Polenta Triangles in 2014

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I've come to love New Year's Day in a way I love no other holiday. Well yes, I do see the merits of adopting an "every day is the start of a New Year" philosophy, and I know I'd be much better off if I made resolutions more often than just in the fleeting moments of December, but there is something uniquely beautiful about January 1. I appreciate having a reason to look back on how much has passed and how I've changed over the ...

Christmastime in the City

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There is something undeniably beautiful about Christmastime in New York City. It seems the whole city shifts from high gear to low, and its blinding neon glare slowly fades to cheery shimmers of red and green. From hurried businesspeople to families struggling to make end's meet, it's almost as if all of New York takes a moment out of climbing their life's ladder, and stops to appreciate just how far they've come. For even just a second, scarves and stocking hats become cozy, not a hassle. Sparkling window displays and ...

A Love Story, and Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

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Last Valentine's Day, I let you in on my love affair with Beets. It's safe to say our relationship has only grown stronger since those chocolate beet cupcakes first came into existence, but the time has come to tell the tasty tRuth: Almond Butter has officially swept me off my feet. We're pretty tight. AB is always hanging around my apartment--in fact, he's never not there, and I don't mind one bit. Sometimes we cook together and when we do, our friends are impressed by how ...

The Top 5 Posts of 2012

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126 posts ago, the tasty tRuth shined its first electronic rays on 2012. Now, we're teetering on 2013. It's been fascinating blogging through each season of a year, evolving as much as my blog. This year because of the tasty tRuth, I've gotten the opportunity to complete freelance assignments, receive dinners and event tickets for free, write and publish guest posts, participate in a food blogger cookie swap, and meet fellow bloggers in Madison and New York City. The little benchmarks that prove my blog ...

A 151-Year-Old Cake for a 2012 Family

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One flew in from the west coast, I from the east, and sixteen others arrived from their respective corners of Wisconsin and Illinois. We descended on Aunt Sue and Uncle Jim's house in one fell swoop, armed with platefulls of baked goods and paper bags filled with intricately wrapped gifts. The dogs raced a quick loop around the house before they were exiled to the breezeway; the beer bottles were cleared from the living room floor to make space for the toddlers to unwrap their ...

End-of-the-World Cranberry-Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

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I'll admit I didn't spend too much of my time actually worrying about the world ending yesterday. It's a date that's been looming on the horizon of for a while now, and excitement slowly increased as Mayan prophecy came closer to realization. Most, like myself, approached the day without a worry and enjoyed the chance to see our places on this earth in a slightly different, humorous light. Breweries crafted beers with titles such as "Enjoy by 12.21.12," End-of-the-World parties were planned, we asked silly ...

The 2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

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I knew joining this massive swap of baked goods was a going to be a lot of fun the day I dropped my three packages of a dozen cookies off at the post office. Upon seeing my three perishable boxes addressed to Addicted to Recipes, Cooker Girl, and A Half Baked Life, the desk attendant asked, "Are you and your girlfriends cookie whores?" Something like it, I guess. I'll admit I am a sucker for a good, homemade cookie, but the best part of this swap is ...