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Chocolate Covered Almond Pralines

October 31, 2012

Instead of overindulging in store-bought candy this year (Reese’s and Snickers are my weaknesses), I made a batch of these Chocolate Covered Almond Pralines to satisfy my sweet tooth. This is a Halloween treat for grown ups to say the least. Almonds coated in caramelized sugar, covered in chocolate, and dusted with cocoa powder are [...]

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Fresh Pumpkin Puree

October 25, 2012

After unsuccessfully trying to find a place to go apple picking last weekend, I decided that pumpkin picking was the next best thing. When we got to the farm, the farm stand was full of pumpkins and the orchard’s trees were filled with persimmons and unripe citrus. It was a beautiful overcast afternoon and even [...]

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Homemade Apple Cider

October 9, 2012

The bags are unpacked, the laundry is done, and the pictures from our cameras have been uploaded to our computers. Vacation is officially over. Andrew and I have spent the last 10 days seeing as much of Peru as we could fit in. The trip was a great adventure and I can’t wait to share [...]

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Homemade Wheat Crackers

September 19, 2012

I took a quick trip to Chicago last weekend to reunite with some good girlfriends of mine. I spent a good 48 hours overindulging in gossip, food, and drink. So the last thing I wanted to do this week after I got back was to make or eat anything too unhealthy. Homemade wheat crackers were [...]

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Vanilla Sugar

September 11, 2012

I can’t think of a simpler way to make plain old sugar feel like a total luxury. Vanilla beans have a way of elevating things and a simple vanilla bean placed in a jar of sugar does wonders. Not only does the sugar get infused with vanilla flavor, but also anything you make with it [...]

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Simple Flatbread

August 30, 2012

The first time I used yeast, I accidently killed it. The cinnamon roll muffins that I was attempting to make turned out more like cinnamon roll hockey pucks. I called my little sister to complain and she told me that the water I dissolved the yeast in was probably too hot, thus killing the yeast. [...]

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August 14, 2012

When I first moved to Houston last summer, all anyone talked about was the heat. The area was in a drought and it was the worst summer Houston had experienced in years (or so I’ve been told). This summer has been milder and more bearable, but very hot nonetheless. Besides summer dresses and air conditioning, [...]

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Cherry Pie Filling

August 4, 2012

Cherries are one of my favorite summer fruits. They always seem like an indulgence, partly because cherry season is so short and partly because they are often on the pricier side. When I buy them at a premium, I buy a small batch and eat them fresh. When the price drops though, it’s a whole [...]

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

June 22, 2012

Even though I’m calling this “Vegan Chocolate Cake,” it should really be called “Chocolate Cake (That’s Surprisingly Vegan).” When it comes to vegan baking, I find it best to withhold the “vegan” part from Andrew until he has had time to taste and praise it. He loved the cake and after I told him that [...]

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Pineapple Apple Mint Juice

May 21, 2012

I make fresh juices regularly and this Pineapple Apple Mint Juice is one of my favorites. I first fell in love with it when I had BluePrint Cleanse’s version. It is so good that I had to recreate it at home. The combination of pineapple, apple, and mint is light, refreshing, and perfect for summer. [...]