peach nectarine galette

This is basically the pie version of an open-faced sandwich. I was a little obsessed with open faced sandwiches when I was a kid – because I thought it meant there was a funny FACE in your sandwich. As a kid, I watched my dad pack his lunches each night before work. I must have thought I was the official…

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grilled flatbread pizzas

Guys. I love pizza. Grant loves pizza. We make pizza in a cast-iron skillet. We make pizza on a pizza stone. We make pizza on the grill. We make personal pizzas. WE MAKE ALL THE PIZZA! I especially love super-easy homemade pizza. Give me some cheese + black olives and I’m set. Pleaseeee please tell me that you like black…

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pumpkin pasties

Any other Harry Potter nerds out there? Yes, I’m a HUGE Harry Potter nerd. (Fan?) I think I mayyyy have crossed out of the fan territory and into the nerd territory after my husband and some friends of ours went with me (were dragged with me) to a Harry Potter trivia night a few weeks ago. Since this event happened…

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s’mores tart

I had to get one s’mores recipe in before the summer completely slipped away. Labor Day is the end-of-summer/start-of-fall weekend and there have been no s’mores in our life all summer. What is summer without any s’mores? Tragic. But, Labor Day weekend + this recipe are here to save the day. I have many fond memories of nights around the…

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summer glory skillet crumble

Summer is fading fast but this easy-as-pie but not-a-pie skillet dessert captures everything we love about summer: perfectly ripe + juicy blackberries, tender and vibrant plums, and tart apples – the sort-of-summer yet kind-of-fall fruit.  This unexpected fruit combination makes the most gorgeous + vibrant shade of purple when baked together.  I stumbled onto this recipe a few years ago when…

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simple + delicious hummus

I used to buy hummus.  That is, until I realized how easy-peasy-chickpea-squeezee (hehe get it?) it is to make!  No-fuss appetizer? Check.  Quick snack? Check.  No tahini required? Check.  Husband slash picky-eater approved? Check.  The perfect way to use up your summer veggies? Check.  Only 6 ingredients? Check.  Throw-it-in-the-food-processor-and-push-a-button-easy? Check.  I could go on.  Orrrrrr we could throw this together…

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baileys chocolate cheesecake + chocolate ganache

I went back to Milwaukee last weekend for Irish Fest. My ultimate happy place. The best four days out of each year.  I think I’ve gone every single year of my existence (the 6 hour drive from Iowa is worth it) and it would take something prettyyyyyy big for me to miss it. In fact, I think the only way…

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cherry hand pies

My parents came to visit Grant + me in Des Moines for the 4th of July this year. It was weird not celebrating in Milwaukee but it was fun to host them in our apartment for the first time (yay!).  My mom, bless her, spent a lot of time in our kitchen that day, making potato salad, chicken, and some chocolatey-peanut buttery-rice…

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perfect pie crust + tips

Pie crust from scratch. It’s an intimidating thing. If we’re being honest here, I’m a bit of a pie snob – I grew up in a house where pre-made crust was not a thing. I’ve had lots of practice making good + bad crust. That’s a good thing for you because it means you get all the tips + tricks without…

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chicken + cauliflower curry

Confession: I didn’t know what curry was until about a year ago. Second confession: This is the first time I’ve ever made it. Third confession: It’s SO GOOD and SO EASY (although I don’t know how authentic this really is). Hello weeknight dinner solution! It’s essentially sautéing some garlic and onion. Adding some sliced chicken breasts and spices. Adding some…

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