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Panettone Bread Pudding for Mother’s Day

If you’ve been perusing your favorite blogs this week, then you’ve probably noticed a lot of great recipes to spoil Mom with. I think most of us get excited about Mother’s Day because one, it usually revolves around breakfast foods, and who doesn’t love those? Secondly, it’s really a chance for us to show Mom just how much we love her and appreciate her for what she does. Last year, I made Mom these darling ramekins of cinnamon crumble french toast, which she loved. This year, I decided to make another favorite of hers, this panettone bread pudding. Continue reading

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Butter Pecan Cookies

With Mother’s Day one week away, it only seems fit to share the recipe for these butter pecan cookies. Butter pecan is my mom’s favorite ice cream flavor. She’s ordered that flavor ever since I can remember. While I tend to stick to cookies ‘n’ cream, I have to wholeheartedly admit that butter pecan is such an underrated flavor. I always steal a lick from Mom’s scoop and greedily ask for more. These butter pecan cookies taste just like the ice cream flavor, so if you love that, then you’ll love these cookies!  Continue reading

Garlic Fries

Garlic Fries

There’s this local spot in Laguna called the Sapphire, and they have this amazing daily special consisting of a kobe cheeseburger plus garlic fries for $10. It’s a total steal because it’s an absolutely decadent, gourmet cheeseburger combo, but the great price isn’t what’s got me so addicted. It’s the garlic fries! They serve these scrumptious shoestring fries tossed with parmesan and parsley that just beckon my name whenever I get a craving for french fries.  Continue reading

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No-Knead Country Bread

Okay, so there are bread makers and then there are those who prefer to leave the bread making to their local bakeries. Even though I fall into the first camp, I totally understand why people don’t like making bread. It requires patience, a bit of exact precision, and most of all, if you don’t own a stand mixer, it can require a serious arm workout. But have you ever had a fresh loaf of bread from the oven? It’s just like stepping into a French boulangerie and ripping off a piece of warm baguette; you hear the tear of the crisp crust and then taste the airy texture of the fluffy interior. It’s perfection, really. That being said, I still may not have convinced you it’s worth the wait and fuss of making a traditional baguette or loaf of bread, but I’m sure this next sentence will. The recipe I’m sharing today will have you eating a fresh, homemade loaf of country bread within an hour and a half, including only 10 minutes of prep work, 1 hour of “rising” time for the bread (where you do nothing), and then 25 minutes for the bread to bake. Oh, and did I mention there’s no kneading involved and pretty much foolproof for any beginner baker?  Continue reading