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Peanut Butter Nutella Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble

This Peanut Butter Nutella Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble is incredibly easy to prepare and beyond delicious! It’s the perfect dessert!

A photo of Peanut Butter Nutella Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble.

Peanut Butter Nutella Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble. That’s one heck of a dessert title, isn’t it? This recipe sounds a bit fancy pants, but I promise it’s not. In fact, this is the kind of dessert I wish I’d had in front of me back in college when I was sitting around watching The Simpsons and listening to The Grateful Dead, if you know what I mean. It’s good eats.

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Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Salted Caramel Apple Cake is a perfect fall treat! No stand mixer is required for the cake, which makes it a great option for novice bakers. 

Salted Caramel Apple Cake is a perfect fall treat!

A few weeks ago, I was on a retreat in Columbus with some friends, and we stopped at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. It was insanely good, and I’m excited to see that she’s planning to open up a shop in DC soon. While I was there, I sampled a ton of flavors. One of the standouts for me was the Salty Caramel. It was SO GOOD. I’ve never gone nuts for caramel, salted or otherwise, but ever since having that ice cream I’ve been itching to add it to a dessert recipe. So today I bring you Salted Caramel Apple Cake. It’s tasty.

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Baked Spaghetti Squash with Butter, Parmesan, and Lemon

This baked spaghetti squash with butter, parmesan and lemon is a simple, seasonal side dish! It involves very little hands on time so you can focus on preparing the rest of the meal.

A bowl of Baked Spaghetti Squash with Butter, Parmesan, and Lemon, alongside a block of cheese and half a lemon.

I don’t see myself ever hopping on the “zoodle” bandwagon. Spiralized vegetables are pretty; in school we often used them as a fried garnish over fish. But my brain will never accept them as noodles. I love having zucchini and marinara sauce together… why does the zucchini need to be shaped like pasta? It seems like an unnecessary step, and one more dish to wash.

My brain will also never accept spaghetti squash as a substitute for real spaghetti, but I absolutely love it. It’s like nature’s zoodle. I don’t need to wash a spiralizer after preparing it. Baked spaghetti squash is tender with a slight bite, and it has a mild enough flavor to pair with almost any meal. This is a wonderful side dish to serve with meat, poultry, seafood, casseroles… you name it.

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Quick and Easy Rotisserie Chicken Tacos

If you’re looking for a fast and easy weeknight meal, look no further than these rotisserie chicken tacos! Dinner is served in less than 20 minutes.

If you're looking for a fast, easy weeknight meal, look no further than these rotisserie chicken tacos! Dinner is served in less than 20 minutes.

I’ve written before about my struggles to get dinner on the table some evenings. It’s typically on the days where I’ve been working on dessert recipes. By the time late afternoon rolls around, I’m sick of the kitchen and dishes. I have no doubt our routine would be different if we had kids.

However, since it’s just us, Jeff and I have gotten very good at scrounging together last minute dinners. Rotisserie chicken has come to the rescue on many occasions. It’s reasonably priced, and there are so many dinner variations I can throw together in minutes. These rotisserie chicken tacos are a perfect example.

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How To Make a Perfect Layer Cake: Everything You Need to Know

Layer cakes are wonderful for so many occasions. Wondering how to get started or improve your technique? Learn to prepare the perfect layer cake with these tips and tricks! 

Layer cakes are wonderful for so many occasions. Wondering how to get started or improve your technique? Learn to prepare the perfect layer cake with these tips and tricks! 

Want to up your layer cake game? This post will offer extra guidance to help with my layer cake recipes, as well as many others you’ll find online! I’ll be covering equipment, how to get a perfect slice of cake, storage, and general tips.

For a more in depth look at buttercreams as well as how to troubleshoot meringue buttercream (my frosting of choice), check out my Buttercream Basics post. 

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What Does It Mean When Garlic Sprouts?

What are garlic sprouts? Are they safe to eat? Should they be removed? Let’s take a closer look. 

A photo of garlic sprouts.

When I attended culinary school, my chef instructors were very firm on the rules of the kitchen; there were hardly any grey areas.

A perfect example of this was how to deal with the little green garlic sprouts (also known as garlic germs) that sometimes appear inside cloves. We were told to always remove these because their bitterness would negatively impact the flavor of the dish. I never questioned this; it was simply a fact.

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Mango Salsa

This mango salsa is fantastic served with tortilla chips, but I also love using it as a topping for fish and chicken! It comes together in no time.

A photo of mango salsa in a bowl.

How do you brighten up a dish?

While this is undeniably a summery recipe, I’m always in the mood for a tropical fruit salsa regardless of the time of year. It’s a refreshing snack, and it works so well as an accompaniment to a variety of main courses, brightening things up with sweetness and acidity. I love serving it at parties alongside my favorite guacamole. If I run out of chips, I might eat some with a spoon. Fruit salsa is almost like salad, am I right?

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This Sour Cream Coffee Cake is incredibly soft and moist! It comes together in no time, and is perfect for parties. 

This Sour Cream Coffee Cake is incredibly soft and moist! It comes together in no time. Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

Growing up, there were a few baked goods I didn’t like. More accurately, I thought I disliked them because I had only tasted poorly made versions. Coffee cake is a perfect example. As far as I can remember, the first coffee cake I tried was one of those boxed grocery store varieties with the see-through top. The cloying white glaze was somehow supposed to make up for the fact that the cake itself was so dry it could get stuck in your throat on the way down. SAVE ME, MILK.

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Chorizo Tortilla Casserole

This chorizo tortilla casserole is a wonderful weeknight dinner, and it’s also perfect for dinner parties! Leftovers freeze beautifully.

A photo of cheesy chorizo sausage tortilla casserole.

Since my days consist of cooking, baking and photographing countless recipes, I’m often completely spent by the time dinner rolls around. I’ve reached my limit of dirty dishes and wiping off the counter top. I can’t even look at the oven. For this reason, I love meals I can prepare in bulk and reheat through the rest of the week.

This cheesy chorizo tortilla casserole is everything I want in a weeknight meal; it’s hearty, flavorful, fast, and satisfying. The recipe includes a nice mix of protein and vegetables, but it also pairs well with a simple side salad, especially when I’m not too hungry and just want a little something to avoid the 9pm snack attack.

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Hydrating Face Mist + My Favorite Skincare Part II

This DIY hydrating face mist is refreshing on it’s own or over makeup. Try using it in place of MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ to blend the look of setting powder!

This DIY hydrating face mist is refreshing on it's own or over makeup. Try using it in place of MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ to blend the look of setting powder!

Welcome to Part II of my favorite skincare products! I’ve also included a DIY hydrating face mist. Facial mists are currently all the rage, and I’m seeing them sold on sites like Sephora for upwards of $50.  If you wear makeup, this is a great dupe for Mac Prep + Prime Fix+. It helps blend everything together as a final step for a seamless, non-powdery look. I love bringing it on flights; it’s a drink of water for my face when I’m being blasted with stale, dry air.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading Part I before continuing. The intro is especially relevant to everything below.

To recap: I have dry/dehydrated/sensitive skin with acne rosacea on my chin. I’m focused on anti-aging and having fun at a reasonable price point. In Part I, I reviewed my favorite cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens. Here, we’re diving into the actives and extras, which I divided into a few arbitrary subcategories:

  • Toners, Exfoliants & Essences
  • Vitamin C & Retinoids
  • Serums & Facial Oils

Note: Do NOT use any actives without also wearing sunscreen. Many of these, especially retinoids and chemical exfoliants, make your skin more sensitive to UVA and UVB rays.

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