Cheesy Italian Crostini: 10-minute NYE Appetizer

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Happy day-after Christmas! I hope you all had a great holiday! We had a great Christmas this year. Lots family, lots of friends, and way too much food! Me and my (gorgeous!) younger cousins opening gifts last night! As usual - I went a little nuts-o on the Christmas baking. 8 kinds of cookies... a caramel chocolate ganache tart, and a chocolate cream pie. NBG. Its turned into more of a sport than anything. Its not really about sharing love...carefully manicured sugar cookies.. or seeing … [Read more...]

Mom’s Day Recipe Round-Up

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So the game plan for today's post was supposed to be "Mail Order Mom's Day"... and no. Not like ordering a new mom. I was going to do baked goods that are 'mail-friendly' for those of us too far to visit mom on her big day or those of us doting children who forgot to buy mom a gift. So the point was to give all you procrastinators some easy  recipes to make and send to mom for Mom's day...only today is Friday. I'm just realizing that I totally just defeated the point of my post. Mom will not … [Read more...]

Arugula, Ricotta, and Fried Egg Toasts

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Introducing.... The incredible, edible egg! Today's post is all about swooning, drooling, and dreaming about the magic deliciousness of eggs. But before you go grab your skillet or soufflé recipe cards, please sit down boys and girls, we're going to learn a little first. Ok I know, I know, I know...my posts usually consist of at least one reference to the Kardashians or my weird obsession with pink jelly beans...but hear me out...just think of me as that cool teacher from high school that … [Read more...]

Spinach-Parmesan Souffles

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How was your all's weekend?? Hope you had a great St. Patty's Day and are rested and recovered for the work week! And if not there's gotta be at least a few drops of Bailey's left in your liquor cabinet for that starbuck's in your hand... or Advil. Or McDonald's. Egg McMuffin anyone? I swear those do the trick. I lived in a sorority house for a year while in college and our house mom would order these 'mock' Egg McMuffins (haha ok yes...in case you didn't think it was possible, you can get … [Read more...]

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

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Ooey. Gooey. Melty. Mozzarella Cheese Juicy sausage. Slowly roasted green peppers. Piles of sliced mushrooms and caramelized onions. And did I mention cheese?  Melty, irresistible, smothering cheese.  New York's got nothing on Chicago. Today I'm going to teach you how to make the best Chicago style deep dish pizza. You might want to grab a napkin because you're going to be drooling in a few minutes..... There's nothing like homemade pizza. Yes, it's more time consuming than calling up … [Read more...]

Tomato and Parmesan Focaccia with Caramelized Onions

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So I have a new life calling. And its not baking cakes or saving the world. Its getting tickets to the Ellen Degeneres Show. Do you know how to do this? Because I think its actually impossible. The website told me to 'click' on the date I wanted to see the show on. So I did. Simple right? Wrong. You can't click on any day. The little cursor turns into a hand when you wave it over the calendar... taunting you... pretending its on your side...but then refuses to click on a date. But its ok. … [Read more...]

Quick Mini Pizza Appetizers with Arugula, Peppers, and Prosciutto

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Happy 2012! Well... almost. Can you believe its already been another year? I keep accidentally typing 2010 for some reason. I'm a little behind. I literally almost sent out a resume yesterday that said December 2010. And the first line under my 'skill' section says "detail oriented..." I'm excited for New Years Eve though! As a kid we'd always work it up and make NYE into a huge deal. We'd all sneak like a half of beer from our parents, buy some cheap party hats... and then realize that … [Read more...]