The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Chocolate-Covered Shortbread

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It's not the star drooping slightly at the top of our Christmas tree. It's not the multi-colored packages spilling out beneath it. It's not the lights winking at me as I walk down the street. It's not even the snow lying (ever-so-sparsely) on the ground. When it comes to Christmastime at my family's house, the most anticipated, highly demanded and absolutely necessary component to making Christmas feel like Christmas is...homemade Chocolate-Covered Shortbread. It's a tradition. It's loved by all, even Santa (I have photographic evidence to prove ...

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 ...

Whoopie (Pies)!

In exactly 24 hours from the minute I'm typing this, I will be done with my career as a college undergrad. I'll walk out of that last exam, sell my $50 textbook back for all of about $2, and throw my hands up in the air. Victory. Remember the scene in The Lion King where Simba slowly morphs from cub to adult as he makes a dramatic march across a bridge, all to the tune of Hakuna Matata? This is how I envision the walk back ...

A Love Story, and Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

It was hate at first sight. Beets and I haven't gotten along since the first time my mother coyly slid them onto the dinner table. Everything about them was repulsive. Why would anyone, I asked myself, want to eat a food that tastes like soil, that dyes your ...wastes... red, and turns your kitchen into a crime scene when you cook with it? I couldn't come up with a good answer. But they didn't stop showing up on the dinner table. In fact, over the years, ...