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Coffee Blondie Skillet with Whiskey No-Churn Ice Cream

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Coffee Blondie Skillet

I’ve always been a big fan of skillet desserts, but since having children they seem to be a more regular occurrence; there is something about a cookie or brownie being baked in cake form that never fails to delight. I usually stick to chocolate chip cookies and brownies, but this time I used my Coffee Blondies recipe and was very happy with the results. To elevate this Blondie…

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Lemon Curd

Friday, March 2, 2018
Lemon Curd

I was never crazy about lemon curd until I made it for myself. It took me a few tries to get it just right, but I discovered that while I like my curd very yolky, I do prefer the addition of one whole egg. I leave out the zest for a smooth, not-too-tart curd, but you can add some to ramp up the lemon flavor. …


Dunn Brothers Coffee

Thursday, March 9, 2017

**This post is sponsored by Dunn Brothers Coffee. As usual, all opinions are my own.** Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and…


it’s been awhile

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A few weeks ago the lovely people at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse had a book signing and dinner to celebrate the release of The Vanilla Bean Baking Book (affiliate link). It was a wonderful afternoon and evening. I saw familiar faces I used to wait on in my barista days; I met new friends, and celebrated with old ones. If you’ve read through my book you know the Blue…


Gift Guide 2016: Part Two (kitchen favorites, not cookbooks, gifts for kids)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Part two of my gift guide, featuring my kitchen favorites!  KITCHEN FAVORITES There are a lot of kitchen items that are my favorites. Too many items, probably. But here’s a little list of some things I love – some practical, some just because. Goldtouch Pans – Williams-Sonoma’s goldtouch line is my favorite for baking. Falling somewhere between light and dark metal, they keep baked good from over baking,…


Gift Guide, Part One: Cookbooks

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Every year, I have good intentions of putting together a gift guide here of all my favorite cookbooks and kitchen items and whatnot, and every year, I never get around to it. So this holiday season to make up for lost time! I have quite the list for you. Today’s gift guides are all books, so if you are not into that I apologize. However, I think books…