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Travel Adventures | NYC’s “Famous” 99 Cent Pizza

When we went to New York City in March, my boyfriend was pretty excited to have me try 99 Cent Pizza. Which I thought sounded a lot like garbage-pizza ;-)  You see, pizza is my favorite favorite favorite food! And I was certainly skeptical that it could be any good for such a price.     I love it and would probably eat it every day if I could. I love it with all the toppings I can get - the more veggies the better! I love it with hot sauce. I love it dipped in ranch (you know, to make it extra classy and healthy!) I love it grilled. I love it from any restaurant on Market Street, but especially Atlas. (I pretty much only scoff at Pizza Hut and I don't think anyone can blame me there amiright?) I even love it from Italy, where he complained that it was ridiculous to serve a pizza the size of someone's upper body and expect them to eat it with a fork and knife. I mean, you COULD cut it into slices and eat it with your fingers if you didn't

Easter Cookie Magic

Sometimes you just need to shake things up. Maybe it was because I felt stuck in the drudgery that is the end-of-winter in Upstate NY... where the sun comes out to tease most days but it's still too cold to be outside much. Maybe it was because March was an exceptionally busy month for me, both professionally and personally, which meant I was spending what seemed like more than the usual time with my eyes glued to my computer screen. (Don't get me wrong, I love my work. I even love it when it's fast-paced and I feel like most days I'm sliding into home plate barely having finished everything I need to get done!)     Whatever it was, I needed to do something different. I still needed to create, especially if I was going to justify tackling a project that would take me away from my desk and my never-ending work to-do list. But the kitchen seemed to be calling me, and the creative thrill of fancy Easter cookies seemed like just the right way to celebrate

Recipe | Grilled Peach & Prosciutto Pizza

When I was in Texas visiting my bestie, we spent one evening doing something we have ALWAYS enjoyed together: the making and photographing of pretty food. For as long as I have known this girl we have both been obsessed with kitchen experiments, pretty food, fresh ingredients, eating... and food photography.  I was laughing to myself as we played around taking photos of this pizza, because I thought "Who else in the world would happily let me take photos of a pizza to the point it's lukewarm by the time we eat it?" ;-) But don't worry, there was another one on the grill. And it tasted amazing at any and all temperatures it was consumed. And the memory of giggling and playing with our food for this "shoot" was worth it! LOVE YOU K!      If you are looking for something interesting to make on one of your last summer cookouts, behold: Grilled Peach & Prosciutto Pizza  It's got an all-star cast of really interesting ingredients that are

Tips for Making Fancy Christmas Cookies with as Much Cheating as Possible. You’re Welcome

Okay so for many moons now I've been using this awesome recipe from America's Test Kitchen {affiliate link} to make cute little cutout cookies.  I make them mostly for Christmas, but I've also done them for pretty much every single other holiday as well... Easter, July 4th, birthdays, and Halloween. Oh and Valentine's Day too! (I went through a serious cookie-obsessed phase back in Germany where my friends and I would get together and make them for parties and special occasions.) It's a great recipe.   If I'm in the mood for sugar cookies, I use this recipe. But the cookie decorating tips to follow work great with my new favorite chewy gingerbread cookie recipe.   America's Test Kitchen Holiday Cookies: adapted by Jessica Aiduk   2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 3/4 cup superfine sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces and softened 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened 2