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Author: Christen

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Trevor is a real guy’s guy (despite the fact he’s surrounded by women). He likes to roam around in the woods, hunt, fish, grow excessive amounts of facial hair and, of course, drink beer. So what do you make for a manly man on Father’s Day? Chocolate cake, of course. This isn’t just a typical chocolate cake though. Instead of the usual sour cream or vegetable oil to moisten the cake, this kind (originally found in Bon Appetit magazine) uses beer and coffee. The different ingredients give the chocolate a deeper flavor while keeping the cake nice and moist....

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Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

I’m always looking for easy, healthy side dishes to go with whatever grilled meat we’re having throughout the summer. It’s a huge bonus too if I can make something ahead of time and just get it out when dinner’s ready to be served. Also, I’ve been trying to find different ways to make quinoa lately too. Its super healthy and tastes really good so I’ll be trying to use it a lot more this summer. I’ve actually made this salad as an orzo pasta salad before (original recipe is from Ina Garten here), but there’s only so much a...

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My New Summer Drink: Elderflower Tequila Cocktails

UPDATE: We can get Bittermilk in Saratoga now! Check it out at the Savory Pantry on Broadway! Are you looking for a new summer cocktail? Up until a few months ago, I’d never had any drinks with with elderflower, but now it seems to be popping up quite a bit. This new (to me) cocktail mix compound from Bittermilk is really great and very unique. I’m completely in love with their #2 formula – Tom Collins with Elderflower and Hops. It has a flavor that is really hard to describe – acidic from the lemon, floral from the elderflower, but bitter from...

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Pesto Pasta with Baby Spinach and Heirloom Tomatoes

About two weeks ago, Trevor informed me that we were in a dinner rut, and he was right. We were kind of just eating the same thing all the time on weeknights. The main problem is we just don’t have a ton of time to cook dinner on work days (who does?). We get home after a long day, everyone wants dinner immediately. Basically, a 30-minute meal seems like a luxury at this point. So I took the challenge to find some better weeknight meals, but taking small shortcuts here and there. On the weekends, I have plenty of...

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Homemade Blueberry Sauce

Breakfast is a really serious thing where I come from. At least once during the weekend, I like to cook a big breakfast for Trevor and our little bacon-fiend children. I’m a big morning person (and usually hopped up on caffeine) so it’s easier to tackle ambitious meals earlier in the day. These lemon ricotta pancakes (originally found on Damn Delicious) are super simple (so you may not need that extra cup of coffee to get through these), and they’re really delicious. I’m kind of burned out right now on regular ol’ pancakes from a box. We’ve all eaten them a million...

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