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Cinnamon Butter Puffs: Lazy Saturday Breakfast

4 Mar

Tea Time & Tulle | Cinnamon Butter Puffs

Saturday morning I woke up wanting to make breakfast. But I didn’t want to sit around and wait for bread to rise, and I didn’t want to go to the grocery store. I dug out my favorite cookbook of all time — The Breakfast Book — and I found this perfect recipe. They were done less than an hour after I woke up, and they’re delicious. These puffs are a little more dense than normal muffins, but they’re sweet without being too sweet and have a subtle nutmeg flavor. I’m in love.

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In Praise of the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

16 Feb

In Praise of the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook | Tea Time & Tulle

I don’t think I can praise the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook enough. Obviously I have an unhealthy obsession with food blogs, but Smitten Kitchen has been one of my very favorites for a long time. When I saw she had a cookbook coming out, I bought it as soon as I could. I’ve tried a few recipes from it already — the Ratatouille Sub earning some high praise — and the recipes are everything I want from a cookbook. They’re relatively easy, fun to make, and the cookbook is full of beautiful pictures. If you don’t own this cookbook already, I suggest you buy it. Last week I decided to try a couple more recipes from her book, and they were both absolutely delicious. I made Gnocchi in Tomato Broth (with slight adjustments) and her Blue Cheese Iceberg Salad.

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Chai Spice Pumpkin Kiss Cookies

20 Nov

So I’ve been a little negligent of the blogosphere. One reason is because I’ve been chowing down on fun-size candy bars instead of baking. Whoops. Another reason is that I learned to knit, and it’s become one of those things that consumes every spare moment in my life. Kind of like when I started watching Glee on Netflix. However, I did (finally) find some time and motivation to bake, and I made these chai spice pumpkin kiss cookies. They’re fairly simple (like any kiss cookie), and I like how festive they are. They’d make a great complement to any Thanksgiving get-together — especially for those who are afraid of making pies.

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Apple Crumb Crostata: An Easy Alternative to Pie

8 Oct

First of all, accept my humblest apology for my semi-absence these past few weeks. I now work at a produce market that lives on an apple orchard, and it’s busy times for apple sellers. Everyone suddenly realized that it’s fall once it got a little colder, and they all really want apples. But I have returned, and I come bearing an apple dessert. This apple crumb crostata is basically a hybrid of apple crisp and apple pie. My mom likes to say it’s the lazy man’s version of apple pie. For those of you who have an aversion to homemade pie crust, this is your entry point. This recipe is easy to make, and anyone who eats it will be as impressed as if you’d made an actual pie. I promise.

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Homemade Pesto: What happens with an overgrown herb garden

21 Sep

I’ve had a pretty crazy week. I started a new job, and I’ve been helping my mom down at work, so my free time has been minimal. Let’s not even talk about how TV season is back, and I somehow became one of those people who watches 10 shows every week. I blame Netflix. So when I have free time, I am a total couch potato. However, the herb garden out back has been screaming at me all week to do something with it. The basil was saying, “Sarah! It’s getting so cold at night! There’s so much of me, and I’m going to diiie!” In response, I ripped all that basil’s leaves off and made it into pesto. Yum. That’ll show you for whining, basil. I’ve never made pesto before, but it was surprisingly easy and really delicious.

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Peach Crisp

31 Aug


I bought some peaches about a week ago because they just looked beautiful and delicious. And then I went out of town for the weekend and found myself with six peaches quickly approaching their demise. To use them up, I decided to make a peach crisp. I didn’t actually have a recipe for this, so I improvised and used my favorite apple crisp recipe and just substituted apples for peaches. It worked out pretty well if I do say so. Now let’s talk about this recipe.

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Peach Jam and More Lessons Learned

24 Aug

When I went to the farmer’s market with my mom a few days ago, I saw some really beautiful peaches and a woman selling peach jam. And then of course I said, “I need to make my own peach jam!” So here we are. Jam number three this summer. My sister tells me I’m starting to go a little crazy on the jam front, but I honestly don’t think there is such a thing. So allow me to tell you my escapades in making peach jam, which was by far the most difficult jam I’ve made yet. I think this has more to do with me being a moron rather than the difficulty of the recipe.

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