Black Olive Penguins

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Okay, everyone. Say it with me in 3…2..1… Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Come on. Isn’t that the most clever things you’ve ever seen? At a recent Christmas craft event put on by our homeschool group, one rockstar mom (hi, Tonya!) eschewed the usual brownies, cookies, fudge and mints (not that there’s anything wrong with those and may I…

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Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Layer Cake with Ganache

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It’s birthday season around here, as I may have already mentioned once (or twice)… With the exception of the one child who requested shepherd’s pie for his birthday dessert until I informed him he could have it for dinner AND have a proper cake or pie, everyone has asked for something spectacular. Last week was…

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Fromage Fort (Cheese Spread)

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We interrupt these Thanksgiving preparations to bring you a Public Service Announcement. This is only an announcement. This post will take less than five minutes to read and less than five minutes to prepare. You may then return to cooking for your feast: Did you get invited to a last minute shindig? Do you need…

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Creamy Tomato and Bacon Linguine

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Oh, I know. Thursday is Thanksgiving, but we DO have to eat between now and then, and I’m thinking we all need something simple and satisfying that does, most emphatically, not involve turkey. Add to that the fact that it’s seriously cold (at least where I am) and we need something comforting, too. Simple, satisfying,…

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Honey Potato Rolls

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Every year right around this time I get sappy. I spend November first through January tenth in a heightened state of emotional lather. We have all five boys’ birthdays interspersed among Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. The ever-racing nature of time is really driven home by singing Happy Birthday twenty five times in…

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Homemade Chorizo

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Sausage is the pork product that fills in the holes in my heart. And no, I do not want to hear about how true that probably is. Sausage is just superior. What could be wrong with it? We’re talking about pork (win #1) that is ground (win #2) and combined with heavy spices and herbs…

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Carnitas Style Chicken Tostadas

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Authenticity Alert: As in, this is not authentic but it is far, far too tasty not to share, and so, I am telling you now that I am completely not responsible for anyone taking offense to what I’ve done to Tex-Mex or Mexican cuisine. Honestly, I don’t even know enough to tell you which of…

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Best Basic Cheesecake

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DON’T CLOSE THIS WINDOW. I know, fear of cheesecake is strong, but I’m here to tell you it is one of the easiest things you’ll ever make. Easier than a no-bake box number from the store. Easier than a brownie mix. Easier than falling off a cliff. Easier than, well… look. I’ll just show you….

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