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Use #987 for Nutella: Nutella-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies 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 My Name is Maria, and I Love to Eat Brains (Or, an Ode to Capozella) 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

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)

The Healing Powers of Pesto

The Healing Powers of Pesto

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I spent all last week, from Monday night to Friday, plopped on my couch. It was one of those weeks you daydream about when you’re insanely busy: “If only I could stay home and forget everything, take naps, and watch Netflix on my cozy couch while everyone else runs the rat race.” Only, when that [...]

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Grilled Pizza Madness

Grilled Pizza Madness

Friday, September 16, 2011

Whenever I see a mound of pizza dough I’m reminded of a random afternoon when I was about four. We were in the Poconos. My mom was kneading dough for homemade pizzas and I was going through a phase where I was obsessed with eating raw food. Raw pasta, raw sausage, raw dough…I’d sneak bites [...]

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Pantry Raid, Quinoa-Style

Pantry Raid, Quinoa-Style

Friday, September 9, 2011

I’m in a pantry raid kind of mood. These cupboards are so full, and yet every couple of weeks I stare at them, then over at the fridge, trying to justify takeout. There’s so much stuff lurking in the back corners of our kitchen, tucked behind coffee beans and tomato sauce, that I don’t even [...]

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All Is Well When Pancakes Are Around (Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes)

All Is Well When Pancakes Are Around (Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It seems I’m never home on weekends. I don’t even know what I do—not summery things like swimming or camping. The weeks just come and go and I can’t remember what I did with my time. When people ask on Monday how my weekend was, I look back at the blur of days and say, [...]

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Rubber Ducky, You’re the One (Rubber Ducky Cookies)

Rubber Ducky, You’re the One (Rubber Ducky Cookies)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Here’s something you may not know about me: I’m a crazy, smothery, smoochy, obsessed aunt. My niece Sofia just turned one, and from the moment the party planning began I kept trying to figure out a way to sneak some of my baking into the day. It’s not that I wanted to crash the party [...]

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How to Be Embarrassed by an Artichoke (Baked Artichokes; Carciofi al Forno)

How to Be Embarrassed by an Artichoke (Baked Artichokes; Carciofi al Forno)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

For 29 years, I haven’t known what to do with artichokes. This is embarrassing, considering I spent my childhood hooked on them. I’d fight my brothers for the stems when my mom cooked them; invent new methods for peeling the meat off the leaves so I could brag to my cousins—it was always a secret, [...]

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Meat Over Fire; Or, the Only Way to Cook at the Owl

Meat Over Fire; Or, the Only Way to Cook at the Owl

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I’ve told you about The Owl’s Nest and I’ve told you about my husband’s ridiculous improv cooking skills. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when you put them together, amazing things happen. The only way to cook at the Owl is to put food over fire. I guess you could boil things too, but [...]

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The Owl’s Nest

The Owl’s Nest

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

  I’ve been thinking of all the ways I’d tell you about The Owl’s Nest, but every time I start it doesn’t give it justice. So I figured I’d just take you there. Imagine a place in the woods where time stands still. Once you arrive you lose all sense of when you got there, [...]

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An Eggplant Intervention, Parmesan-Style (Eggplant Parmesan; Melanzane alla Parmigiana)

An Eggplant Intervention, Parmesan-Style (Eggplant Parmesan; Melanzane alla Parmigiana)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

All you eggplant haters, hear me out. We need to talk. I know there’s a cult of you who despise this wondrous, shiny, purple creation, and it makes me sad. And I’ve noticed that it’s never a passive dislike. You rarely say, “Oh, eggplant just isn’t for me.” Your reaction to it is a repulsed, [...]

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Armenian String Cheese (Tel Baneer) [Thankfully, Not the Best Part of the Pizza]

Armenian String Cheese (Tel Baneer) [Thankfully, Not the Best Part of the Pizza]

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

When I used to think of string cheese, my thoughts went to Polly-O, the string cheese of elementary school lunches. As a kid, I’d thought they invented the stuff. It was the only string cheese I’d heard of, and as far as I knew, all the world really needed. As the commercial said, it’s “the [...]

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