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Spicy Squid Ink Fettuccine with Shrimp and Chorizo

Spicy Squid Ink Fettuccine with Shrimp and Chorizo

You’re probably wondering what we did with that dramatically colored squid ink fettuccine we made earlier this week… Well, this is it. Since the squid ink pasta has a mild brininess to it (it actually
Homemade Squid Ink Pasta

Homemade Squid Ink Pasta

Homemade pasta is something I’m going to try to do more of in 2018. It’s really not all that hard and, even when you’re just making plain pasta, the result is so worth the effort. But throw into the
Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Seeing as we’re in the midst of cold and flu season, I figured it was perfect time to break out the pound of frozen elderberries I had stashed in the freezer (leftover from my foraging and
Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos

Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos

I love a good ground beef taco, but sometimes, you just don’t want something quite so greasy. We set out to create a vegetarian black bean taco that was light on fat but heavy on flavor. By cooking
Wild Mushroom Ragout

Wild Mushroom Ragout

What is the difference between ragu and ragout anyway? Both are robust and flavorful and more than satisfying on a cold winter night. But the similarities end there. Ragù is an Italian meat-based
The Best of 2017

The Best of 2017

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Ours was nice and relaxing, with a simple but lovely dinner of roasted Cornish game hens and potatoes, plus a loaf of fresh homemade sourdough that turned out
Holiday Mulled Latte

Holiday Mulled Latte

Mulled cider and mulled wine are holiday staples, but have you ever had a mulled latte? No? Well, time to change that! This festive and fragrant latte would be perfect for Christmas morning (or any
Marzipan Apple Pie

Marzipan Apple Pie

You’re the apple of my pie. No, seriously, you’re sweet enough to eat. This pie was truly a labor of love… and a product of this amazing community. Yes, I made it, but it wouldn’t have happened at all
Chocolate Chip Cookie Chocolate Bark

Chocolate Chip Cookie Chocolate Bark

Dark chocolate meets crunchy chocolate chip cookie crumbles meets WOW. A holiday chocolate bark is becoming somewhat of a tradition around here. Well, if you don’t count the last two years which I
The Ultimate Christmas Cookie Recipe Roundup

The Ultimate Christmas Cookie Recipe Roundup

In the 10+ years I’ve been blogging, let’s just say I’ve made a lot of cookies. It’s one of the most populous categories (not to mention popular), and for good reason! Cookies. Are. The. Best. In
Chocolate Salt & Pepper Sable Cookies

Chocolate Salt & Pepper Sable Cookies

I take inspiration where I can get it. This recipe, for example, was inspired by the Salt & Pepper chocolate bar, one of my favorite flavors from Nashville’s own bean-to-bar chocolate company,
Funfetti Sugar Cookies

Funfetti Sugar Cookies

There are few things as satisfying as a soft, chewy sugar cookie: perfectly buttery and sweet with a hint of vanilla and almond, and a slight crunch in the form of sugar granules coating the outside.
Vanilla Almond Spritz Cookies

Vanilla Almond Spritz Cookies

This recipe was created in partnership with OXO® – smartly designed kitchen tools for the modern cook. Thanks for supporting us and the brands we love! One of my earliest memories is making spritz
Italian Ombre Layer Cookies

Italian Ombre Layer Cookies

Here we have the Jason Bourne of cookies: a cookie with many different names, and ultimately, its entire identity as a cookie is false because, oh hey, it’s actually a cake. (Luckily, this cookie
Nashville Eats: Gourmet Shopping

Nashville Eats: Gourmet Shopping

Food makes the best gift (in my humble opinion), because the recipient can eat it and enjoy it and be done with it, and you’re not contributing to further clutter in their lives. With that in mind, I
Bourbon Delight Bars

Bourbon Delight Bars

A bourbon ball is a classic no-bake holiday recipe, and, chances are, your grandmother probably had a recipe for them. The homemade versions are most often a mix of chocolate, cookie crumbs and
Blackberry Cranberry Sauce

Blackberry Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is arguably one of the most important parts of any Thanksgiving meal. The bright acidity is perfect for breaking up the expanse of rich creaminess that covers the rest of your plate.
Mini Sweet Potato Casserole Nests

Mini Sweet Potato Casserole Nests

Not every Thanksgiving dish has to be larger-than-life-sized. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impression. Take sweet potato casserole, for instance. Wouldn’t it be better if,
Which Squash Makes the Best Pumpkin Pie?

Which Squash Makes the Best Pumpkin Pie?

So, about that canned pumpkin you buy every year… It’s not actually pumpkin. Well, probably not anyway. The truth is most canned pumpkin is actually squash. Legally, the FDA makes no distinction
Baking Essentials: Must-Have Tools for Every Baker

Baking Essentials: Must-Have Tools for Every Baker

So, we’ve talked about Kitchen Essentials. Now let’s turn our focus to baking. While some of the tools overlap (a scale and a stand mixer are crucial in many situations, both sweet and savory) baking