I (Pecan) Fudged (C)Up(s)

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Enter the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2014. Cue a Ruthie searching for ideas for sweets to bake that would be just selfish enough that I'd enjoy eating the extra batch, but not selfish enough that I'd refrain from mailing my goods to my matches. Enter Center Stage: chocolate-covered toffee. Yes, I thought I'd be the rebel who made and mailed candy, and not cookies. Yes, I thought I'd share my passion for this sweet with the food blogging community and the world by mailing ...

A Little Mexico in America, and a Drunken Chicken

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I grew up loving Mexican food. I mean, who didn't, really? I have a vivid memory of one particular trip to Taco Bell in which the employees neglected to put my order of two hardshell tacos in the bag. When we discovered this, we took another spin through the drive-thru in a hungered fury. Out of the kindness of their teenage hearts, the employees dumped not two, but FOUR hardshell tacos in my bag. It was a blissful afternoon. It took years for my perception of ...

For the Love of Coffee, and Overnight Oats

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My relationship with coffee is a fussy one. It's largely a mental trigger and mostly unnecessary for me to feel human. I'm not the type of person who requires a pot of coffee before their first cup of the day (you know who you are), in fact if I have more than a small latte, chances are I'll feel less-than-human for the next 24 hours. I've taken conscious breaks from drinking coffee and the only difference I've felt is the noticing how particularly strong and ...

Pastrami-Smoked Salmon at my Doorstep!

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As a snail mail enthusiast and a self-proclaimed specialty foods professional, I couldn't turn down the opportunity to try out FoodyDirect's gourmet food mail-order service last week. Growing up, my family would occasionally receive packages of mail-order specialty food from friends and family around a holiday or another special occasion. It was a rare but very exciting occurrence--a basket of fruit or assortment of chocolate was always much more magical when it came out of box from a far away state. I became a big fan of ...

Three Years! One Amazing Donut!

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As some, few, or none of you may recall, I spent my second blogiversary in search of a high chair from which I could celebrate my third blogiversary. Alas, this fateful anniversary is upon us and here I lay sprawled out on my aqua-colored comforter on my full-sized bed, the only chair in sight: a stool. I'd rather not celebrate from a stool--that's more of a place one goes to sit in a time of punishment, or when all the other comfy chairs at the bar are already ...

A “Grand” Culinary Tour of Saint Paul, Part One

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A rather large joy of living in my humble corner of Saint Paul is the diverse options for a bite out within walking distance from my apartment door. No, I can't get a New York bagel or a dollar slice of pizza at 4am, but my new culinary adventures also include a lack of inflated prices and only a rare overcrowded patio. It's easy to eat out and well in Saint Paul. Take a walk with me, down Grand Avenue. Pad Thai on Grand My favorite dinner on ...

Walking Home to Chicken-Chickpea Curry

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Last night I donned my black fleece jacket and a scarf I "borrowed" from my mom and headed out for an evening walk around my neighborhood. My attire proved passable as my blood began to flow more rapidly through my veins, though it was the first walk I've taken this year that caused me to consider my layers. I remembered I had cheeks as I strolled down Portland Avenue, observing activity in the lit homes as I passed. Miley Cyrus belted her anthems through my ...