Homemade Cranberry Sauce

November 25, 2013
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A quick, easy and sophisticated recipe on how to make homemade cranberry sauce using fresh cranberries and white wine. Even though no one, other than my mom, ate it, the canned cranberry sauce always had a place on our Thanksgiving table. In truth, I didn’t even know that cranberry sauce came in any other way […]

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Wallpaper of the Week: Arches National Park

November 24, 2013
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Every time I think back at the road trip that AJ and I took this past summer, I am in awe of everything I had a chance to experience.  This week’s wallpaper of the week is from Arches National Park. Complete with a quote by author Michael Cunningham about being grateful for living in this […]

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Kitchen Tip #4 – How to Soften Butter, Fast

November 23, 2013
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Let’s talk how to soften butter! People always seems distraught when they read a recipe and in the ingredients list it says “butter, room temperature” on it. Usually it’s because they’re halfway through making the recipe and they go to reach for the butter and realize it’s still in the fridge (or worse, the freezer). […]

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Apple Pie Bars with Easy Caramel Sauce

November 22, 2013
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The apple pie bars sat by the window sill untouched and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Sure I could just eat it in a bite or two but I also wanted to admire it as the sun set in the later afternoon. The time change from daylight savings had made the San […]

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Photo Essay: The Meat Club – Sausage Making Party

November 21, 2013
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*Warning: For vegetarians, vegans or those who are meat averse, you might want to skip this post, as there are graphic images of raw meat.* “I think we’ve made every single sausage joke that anyone can possible think of…” mumbled one of my fellow sausage making party attendees. I had been invited by my friend […]

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How to Create a Cool Matte Finish Look in Lightroom

November 20, 2013
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There’s a proliferation of lifestyle and food photography that is getting a bit precious. I want to blame hipster food magazines like Kinfolk, Gather Journal and Cereal but the reality is it’s been around since old school color film. Yet, there’s seems to be a renewed interest in cool muted photos with their matte film […]

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Inspirational Quote: Haruki Murakami Quote

November 19, 2013
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Vegan Green Bean Casserole – Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Friendly

November 18, 2013
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You know that feeling you get when your mom pulls out those drawings you did when you were in junior high and showing them to your friends and loved ones during the holidays? “You were so talented! Look at this!” she’ll exclaim loudly, while you try in vain to climb under the sofa to hide. […]

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Wallpaper of the Week: Pizza

November 17, 2013
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Last week I was lucky to be invited by Foodie.com for a fabulous dinner at Flour + Water. You can read my friend (and fellow NaBloPoMo participant) Sean Timberlake’s account of the dinner. This week’s wallpaper of the week is from that dinner, a photo of pizza. Complete with an appropriate quote by Dutch supermodel […]

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Kitchen Tip #3 – Measuring Ingredients Without Waste

November 16, 2013
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For those of you who read this blog, you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate for using a kitchen scale. It’s one of the few pieces of kitchen equipment that I feel will improve most everyone’s results in baking. But I get that not everyone wants to use a scale as the majority of Americans […]

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Tribute to The Queen of All Daring Bakers, Lis

November 15, 2013

It’s been years since I did a Daring Baker’s challenge, but for a brief, short time, I was active with the group. I had all but forgotten about my stint with the Bakers until I saw a post on Facebook about one of the co-founders, Lisa Cifelli of The Daring Bakers, passing away suddenly and […]

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How to Make Potato Chips

November 14, 2013
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“I have an idea. Maybe we should make homemade potato chips. Once you taste them, all other potato chips from bags will taste like poor imitations of the real thing and you’ll eat less of the inferior versions that we buy at the store.” I said this in jest as my partner AJ was complaining […]

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How to make diptychs, triptychs and collages in Adobe Lightroom

November 13, 2013
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Last week I gave a tutorial on adding type and watermarks to photos in Lightroom. But did you know that you could also make diptychs, triptychs and collages in Lightroom? The method is not the most obvious, as it’s more geared toward creating printed pictures but you CAN do it, which gives you more creative […]

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Inspirational Quote: Pablo Picasso Quote

November 12, 2013
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Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter and Bay Leaf

November 11, 2013
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So are we all tired of pumpkin yet? Last year I found myself dreading November as I felt like everything out there was pumpkin this and pumpkin that. I had absolutely no desire to make anything pumpkin at all, though in the end, I did create a popular Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bar with White Chocolate […]

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Wallpaper of the Week: Stepping Stones

November 10, 2013
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As part of my participation of NaBloPoMo, I’m posting once a day for the entire month of November. This week’s wallpaper of the week – Stepping Stone. Complete with an appropriate quote by Robert Plant, I’ve made this photo downloadable for you as a free wallpaper for your computer, iPhone or iPad. Enjoy! Download 1024 […]

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Kitchen Tip #2 – How to Quickly Cool Your Baking Sheets and Pans

November 9, 2013
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The holiday season is quickly approaching and that means one thing. CRAZY. INSANE. BAKING. I get it. I’m in the same boat as you, baking tons of stuff and trying to figure out how to do it as fast as possible. Well here’s a little baking tip and trick that the pros use. Pretty much […]

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