Sweets

Lemon Buttermilk Cookies with a Raspberry Glaze

17 March, 2017

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All this past week, SXSW has been going on in Austin and that means we haven’t had time to make or shoot new recipes lately. So we’re throwing it back to this recipe I made for a Christmas gathering back in December and never posted. Nothing like having those backups, huh?

I got this lemon buttermilk cookie recipe from the Orangette blog. I’ve been making it for YEARS. Since 2009 at least. I remember the first time I made it was in my Seattle kitchen. It speaks to the deliciousness that I have come back to it again and again. In fact, I need to get the ingredients and make it again this next week.
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Austin

Austin’s Dog-Friendly South Congress

28 February, 2017

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South Congress (or SoCo as nobody calls it) is a lot different than it used to be just 5 years ago. But, regardless of what you or I may think of the changes, there’s one species who loves going to this highlight of Austin: dogs! SoCo now has a few more places that are great for hangin’ out with our best friends. Here is some of the best as ranked by our dog, Sydney (but she doesn’t understand how numbers work, so…).

note: special icons for each for @water bowls and %dog treats

Mañana Coffee & Juice
1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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Tucked into the side of the new So. Congress Hotel is one of the best cafés in town. The hotel pastry chef makes everything in-house: macarons, sticky cinnamon rolls, flakey croissants, and more exotic varieties of buttery goodness. They also press their own juices! Help yourself to their flat and sparkling water taps and relax in the secluded courtyard with your pooch or pig (yep, seen people out with their pigs – it is South Austin after all). Half-off all pastries from 5-7pm everyday!
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Sweets

Easy Crème Brûlée

14 February, 2017

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Crème brûlée is delicious, but seems hard to make at home, right? The fact that every Top Chef contestant who tries to make crème brûlée in 30 minutes fails doesn’t help the home cook’s confidence in tackling this recipe.

Here’s the secret: crème brûlée is as simple to make as it is delicious. Most of the time is spent chilling: you need to make sure it is fully set, and cold, before taking a torch to it.
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Snacks

7 Tasty Snacks for the Big Game

3 February, 2017

The big game is coming up this weekend. Regardless of whether your team is playing.. or even if you’re into football or not, it’s always such a fun event to get together with friends for some incredible snacks and drinks.

Here are seven ideas for snacks to enjoy while you’re cheering on your team! We’ve included both savory and sweet recipes in here.

Sweet potato skins with bacon and cheese

sweet potato skins

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Dinner

Beef Stew with Cheesy Polenta

6 January, 2017

Beef Stew with Cheesy Polenta

It’s pretty chilly here in Austin today. Bundle up with a coat, mittens, and a scarf-type of weather. And that winter citrus salad I posted earlier this week? Not gonna keep you warm. But this beef stew over cheesy polenta? Yes! Warming, filling, and so very tasty.

I first made this soup a few years ago. I remember the weather being very similar. It was cold. I didn’t want to do anything but stay indoors. And luckily, I had prepared ahead of time and gotten all the ingredients I needed to make this beef stew. And oh. It was so good. I’ve made it again and again and again since that date. And now I want to share it with you. So you can make it again and again and again.
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Breakfast, Salads

Winter Citrus Salad

3 January, 2017

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Happy 2017!

Are you glad 2016 is over? I know I am. It was a rough year. We had some big losses, including both Josh’s father and my father. The whole year just seemed to have a heavy cloud hanging over it. And sometimes it just feels good for a fresh beginning. A new year full of hope. I’m happy to put 2016 behind us, and make some new, wonderful memories in 2017.

Along with a new year, comes resolutions for a lot of us! This year, my resolution is to focus on taking care of myself. What does that consist of?
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