Holidays, Recipes

Easter Recipe Round-Up

No Comments 28 March 2013

We published a spring recipe round-up a couple of weeks ago, and it was so popular we thought we’d do it again! I peruse far too many blogs on a daily basis, and bookmark thousands of recipes for future cooking/baking projects, so it’s a lot of fun for me to curate a shortlist of some of the best to share with you!

Easter is right around the corner, so in case you haven’t figured out what you’re making for the holiday, these recipes can provide some guidance and inspiration. Not celebrating Easter? No worries! Most of these  recipes double as seasonal spring recipes too :)


Easter Bread with decorative eggs (from Bon Appetit)

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Desserts, Dinner 24: Hearty Holiday Feast, Dinners, Holidays, Recipes

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle Tart

No Comments 26 December 2012

Holiday desserts come in many different shapes and sizes. There are the traditional pies, decorated and festive cookies, and fruitcakes galore.  But my favorite kind of holiday desserts always include chocolate. This dessert is a fruit-and-chocolate hybrid, which has the best of both worlds -lusciously silky, smooth chocolate filling, and crunchy, tart cranberries.

This tart starts with a sweet pastry dough base, called a pate sucree, which is simple to make and just needs a bit of chilling time before it’s ready to use. The filling is a decadent chocolate/cream/butter combo, that gets poured into a par-baked tart shell, and finished off in the oven.

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Cooking, Holidays

7 Simple Steps to Planning a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

No Comments 12 November 2012

Often times we’ll find ourselves up before dawn on Thanksgiving morning, rushing around to knock items off a mile long to-do list, with company coming in 5 hours and a turkey that’s still half-frozen. Sound familiar? It’s no secret that Thanksgiving can be a great big hassle, full of unnecessary stress and less-than-stellar moods for all those hosting. It’s a shame, because in those instances, the true meaning of the day gets lost and you can’t savor that special time with your loved ones.

To help ease the stress and make this day a bit more manageable, we’ve created a list of 7 simple planning steps to do ahead of time. That way, when your guests arrive, you can pull up a seat right along with them, and enjoy a day full of relaxation and the company of those most important to you. Continue Reading

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