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pi (pie) day appoaches: mini apple pies

mini apple pies

The weather was magical yesterday. It was almost 50 degrees. A lot of the residual snow/ice melted. Seriously, it was glorious.

And now winter storm “Vulcan” is a-coming. Mr. Vulcan is bringing 6-10 inches of snow in his suitcase. Obviously, he’s over packed. It’s just an overnight stay, after all.

Clearly, Mr. Vulcan is quite rude. So rude, in fact, that even the cat feels the need to throw some (sleepy) shade toward Mr. Vulcan.

elton the cat

But enough weather talk…let’s talk about better things. Like pie.

Let’s talk about pie! Continue reading

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festive holiday recipe #17: stollen & candied citrus

candied citrus peel

If you’re looking for a unique, food-related gift, go candy yourself some citrus. Look at how sparkly it is! Package it up all cute, maybe in little mason jars, and impress your friends. You can even dip the pieces in dark chocolate first, if you’re feeling extra nice.

And then you know what you should do with the leftover candied citrus? Make stollen (basically, traditional German fruit cake.)

stollen

Most people hate fruit cake. That is (probably) a scientific fact. It makes sense, right? I mean, I don’t know a whole lot of people who would voluntarily opt for a sickly-sweet, dried fruit laden cake when there are exactly 293874293 other options out there.  Continue reading

festive holiday recipe #9: cranberry ginger bundt cake

cranberry ginger bundt cake

Thanksgiving Friendsgiving is upon us, y’all! Our first batch of friends flew in on Saturday evening, and we’ve been having fun showing them the city. I do feel a little bad, though, since they happened to arrive on what has been the coldest weekend we’ve had all year. They’re coping quite well, though, especially for being used to the barely-ever-under-50-usually-in-the-70s winter weather of southern California.

I won’t be posting a recipe later this week, but I will have a bunch of festive recipes for you next week! Some pies, and more gifting ideas, too.

I originally had a different recipe to share with you today, but while the particular item in question tasted great, it also looked a little bit gross in photos. It happens, right? Continue reading

festive holiday recipe #7: pumpkin spice caramels

pumpkin spice caramels scatter-crop

I have what you might call “a thing” for making caramels. The time and effort (which mostly consists of babysitting molten lava sugar) put into them makes them special, and homemade caramels taste so so SO much better than the store bought mass-produced kind. They also make the perfect gift.

There is a candy shop near my apartment that makes their own passionfruit and raspberry caramels, and it got me thinking about how to incorporate some fall-like flavors into a caramel situation. Continue reading

festive holiday recipe #5: chocolate chai crackle cookies

chocolate chai crackles-

You guys, it snowed yesterday. Snow that actually stuck (for all of a few hours). In early November. Where am I?!!?

I do love the snow, though. It just feels a liiiiittle too early. And it made all the trees lose their pretty red and yellow leaves, which I don’t so much appreciate.

As promised, I have Chocolate Chai Crackle Cookies for you today. Basically, they’re your regular old chocolate crackle cookies, dressed up with the warm, comforting spices found in your favorite chai tea. It puts a little bit of a festive spin on things, and makes what would otherwise be a fairly plain (but still delicious!) cookie much more interesting. Continue reading