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Sweet & Spicy Pepper Jelly

Pepper jelly is a delicious enigma: the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. It is nothing short of perfection on a cracker with cream cheese. This recipe is extremely versatile, use whatever color peppers you have on hand, and adjust the heat level to your liking, from just a hint of heat to inferno-in-your-mouth. This sweet and spicy pepper...

Egg Salad Sandwiches with Roasted Beet

Say hello to your new favorite sandwich: creamy egg salad seasoned with paprika, thin slices of roasted beet, and a generous handful of spicy microgreens to perfectly offset the richness of the egg. Taylor’s classic egg salad is simple and satisfying, with only 4 ingredients (eggs included), plus salt and pepper. It’s not overly mayo-heavy or mustard-forward,...

Brunching and Munching in Melbourne, Australia

What’s not to love about Melbourne, Australia? From the bustling CBD to the free public transportation to the amazing brunch scene, Melbourne is most definitely one of our favorite cities we’ve visited. Spending 6 days in one place sounds like a lot, but we had absolutely no problem filling our time (and our stomachs) in Melbourne. Be sure to check...

Black Bean Soup

Well soup de doo, would you look at that luscious black bean soup! Not to mention it’s naturally vegetarian and gluten free (vegan too if you skip the dairy-based toppings!) Starting with dried black beans produces a robust bean stock that is then pureed with the cooked beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, and other aromatics for a thick and creamy soup without...

Beyond the Kitchen: Homebound Edition

Now more than ever, books provide a much needed escape from the drama and stress of the world. Needless to say, with everything going on, I’ve found myself reading quite a bit more than normal (and my normal is actually quite a lot of reading, so that’s saying something). The fact that we’re home, not traveling or going out for the foreseeable future,...

Confetti Amaretti Cookies

Soft and chewy and ready to party, these birthday cake amaretti cookies are studded with rainbow sprinkles and flavored with almond and cake batter extract. Rainbow sprinkles make everything better, and my popular amaretti cookies are no exception! With pops of bright color peeking through the sugary cracks, and a nostalgic cake batter flavor with...

Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

Moist and tender coffee cake muffins studded with fresh blueberries and a cinnamon sugar topping that bakes to a delightful crunch. Turns out my grandma’s old fashioned sour cream coffee cake recipe makes for some pretty spectacular muffins. For a while now I’ve wondered if my grandma’s old fashioned coffee cake recipe would translate into muffins....

Next Level Niçoise Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Caper Vinaigrette

This protein-packed twist on a classic Niçoise salad features flakes of albacore tuna, hard-boiled egg, cherry tomatoes and crispy chickpeas, drizzled with a tangy caper vinaigrette. Side dish no more… the best salads are the ones you can eat as a full meal, satisfying and filling all on their own. And this next-level Niçoise salad certainly fits the...

Peach Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Luscious, creamy vanilla cheesecake bars with a swirl of fresh peach puree and a sweet and salty pecan-infused cookie crust are just what you need to top off the summer! Baking cheesecake in bar form transforms a fussy, formal dessert into a casual, everyday delight—this summery version pairs a delicate vanilla bean cheesecake with a swirl of vibrant...

Drunken Peach Jam

Peach and bourbon come together in this delightfully tipsy drunken peach jam. With ripe summer peaches, a splash of lemon juice and more than a splash of bourbon, this might just be your new summer jam. Homemade jam is a perfect way to preserve the best of summer peaches to enjoy throughout the year. I mean, what’s better than a spoonful of sunshine...

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