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Use #987 for Nutella: Nutella-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Use #987 for Nutella: Nutella-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

A Whole Life Ahead of You

A Whole Life Ahead of You

9 Things that Embarrassed the Hell Out of Me Growing Up that I Wouldn’t Have Had Any Other Way

9 Things that Embarrassed the Hell Out of Me Growing Up that I Wouldn’t Have Had Any Other Way

My Name is Maria, and I Love to Eat Brains (Or, an Ode to Capozella)

My Name is Maria, and I Love to Eat Brains (Or, an Ode to Capozella)

On Babies, Boobs, and Being Back (and Lactation Cookies)

On Babies, Boobs, and Being Back (and Lactation Cookies)

Use #987 for Nutella: Nutella-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Use #987 for Nutella: Nutella-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Monday, February 18, 2013

Some old habits never die, because they shouldn’t. Take Nutella, for instance. I’ve been addicted since kindergarten, and as calorie-ridden and sugar-infused as it is, I have no intention of ever quitting. My only issue is that I wish I had more uses for it. Of course, there’s the classic, straight-up Nutella sandwich. Then there’s [...]

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A Whole Life Ahead of You

A Whole Life Ahead of You

Monday, February 11, 2013

  I was recently feeling down about turning 31. I couldn’t believe how quickly I’d gotten here, with my 20’s firmly in the rearview mirror and my 30’s in full swing. My 20’s were everything I’d hoped for. I spent the first year living in Italy, and the rest running amuck in New York, building [...]

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In Search of Domestic Sanity (or, What Would Mom Do?) / Penne with Olives, Capers, and Celery

In Search of Domestic Sanity (or, What Would Mom Do?) / Penne with Olives, Capers, and Celery

Saturday, January 26, 2013

It’s funny to see how my hunt for family recipes has changed as my life evolves. When I started this blog almost three years ago, I was mostly drawn to elaborate dishes and projects: jarring tomato sauce, hand-made pasta, cannoli. Sure, I went for quick little things like peaches and wine, but nothing beat a [...]

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How to Get a Teething Toddler to Eat in 16 Easy Steps (Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Bread)

How to Get a Teething Toddler to Eat in 16 Easy Steps (Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Bread)

Friday, January 18, 2013

  Step 1: Heat homemade chicken nuggets you proudly stashed in the freezer during a rare afternoon of feeling on top of things. Step 2: Lure toddler into high chair with promises of Tupperware containers and wooden spoons for toys. Step 3: Place nuggets on high chair tray. Lovingly encourage toddler to eat via a [...]

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The Most Embarrassing Sunday Dinner of Them All (Rabbit Stew)

The Most Embarrassing Sunday Dinner of Them All (Rabbit Stew)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Whenever I’m not sure what to write about, I try to remember things that embarrassed me growing up. Without fail, it leads to something special; something I loved despite outside influences telling me not to; something that helped shape me into the person I am today. And not surprisingly, it usually leads to thoughts of [...]

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9 Things that Embarrassed the Hell Out of Me Growing Up that I Wouldn’t Have Had Any Other Way

9 Things that Embarrassed the Hell Out of Me Growing Up that I Wouldn’t Have Had Any Other Way

Monday, April 23, 2012

It’s funny—I made quite a few promises to myself before I had a kid about the things I swore I’d never do as a parent. Above all, I promised I’d NEVER embarrass my kids the way my parents embarrassed me. I’d never be so strict—I’d let them live their lives, do whatever they want to [...]

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My Name is Maria, and I Love to Eat Brains (Or, an Ode to Capozella)

My Name is Maria, and I Love to Eat Brains (Or, an Ode to Capozella)

Friday, April 6, 2012

  There, I said it. I can’t help it, and I’m through hiding it. I fell in love when I was a kid, long before realizing that this isn’t normal behavior. I thought nothing of it as I was growing up. Having brains for dinner was a special event in our house, something we only [...]

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On Babies, Boobs, and Being Back (and Lactation Cookies)

On Babies, Boobs, and Being Back (and Lactation Cookies)

Friday, February 24, 2012

  Oh, hi. Yes, it’s me. Funny, I feel like a stranger here, right in my own house, so to speak. I know it’s been a while. I’ve been meaning to say hello for a long time, but as the weeks and months passed, it became harder to just dive in. My time has been [...]

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A Pasta Date with Mom (Tortellini from Scratch)

A Pasta Date with Mom (Tortellini from Scratch)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

This is what I dug out of the fridge and pantry this week: Semolina flour, purchased two years ago during a flurry of enthusiasm over all things Bob’s Red Mill. Due to expire this month. Found under a pile of tablecloths in the pantry. A mushy sweet potato, ready for the trash if I don’t [...]

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Pistachio-Almond Cupcakes—Sicilian-Inspired, but Something My Mom Would Never Make

Pistachio-Almond Cupcakes—Sicilian-Inspired, but Something My Mom Would Never Make

Friday, September 30, 2011

My mom has never been creative in the kitchen. She’d be the first person to tell you: she just doesn’t know how to “invent” recipes. I hated this growing up. It meant the same rotation of meals for dinner, the same desserts at holidays. Even if she wasn’t doing the inventing, introducing a new recipe [...]

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