miscellaneous

favor-”ette”: the easiest way to peel a mango

easiest way to peel a mango

August 12th, 2014

You’re doing it wrong. Peeling mangoes, that is. Is it me, or are mangoes one of the more annoying fruits to prep? First, you’ve got that awkwardly shaped, gigantic pit to contend with. And then there’s the peel – I can never seem to find just the right tool to use to get as much […]

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sriracha caramel corn & a giveaway!

vermont maple sriracha caramel corn

August 7th, 2014

So there was this: See – I told you it was going to be a good week! When Jackson sent me a bottle of his new sriracha sauce I knew that I wanted make something sweet as well as savory. Yes it was fabulous in that chicken, but I had a feeling that it would […]

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speculoos (a.k.a., “cookie butter”)

speculoos (a.k.a., "cookie butter")

June 3rd, 2014

So yeah – I’m the last living person to discover cookie butter. Which is odd because it is totally my thing. A sweet, butterscotch-y, non-chocolate-y dip/spread/treat? Where have I been? Clearly NOT on Pinterest (where an infinity number of variations and ways to bake with this stuff lives), OR Trader Joe’s – who apparently has […]

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waffled hash browns

waffled hash browns

May 13th, 2014

Ready for the best lunch of your life? All you need is a potato. And an egg. Oh – and your waffle iron…… Ever a fan of the multi-tasker in my wardrobe, I feel just the same when it comes to kitchen tools and equipment. I avoid, at all costs, “one-note” gadgets (okay, except for […]

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favor-”ette”: apple peel “twigs”

apple peel twigs

November 5th, 2013

Still got apples? Me too. And what’s worse is that Noah will NOT eat an unpeeled apple – in fact, none of my kids would “eat the peels” when they were little. Which results in a lot of discarded peels. So you could imagine my delight upon discovering this genius use of apple peels – from […]

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favor-”ette”: bread and butter

banana bread and strawberry butter

October 29th, 2013

Sometimes an old standby needs an upgrade. Banana bread is a staple in most bakers’ repertoires. Even “non-bakers” typically feel comfortable whipping up a batch. And what better way to use up the inevitable overripe bananas? But I think we can all agree that – on its own – banana bread is a bit….meh. It […]

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favor-”ette”: ginger syrup

homemade ginger syrup

September 24th, 2013

Do I love a good multi-tasker? You know I do. Whether it’s an ankle boot, a ganache recipe or the perfect pair of shorts, I love all things that have multiple uses. And this one is even better, because it’s the leftovers from another recipe. Allow me to present…..ginger syrup! My obsession with candied ginger […]

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favor-”ette”: an empty mustard jar

almost empty mustard jar

May 8th, 2013

Well, almost empty. I actually thought I had shared this with you already – oops! This is a good one – and so easy. If you use jarred mustard, here’s a great tip for getting every last drop out of that little jar. When there’s about one to two teaspoons of mustard left in the jar (you’ll […]

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dairy free: “cheezy” broccoli fritters

dairy free: "cheezy" broccoli fritters

January 29th, 2013

Okay guys- we’re almost at the “dairy-free” finish line and I’m churning out the recipes fast and furiously! Today it’s a savory side dish (or a light meal/vegan entree) that highlights one of the best vegan blogs out there. It’s called Healthy. Happy. Life., and is written and photographed by Kathy Patalsky. I really, really admire […]

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just a pinch: vinegar

pasta with shrimp tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette

November 26th, 2012

So if you thought I knew next to nothing about olive oil….well, I know even less about vinegar. The collection in my pantry has been amassed solely based on whatever my various recipes called for – and it’s about as uninspired as it gets. Red wine, balsamic, apple cider and all-purpose white. Yawn. While I […]

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