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Lemony Snap Peas

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in All, Sides and Salads | 10 comments

Snap Peas tossed in a lemon-dijon vinaigrette create a tasty side dish for busy days.

Lemony Snap Peas

It’s Good Friday, and I don’t know about you, but my to-do list is awfully long in preparation for the Easter weekend. I get to host – and absolutely love it – but getting the menu nailed down is sometimes tricky (meaning I finally decided yesterday what the menu would be!). But once I finally decided that we were having Easter dinner instead of brunch, these Lemony Snap Peas were a no-brainer addition to the menu.

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Roasted Potatoes with Arugula Pistachio Pesto

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in All, Sides and Salads | 6 comments

Welcome spring produce with a batch of these Roasted Potatoes with Arugula Pistachio Pesto! 

Roasted Potatoes with Arugula Pistachio Pesto

The cruelty of April weather is always one step forward and two steps back. We’re having one of those “two steps back” weeks right now. I received a bunch of gardening catalogs in the mail the other day, and I was so envious of all the people out there who are digging in the dirt and planting their summer gardens. I can’t wait to have fresh herbs right outside my patio door once again! But since that is still a ways off for us here in Minnesota, I’m resigned to enjoying the produce I do have access to and making the most of it. Spring greens will soon flood the markets, and these Roasted Potatoes with Arugula Pistachio Pesto are a perfect way to kick off pesto season everywhere. 

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 25 comments

Chewy chocolate brownies layered with peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough and frosted with a chocolate peanut butter ganache. Triple chocolate delight!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

I have a new dessert today to share with you today. It’s so good that you may race to the store just so you can make these for the kids today. (Or yourself. Go ahead, I won’t judge. Promise.)  And frankly, I’m not quite sure why it has taken me so long to put this combination together. It’s no secret that I love have an obsession for chocolate and peanut butter. Really it’s a combination that you can’t go wrong with. Ever. Let me introduce you to my new best friend: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies. You are going to love her. I mean, how can you not?

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Lemon Cream with Gingersnaps

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in All, Desserts | 4 comments

This Lemon Cream with Gingersnaps is a simple, refreshing way to welcome spring.

Lemon Cream with Gingersnaps

I love spring. I think it’s my favorite season. There’s nothing better than opening your windows for the first time after a loooooooooong winter and having crisp spring breezes chase away the staleness in the house. I don’t do a ton of specific spring cleaning (probably should change that), but I have been on a major decluttering kick lately. Craigslist is my new best friend. If it’s not nailed down, it’s for sale. Well, not exactly, but pretty close. Out with the old and in with the new. It’s my way of rejuvenating our space for the new season.

My motto of simplifying and refreshing extends to the kitchen, too. Remember that Homemade Lemon Curd we shared yesterday? I hope it is chilling in your fridge right now because you’ll need it to make this Lemon Cream with Gingersnaps, an uber simple, perfectly springy dessert.

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Homemade Lemon Curd

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in All | 2 comments

This Homemade Lemon Curd is the perfect balance of sweet and tart and comes together in record time. No need to buy it anymore! 

Homemade Lemon Curd

My kids wandered into the kitchen the other day and wanted to know what smelled good. When I replied that I was making Homemade Lemon Curd, they looked at me like I had horns growing out of my head. After Grady stopped his fake gagging (gotta love the encouragement!), I figured out that their only real association with “curd” is what you find in a cottage cheese container. So they were thinking I was making some bizarre concoction like lemon cheese curds. OK. They’re right; that does sound kinda weird. But there’s nothing strange about real Homemade Lemon Curd. This stuff is positively addicting. 

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