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Berry Chocolate Chip Rugelach

I suppose I didn’t want to end on the note, “Smurf vaginas.” And also, I’d never made rugelach before. Admittedly, I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to go. The reviews of this particular recipe were a dichotomy of raves and frustrated failures. I think the only thing I could suggest when you encounter…

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

So, let me tell you a little bit about my favorite gal, Grace. I met her a few years ago through work, in which, on our very first night working together, I first experienced the magnanimity of her spirit. See, she ended up with a bloody nose, and witnessed, firsthand, the AWFUL inclination I have…

Cherry-Ricotta Cake

It has taken me 25 years, but I am starting to think that frosting a cake is overrated. Obviously, this is a very serious matter. Believe me, I have not taken the responsibility of frosting consideration lightly. And it isn’t that I am impartial to it; you are reading the script of a girl who…

Spaghetti with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce

I have been meaning to make this sauce for months. You know, I really don’t feel like the busiest person in the world. I work, I come home, I visit people, I do things. It seems pretty simple. It’s also enjoyable, overall. It’s just that, when I think about the things I intend to do,…

“Dirt Bombs” aka Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Muffins

As some of you know, I did my undergraduate research on self-control failure (for a very brief overview and an excellent recipe for chocolate lovers, check out my lavender brownie bites post). The cool thing about studying a topic like self-control is that it extends to pretty much everything: emotion regulation, dieting, aggression, interpersonal relationships,…