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Celebrate National Shrimp Scampi Day

National Shrimp Scampi Day is a delicious food holiday that we can get behind! Living on the coast of Maine, our freezer has seafood in the same way that it held beef when we lived in Nebraska. This is a great way to incorporate some of that plentiful bounty in our everyday meals. 

Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

The next time you are in the mood for a batch of chocolate cupcakes, put this recipe for Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes at the top of your list. The cupcakes are a favorite recipe of mine because they have a tremendous amount of chocolate flavor, but they’re very easy to make. The cupcakes have a...

Martha Stewart Vintage-Inspired Flour & Sugar Container Giveaway!

The tools that get the most use in my kitchen are the storage containers that I use for flour, sugar and other dry goods. No matter what I’m baking or what mixing method I’m using, those ingredients are the backbone of my kitchen. I often leave my dry goods containers on the countertop, where I...

What are Coconut Chips?

Shredded coconut is my go-to ingredient when it comes to adding some coconut to my baked goods. I like it both sweetened and unsweetened, toasted and untoasted. It can be added to almost any recipe. But shredded coconut isn’t the only type of coconut out there that you can bake with and, depending on your...

palm springs date shake + monkey flip

It’s been two months since I told you I was California dreaming and I fear it hasn’t passed. I thought maybe I just longed for warmer weather, but spring has more or less arrived and I no less crave avocados that don’t require a week of hovering to capture their narrow window of edibility. I […]

My Cookie Obsession: Tender, Melting, Gooey Alfajores

Traditionally known as cornstarch cookies, alfajores become even more delectable when made with tapioca starch, which gives the buttery shortbread a clean finish. Sandwiched around a spoonful of homemade cajeta, it's a cookie that can't be beat.

Family Dinner: Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

When you ask the little chefs what they want for a favorite family dinner, they always ask for Mexican Night. I have made my cooking and menu planning easier by having one night a week for certain types of meals. Meatless Monday, Pasta Tuesday, Mexican Wednesday, that sort of thing.

Quick and Easy Brown Butter Asparagus with Caramelized Shallots

Brown butter asparagus with caramelized shallots is an amazing spring side dish that you will want to cook all season long.  Bright green asparagus spears are roasted until just tender and seasoned with brown butter and caramelized shallots.

shaved asparagus frittata

Shaved Asparagus Frittata Notes: I added a few slices of proscuitto that I’d first crisped in the pan. While they were certainly not unwelcome, you’re not going to need them here to make a great, even vegetarian, frittata. My favorite peeler for ribbon-ing asparagus, and well, basically everything is a y-shaped one. I have this […]

Giant Kitchen Sink Cookies

Most cookie recipes only include a few mix-ins at a time. Chocolate chips and walnuts. Raisins and pecans. White chocolate and apricot. These Giant Kitchen Sink Cookies are not that type of cookie. These cookies are loaded with – as the name suggests – everything but the kitchen sink and that includes oatmeal, dark chocolate...

Bites from other Blogs

Rainbow desserts are everywhere – and with good reason, because the colorful desserts are sure to put a smile on your face before you even take a bite. CakeSpy‘s Rainbow Cookies Stuffed With Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough are made with a rainbow cookie dough and stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough. The two doughs are...

Pan Roasted Chicken with Moonshine Raisin Sauce and Creamy Grits

It’s the sauce that makes this chicken dish a winner. It takes time for the sauce to cook as the stock first needs to reduce, but then the magic begins. Moonshine and raisins are simmered together until the fruit becomes scrumptiously plump.

Beautiful Rose Meringue Cookies for Mother's Day

Instead of the usual bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates, bake mom a batch of these beautiful rose meringue cookies.  Many beginner bakers are intimidated by this cookie because it consists mainly of egg whites and sugar but is really an easy dessert to prepare.

4 Kentucky Derby Inspired Recipes

Can't make it to Churchill Downs? No worries! Put on your biggest hat and serve these classic Kentucky Derby inspired recipes from your place. We love them all, and hey-Every day is the perfect day for a mint julep, right? Let's get started! 

5 Recipes That Will Take Your Rice Krispy Treats to the Next Level

Rice krispy treats – or rice cereal bar treats, if you happen to be using a generic brand of cereal – were one of my favorite snacks as a kid. While I grew out of many of those “kid” snacks (including various brands of “fruit snacks” that just never taste as good as when you...


Layer cakes never fail to impress when you put one out for dessert. Their size is part of what makes them so visually appealing, but the promise of layers of flavor is what makes us want to reach for a slice time and again. In Layered, you’ll find dozens of recipes that will help your...

Kentucky Derby Shrimp and Smoked Grits with Tasso Gravy

Did we have you at "smoked grits"? One bite of these creamy, smoky, goat cheese-loaded grits with sweet shrimp and spicy pork and coffee-based gravy will have you saying giddy up!

Ditch the Salt and Lime: Sangrita Is What Your Tequila Needs

Chasing a shot of tequila with lime is routine. But with good tequila, the best way to enjoy it is not as a shot, but sipped with sangrita—a bright, tart, spicy fruit drink—on the side.

Marinate Tough Greens, Use Fresh Herbs, and More Pro Tips for Better Salads

Being great at salads isn't hard—it just takes a little know-how. I've gathered the techniques we've shared with our readers over the years, along with the advice of chefs around the country, to bring you some easy, actionable tips that will make for better, more flavorful salads. Let's take a look.

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