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Feb 12, 2015

Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Muffins

Chocolate and red velvet...two of my favorite things. Because of this, it's safe to say Valentine's day is my kind of holiday. An excuse to eat these sweets for a solid week? Yes please! Sweets aside though, I must admit I do love all the red and pink hearts, roses and fun little Valentine crafts that come along with this holiday. A day set aside to show all your loved ones how much you care about them is always welcome here, whether it's with roses, chocolates, words or a homemade treat like these muffins. 

Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Muffins 

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter

2 ounces bittersweet chocolate

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

2/3 cup sugar

3/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 ounce red food coloring

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a double boiler melt butter and chocolate until smooth. Let cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and baking soda; whisk. In a separate bowl, stir together sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla and food coloring until combined. Pour chocolate mixture and milk mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips; batter will be sticky. Fill 12 muffin cups with batter. Bake for 5 minutes, reduce oven to 375 degrees F and bake for 10 minutes or until tested with a toothpick. Let muffins cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. 


Jan 26, 2015

Sicilian Beef Ragout for NY Times

This dish is a good one. Sicilian beef ragout. It's hearty and warms your insides with its robust flavors. I think it's a perfect winter meal. If you have a dutch oven, whip it out and give this recipe a try. As an added bonus, it simmers in your oven for a couple hours and fills your whole kitchen with an amazing aroma. 

Check out the recipe on the NYT Cooking page, here


Jan 23, 2015

A Taste of Winter

One thing I truly enjoy about winter are the beautiful snowy scapes it brings along with it. We haven't seen too much snow  so far but the storm that happened over Thanksgiving was so stunning that I have to share these photos with you. This is one of my favorite spots, Sprout Creek Farm, looking like a snowglobe. 


Nov 29, 2014

Sweet Potato Soup

I have to share this sweet potato soup with you because it was absolutely exquisite. I'm picky about how I like my sweet potatoes cooked and am officially convinced they are perfect in soup form. I made this dish for the NY Times a couple weeks ago and ate it twice a day for five days. The Belgian-style beer makes this dish, giving it that subtle hint of yeast. Florence Fabricant tops the soup with toasted mini marshmallows, giving a fun little nod to the classic sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows. 

Get the recipe here

CommentsCategories Savory

Nov 24, 2014

An Oh My Veggies, Meatless Thanksgiving!

I photographed this delicious, vegetarian, Thanksgiving menu that the wonderful ladies at Oh My Veggies are sharing. The spread includes traditional sides with a twist, gravy and a main dish!

Click on the dish titles to get the full recipes and even more photos. We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Lentil and Roasted Root Vegetable Strudel

Vegan Green Bean Casserole with French Fried Onions

Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized Onion Gravy

Wild Rice Pilaf with Brussels Sprouts and Sage Vinaigrette

Pumpkin Cheddar Stuffing

CommentsCategories Drinks Interiors Savory Sweet Travel