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Lemon bars (First they’re sour, then they’re sweet)

Lemon bars (First they’re sour, then the...

I first published this post in 2012, but decided to update the recipe a little bit. Enjoy! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE all things lemon. You can almost always find a bag of sour patch stashed somewhere in my room because I crave sour flavors constantly! These bars have (in my opinion) the perfect amount of sour and sweet and are super easy to make. Ingredients: 1/2 C softened butter 1 C white sugar 1 and 1/8 C all-purpose flour 2 lemons juiced (about 1/4 C juice) 2 eggs 1 t. vanilla Recipe for crust: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 2. Combine butter, vanilla, 1/4 C...
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(Slightly) Less-Guilty Muddy Buddies

(Slightly) Less-Guilty Muddy Buddies

Let’s face it, during the holidays we all cheat and eat totally sugary foods. And chocolate sweets are absolutely my favorite way to cheat. Not that I feel that guilty honestly anyway, but this recipe is a (slightly) less-guilty version of a childhood classic, muddy buddies! For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about (or who call these another name), this snack is a delicious combination of chocolate, peanut butter, cereal, and sugar. Sounds healthy right? Well, maybe not. But, I promise these things are delicious and totally...
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Jalapeño Mac N Cheese

Jalapeño Mac N Cheese

Friendsgiving is one of my favorite traditions. It’s thanksgiving, except instead of family, we celebrate with our closest friends over good food (potluck style) and lots of wine. Though I’ve previously made other recipes like this pumpkin & spinach lasagna, this year I went with Jalapeño Mac N Cheese. Macaroni and Cheese has always been one of my favorite foods. Of course, as a kid, it was all about the Kraft Blue Box. And don’t get me wrong, I still don’t have a problem with powdered cheese on tiny elbow (basically straight) noodles, but...
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DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins

DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins

It is officially almost halloween, the time of the year where it is totally appropriate for adults to dress up in costumes, eat tons of candy, and watch old movies like Hocus Pocus! (Right?) Along with Halloween comes other great fall traditions: pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin candles, pumpkin carving… are you noticing a trend? If you are in need of some pumpkin recipes for fall feel free to try these recipes for pie, cupcakes, and lasagna. Besides all these foods, pumpkin carving can be a great way to decorate your house for the fall. But, if you are...
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Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

These need no introduction- peanut butter and sugar, you can’t go wrong. These are easy and quick and the dough tastes amazing raw (though you might get salmonella from the raw eggs, but I like to live dangerously). Made these for a lab-mate’s birthday. The carry well and taste good even after a day or two. Ingredients: 1/2 C butter 1/2 C white sugar 1/2 C creamy peanut butter (I use organic, so its not very sweet. If you use generic, reduce the sugar) 1 egg 1 t vanilla 1 1/3 C flour 1 t baking soda extra white sugar on top Recipe:  1. Preheat the oven to...
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White Wine & Garlic Mussels

White Wine & Garlic Mussels

I didn’t start eating seafood until I was 22 years old. Seems nuts to me now, because I love it SO SO much. Mussels are one of my favorite seafood items (sort of random, I know) because they take on the flavor of the broth they are cooked in so well. You can do a lot of fun experimenting with mussels, but this recipe is a pretty traditional (and always successful) favorite. Ingredients: 1/2 onion diced 2 cloves garlic minced 1 large shallot minced 1 T olive oil 1.5 lb mussels (cleaned) 1 C white wine 1 t red pepper flakes 1 t rosemary (fresh or dried) 2 t salt 4 T...
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Brunch food ideas (that you can prep ahead)!

Brunch food ideas (that you can prep ahe...

I love brunch, but hosting a brunch for a large group can be difficult because most brunch foods need to be prepped right before cooking and served hot. I hosted a brunch a month ago and tried to pick foods that could be prepped the night before and served cold. This meant cutting all the vegetables, cooking the orzo, prepping the scone dough, hard boiling the eggs, etc so that the morning of the party was just about assembly and presentation.     Here is what I made: (recipes for some to follow soon!) 1. Feta, watermelon, mint skewers with balsamic glaze 2....
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The Perfect Bloody Mary Bar!

The Perfect Bloody Mary Bar!

I absolutely love brunch. It is a great way to reunite with friends, recap the week or weekend’s events, and enjoy great food and drink. One of my favorite brunch items is the bloody mary (well actually, I would drink them at all times of the day). When I was younger, I thought they were weird- all that tomato juice mixed with vodka? Yuck. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate their spicy flavor and their unique hangover curability. I hosted a brunch last weekend and needed to create the perfect bloody mary bar with all the necessary fixings....
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