How to Make Natural Purple, Teal (Blue-Green), & Fuchsia (Purple-Pink) Food Colorings {Using the Red Cabbage Method & the Blueberry Method}

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know that yesterday I made natural food coloring.

This is because I recently got the idea in my head that I absolutely had to make blue frosting.

I’ll tell you all about why I needed it soon, but for now, here is a big hint… [Read more…]

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Whipping Up a Tasting Platter on a Whim

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Eggplant Dip, one of the many dips that might be found in my fridge at any given time. (Recipe can be found in my book!) I love taking a peek inside someone’s fridge. I’m not the only one who is secretly (ok, maybe not so secretly anymore) a little bit nosy about what other people

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How to Make Butternut Squash Purée

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When I was a kid, every Thanksgiving I tried to hide from my mom the fact that my plate was bereft of squash. (Not veggies, mind you, just squash…the nemesis to my 10-year-old self.) My mom didn’t miss a beat though. Before I knew what had happened, she’d have spooned a “no thank you” helping

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Affogato Recipe & How to Cold-Brew Coffee {For Iced Coffee}

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How about a cold brew? When I lived in Florida I became a little bit of an iced coffee junkie.  I developed a Starbucks-almost-every-morning ritual without realizing how easy (and cheap!) it is to make cold-brewed coffee at home. Why do I need to cold-brew my coffee for iced coffee?, you ask.  Can’t I just

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How to Roast Chestnuts

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Mike and I have a strange Christmas tradition.  Every year during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, we watch The Godfather and roast chestnuts.  I’m not sure how or why this became our tradition (as far as I know The Godfather has no ties to Christmas), and I have no idea what the

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Concord Grape Jam

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This is part two (here’s part one) of what I did with my Concord grapes, and I wanted to get this recipe posted before Concord season is too much of a distant memory.  Eating this jam makes me wish for a jar of homemade roasted peanut butter and a loaf of fresh baked sourdough bread.

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Natural Solutions for Daily Needs

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Brown sugar makes the best exfoliating scrub! For a while now I’ve been a big fan of natural solutions for daily needs.  Call it herb lore, home remedies, or just good housekeeping, it’s been going on since long before our grandparents or our grandparents’ grandparents were alive.  What I love is that once you start

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Eid Mubarak & My Macaron Story

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Eid Mubarak!  I want to wish everyone a very happy Eid al-Adha!  You might remember that for Eid al-Fitr (which is the Eid celebration at the end of Ramadan) I made Syrian Ice Cream, which was flavored with lovely things like pistachio and rose.  As a play on those lovely flavors I wanted to remake

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How to Make Coconut Milk {Vegan, Lactose-Free}

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With the high prevalence of people choosing vegan foods and people living with food allergies, dairy-free milk substitutes are becoming increasingly popular.  I remember my little brother being lactose intolerant when he was young and his doctor recommending he drink goat’s milk, which still contains lactose but for some reason is easier to digest than

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