Pumpkin Tart or Pumpkin Chess Pie? Why not a Pumpkin Chess Pie Tart!

November 4, 2013
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“So what’s a chess pie?” asks pretty much anyone I know who grew up north of the Mason-Dixon line when confronted with the particular dessert. Granted I’m not a true southern boy (St. Louis, Missouri definitely has some culturally southern aspects to it, but not really the true south if you ask me). But immediately […]

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Wallpaper of the Week: Bread

November 3, 2013
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It has come to my realization that I have a LOT of photos on my various external hard drives (I’m up to nine external hard drives now, but I might have to replace a few again because I’m hearing that “click-of-death” sounds from a few of them and that’s never a good thing). Sorting through […]

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Kitchen Tip #1 – How to Quickly Bring Eggs to Room Temperature

November 2, 2013
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So lets have a little chit-chat about eggs – specifically room temperature eggs. There are lot of recipes that specify room temperature eggs in their ingredients list and most people tell me that they don’t ever remember to take their eggs out beforehand to warm up. Here’s the truth – most recipes won’t be affected […]

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Joining NaBloPoMo for the month of November

November 1, 2013
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In the immortal words of G.O.B. from Arrested Development: “I think I’ve made a huge mistake.” I joined NaBloPoMo for the month of November. What does that mean? That means I’ll be posting a on this blog EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. for the month of November. I’ve thought about it for the past few years but […]

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Photo Essay: New Orleans Cemetery

October 31, 2013
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“See. This is EXACTLY the sort of thing Giles warned Buffy to keep an eye out for…” I said to AJ as I pointed to the empty crypt in the creepy (but super cool) New Orleans cemetery as I referenced the classic television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Of course, I probably should have been thinking […]

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Caramel Apple Recipe – The Easiest, Simplest, Most Basic Recipe Ever. All Made from Scratch!

October 28, 2013
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Apparently I’ve developed a reputation in certain food circles for developing EXCEEDINGLY complicated recipes. Which both baffles and amuses me. I mean, on the one hand I get it, as I do have a habit of reaching for a wide variety of whole grain flours (my gluten free ombre cake has seven different flours, not […]

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Photo Essay: Devils Tower National Monument

October 24, 2013
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True confession time. I only have vague memories of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Mostly they were from illicit glimpses of it whenever it would run on late night TV in the 80s (most often way past my childhood bedtime). So when AJ suggested we camp overnight at Devils Tower National Monument […]

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Caramel Apple Popcorn

October 21, 2013
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Let’s make a pact, you and I. Let’s not go into the kitchen, with what we are SURE is a brilliant, genius idea. Let’s not take that idea, develop it into a homemade recipe and think of ourselves as unique, one-of-a-kind individuals. Then let’s not spend the time to photograph said brilliant recipe with the […]

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Photo Essay: Grand Teton National Park

October 17, 2013
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“Just take the trail until you reach the boulder as big as a house, then as you go around it, the valley will open up wide for you…” said the ranger as we explained to him the day hike we were thinking of going on. Originally AJ and I had planned on spending the day […]

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

October 14, 2013
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Every time I think of pumpkins I think of my old two-story house in the suburbs of St. Louis. I was in the third grade when my dad yelled at me for leaving the jack-o-lantern out on the front porch for too long. I believe it was my responsibility for cleaning it up, but instead […]

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Photo Essay: Yellowstone National Park

October 10, 2013
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“The only think I really remember from my last visit years ago to Yellowstone National Park was that it smelled…” said AJ as we drove into the park. I could understand, as the lingering scent of rotten eggs from the sulfur springs did seem to waft over the more popular parts of the park. Yet, […]

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Apple Bread with Spiced Brown Butter and Walnuts

October 7, 2013
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“You should really show that to your readers…” said my friend Annelies while we were hanging out in the lobby of a hotel in Seattle. It was day two of a major food blogging conference and instead of going to a session, both of us opted to just hang out and chat. Annelies was referring […]

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Gluten Free Cake Recipe – featuring Dark Chocolate, Butterscotch and Vanilla Bean Ombré Cake

September 30, 2013
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“Don’t take this the wrong way, but I will re-plate everything you bring to the party. It’s not you, it’s just a thing I do.” said my friend Sang who was hosting the party. Sang’s a bit particular about how things look, especially when it comes to food. But what else would expect from a […]

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Feast Portland 2013 – Day 3

September 27, 2013
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After the epic evening out, I was glad that I didn’t have anything bright and early in the morning of Day 3 of Feast Portland. I expected my last day of festivities (there was more stuff on Day 4, but thankfully I didn’t have anything scheduled as I needed to give my stomach a break […]

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Feast Portland 2013 – Day 2

September 24, 2013
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Portland is one crazy awesome city, full of food obsessed people. Waking up Friday morning was rough after the Thursday’s festivities. Clearly I’m getting older as staying out until 2am the previous evening took its toll on me. It was day two of the Feast Portland weekend and though I had a scheduled breakfast to […]

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Feast Portland 2013 – Day 1

September 20, 2013
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I’m not sure why I don’t come to Portland more often. The food, the nature, the coffee, the easy flight from San Francisco (thanks Alaska Airlines!). It seems like a great weekend trip away from the Bay Area. Thankfully I had the perfect excuse to visit, with Feast Portland happening this weekend! I arrived at […]

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Cold Brew Coffee Recipe – How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Iced Coffee

September 16, 2013
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I remember the distinct moment when I made the decision. I gave up drinking the sugary sweet caramel soy Frappucino about two weeks into our epic cross-country road trip. I normally don’t drink coffee in general (mostly because of a two-year stint as a barista in my post-college years that traumatized me from the beverage […]

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