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Cacio e Pepe Polenta

What if we wonder, Does it come easily? and not in the way that inaction might, or giving up, or remaining uninvolved [because all of those may be the more complicated option at some point, depending on the circumstances] Instead, does it come easily? as in, Does it come out of you like breath, returning…

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,…

Cocoa Brownies, Revisited

In general, I am not one for repeating myself. I think this comes from years of being stepped on, despite my protestations. To be clear, I mean that literally–I have been stepped on A LOT. I don’t know what’s going on with you, world, but I do, in fact, exist, and I try my best…

Pecan Buttermilk Fudge

I am no stranger to Tom Haverford’s Treat Yo Self (video below). In fact, I strive for Cashmere-Velvet Candy Cane status. It feels good sometimes to just say “Yes!” to whatever it is you want, because let’s face it–you deserve it. With that said-and please bear in mind that I am going to Florida on…