Beyond the Kitchen

Let It Be Sunday, 149!

Hello dear friends! A year ago this week I was in the kitchen at the White House, making holiday cookies with Ashley and Molly and oooohhh just the White House Pastry Chef.  Exactly 1 trillion things have happened since that…

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Breakfast Holiday Recipes

Gingerbread Dutch Baby

I feel like we’re far enough past pumpkin spice season to really cozy into gingerbread time.   Beyond cookies and breads, we can get gingerbread flavors with a thin battered, fluffy and puffy Dutch Baby pancake.  It’s simple and thank goodness…

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Dinner Recipes Savory

Cincinnati Chili Dinner

Earlier this year I discovered the wonders of a warmly spiced savory meat dish.  It was too long a time coming, but moussaka is in my heart to stay.   This chili, some of you from Cincinnati are no doubt nodding…

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Beyond the Kitchen

Let It Be Sunday, 148!

Hello friends!  It’s December 3rd and we’re off to the races! Or we’re in the races.  That’s more like it… It’s December 3rd and here we are barreling towards the end of the year.   This time of year invariably has…

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Recipes Savory Snacks

Sweet Potato and Lardon Tacos

There’s not much I won’t put in a tortilla.  This comes with plenty of early training.  I think I came home from fourth grade and everyday made a peanut butter and jelly ‘sandwich’ in a cold flour tortilla.  It took…

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Baked Lemon Spinach Risotto

There are some things I do with great ceremony in the kitchen.  Work butter into a pie crust, chop carrots for a soup, butter up a whole chicken for roasting.  It can all be pretty precious. A luxury, really. Truthfully,…

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Turkey Gravy Salted Caramels

This is me, creepin up behind you while you’re whisking together your Thanksgiving gravy tomorrow.  This is me, whispering in your ear as you’re pouring gravy into the gravy boat.  This is me, asking to lick the gravy spoon.  This…

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Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu

I’ll tell you now that, as a former bakery counter girl at The Cheesecake Factory (heeeelllppp), I know my way around a tiramisu.  When I say I know my way around a tiramisu, please know that I mean, I would…

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