Get Spring Fever with Honey Cupcakes and Marshmallow Icing

Honey Cupcakes

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Spring is in the air! I love these little honey-scented cupcakes. They’re delightfully old fashioned and absolutely irresistible when spread with a sweet marshmallow icing.

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This Vegan Basil “Chicken” Has a Secret

Vegan Basil "Chicken"

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When I served this vegan Basil “Chicken” to meat-eating guests the other day, they were blown away when I told them there was no meat or fish in the dish. “How did you do it?” they asked.

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Toss Crème Fraiche and Bacon with English Peas

English Peas with Bacon

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Here’s a quick and delicious addition to your Easter feast this weekend! Small, sweet English peas are anything but old fashioned when tossed with bacon and a bit of crème fraiche. These peas are only available for a very short time in the spring, making them an ideal Easter side dish.

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Indulge in a Mille Crêpe Cake for Dessert

Mille Crepe

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Gâteau Mille Crêpes is a classic French cake that translates to “thousand crêpe cake”. It’s the perfect dessert for people (like me) who have a rancorous relationship with their ovens because it’s made entirely on the stove.

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Homemade Comfort Food: Hearty Shells and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

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The past few days have been cold, foggy and grey here in Northern California. Yesterday was the first official day of Spring, but we definitely missed the memo! All this rain has left me craving some good old fashioned comfort food….and what’s better comfort food than homemade macaroni and cheese?

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Why You Want Dry Scallops in Garlic Scape Pasta

Spaghetti with Scallops and Garlic Scapes

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If you’ve been to an upscale fishmonger lately, you may have seen them selling “dry” scallops. While you probably wouldn’t want to order a dry pork chop or a dry slice of cake, in the case of scallops, “dry” in the label is a good thing.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

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St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday and a warm loaf of this oatmeal soda bread is the perfect way to celebrate!

Irish soda bread is a very traditional type of bread, but I love the addition of oats! It makes the bread slightly heartier and gives each slice a satisfying crunch. This bread is bread is perfect for breakfast slathered with jam and Irish butter, or great when dunked into a steamy bowl of stew.

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Spicy Crispy Chicken Without Spattering Grease

Spicy Crispy Chicken recipe

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I’ve written about my take on Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) before and waxed poetic about how those spicy crispy wings make me swoon, but heating a big pot of oil and double frying wings is not a project that I’d want to undertake on a weeknight.

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