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Three Simple, Scrumptious Party Dips

We are entering party season, people. Maybe we’re already in it–it’s football season, after all, and there were plenty of Halloween parties just a few days ago, and then there will be Friendsgivings and, of course, Thanksgiving itself. Maybe you’re throwing these parties, maybe attending them. Maybe you’ve been asked to bring something–an appetizer? You…

But First—— Coffee.

Hello. My name is Laura, and I’m a coffee addict. The first step is acknowledging you have a problem, right? But I’m not THIS BAD. I don’t spend my whole life thinking about coffee. I haven’t filled my house with coffee paraphernalia–though I do have a lot of mugs. And coffee, in the right portions,…

Birthday Cake

I always gain weight in October. It’s getting colder. The oven warms the house. The smell of fresh baked bread masks the fact that you haven’t opened the windows in days. Go to the pumpkin patch. Have some cider. Have some candy corn and pumpkin pie. Festive, festive, festive. And then it’s my birthday. Two…

Baked Bones with Blood

It’s super easy to find sweet snacks to make for Halloween. Caramel apples, witches’ hats, apples carved and stuffed to look like monsters with big mouths. But if you’re throwing a Halloween party, or if you’ve been asked to bring something to someone else’s, you might want something savory to set on the table. So…

The Best Meal for That First Chilly Day

I am an unashamed fan of pumpkin. When pumpkin spice mania begins, I’m right there baking pumpkin bread and ordering my pumpkin spice lattes. But that’s not the only way to use pumpkin–I mean, “pumpkin spice” doesn’t really mean it tastes like pumpkin, but some combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and/or cloves. I like…

Mommy’s Magic Mix

I get so tired of packing snacks. Everywhere we go, it seems we need to bring a nibble. You never know when the kids will be suddenly starving, and it’s no good buying them something every time they whine that they’re hungry. Do you know how much an applesauce pouch costs at Starbucks? And after…

Fred vs. Amelia: A Sourdough Story

A few months ago, I made a sourdough starter. I named him Fred. Fred was a late bloomer. He was sufficiently fed and watered, kept warm and cozy in his infancy, but he failed to absorb much of the yeast he’d need to make a good bread, and his sour was never particularly strong. I…