Cardamom Vanilla Bean Toasted Coconut Shortbread + My 24 Hour Digital Detox

These Cardamom Vanilla Bean Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookies are a fragrant mix of flavors and textures. When I was 4 years old, MTV debuted Video Killed The Radio Star on our bulky television screen. I grew up staring at machines. We think of RIGHT NOW as the internet age, but computers fascinated me even before we had smartphones and constant information at our fingertips. I played King’s Quest 4 and Maniac Mansion on our Apple IIGS. Prodigy, AOL discs (and

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Bittersweet Brownies with Matcha Frosting + The Stigma of Bipolar Disorder

An easy recipe for Bittersweet Brownies with Matcha Frosting + a discussion on the stigma associated with bipolar disorder. “Never give someone a reason not to hire you” – a well-meaning friend.  Frozen. How many times have I used that word to describe myself in the past few months? I’ve lost count. I said it when I wrote a post discussing how sad I am about the state of things in the US right now. I turned off commenting on that post because

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Chocolate Layer Cake with Macerated Strawberries

You’re going to love this decadent chocolate cake with macerated strawberries! Talk about a special treat for your next dinner party. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! California Strawberries asked me to created a classic, decadent chocolate layer cake that was bursting with fresh berries. How could I say no to that? If you’re looking for a showstopper, look no further. This cake isn’t just perfect for February 14th. It’s perfect all year round for chocolate and strawberry lovers.

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Apple Hand Pies with Rosemary Thyme Crust

These apple hand pies have a delicate crust seasoned with fresh rosemary and thyme. They’re a fragrant treat that will make your kitchen smell amazing! I think hand pies are a great recipe for novice bakers who feel intimidated by homemade dough. It’s an opportunity to get a feel for working with the dough while treating it a bit more like a large cookie. A large cookie with tasty pie filling. Plus, who doesn’t love a good single serving dessert?

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Vanilla Mascarpone Stuffed Strawberries

Vanilla Mascarpone Stuffed Strawberries are an easy-to-prepare, light dessert that your guests will adore! Holiday parties are always a bit of a mad dash, aren’t they? Sometimes I’m a big fan of over-the-top, elegant desserts, but at a certain point in the holiday season I just want to keep things as simple as possible. And there’s nothing wrong with that; the holidays are about celebrating time with our loved ones and being thankful for what we have. Not rushing around the

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Gingerbread Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

You NEED these Gingerbread Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches sandwiches from Alanna Taylor-Tobin’s new cookbook, Alternative Baker! These gingerbread pumpkin ice cream sandwiches are spectacular. And I can say that without sounding self-congratulatory, because this is not my recipe. It comes from the kitchen of Alanna Taylor-Tobin, author of the new cookbook Alternative Baker, and all around fabulous gal.

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Banana Peanut Butter Layer Cake with Chocolate Ganache + A Gourmet Kitchen Giveaway!

You don’t want to miss this decadent Banana Peanut Butter Layer Cake with Chocolate Ganache, shared from my new cookbook, “The Gourmet Kitchen!” Emotions are high at Savory Simple Headquarters. Today is the day, over two years in the making. I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that The Gourmet Kitchen is finally available online and in stores. It’s… surreal is the only word I can think of to describe it. To celebrate the book’s release, I’m giving

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Strawberry Bundt Cake + A Giveaway!

This Strawberry Bundt Cake is wonderful year round, and it’s also perfect for holiday parties! Baking season has arrived. At the Farley residence, it’s technically baking season all year long, but there’s something about autumn that just begs for baked goods. Where I live, I know that the sudden shift to cooler temperatures makes turning on the oven seem so much more inviting. Certain produce starts immediately coming to mind (winter squash, apples, etc). When California Strawberries asked me to

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Mixed Currant Panna Cotta Tart

This Mixed Currant Panna Cotta Tart is a light, beautiful dessert that will wow your guests! Every now and then I get my hands on an ingredient that I find myself wanting to showcase as the centerpiece of a recipe. When I saw these mixed currants in my CSA basket, it was love at first site. I had never received a mixture of colors like these before.

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Salted Chocolate-Swirled Tahini Cashew Bars

These decadent Salted Chocolate-Swirled Tahini Cashew Bars are soft, rich, and a perfect balance of flavors. Perfect for parties! I suppose these are technically blondies, but I get a bit confused by the terminology I see floating around these days. It doesn’t take much perusing to find recipes for lemon “brownies” (sans chocolate) or “blondies” that are actually loaded with chocolate. Between the chocolate topping, the tahini, the cashew butter, and the salt, I decided the title was already long enough

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