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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Brown Butter Banana Bread Muffins

Brown Butter Banana Bread Muffins are a perfectly portioned treat that will turn heads at breakfast or brunch!  Years ago, back when I was still working as a network administrator, I had a friend who began freelancing full time. She started showing up late to get togethers or canceling at the last minute, and was always so stressed out. All she could talk about was work. One day, she said something that has haunted me ever since: “If I’m not working, I’m not

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Asparagus Egg Tart

This asparagus egg tart comes together quickly with only 5 simple ingredients, and is perfect for spring and summer gatherings! A simple puff pastry tart is one of my favorite ways to highlight ingredients. The subtle buttery flavor and pleasant flaky texture of puff is a great way to showcase vegetables, fruits, and cheeses as well as heartier ingredients like eggs and meats. Best of all: it’s widely available, easy to work with, and bakes up in a hot second.

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Spicy Cashew Butter Udon Noodles

Short on time? These Spicy Cashew Butter Udon Noodles come together in 10 minutes! How’s that for a quick meal?  My friend Shannon lives next to a Super H-Mart, and I get absolutely giddy every time we stop in. It’s a treasure trove of amazing ingredients, beauty products, and even food photography props. You can sit down for a quick meal of bibimbap. Dumpling samples are handed out by the frozen food section. They’re SO GOOD. I love dumplings. Did I mention

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Avocado Toast with Asparagus and White Beans

Avocado Toast with Asparagus and White Beans is both a healthy breakfast or lunch option, and it comes together very quickly! What more can you ask for? Insomnia has plagued me for years. I often struggle to fall asleep (and have tried every solution you could possibly suggest, trust me). There are phases of morning insomnia where I wake up at 4:30am and ultimately get out of bed, knowing it’s a lost cause as my brain races with random, disconnected thoughts. Some nights I never truly fall

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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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Tahini Date Pistachio Granola

This Tahini Date Pistachio Granola is a healthy, flavorful breakfast! It also mades a perfect midday snack. Late night snacking has always been an issue for me. Unfortunately, cereal is my favorite evening indulgence, so I don’t keep it in the house anymore. I’m not sure what it is about a bowl filled with milk and crunchy-turning-mushy things, but it just feels so right at 9pm. The one exception to the rule is homemade granola. For whatever reason, I can keep

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