilian Inspired Seafood Stew with Potatoes and Mushrooms (Moqueca)

April 4, 2014

I think spring is finally springing. You want to know how I know?

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Andes Mint Slice and Bake Chocolate Cookies: Alex Bakes!: Zulka Sugar

April 1, 2014

Alex and I had so much fun with this post! You know, the older my girls get, the more fun they are in the kitchen (even if it means they are getting more opinionated!). Sammy and I had so much fun with that #PirateFairy Cheddar Cheese Coins post, and for this one Alex and I […]

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West Indian Goat Curry–with Beef

March 30, 2014

Because alas, I just don’t know where to get goat. And I have a freezer full of beef. But I like goat! Just so that is clear. I do not substitute beef out of squeamishness or anything. I believe goat is the most consumed meat on the planet, and that makes total sense to me […]

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Pirate’s Gold Cracker and Cookie Coins: Sammy Bakes! #sponsored

March 27, 2014

When I was picked by BlogHer to participate in Disney’s The Pirate Fairy campaign I was, at first, just kind of overwhelmed. On the one hand, I am totally comfortable with being paid to use this space to spread the word about and generate excitement for the release of Disney’s newest Tinker Bell movie, The Pirate […]

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“Inverted Nachos Casserole” of Beer Braised Black Beans and Mushrooms

March 24, 2014

I am so behind in sharing recipes, guys! We’ve had our spring time change, which means more nice photography opportunities for dinner, and, well, at the risk of sounding immodest I just have not had many duds lately. So the recipes are piling up! 

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