Month: November 2017

You guys, I get so much joy out of converting slow cooker recipes into brand spanking new versions for the electric pressure cooker. There are so many advantages to doing this! Everything cooks much faster, so there’s no need to plan ahead—yet you can also leave the food on the “Keep Warm” setting if you
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This chocolate icebox cake was a standby at my grandmother’s house. She made hers in a loaf pan, turned it out, and covered it in icing. Then she served it sliced paper-thin, on the diagonal, which showed off all the delicious layers. It is no surprise that later in life, with a family of my
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When it arrived, the first page that fell open in Jill O’Connor’s new book Cake, I Love You! was her recipe for Salted Pecan Cake. A not-so-subtle voice in my head screamed, “Stop what you are doing right now and go directly into the kitchen.” Continue reading “Salted Pecan Cake + First Look at “Cake,
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Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. But art is not its only treasure. The food of Florence is renowned, albeit simple and with roots in peasant cuisine. One famous dish, a hefty Tuscan steak, is grilled and often served on a bed of spinach with a few lemon
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If you bake regularly, you may have encountered bit of sticker shock the last time you bought a bottle of vanilla extract. There are a few reasons why we’re seeing higher prices on vanilla right now. Continue reading “Why is Vanilla Extract So Expensive Right Now?” » Simply Recipes
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Years ago, I used to host an annual holiday cookie swap at a local nonprofit community center in San Francisco. Friends and members of the community would gather together, bearing large batches of homemade cookies. Everyone would walk around, sampling cookies and taking a few of the ones we loved. Each person left with a
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I’ve always thought of tiramisu as a “restaurant dessert.” You know – one of those fancy desserts that you would never think to make at home. This is mostly because tiramisu is one of two desserts that my mom always orders at restaurants (the other being crème brulee; she likes a classic). I’d honestly never
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When it comes to big holiday meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas, I am a big believer in multiple desserts. Specifically pies. It just doesn’t feel festive to me without some variety. This Coconut Banana Cream Pie, a hybrid of coconut cream pie and banana cream pie, is Since this Coconut Banana Cream Pie is actually
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When is a baked potato not a baked potato? When it’s a hasselback potato! These crispy, crunchy, buttery potatoes with their accordion-like appearance take only a little more effort than a baked potato and are a knockout when served alongside a special dinner. Think holiday roast, date night steak, or Easter ham. Continue reading “Crispy
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