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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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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peach blackberry crisp for two

This recipe is brought to you byyyyyy: Yep. The world’s most adorable little cast-iron pan. I obviously bought this with two-person desserts in mind. (Or a single-serve mac ’n cheese. The possibilities are endless, really). Cast-iron pans are a wonderful thing, people. I don’t know why but they are magical and I love them. I own about four, if we’re…

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lemon basil cookies

Have I mentioned yet that I’m married to a picky eater? I love him dearly – but the man could starve in a grocery store.  Grant came home from work the other day just as I was taking the last of these cookies out of the oven. He is my star-recipe-tester/number-one-critic/most-valued-food-opinion-giver so naturally I asked him to try one –…

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