Shortbread (via Bouchon Bakery)

It seems boring. Why should you make this treat with no chocolate? It also seems fussy at first glance. Again, do I have time for that with a kid around? Well, actually, it isn’t boring but deliciously buttery and vanilla-y, and it isn’t super fussy unless you want to make it that way.

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Homemade Mayonnaise

That’s right. I finally made it. After literally years of thinking about it and wondering, I finally made mayo. It was so much easier than I expected, although having an immersion blender is probably the main reason? I have no idea on how to make it without one, so sorry…can’t help you there. I can say that this method has worked for me multiple times.

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Friday Favorites 22

Welcome to the final days of September! The final days of summer are here, and I am sharing a few sweet treats to round out your summer. Or maybe you’ve already moved onto Autumn and are ready to have rich chocolate cake. I have that, too. Either way, enjoy your Friday!

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Better Beef for Slow-Cooking and Stews

I read lots of tips and suggestions, but not all of them pan out. That’s why I wanted to share this one with you all. Basically, I read in a recipe from The Food LabΒ that you should do the opposite of what many recipes say to do with beef…and after trying it multiple times in different recipes, it has worked amazingly well each time!

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Tagliatelle with Prosciutto and Peas

This should have been a simple recipe, but I had some trouble at the grocery stores. Yes, plural. First, I only bought half of the prosciutto needed, because I had sticker shock and couldn’t fathom the possibility that the one package was not enough. Oops. Well, not really an oops since I decided to make it work. I did a single batch of pasta, then ended up having enough sauce leftover to make some more pasta to coat with the rest. Soooo, I made the recipe below reflect the “half” amount. In case you’re thinking I’m part-vegetarian (not that such a thing exists), K also agreed that it was enough. You got the flavor, you got some meat in most bites, and it was satisfying. Especially because the pasta is so eggy and rich.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: More Popsicles

I wanted to share some more popsicles I’ve made since we are quickly approaching the end of summer. Make these now, or save them for next year…or even make them with some frozen fruit maybe?

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Free-Standing Vanilla Panna Cotta for 2

I honestly can’t remember what made me think of this recipe. I remember vaguely being in the mood for something creamy, and also intrigued by making something new (panna cotta). I had a little heavy cream that needed to get used, and everything else on the list was a pantry item. So, it seemed like a good idea. Basically, I made it while feeding the Fudgelet dinner, and then K and I had it for dessert. It was fun to be all “oh, and look at this random treat from the refrigerator”.

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