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Almond Coconut Heart Cookies

February 13, 2014

I am loving these sweet little heart cookies. They are light, not too sweet, and have the perfect flavor combination of almond and coconut (a combo that I have also used here and here). The dough is made with almond flour, oat flour, and shredded unsweetened coconut, giving them a delicate texture while also making [...]

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Mango Frozen Yogurt

September 5, 2013

If you had asked me how I liked living in Houston 2 years ago, I would have probably given you a list of reasons why I missed New York. From the culture to the food to my friends, and even the subway (I’m a disaster behind the wheel)—there wasn’t a thing about the city that [...]

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Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs

March 29, 2013

Cheap candy has long been a weakness of mine. Generally speaking, I’m pretty good about not eating processed foods, but packaged candy is one of those foods that I can’t seem to shake. It tempts me at checkout aisles, calls to me at movie theaters, and I can rarely resist it. Peanut butter egg season [...]

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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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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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Roasted Eggplant and Onion Dip

September 5, 2012

I’ve never met a fruit or vegetable that I didn’t like. Unfortunately, not everyone (and I mean everyone I live with) shares this sentiment. I’ve long accepted Andrew’s aversion to raw tomatoes, but when it came to eggplant, I was sure I could make him see the light. Since eggplant season started in July, I’ve [...]

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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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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

August 9, 2012

When I found this recipe, I was intrigued, but didn’t have high expectations. The ingredient list is simple, but curious. Does the base layer, which is full of walnuts and dates, actually taste like a brownie? Will the raw oats in the peanut butter layer be edible? Can chocolate ganache be made with coconut oil? [...]