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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Photo Essay: Mount Rushmore National Monument

November 8, 2013
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There’s a slightly surreal quality about going to any place that has been commonly used in popular culture. The Empire State building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Washington Monument are all familiar icons of America and the cities they belong in. Even if you have never seen them in person, you immediately know where they […]

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Mussels and Fries, an easy dinner for two

November 7, 2013
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“We really need to start making different meals than what we usually make for dinner.” I said to AJ as I surveyed my stack of cookbooks. I’m ashamed to own nearly 400 cookbooks and I have a habit of reaching for the same 10 recipes for dinner. Granted a good 3/4 of my books are […]

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Add text to pictures using Lightroom!

November 6, 2013
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I’m a huge advocate of Adobe Lightroom but it took me awhile to get there. As a designer, I’ve been working with Photoshop since version 2.5. This was back in the stone ages, when there were floppy disk drives attached to computers, the internet required a modem with a dial up connection and you still […]

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Inspirational Quote: Miles Davis Quote

November 5, 2013
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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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