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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

When I visited my parents in Indiana before Christmas, I helped my mom bake a bunch of cookies to put into holiday gift baskets for their neighbors. I chose these cookies because they are super simple (I’ve made them before), they remind me of brownies, and covered in powdered sugar before baking, they look like…

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Sausage and Pepper Tortellini Soup

Sausage and Pepper Tortellini Soup

I bought a family-sized package of cheese tortellini when we made this spinach and artichoke tortellini soup and only used half off it. While the spinach and artichoke version was light and refreshing, this meaty, tomato and pepper version was much heartier and fall/winter appropriate. Originally I envisioned large chunks of sausage or chorizo, but…

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Best of Wafoodie 2014

Best of Wafoodie 2014

Another year has come and gone, and we look back over the Best of Wafoodie 2014. Top 10 Savory Dishes Spaghetti Alla Carbonara Pretzel Brats Monte Cristos BLTA Pasta Chicken Burgers with Brie, Balsamic Strawberries, Bacon, and Basil Pistachio Champagne Risotto with Crispy Shallots Spinach and Leek Croque Madames White Bean Parmesan Stew Browned Butter…

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Homemade Pasta + Tomato Sauce with Parmesan Rind

Homemade Pasta + Tomato Sauce with Parmesan Rind

Boy was this a delicious meal. We stopped by our local cheese shop, and on a whim bought some fresh burrata. When we tried to decide what we would actually eat the burrata with, all we could settle on was some kind of awesome pasta. I set my sights on making a damn good tomato sauce…

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Funfetti Cookie Cake

Funfetti Cookie Cake

I made this cake to celebrate my own birthday the night before. I spent my actual birthday giving my 251 research talk in front of my area’s department, which is sort of like our version of a master’s thesis defense. And it was the last day of the quarter for the year. Needless to say I was…

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Pear, Walnut & Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Pizza

Pear, Walnut & Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Pizza

Puff pastry pizzas make a fabulous dinner or party appetizer, and it’s very low maintenance to make. The puff pastry makes such a flaky and buttery crust. Although you could do a variety of toppings (I think a caprese version with cherry tomatoes and basil would be perfect in the summer), this particular variety is perfect…

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Smoked Duck Hash

Smoked Duck Hash

“Cooking the ducks” by making some duck themed meal became a thing for us last hockey season when the Kings played the Ducks in the playoffs. Now any time we watch the Kings play the Ducks, we have to have a meal featuring duck in some way shape or form. When the Kings and the…

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Browned Butter Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Browned Butter Roasted Brussels Sprouts

We made these delicious brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving dinner, but they were so simple that we’ll probably make them again for Christmas or even just a regular dinner. Who would have thought that we’d be excited to eat brussels sprouts, but they seem to be a trendy menu item at a lot of restaurants (the…

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Gingerbread Stout Loaf

Gingerbread Stout Loaf

This loaf cake was inspired by one we sampled at The Sycamore Kitchen awhile back, and I knew I’d have to recreate it come the holiday season. The stout (instead of buttermilk) really intensified the deep, dark molasses flavor. I was a little worried swapping out the buttermilk in favor of stout that the texture…

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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

The very first time I made gingerbread cookies from scratch, it was quite the disaster. I randomly searched for a gingerbread recipe on the internet and decided upon this one entitled “The Most Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies.” Sold. These are definitely some of the best gingerbread cookies that I’ve ever had. I even upped the ginger content…

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