Tribute to The Queen of All Daring Bakers, Lis

November 15, 2013

Follow 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 […]

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How to Make Potato Chips

November 14, 2013
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Follow “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 […]

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How to make diptychs, triptychs and collages in Adobe Lightroom

November 13, 2013
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Follow 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 […]

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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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Follow 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 […]

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Wallpaper of the Week: Stepping Stones

November 10, 2013
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Follow 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 […]

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

November 9, 2013
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Follow 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 […]

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Photo Essay: Mount Rushmore National Monument

November 8, 2013
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Follow 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 […]

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Mussels and Fries, an easy dinner for two

November 7, 2013
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Follow “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 […]

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Add text to pictures using Lightroom!

November 6, 2013
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Follow 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 […]

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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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Follow “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 […]

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Wallpaper of the Week: Bread

November 3, 2013
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Follow 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 […]

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

November 2, 2013
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Follow 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 […]

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Joining NaBloPoMo for the month of November

November 1, 2013
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Follow 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 […]

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Photo Essay: New Orleans Cemetery

October 31, 2013
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Follow “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 […]

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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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Follow 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, […]

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