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 ...

One Day I’ll Be Nostalgic for Cheddar-Rosemary Scones

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Have you ever eaten something that made you particularly nostalgic? My nearly-spiritual relationship with food means most of my meals stir up some sort of feeling of another meal; an earlier year; a changing season. But this morning when I took a bite of a fresh-out-the-oven Cheddar-Rosemary Scone, I was immediately transported back to a small farmers' market in northern Minnesota. I was 10. My mother's budding handmade soap business was something my whole family got excited about, especially when it meant getting up at 4 ...

The tRuth About Almond Butter

In second grade, I was an Elite Member of the Peanut Butter & Jelly Club. It was the thing to do as an elementary school child. My Membership was revered; it gave me all kinds of status. Well, at least it did in my household, among the Club's one other member, my brother. Becoming a member of the PB&J Club was easy. All you had to do was commit to eating a PB&J for breakfast every day of the school week (for the entire school year/until ...