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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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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