May 2012

Pasta with Cilantro-Peanut Pesto

This might be my new favorite pasta dish.  If you’re a fan of our Thai Peanut Noodles, you’ll probably love this one too.  It’s pretty quick and easy to put together, so it makes a great meatless main dish, or a side dish (try it with our Thai Beef Skewers) or you could toss in some grilled chicken or steak for a one-dish dinner.  The profile is bright and fresh and perfectly summery.  While a traditional pesto starts out with …

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Memorial Day Grilling

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!  I just returned home from my island adventures and realized it was Memorial Day weekend.  For us, that means school is out and summer is beginning and I’m guessing a lot of people will be firing up BBQ’s today to celebrate.  We’ll be back Wednesday with a new recipe, but for today I’m going to leave you with my favorite backyard BBQ meal.  Give me a good steak and a cold drink and I’m one happy girl! …

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Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

I’m pretty sure we’ve all had one of “those” weeks. This particular week wasn’t really anything horrible, but it involved a sick kid, a sick dog, a messy house, perpetual exhaustion, behindness on laundry, trying to get ahead on blogging, the last few days of school, and general overall chaos. I had something patriotic and fun planned for tomorrow, but today, I needed cinnamon and sugar and bread. And I figured if I needed cinnamon and sugar and bread today, …

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Chocolate Berry Trifle

Have you ever noticed that trifles are so often made with vanilla pudding and vanilla wafers or shortbread or angel food cake? Where’s the chocolate? I know there are people out there who don’t like chocolate, but they are few and far between. There are, however, LOTS of people who think trifle is weird or old-fashioned or just gross. Maybe that’s because, and I’m just hypothesizing here, there is a serious lack of chocolatey goodness in the trifle world. I’m …

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Caribbean Salad with Sweet Orange Vinaigrette

All of you early risers might have noticed my post is up a little late this morning.  That’s because I just woke up and had completely lost track of what day it was!  I’m a little off of my normal schedule because I’m off on a little adventure right now.  It took my husband and I 20 hours, stopping in 3 countries, on 3 airplanes, a couple of cab rides, and a rickety-but-speedy water taxi, but we finally made it …

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Homemade Soft Pretzels {And Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzel Bites}

I have vivid memories from my childhood of running errands with my Mom, often at Bellevue Square Mall (oh how I miss that mall!) in my hometown.  It seems like we were always there doing something or other and even with my toddler-sized memories I can still recall the exact section of the parking garage we always parked in.  I think it had less to do with the layout of the stores we were going to and more to do …

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How To: Restaurant-Style Ranch Dressing

One of the most common questions we get is how to get picky eaters to eat. That is a great question. And pretty much one I don’t have the answer to. I have two picky eaters, and the really tricky thing is that they’re picky in different ways. My 7-year-old doesn’t like how certain foods like meat, most fruits, pretty much all potatoes, oatmeal and other hot cereals, any kind of dip or dressing, and jam (yes, jam) feel in …

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Sliced Steak and Brie Sandwich

A few weeks ago, Sara and I were in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for a speaking event. It was our last trip of the spring and my last trip before I have my baby, so I think we both felt a little more relaxed and like it was easier to enjoy ourselves and the city we were visiting. Our first night there, we walked down the street to The Fire House Restaurant and I ordered a steak sandwich with garlic aioli and …

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How To: Frost Cupcakes

It should be no surprise that around here we LOVE cupcakes.   We love creating them, decorating them, frosting them, and certainly eating them!  We get so many questions about cupcakes (especially about how to frost them) that I’ve been wanting to do a little comprehensive guide for a long time.  I’m going to run through all of our best tips and tricks to get perfect, bakery-style cupcakes.  Check out our Recipe Index for lots of great cupcake recipes (I’ll …

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Berry Baskets for Mother’s Day and Teachers

Just a quick little idea post today.  I’ve noticed a surge in facebook posts recently asking for ideas on both Mother’s Day and Teacher gifts which has caused me both surprise and panic.  Is it that time of year already??  How is school almost out?  Once again time has flown by and I find myself scrambling to pull things together.  I was at the party store this week (Zurchers) and I saw packs of darling cardboard berry baskets.  A pack …

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