Shiitake Miso Soup with Silken Tofu


Shiitake Miso Soup

I have a habit of inviting people over for dinner, but then making them wait over an hour to eat while I prepare it. I’m imagining all of my hungry friends shaking their heads yes in unison. One day I’ll get the timing right (as in, I’ll stop waiting until my friends arrive to begin making the soup broth), but for now I’m just happy enough that I’m at a place in my life where I’ve got a full set of matching dishes to serve a table of four.

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Your Favorite 14 Recipes from 2014


Favorite Recipes of 2014

With 2015 barreling its way in, I’m freaking out just a tad. With the new year, comes my very last semester of graduate school (yay!). Except that means: only one more semester to finish up this dissertation, get it signed off, and find a job.

“Welcome to the real world, Sarah.” – 2015

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Pistachio Basil Ricotta Spread with Honey


Pistachio Basil Ricotta Spread with Honey

There’s an insane amount of cheese in our fridge right now (best problem to have). Last week Lucas came home with teeny tiny half-wheel of fancy cheese and a box of crackers he’d picked up at the market on his way home from work. In our marriage, this gesture is the equivalent of bringing flowers and it’s a sure way to win my heart. Except after the few indulgent bites it took to finish it off, I immediately complained about the single serving-size of cheese he’d teased me with and we had to make an emergency trip for more cheese. He’d awoken the dormant cheeseaholic inside of me. You don’t want to see what will happen if you try taking this pistachio basil ricotta spread away from me.

While y’all are gaining your holiday weight in baked goods, I’m over here putting 10lbs of cheese straight to my hips.

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Iced Gingerbread Men and Ginger Cats {Gluten-free}


Gluten-Free Iced Gingerbread Men

Back in college, I showed up to a holiday party at my then-boyfriend’s mom’s house with a plate of gingerbread cookies. Except, at the time, I only owned one cookie cutter: a hippo. I showed up with 4 dozen iced gingerbread hippopotamuses. For Christmas that year, his mom and grandma independently mailed me cookie cutters. Apparently they didn’t find my gingerbread hippos festive enough (I beg to differ).

I made these Gluten-Free Iced Gingerbread Men for the last day of Rodelle’s 10 days of Cookies and for old time’s sake, threw in a couple of gingerbread hippos for extra merriment. And then because I couldn’t resist using my absurdly large collection of cat cookies cutters, half the batch turned into icing-striped Ginger Cats. Mmmrrooow.

Alternative title: Ginger Cats – An Ode to Arti.

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DIY Gift: Mom’s Chocolate Almond English Toffee


DIY Gift: Chocolate Almond English Toffee

Chocolate Almond English Toffee

Back when I was first getting into cooking, my aunt gave me a board game for foodies. Imagine Cranium except every category has to do with food. One card category involves listing out ingredients one by one while the other team guesses what dish they make up. Now that I cook more often, I’m pretty sure none of these ingredient lists would make an edible dish. Plus, a disproportionate of the cards begin with 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. Whatever you’re making – start with half a container of mayonnaise. No thank you.

Find a recipe that starts with 2 sticks of butter, however, and I’m certain it’s something fantastic. Basically: “this recipe starts with two bricks of gold.” That’s exactly how my mom’s almond English toffee recipe starts and it’s the stuff my dreams are made of.

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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The first time I made these flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, I squished a scoop of ice cream between them to make homemade peanut butter caramel ice cream sandwiches for my BFF’s birthday. I invited him over without a “wear stretchy pants” warning and force-fed him a four course dessert menu for dinner: lemon meringue s’mores, pumpkin cheesecake mousse, pumpkin spice muffins, and, for the final course, a peanut butter caramel ice cream sandwich (plus 8 more sandwiches wrapped up to go).

For future reference, an invitation to my house comes with an implied “wear stretchy pants” warning, k?

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DIY Gift: Moroccan Spiced Pepitas


Moroccan Spiced Pepitas Gift

My mom texted me last week to brag that she Santa’s got all of his stocking stuffers wrapped. Tonight she posted pictures of homemade sugar cookies with neon icing on Facebook. Overachiever.

Even though I’ve been daydreaming with The Kitchen Lover’s Gift Guide I posted earlier this week, in reality I’ve done no holiday shopping yet this year. And absolutely no baking since Thanksgiving – unless you count these healthy nutella truffles, which you shouldn’t because they don’t actually require an oven. I have about a week left to get my butt in gear or else…can I bring a bag of these Moroccan Spiced Pepitas to our annual family white elephant gift exchange? Someone brought homemade peach moonshine last year, so I think it’s probably a safe choice.

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The Kitchen Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide {under $100}


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Happy Holidays, lovelies! Are you celebrating with Christmas lights, snow, hot cocoa, and so much baking? I’m not quite there yet – I’m still hibernating while writing my dissertation like crazy this week. Did you ever pull an all nighter to get a paper done in college? Well I’m basically doing that, but for a week straight. And it feels productive. This is probably the only time in my life you’ll hear me say the words, “I wish I had a dining hall meal plan again.” Except now that I’m older, I’d like the food to be fancier (read: more edible). I know that’s what normal people call ‘dining out’, but I don’t want to have to get out of my jammies to get food.

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