Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookie Hearts

You guys, how cute are these little Valentine’s?  I wouldn’t complain one little bit if someone gave these little cuties to me.  Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread dipped in chocolate.  Yes. Please. I wanted to make sure I was bringing ya’ll the best shortbread and making the tastiest chocolate dipped combo so I tested all variations of brown sugar vs. white sugar brown butter vs. regular butter, and everything in between!  (We even tested two different baking temperatures: 300 and 350.)  And, you guys, guess what.  When dipped in super delish Belgian dark chocolate the winner hands-down was good old fashioned white sugar and regular butter creamed together all…

January’s Entertaining Tips: Raw Oyster Tasting

Ok, have we all been to wine tasting parties?  Or what about the wine and cheese pairing parties?  Here in Seattle, beer and/or hard cider tastings are having a moment in the sun. And I’m willing to bet most of us have been to at least some iteration of one of the above. Here is the thing, I love the idea of a party surrounding the exploration and sampling of something new!!  Who doesn’t love trying yummy new things??  Plus, I love interactive parties that encourage people to chat it up about food/flavors etc.  Its great especially when not all of the guests know each other.  Commonality (or friendly disagreement)…

Lemon Sesame Soba Noodles with Brussel Sprouts

Okay. If someone asked you to make the easiest dinner on the planet thats also healthy, vegetarian, and gluten free, what would you make?  The answer is lemon sesame soba noodles with brussel sprouts. With a light lemony sauce, shaved brussel sprouts, garlic, shallots, sesame seeds, and 100% buckwheat noodles, this noodle dish is the ticket!  Also, you can make it in 15 minutes. I saw Sesame Brussel Sprout Soba with Ginger on Naturally Ella and loved the idea.  This recipe was inspired by it!  I knew after trying the original (it was delicious!) that it would be super lovely with the flavor of fresh lemons.  So I made a…

Easy Shakshuka Baked Eggs

Easiest dinner ever alert!  This is what I make when I have a nearly empty pantry and no time.  And you know the best part, its actually GOOD!  Seriously, 15 minutes and dinner is on the table.  I’m not one to complain about that. A can of tomatoes, a splash of olive oil, smashed garlic cloves, some chopped shallot or onion, salt, pepper, saffron threads if you have them, and any random veggies like celery or carrots are the saucy liquid you poach the eggs in.  After it bakes, top it with some parsley, cilantro, or even basil and DIG IN! Just how you “dig in” is up to you!…

Brioche Knot Dinner Rolls

When this posts, we will be on our way back from 5 very cold but amazing days in Alaska. We will come back to our little bungalow, a much warmer city, and these two goofballs. June and George.  They are both miniature Australian shepherds, and June (on the right) has been my partner in crime since before any of the rest of the crazy clan, including the husband.  She is as spunky and sweet as she is lounge-y and sassy.  She is quite possibly a dog version of myself.  The one syllable nature of her name lends itself to many nickname iterations… Junior, Junie-girl, Junie-bop, Junie-spoony, and, my personal favorite,…
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