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Brownie-Bottomed Ice Cream Cake with Fudge Sauce

Ice cream cakes. They are, hand’s down, one of the most versatile cakes imaginable. A home-made ice cream cake is a blank slate of endless possibilities for crust, ice cream flavors, fillings, and toppings. This year, for my mom’s birthday, I decided to make her an ice cream birthday cake, according to her specifications: brownie-bottomed, []

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Peanut M&M Cookie Bars

Yes. These. These are my Peanut M&M cookies in a bar form. Identical batter, but a lot less time and fuss. They are chewy, so they do lack that cookie crunch, but they taste delicious nonetheless. I can’t decide which I like better, in truth, but I know for certain that when I am short []

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Impossibly Easy Pumpkin Pie

I’m continuing to (slowly) slosh my way through a backlog of posts, and this is one that I have been meaning to get up on the blog for months. Now, I love me some pumpkin, but oddly enough, I’ve never posted my go-to classic pumpkin pie recipe. And today is still not that day, unfortunately. []

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Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pie (aka Minny’s Chocolate Pie)

I read. A lot. So much that my house is currently overflowing with books, most of which live in cardboard boxes stacked to the ceiling. And that doesn’t even count the books I left at my parents’ house when I moved (much to their chagrin), which would easily double, if not triple, my collection. But []

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies

I do love my lemon, and I will not apologize. I like it strong and unabashedly tart, especially in desserts. So I decided to give this recipe by Giada a whirl — lemon ricotta cookies. Now I’ve used ricotta cheese in desserts before, but never as part of a cookie batter, so I was anxious []

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Chocolate Peppermint M&M Bars (Easy Things to Do with Cake Mix #4)

Better late than never! This is a Christmas recipe, three months late. Which means, in fact, that I am getting worse, because my Thanksgiving recipes were only two months late. Oh well. Incidentally, I think I’m going to change the tagline of my blog to: “Good foodcrappy pictures.” Seriously. I have no sense of artistry. []

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Banana Bread

I have always been on the lookout for a definitive banana bread recipe, and I’ve finally found it in the form of my friend Lauren’s MIL’s recipe (which I have since learned is the banana bread recipe from the 1970 Betty Crocker’s Cookbook (the red one with the wheel of food on the cover). It’s []

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Zucchini Bread

I happened upon this recipe, which I modified slightly from Paula Deen, when I had an overabundance of zucchinis to consume from last year’s farm share (more about farm shares in another post). It is a simple and tasty quickbread recipe that will yield 2-9×5″ loaves, plenty to eat and share! Start by grating some fresh []

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Quick & Easy Dinner: Buffalo Chicken Breasts

Sorry for the crappy pictures in advance, I know they leave a lot to be desired. But, take it from me, this recipe is totally worth making! Buffalo chicken breasts have fast become one of my favorite quick chicken recipes because it is a snap to put together. I’ve hardly had any free time lately []

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Blueberry Crumb Bars

When I was little, my Yia-Yia’s backyard was completely lined with blueberry bushes, and one of my favorite childhood memories is going out into her backyard with her to pick berries, so blueberries have been one of my favorites my whole life. Although I love blueberry pie, I really wanted to try something different with []

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Quick & Easy Dinner: Olive and Pimento-Stuffed Chicken Breast

Here is another quick and light weeknight chicken meal: chicken breasts stuffed with pimentos/olives, cheese and bacon. The original recipe, which I modified a bit, calls for just pimentos. However, I had never bought “just pimentos” before, and didn’t have a clue where the supermarket by my house was hiding them. I looked by the []

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Quick & Easy Dinner: Hawaiian Chicken (Light)

I’ve been trying to cook lighter lately, in a concerted effort to lose weight. Because of my working hours, I’ve been trying to concentrate on entrees that are not only light, but also quick and easy. Many nights, this means some variation on chicken, because it cooks quickly (especially if you pound it out thin, []

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Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Bars

I’ve had an unintentionally long hiatus from posting recipes. That is a combination of moving, working two jobs, and being pregnant. The frustrating this is  it’s not so much finding the time to cook or bake (although I’m not doing either as often as I would like) as it is finding the time to organize []

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Cinnamon Apple Quick Bread

I am waaaaaaay behind on the posts I had hoped to make. I still have an entire summer’s worth of farm-share related blogs to get to, but I’m going to not even think about those until after this holiday season is done. Although I love yeast breads, the joy and simplicity of a simple quick []

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