Guinness Beef Stew

I’d like to introduce you to my newest obsession: Guinness Beef Stew. It’s like beef bourguignon, but instead of using red wine we’re using Guinness! Which means, YES, this is beef cooked in bacon fat and then braised in dark beer and it will probably ruin all other beef for you. This is a stew […]

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Mini Pepperoni Pizzas with Homemade Pizza Sprinkle

Individual Pepperoni Pizzas with Homemade Pizza Sprinkle

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I am EXCITED. I love Valentine’s Day not only for breaking up the monotony of some very bleak and blustery winter months, but also for being a super cute holiday that I think is equally enjoyable for kids and adults. You should know that homemade pizza with […]

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Roasted Pork Loin with Cheesy Spaetzle

Roasted Pork Loin with Cheesy Spaetzle

Pork loin is one of my favorite meats to cook this time of year, not only because I think it is the most underrated of all easily-homecookable meats (and I love me an underdog), but also because it’s the perfect size for two people: Enough to be worth the time and effort required to make […]

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Make-Ahead Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

Make-Ahead Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

Because who has time to peel and chop and boil and mash last-minute during the holidays when you really just want to be spending time with your loved ones and not making yet another dirty dish (or, sink full of dishes) in the kitchen?  Here is an easy, make-ahead mashed potato recipe. There are a […]

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Holiday Party Punch

Cranberry and Ginger Ale Party Punch

Is there anything more festive than a punch bowl full of sparkling holiday punch?? After last week’s boozy sangria, I thought it would be good to also have a kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing, all-purpose punch recipe. This punch is sweet – but not too sweet, fruity from cranberry and pineapple juices, and gets a little bit of […]

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Homemade Flourless Chocolate Cake

If you’ve never had a flourless chocolate cake before, don’t be fooled! It’s not really a cake. There’s no flour! So what you get is more comparable to a truffle, or a really dense, really intensely chocolatey mousse. The only similarity a flourless chocolate cake has to any other type of cake is the shape, […]

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Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

There is a popular cookie tray occupant this time of year that involves melting a Rolo onto a pretzel in the microwave and topping it with an M&M. I once attempted to make a batch of these, believing they were a fool-proof microwavable treat (how easy!). I also was drawn to them because they seemed […]

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Rosé Sangria

We got snowed in last weekend and RAN OUT OF RED WINE. What a predicament. All the comfort food eating and board game playing that heavy snow fall invites just feel so unceremonious without a glass of wine. But! Fortunately I had a couple of bottles of rosé left over from this past summer, AKA […]

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Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Peppermint Bark Popcorn Recipe

Do you love peppermint bark?? Honestly, I find myself forgetting about peppermint bark all of the time because there are just so many good things to eat this time of year. And, as you may have noticed, I tend to have tunnel vision for the more main-event style desserts (like the pies and tarts and […]

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French Apple Tart

Simple Apple Tart Recipe

I had always assumed fruit tarts were hard to make because they look so fancy, until I tried making one and learned that, actually, they’re about as simple as a homemade dessert can get.  The ratio of effort to fanciness here is definitely favorable.  Apple tarts are easier to make than apple pies and – […]

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