Brown Butter Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats

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Sometimes I feel like I should change the name of this blog to I LoveSmittenKitchen.com; more often than not, the recipes there are inspiring, well written, and above all delicious. So it’s little surprise that many of the recipes I’ve written about here came to me via Deb. Most of her recipes are near perfect written as is, so I’ll only make minor tweaks, but sometimes I just can’t leave well enough alone.

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Kiwi Honey Limeade

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Citrus season in the US has always seemed a little bit bizarre to me. Many of the desserts and beverages I associate most with summer are laden with the juice and zest of these winter beauties: lemon bars, key lime pie, lemonade, and margaritas, to name a few. Perhaps it’s nature’s reminder during the dreariest days of winter that the sun will once again shine bright, and warm the earth with it’s generous rays. Though it likely has more to do with the physiology of citrus plants and their fruiting cycle, ever the optimist, I tend to lean towards whimsy and romance, and therefore choose to think in terms of the former explanation.

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Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Muffins

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I’d wager that few would rate their middle-school years as a favorite time in their lives. An awkward period at best, its a time for trying on new identities and seeing what sticks; throw in puberty (or lack of signs thereof) and you’ve got a recipe for angst and anxiety aplenty. In addition to the usual woes of that age, I started off 6th grade as the new girl in school. Apprehensive to say the least, I chose to take the optimistic route and take it as an opportunity for reinvention. Why not try on a new persona, or at least name for size?

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Miso Ginger Carrot Soup with Quick Pickled Scallions

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When I was little, carrots were often touted as having the mystical ability to boost one’s vision to near super-human levels*. Now, I’m not sure of the exact origin of this myth, but  I could imagine the thought percolating in the mind of a frustrated mom, sick of employing the usual tactics to convince her children to eat their vegetables.  Let’s be real, it wasn’t much of a stretch, carrots are an easy sell; combine their cheery orange hue, vibrant crunch, and sweet flavor with the promise of superpowers, and it’s no surprise to see their resounding popularity amongst the lunchbox set and beyond.

*Naturally this myth has some grounding in truth, as one of the nutrients abundant in carrots (beta-carotene) does play a role in vision.  A diet with insufficient levels of Vitamin A and/or it’s precursor beta-carotene can result in eye problems, but this really isn’t an issue for the vast majority of people in the developed world, you know, unless you subsist on a diet of chicken nuggets.  The danger of consuming too much Vitamin A, or any nutrient really, (supplements are scary stuff; carrots pose little risk unless you’re literally eating bushels of them) is far worse.  Bottom line (and the end of my rambling tangent on nutrition): please don’t take supplements unless explicitly directed to do so by your doctor or RD. Then again, why are you taking nutritional advice from someone who practically considers Pixy Stix a food group?

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Elderflower Gimlet

Elderflower Gimlet

The matchbook girl… mixes a mean cocktail. Are y’all familiar with Matchbook Magazine? A self-proclaimed “field guide to a charmed life,” it’s a digital magazine, and a treat I eagerly anticipate reading every month. Fresh and witty, it manages to combine the polish of a more traditional print magazine with the immediacy and relevance of a blog.

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Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

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I could write some charming anecdote about butter and sugar; maybe reminisce about Easters past*, and how as a little girl with an insatiable sweet tooth I felt supremely lucky to have divorced parents, because the Easter bunny would inevitably visit not once, but twice! But, today I’m feeling unusually drowsy, extremely distracted, and not particularly articulate, so rather than stare at a blank screen any longer, I leave you with these snaps; hopefully, they can speak for themselves.

*Why Easter? Well, I think these would make a lovely Easter treat with their chipper colors and smattering of sprinkles. Change up the color scheme and they’d be suitable for a panoply of holidays. Presto change-o.

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Paw Print Dog Biscuits

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I grew up in the 90’s, arguably one of the last century’s more sartorially challenged decades, so naturally I was once the proud owner of more than a few pairs of overalls *shudder*. Black velvet (never mind my velvet phobia), indigo denim with Tweety Bird embroidery, an assortment of shortalls (overall shorts); it’s safe to say that these were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the overalls lurking in my closet circa 5th grade.

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