Homemade Pretzels

October has been one gross and sweaty month; thanks Tennessee, I guess we are skipping Fall this year.  Even though last week’s temps creeped towards 90°F with 92% humidity, we can still crank up the a/c, put on a turtleneck and make Fall food!  These homemade pretzels will knock the socks off of anyone’s Oktoberfest …

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Kindred’s Milk Bread Rolls

I first heard about Kindred’s milk bread rolls from my sweet girlfriend who lives near the restaurant in North Carolina.  These milk bread rolls are ginormous and served before your meal at the restaurant  “Pully-aparty”, golden brown and crusty on the outside, yet soft and flaky inside; if you start eating them, chances are (I’m …

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My Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe

The most important thing I’m learning as a new mom is that a routine is the key to a happy toddler, and therefore a happy household.  Trust me when I write, if your toddler is unhappy, EVERYONE is unhappy!  A favorite routine from my childhood was Pizza Night; without fail, my amazing, beautiful mother made her …

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Challah Bread

My sweet mother-in-law recently treated me to Molly Yeh’s cookbook, and I have to report, my first attempts at her pizza dough (which is actually Jim Lahey’s pizza dough) and challah bread have both been complete successes!  I’ve never before tried to make challah bread because it looked too complex.  When I saw that the recipe was also in …

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Irish Cream Shortbread

In honor of all things Patrick-y (saintly or not) and my sissy’s birthday, I’ve baked my first ever shortbread, and man, is it every buttery and flaky!  I’ve only ever had the shortbread that comes in the red plaid box and of course this recipe for homemade shortbread cannot even compare.  It’s the perfect after-lunch-with-a-cuppa-coffee-or-tea treat! …

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Chocolate Soufflé

Into every healthy diet a little chocolate must fall.  Chocolate soufflé is the perfect homemade Valentine’s gift that screams I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I MADE YOU A CHOCOLATE CLOUD!  Trust me, this is one gift that will be appreciated.  Making a soufflé is not difficult (I swear), it’s just a little time-consuming and fast-moving.   I …

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Turkey meatballs with Zoodles and Noodles

If the month of March’s slogan is, “comes in like a Lion”,  I think January’s slogan should be, “comes in like a slap”!  Let’s face it, we just finished almost two straight months of gluttony; Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving leftovers, Christmas cookies, multiple holiday parties and feasts (more leftovers) and don’t forget something lavish for NYE, too!  Now all of a …

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Khoresh Karafs

Let me disclaim: I am an American self-taught home cook (not an old Persian lady) and this is my quick version of a tasty khoresh. What is Khoresh, you ask?  Khoresh is the Persian equivalent to a French braise.  Persian cooking is complex, typically with a lot of exotic ingredients, but I’ve found Khoresh Karafs to …

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Porky Rice Bowls

I feel like we have just gotten into the swing of all this heat and suddenly the temps are (sort of) dropping, the days are getting shorter and Baby P is this new upwardly mobile, vocal little human.  I feel like we have eaten a lot of awesome things this summer that I was lax on posting about, because, well, LIFE.  This refreshing, …

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banana muffin mini-bundts

This banana muffin mini-bundt post almost didn’t happen today… almost.  I always post a recipe in honor of my sister’s birthday, which happens to fall on St. Patrick’s day.  These banana bundts have nothing to do with St. Patrick’s day other than if my sister were here, I’d have made them for her for breakfast. …

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