What is Buttercream + Troubleshooting Tips

Are you wondering about the difference between American and meringue buttercreams? Want to learn about Swiss vs. Italian Meringue? I’ve got you covered! Keep reading to learn how to bake buttercream as well as other basics! For many cake lovers, it’s truly all about the frosting; it can make of break a dessert. A fluffy, delicate buttercream with just the right level of sweetness can take a spectacular cake to the next level, or it can elevate even the most

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Baked Oatmeal Cups

Baked Oatmeal Cups are wonderful for a quick breakfast or midday snack. They come together quickly and freeze beautifully so that you can easily store leftovers.  This might sound strange, but sometimes I forget to eat on workdays. It’s one of those odd things that happens when you’re home alone all day. I get no cues from coworkers microwaving their Lean Cuisine or asking who else wants to go in on an order from the local deli. This doesn’t happen

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How To Make Perfect Hummus: Everything You Need To Know

This is an incredibly smooth, creamy hummus recipe that can be prepared using either chickpeas or white beans! Homemade hummus is one of my absolute favorite snacks. It’s fantastic with toasted pita or vegetables, and I love using it as a sandwich condiment. For years I thought I wasn’t a fan; it turns out I actually don’t care for store brands (which I find to have an unusual aftertaste). These days I always have fresh hummus in the fridge. After

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My Favorite Guacamole + How To Keep It Fresh

Learn how to make perfect guacamole that will stay fresh and bright green for days! Guacamole is one of my absolute favorite snacks.  For quite some time now, I’ve been wanting to get back to basics. I’m always hesitant… does the internet really need another guacamole recipe? Of course not. However, while this site is full of more unique recipe combinations I’ve pulled together over the years, I’d like to widen my selection of kitchen staples as well as basic tutorials and guides.

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All-Purpose Tomato Sauce

This all-purpose tomato sauce is perfect for pasta, on pizza, or as a base for other sauces and stews.  Free time is in short supply these days. It always seems like there’s so much to do and little to no spare time for any of us. “I don’t have enough time for that,” is what most people says when they see my recipes. I get it. Not everyone enjoys spending time in the kitchen like I do, and even if they want to,

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Plum Butter

I’m a product junkie. It’s a habit I’ve somewhat successfully quelled over the years but it still gets me from time to time. When I try a beauty product or food condiment that I really love, it’s an effort not to stock up by the case for fear that I might not always have this beloved product available to me when I want it.

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Bread and Butter Pickles

  When I received a large quantity of kirby cucumbers in last week’s CSA basket, I immediately knew what I would be making with them. I’ve always liked pickles, but I LOVE bread and butter pickles. There’s something so satisfying about their sweet and acidic flavors. They’re a great way to add some crunch and sweetness to a sandwich (such as these pulled pork sliders) or served as a simple summer snack. 

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Homemade Soy Milk

I made soy milk. To be totally honest, I’m more of an almond milk girl. I do love a good iced soy latte when it’s hot outside but these days I try to keep soy products in my diet to a minimum for various health reasons. But that didn’t stop me from tackling homemade tofu last week. I really like making things from scratch every now and then just to understand the science behind certain food products. Since I had

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Homemade Mayonnaise and Aioli

Learn how to make mayonnaise and aioli from scratch! It comes together in just minutes and is so much better than anything sold in a jar. When I read Julia Child’s My Life in France, I was struck but how often she spoke of homemade mayonnaise and her attempts to perfect it for the sauce chapter in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I was extremely curious, having never made it myself. It’s incredibly easy. She has instructions for making it by hand

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