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7 reasons ikea is the swedish disneyland

  Allen wrenches and Swedish meatballs hold a special place in my heart that others often reserve for Mickey and Minnie. So, having spent time at both Ikea and Disneyland over the past week, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between my two happiest places on earth. While I can barely believe I’m writing […]

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funfetti pie crust (happy pi day! 3.14.15)

With National Kiss Your Fiancé Day* just around the corner, I can’t help but ask: are National “________” Days getting out of hand? Regardless, as a pun-loving baker, there is one National Day I could not be more on board with. It’s Pi Day and it is… Today! That’s correct, we are talking about a […]

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brown butter cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread

WARNING: This is the kind of bread you can easily polish off in a single sitting. The second you peel the first layer of this buttery sweet dough off the loaf and smell the warm cinnamon sugar filling, your other hand will already be reaching for your next piece. Maybe it’s best if you keep […]

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fluffy homemade marshmallows

Have you ever eaten a fresh marshmallow? It’s like a puffy cloud pillow with a soft texture outside and a sticky sweet inside. Dropped into rich hot chocolate, fresh marshmallows are the cure-all for the winter blues. Eaten alone, they are a light, sweet snack. And toasted and smooshed between graham crackers and chocolate, you […]

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Oscar Nom’ Noms: What to Serve at Your Oscars Party Based on a Few of the Best Picture Nominees

So you’re hosting an Oscars party this Sunday and are looking for some festive treats to serve. Why not get inspired by some of the Best Picture Nominees? Here are a few ideas to get you started: American Sniper — Based on the film’s Texas roots, coupled with Bradley Cooper and his buff biceps playing […]

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blueberry and lemon cream tart

Easy as pie tart? Yup. This puppy is even easier than pie! You want to know why? You know that part in pie making when you have to roll out the chilled dough and then transport it to the pie dish and, if you’re like me, you want to then slice more dough for a […]

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Is Cauliflower the 2015 “It Girl” of Veggies?

Just like Brussels sprouts took over the side dish scene in 2014, cauliflower is currently spreading across restaurant menus, Instagram feeds and food blogs like wildfire. You may want to get familiar with the white plant, as it is on the road to being the Jennifer Lawrence of veggies this year. So what is cauliflower, […]

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5 Things You Learn as a Bostonian Living in Los Angeles — the 24-Hour Edition

I’ve been an LA resident for less than 24 hours. After a whirlwind trip across the country, complete with horribly-timed New England blizzards, a pit stop at the Sundance Film Festival and an extra night in a Utah airport hotel due to a flight booking error on the part of a certain boyfriend, I made […]

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sticky bundt (sticky bun bundt cake)

This is a sticky bun/bundt cake hybrid which I’ve aptly named a sticky ‘bun’dt (Get it, get it?). I made a batch of fluffy sticky buns and baked them in a bundt pan literally for the sole purpose of saying sticky bundt all day. Lucky for me, the resulting sticky-sweet, pecan-studded cake tasted amazing, so […]

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warm, lemony crab dip

Circa late-fall 2002, I was preparing to put on my first ‘cocktail party.’ I was around 15 years old and the ‘cocktail’ menu consisted of childhood staples such as Sunny Delight, Arizona Iced Tea and Surge—the seemingly radioactive green soda that was later banned due to its high caffeine content. I flipped through my mom’s copy […]