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coconut-almond-chocolate cake

So far, I‘ve spent most of January freezing. It‘s not that unusual for me to be constantly cold, but here in Minnesota we‘ve had a long string of below zero days, which means I‘m wearing several pairs of socks and shivering under blankets. I‘ve done quite a bit of baking this month, and hope to have more recipes for you soon. In the meantime, here‘s a list of things I‘ve been enjoying. Elizabeth by Sarah

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los angeles, california

Ages and ages ago (at least, it feels that way) my husband, Adam, and I spent a few days in Los Angeles. It was a thoughtful Christmas gift from Adam - I could pick any city in the country to spend a long weekend in. Since it was winter in Minnesota, I had a friend in Los Angeles with an Airbnb (see below!), and visiting Joshua Tree National Park was on my lifetime bucket list, we decided to head West. It was a lovely weekend, despite getting bur

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pumpkin poundcake with chocolate

I have a few recipes tucked way back in my site archives that deserve the light of day again. Here is one of them - pumpkin pound cake with chocolate. This recipe also made it into my cookbook, but since it originally debuted here, I thought I‘d make it shine with some new photos and feature it again for the holiday season. This cake been a faithful to me for over 20 years. It always turns out tender and moist, with so much flavor; perfect

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pan-banging ginger molasses cookies

If you follow along on Instagram, you know I‘ve been working on a ginger-molasses version of my pan-banging cookies. I finally have the recipe for you, although I‘m going to be completely honest - I‘m so nervous to share it! I‘m terrified you won‘t love them as much as the chocolate chip version, so I‘ve been obsessively making them trying to get everything just right. I also know that most everyone has a stron

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peanut butter cups

(The text for this post is taken from an old post with no recipe. I was feeling similar this year, and decided to share it again, along with a recipe.) I spent ten Christmas Eves in a row working various retail jobs, everything from barista to Barnes and Noble. The holiday season started the day after Thanksgiving, with mile long lines continuing to Christmas Eve at 4pm, when the store gates finally clanged shut and stayed that way for one whole

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chocolate ice cream cake with mint meringue

Somehow we are already on the front steps of 2018. The door is open, and another January welcomes us in with a glorious smile, reassuring those waiting out in the cold that right inside, just through that open door, things will be better. The new year will bring hope, and change. So we resolve to evolve, and put our faith in the dropping of a ball, a countdown from ten, and then number one. Two weeks in, however, we realize it‘s still all t

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cookies in new york (a collaboration with bob‘s red mill and feed feed)

A month ago I got to take a quick trip to New York City, and hang out at the FeedFeed studio. They had a cookie exchange (sponsored by Bob‘s Red Mill) and I brought a long some of my pan-banging chocolate chip cookies to share. I had a great time - there were a lot of other food bloggers there that I had wanted to meet forever and finally got to, and also met a lot of lovely bloggers that were new to me. Everyone brought cookies to exchange

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cardamom pound cake

(This is another recipe lost in the archives I‘m bringing back to life - it‘s a great cake to make around the holidays. I‘ve kept the original text.) Early Monday morning I found myself in the kitchen, baking this pound cake. It was almost as if I didn‘t have a choice; my mind and heart had been there all night, anyway, stirring and sifting flour, breaking eggs and pouring cream. The evening before our hearts had been bro

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gift guide 2017, part one: baking books + kitchen favorites

I have a two-part gift guide for you. Today is favorite baking books and favorite kitchen items, next week is more cookbooks and Holiday music. So let‘s get to it. First up, the baking books I use all the time in my kitchen. ***(Also: Holiday Playlists! My Holiday Mix from last year is here. My Classic Christmas Mix is here. And my Quiet Christmas Mix is here.)*** FAVORITE BAKING BOOKS The Village Baker‘s Wife by Joe Ortiz and Gayle O

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pumpkin pie

I know, I know, it‘s Wednesday night, and you‘ve probably already made your Thanksgiving pies, or have your recipe all set. I apologize for posting this so late. Several people asked for this recipe after I posted a photo of the pie on Instagram, so I thought better late than never? This is the pumpkin pie I‘ve made at the last couple Thanksgivings, and it‘s gone over quite well my family gathering. It is dreamy-creamy, an

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apple crme frache pie

It‘s my favorite time of year: THE HOLIDAYS! The snow is snowing, the bells are jingling, and there is a constant buzz of excitement everywhere. The 10 year old in me still tends to get caught up in all the buzz; often forgetting to focus on the present, and enjoying each moment with gratitude. Often the Christmas season is about what we get, instead of what we give. The older I get, the more I let go of the getting aspect, and am working o

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