Creamed Mushrooms over Garlic Confit Toast

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These are SO GOOD that I’m struggling to find words for them.  Creamy mushrooms, cooked down with wine and thyme served over a buttery, garlic toast that just soaks up that mushroom-loaded sauce.  How’s that?

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I’ve added an excessive amount of pictures of basically the same thing because these toasts are excessive and I also couldn’t decide which pictures were best because I basically loved them all and everything about this and I need to stop for a breathe now.

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Funny story while making this recipe: the oven quit working and locked my garlic bread inside, turning it to a very dark (read: basically burnt) toast, while I frantically ran around looking for the breaker box to kill the power.  I was able to salvage the bread after scraping off all the burnt parts.

Also, I was the luckiest person alive on that day because chanterelle mushrooms were in season and I found them at the store and I wasn’t going to waste those golden beauties on some burned bread.  Side note: you can definitely eat these mushrooms alone if your oven quits working and burns your bread too.

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I saw a version of this recipe on Half Baked Harvest and just knew I had to make it (garlic, cream, mushrooms, Parmesan and bread are on my short list of favorite foods).  Apparently, the original recipe comes from Gjelina restaurant in Los Angeles and is one of the most popular items on the menu.  Some day I will go to this magical place and have the original version, but for now, I will be juuuuust fine with this one.

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Creamed Mushrooms over Garlic Confit Toast

Yield: 4 to 6 servings


1 baguette, thinly sliced on the diagonal

6 tablespoons butter

6 to 8 garlic cloves, coarsely minced

1 sprig of fresh oregano

Pinch of red pepper flakes, to taste

1 cup (4 ounces) finely grated Parmesan cheese

1-1/2 pounds mixed mushrooms, trimmed and coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme

1/3 cup dry white wine, plus a splash to finish

1/3 cup crème fraiche

1/3 cup heavy cream

Olive oil, as needed

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 425°.  Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.


Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the garlic and oregano and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until the butter is golden-brown and caramelized.  Mash the softened garlic into the butter and add a pinch of red pepper flakes.


Place the bread on the prepared baking sheet.  Spoon the garlic mixture on top of each piece, spreading to cover with the back of a spoon.  Reserve 1/4 cup of Parmesan to sprinkle on top before serving; sprinkle the rest over the bread slices.  Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until light golden brown. 


Preheat the same skillet over medium-high heat.  Add two tablespoons of olive oil and, when hot, add the mushrooms, stirring to coat.  Cook, undisturbed, for 3 to 5 minutes, until softened and golden brown on the bottom.  Season with salt, pepper and the minced thyme.  Stir the mushrooms and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown and caramelized.  Add the wine and cook for 1 minute, until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the crème fraiche, heavy cream, and a splash of wine to taste.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon the mushroom mixture over the toasted bread.


Inspiration: Caramelized Garlic Butter Toast with Pan Fried Mushrooms on


Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Have some old too-brown-to-eat bananas lying around on your counter or in your freezer?  Come on, I know you do.  Here’s that classic banana bar recipe that we all know and love with that perfect, fluffy, not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting to crown that golden cake.

This is the banana bar recipe my mom has used for as long as I can remember.  These have been breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert for me many a time.  I don’t remember my mom baking a lot, but banana bread and bars were two of her staples.  While this recipe comes from Taste of Home, I always think of these as “Mom’s Banana Bars”.  Recipes are like that, aren’t they?  They may have originated from someone or somewhere else, but when they are delicious and oft-requested or cooked, they quickly become associated with the person who made them for you.  My mom has a collection of Taste of Home cookbooks, which are the cookbooks I grew up paging through and some of the first recipes I learned to cook.  There’s a bit of nostalgia in these banana bars for me because of those memories.

Since I started making them myself, I prefer a slightly thicker bar, so I have multiplied the original recipe slightly and added a little more banana to increase the moistness of the final product (so scary to alter a baking recipe, but nothing can compare to my mom making these after a few cocktails and combining two completely different recipes to create an inedible hybrid banana bar-pudding-completely uncooked batter result).  I like my cream cheese frosting a little less sweet than most, so unfortunately (wink wink) you’re going to want to taste your frosting as you are making it and add more/less confectioners’ sugar to your desired taste.

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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 24 to 30 bars 


3/4 cup butter, at room temperature

2-1/4 cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1-3/4 cups mashed ripe bananas, about 5 bananas


12 ounces (1-1/2 packages) cream cheese, at room temperature

3/4 cup butter, at room temperature

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

4 to 5 cups confectioners’ sugar


Preheat the oven to 350°.  In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla and mix to combine. 

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to the liquid mixture, stirring just until combined.  Stir in the mashed bananas.

Spread into a greased 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  DO NOT OVERBAKE!  You will be so sad if you do.

For the frosting, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a large bowl until fluffy.  Slowly beat in enough confectioners’ sugar to reach your desired consistency and sweetness.  Frost the bars once cooled.  Store in the refrigerator.


Inspiration: Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting on


Burrata Whipped Potatoes

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Burrata + mashed potatoes=a combination meant-to-be.  But let’s be real, what doesn’t burrata go with?!  I know the burrata craze is a little overdone but the cheese is so popular for a reason.  Soft and creamy inside, with that fresh mozzarella shell we all know and love; it makes a great addition to your mashed potatoes.  See that creamy speck in the lower right corner?  A perfect burrata splotch.

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I had these at Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco a few years ago and I still think about them.  They were SO CREAMY.  I can’t even imagine the quantity of butter/cream/milk/burrata that might be in the restaurant dish.   See picture below for reference (and motivation for if you should find yourself in San Francisco or anywhere near Wayfare, YOU SHOULD GO GET THEM.)

I can’t say this is an exact approximation of that dish, but these are so delicious and will give you a glimpse of those potatoes.

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Burrata Whipped Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

6 to 8 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

2 to 2-1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup whole milk

1 to 2 balls burrata

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives


In a small saucepan, combine the olive oil and garlic; cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until the garlic is very soft and golden in color. 


Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.  Once boiling, season with 2 teaspoons kosher salt and carefully add the potatoes.  Gently boil over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are fork-tender.  Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water and drain the potatoes.  Return the drained potatoes back to the pot and, using a hand mixer, whip the potatoes until mashed.  Add the olive oil, softened garlic cloves, cream and milk to the potatoes and whip until light and fluffy.  Pull the burrata into small pieces and add to the potatoes.  Stir in with a wooden spoon until stretchy and melted.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  To serve, sprinkle the chives over top and, if desired, drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil.


Buttery Tuna Melts

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Remember when I shared that open-faced tuna melt a few weeks ago and also shared about my fear of canned tuna most of my life?  I had the most delicious tuna melt and my mind was forever changed.  This is my attempt at recreating that sandwich.

My best friends always used to order tuna melts at this sandwich shop we would sometimes go to in Chicago.  I don’t know why this memory stands out to me so much; maybe it’s because of their obsession with it or my disgusted reaction every time they got it (canned fish?! cheese and fish combined?!) but I think of them every time I see a tuna melt.  Sorry to my girls, it may be a weird thing to be associated with.

Creamy tuna salad spiked with sharp capers, lemon, shallots and Dijon mustard cut through the richness of the buttery toasted bread and melty cheddar.  Some tomato slices thrown in make you feel a little healthy.


Buttery Tuna Melts

Yield: 2 sandwiches



1/3 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons capers, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 small shallot, finely chopped

Two 4-ounce cans Italian oil-packed tuna (can substitute with 5-ounce cans water-packed tuna), drained

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


4 thin slices of good-quality bakery bread

4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

4 slices ripe tomato

6 to 8 slices sharp Cheddar cheese, depending on the size of your bread slices


For the tuna salad: mix together all of the ingredients, taking care not to break up the tuna too much.  When the bread is toasted, scoop half of the tuna salad on each slice and spread to the sides.  Sprinkle 1/2 of the Cheddar cheese on the tuna salad and arrange the jalapeño slices on top.  Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the tuna salad is warmed through.  Sprinkle with chopped chives before serving.

Preheat a large skillet over medium-low heat.  Spread 1 tablespoon of butter over each slice of bread.  Flip the slices so the buttered sides are down and spread the tuna salad over two slices.  Top with the tomato and cheddar slices.  Place the remaining bread slices on top and press down lightly. 

Once the skillet is heated, toast the sandwiches until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown and crisp, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. 


Meyer Lemon-Blueberry Buttermilk Scones with Browned Butter Lemon Glaze

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Forgive me, friends, for I have sinned.  It’s been exactly 43 days since I last shared a recipe for scones.  That’s 42 days too long!  And Meyer lemons are still in season, so we gotta get ’em in while we can.

I don’t know what it is about them, maybe it’s the moist, flaky pastry, how easy they are to throw together or the endless varieties you can make but I gravitate towards them.  It’s so easy to make a dry, flavorless scone that you could break apart with a hammer, so when I find a great recipe, I feel it’s my duty to share it with you.  This recipe combines the classic lemon-blueberry flavor combo, but you could use the base recipe to make any flavor combination you want.

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Meyer Lemon-Blueberry Scones with Browned Butter Lemon Glaze

Buttery, flaky scones dotted with blueberries and with the fresh zing of Meyer lemons!

  • Author: Amanda
  • Yield: 10 to 12 scones
  • Category: Breakfast Sweets


  • 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) plus 1 tablespoon cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk, plus more as needed
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • Zest of one Meyer Lemon
  • Heavy cream, for brushing before baking
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling before baking


  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Zest and juice of one Meyer lemon
  • 3 tablespoons butter


Preheat the oven to 400°.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

To make the dough, combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.  Add the sugar and salt and stir to combine.  Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or fork.  The mixture should be coarse with pea-sized lumps of butter visible.  Add the buttermilk, blueberries and lemon zest all at once, and gently stir with a rubber spatula until the dough just comes together, taking care not to break up the blueberries.  Add more buttermilk if the mixture seems dry.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and pat together in a long rectangular log, about 18 x 5 inches and 1-1/2 inches thick.  Cut the dough into 10 to 12 triangles and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.  Brush the tops with heavy cream and sprinkle generously with turbinado sugar.

Bake the scones until the tops are lightly browned, about 25 to 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before glazing.

To make the glaze, add the confectioners’ sugar, zest and juice to a small bowl.  In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.  It will melt, separate into milk solids and clear butter, foam and then start browning.  It will take longer than you think it will, but do not venture far and stir often, because once it starts to brown, it will go quickly.  Once the butter is browned and smells nutty, remove from the heat and add to the glaze ingredients.  Whisk to thoroughly combine.  The glaze should be free-flowing, and easily pourable, but not too thin.  You can add more lemon juice, cream or water to loosen the glaze if necessary.  Drizzle over the warm scones.


Inspiration: Buttermilk Scones from Tartine by Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson


Sweet and Buttery Green Beans

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When’s the last time I told you how much I love Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook?  I think it’s been a few hours, so I’ll tell you again.  This is probably my favorite cookbook out of my (ahem! thousand) cookbooks.  This recipe took a few tries; I could never quite get that perfect sugary glaze from the original recipe.  I’ve reduced the water and added a little extra butter because…butter.  These green beans never last long; fingers will be in and out of the bowl, grabbing a few extra until all that’s left is sugary, syrupy butter at the bottom, which you should get a spoon and eat.  Or just lift the bowl up to your mouth and go on with your bad self.

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 to 1-1/4 pounds haricots verts, or regular green beans (trim ends if using these)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus extra for serving
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted over medium-low heat until light golden and fragrant
  • Flaky sea salt, to finish 

In a large skillet, combine the water, sugar and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, swirling the pan to ensure the sugar and salt are dissolved.  Add the green beans and cook over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes, until the sugar-water becomes thick and glazes the beans, and the beans are crisp-tender (don’t overcook!).  Taste the beans towards the end of the cooking time.  Stir in 2 tablespoons of butter and allow to melt and coat the beans.  Transfer to a serving dish and top with a small pat of butter.  Season with coarse flaky sea salt and a few coarse grinds of fresh pepper.  Sprinkle the almonds on top. 

Inspiration: Buttery Glazed Green Beans by Chrissy Teigen, Cravings


Honey Mustard-Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

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Remember when I told you I would give you some recipes using those beautiful sesame buns so you will have a reason to make them?  Here’s one!  This is a safe sandwich, taste-wise, for just about anyone.  Honey mustard and ranch are two of the most popular dressings, so why not combine them into one super dressing?  If you have any leftovers, you can make this salad.  Honey mustard-marinated chicken, crispy bacon and melty cheddar cheese round out the ingredients list.

Also, remember when I told you how the first time I made these buns, I baked them in a muffin top tin and they looked WEIRD?  Here’s a visual.  I made these sandwiches using the first batch of buns and because I’m trying to balance my perfectionism with my sanity, I decided to share the picture with you instead of re-making this whole sandwich.  Even though it was delicious and totally worthy of a re-do.



Honey Mustard-Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

  • Author: Amanda
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Sandwiches, Chicken



  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon



For the chicken: on a cutting board, cut each chicken breast in half horizontally, to form 4 thinner chicken pieces.  Combine all of the marinade ingredients together in a lidded bowl and add the chicken breast pieces, flipping to coat completely in the marinade.  Marinate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 400°.  Lay the bacon in a single layer on an aluminum-foiled lined baking sheet and bake until crispy, about 12 to 16 minutes.  Drain on paper towels.  Reserve the bacon fat.  Cut the bacon in half when cooled slightly.

When ready to cook the chicken, preheat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add about 2 tablespoons of bacon fat and cook the chicken breasts for 3 to 4 minutes per side.  When you flip the chicken breast, place 4 halved pieces of bacon and a small handful of cheese on top.  Cover the pan and allow to melt while the chicken finishes cooking.  Alternatively, you can melt the cheese in the oven, if necessary.

To assemble the sandwiches, spread the Honey Mustard-Ranch Dressing on each side of the buns and layer the spring greens, onion and tomato slices on the bottom.  Place one piece of chicken on top and repeat with the remaining sandwiches.


Inspiration: Ranch Chicken Sandwiches on



Super Sesame Buns

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Homemade sesame buns are SO WORTH IT.  There is a massive difference between fresh, soft homemade hamburger buns and the who-knows-how-old-these-are, what-is-even-in-these buns from the bread aisle in the store.

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When these came out of the oven, I debated if tears were warranted.  They were so golden-brown, eye-pleasingly round and beautiful.

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I used to be so scared of any recipe that contained yeast.  I had quite a few bad experiences with the stuff-dough I worked long and hard on that never rose or was dense as an old piece of stale bread after baking.  But now, I can’t get enough of it.  I love the feeling of working with dough…kneading, forming it and watching it rise.  I feel a sense of pride when it works out, because I know it was a little extra work to make it but it paid off.

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A whole new world of delicious possibilities have opened up to me since I got over my fear of yeast.  These are a great starting point if you haven’t worked with a lot of yeasted dough before, because they’re easy and don’t take much effort to form them.  Plus they are so impressive when they come out of the oven that you will for sure feel a sense of pride!

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The first time I made these I used a muffin top pan as the original recipe calls for-you can do this if it’s easier for you, but I found the strange shape they formed after baking slightly off-putting.  Free-hand forming is definitely my preference.

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You can make a batch and throw some in the freezer to have homemade buns any time you need them.  I’ll throw a few recipes at you that specifically use these buns so you have even more of a reason to make them!  Now that you’ve had a chance to bathe in their beauty, make them for yourself and try holding back your tears.

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Super Sesame Buns

An easy recipe for homemade soft sesame buns!

  • Author: Amanda



  • 3/4 cup (170 g) lukewarm water (105 to 110°)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder, optional
  • 2-1/2 cups (326 g) all-purpose flour


  • 1 large egg, plus a splash of cool water
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • Flaky sea salt


To make the bun dough: Combine all of the dough ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.  Mix, starting on low speed, and gradually increasing the speed to medium, until a soft dough is formed, about 5 minutes.  It will still be slightly sticky, but should pull off the side of the bowl when kneaded.  Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and bring into a ball by hand, kneading a few times until the dough is no longer sticky.  Place in a lightly greased bowl, covered with a towel, to rise in a warm place for an hour; the dough will be doubled in volume.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and flatten slightly to form a rough rectangle.  Cut into 6 pieces, each weighing approximately 3-1/2 to 4 ounces.  Roll each piece into a ball and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet or in a greased hamburger bun pan, flattening the dough slightly with your hand.  Cover with a towel and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, approximately 30 minutes.

Mix together the sesame seeds and a generous pinch of flaky sea salt in a small bowl.  In a separate mixing bowl, combine the egg and water thoroughly so it is a homogenous mixture.  With a pastry brush, gently pat the egg wash on the top and sides of one bun; use the side of your mixing bowl to remove the excess egg wash from the brush before doing this.  Generously sprinkle the sesame seed mixture all over the bun.  Repeat with the remaining buns.

Towards the end of the proofing time, preheat the oven to 375°.  Bake the buns for 15 to 18 minutes, until they are golden brown and the sesame seeds are lightly toasted. Cool on a wire rack.


Inspiration: Seeded Hamburger Buns on



The Famous Baked Brownies

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I could look at these all day.  I’m going to make you look at them too.

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They’re just so fudge, and crackly, and beautiful.

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You know that feeling when you just KNOW you’re in the presence of perfection?  And it’s a marvel to behold?  That’s how I feel about these brownies.  The recipe comes from the hipster Brooklyn bakery, fittingly named, what else?  Baked.

Use the best chocolate you can find and afford and chop it up yourself (no chips here).  Don’t overbeat the eggs into the batter.  And whatever you do, DON’T OVERBAKE THESE BROWNIES.  You will not get that fudgy, rich, soft interior and you. will. regret. it.

The Famous Baked Brownies-4.jpgOprah loves them.  America’s Test Kitchen loves them.  Who are we to disagree?  (You won’t…they’re the best.)

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The Famous Baked Brownies

Fudgy, rich chocolate interior and a crackly crust…these might just be your new favorite brownies!

  • Author: Amanda
  • Yield: 9 to 12 brownies, depending on the size you like
  • Category: Brownies & Bars, Dessert


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons dark cocoa flour
  • 11 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped
  • 2 sticks butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350°.  Butter or spray the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the flour, salt and cocoa powder together.

Place the chocolate, butter and espresso powder in a large glass bowl, set over a saucepan of gently boiling water; ensure the bottom of the glass bowl does not touch the water.  Stir the mixture occasionally until the chocolate and butter are melted and the mixture is smooth.  Turn off the heat, leave the bowl on the saucepan, and add the sugars, whisking until combined.  Remove the bowl from the pan.  Add 3 eggs to the chocolate mixture, whisking to combine.  Add the remaining 2 eggs and vanilla to the mixture and whisk again to combine.  Do not overmix the batter at this point or your brownies will not be soft and fudgy.

Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and use a spatula to fold the flour into the chocolate until mostly mixed, but with a little flour still visible.  This will ensure you don’t overmix the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread to the sides.  Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time.  When a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it, remove the brownies from the oven.  Cut the brownies into squares to serve, either while warm (yes!) or after completely cooled.


Inspiration: The Baked Brownie, Baked by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito


Classic Spinach-Artichoke Dip

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Do we all need another recipe for spinach-artichoke dip?  I mean, c’mon…it’s not new, trendy, or pretty-looking.

The answer is YES.  YES, WE DO.  We can always use another recipe for this classic!  My all-time favorite recipe is this Spicy Spinach-Artichoke Dip, but this is a close second with a slightly different flavor profile…and a little quicker to make.

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This is a classic for a reason.  Spinach and artichokes are a pair meant to be together forever.

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Classic Spinach-Artichoke Dip

That classic, perfect Spinach-Artichoke Dip that you know so well!

  • Author: ammcfarl26
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
  • Category: Appetizers, Dips


  • One 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and drained of excess moisture
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium shallot, finely minced
  • 14 ounces canned or frozen artichoke hearts, thawed, drained and coarsely chopped
  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus more to thin if needed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated mozzarella, reserving about 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Parmesan, reserving about 1 tablespoon
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven to 375°.

Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat.  Add the shallot, season with salt and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add the spinach, artichoke hearts, cream cheese, cream, salt and pepper, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until warmed through and slightly reduced.  Remove from the heat and stir in the mozzarella and Parmesan until melted.  Season with paprika and cayenne pepper, to taste.  Add more cream if desired to thin the dip.  Stir in the lemon juice.  Sprinkle the top of the dip with the reserved mozzarella and Parmesan and place in the oven.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the dip is bubbly and the cheese is melted.  Serve with crostini or tortilla chips.


Inspiration: Classic Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Mozzarella and Parmesan on