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Lemon Liquidation: How to Make Lemon Vodka

  Although the holidays are over, I have a fun gifting concept that could be used anytime for special occasions. I have been growing a dwarf Meyer lemon tree for a few years now. This fall, my first ...

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Lemon Macarons with White Chocolate-Lemon Ganache

  Vibrant macarons can now be found in a variety of stores. The idea of making macarons yourself can be a daunting task at first, however, macarons are easier to make than you think! There are not ...

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Transform Lemon Curd to Elegant Mousse

  Whenever we have a dinner party, I'm typically in charge of preparing the dessert. Sometimes when I'm feeling really ambitious, I'll make a pie or cake, but time wasn't on my side recently so I ...

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Portable Sunshine

  You may (but probably don’t) recall from one of my previous blog posts that I love winter. While before I just had my own nostalgia to draw on to try to convince you to join me in my abject ...

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Mini Zucchini Bread Three Ways

I have fond memories of zucchini bread that my “summer” grandma made me. I had one grandma that lived with us, and the “summer” grandma lived in Virginia. To this day whenever I cut into a ...

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A Royal Recipe: Meghan & Harry’s Lemon Elderflower Petit Fours

  I’m obsessed with the upcoming Royal Wedding. As an L.A. girl who studied in London and always dreamed of bumping into some secret royal at the local Tesco and being swept off my feet, this is my ...

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An Easy First Ferment: Preserved Lemons

  Back before refrigerators were commonplace in homes, preservation was important if you wanted to eat come winter. That's why every culture has recipes and methods of pickling or fermentation.

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Lemon Meringue Pie: The Perfect Summer Dessert

I really do enjoy baking, but I am much more comfortable on the savory side in the culinary world. I have my go-to desserts that I like to make when we entertain… dishes like fruit crisps, cookies ...

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How to Smoke Seafood on your Big Green Egg

Given the heat the last few days, I’ve been craving lighter summer fare. It’s a little too warm for heavy food like pork shoulder and brisket. Smoked seafood, on the other hand, sounds pretty good. ...

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Espe What?

Espelette. Pronounced es-pa-let, this little pepper from the southern region of France is one of my favorite ingredients and I dare say, a secret weapon in my arsenal of cooking tricks. Although this ...

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