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Presidential Provisions

Posted by Ellen

Monday, February 17, 2014

This year for President’s Day, try celebrating (and taking advantage of your day off work!) with some of our former presidents’ favorites. George Washington was known for snacking on fruit and nuts, with a particular fondness for cherries. Ronald Reagan kept a jar of jelly beans handy because he enjoyed seeing which flavor his visitors would pick. Jimmy Carter liked munching on peanuts in the Oval Office. Andrew Jackson enjoyed indulging in fine French cooking, and his favorite dessert was the floating islands. In contrast, FDR preferred classic American grilled cheese sandwiches and hot dogs. And in the summer, Woodrow Wilson would opt for homemade strawberry ice cream.

We have some presidential favorites to offer as well: To beat the freezing winter blues, why not try some warm, freshly baked Thomas Jefferson Sweet Potato Biscuits from James Villas’s Biscuit Bliss?

Or you could have a hearty side of one of LBJ’s favorites, Stuffed...

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Best of the Web: Valentine’s Day Edition

Posted by Issy

Friday, February 14, 2014

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you either love it or you hate it. More often than not, people disown the day and write it off as another “Hallmark Holiday” (ie. a day that was made up in order to sell to the masses). I had mixed feelings about the “holiday” growing up, but I have realized that it can be whatever you make it, so why not make the best of it? Many women have started to celebrate the day as “Galentine’s Day,” in which they take out their female friends and celebrate the bond they each share. I love this– it shows that just because you’re single doesn’t mean your Valentine’s Day date has to be Netflix. Celebrate life and love and friendship! That’s what holidays should be about, anyway, right?

In an attempt to continue to steer clear of the idea that this holiday is about store-bought chocolates,...

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Granitas for Galentines

Posted by Alexa

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

After I left elementary school, Valentine’s Day stopped being a friend of mine. I am one of those perpetually single people, and once I outgrew classroom-wide Valentine’s Day celebrations, the holiday was no longer fun for me.

In recent years though, I’ve tried to be a little less bitter and self-pitying. February 15th has become one of my favorite days of the year. Why? All the leftover Valentine’s Day candy goes on sale. Hello, fully restocked candy bowl!

I’m trying to get into the spirit this year by munching on heart-shaped Dove chocolates, painting my nails pink with gold flecks of glitter, and trying out some drink recipes that would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day Night in.

This past weekend, I tried out Shaina Olmanson‘s recipe for Peach Granita Bellinis [via Desserts in Jars]. It seems as though bellinis are becoming my go-to holiday drink, though these were much more fun than the traditional...

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Browsing Blogs for Weekend Baking

Posted by Ellen

Monday, February 10, 2014

Chocolate Loaf Cake is a dense, fudgy dessert perfect for a cozy evening in.  I discovered this delectable recipe on 101 Cookbooks while I was looking for a cake that could satisfy my chocolate craving and be made without an extra trip to the grocery store this past weekend [the batter contains rich melted bittersweet chocolate and a few other pantry-staple ingredients]. It was so easy to bake and tasted like a cross between brownies, fudge, and a teacake. This particular loaf cake is velvety smooth to bite into, but has a no sticky-frosting simplistic veneer.

The only adjustments that I made to Heidi’s variation of the recipe were in opting for dairy-free ingredients. Fortunately, the cake was just as deliciously buttery and chocolaty with DF butter and bittersweet chocolate, so I recommend this substitution if necessary.

The batter is thin when it goes into the oven, but it comes out moist with a dense...

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