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    The Best Tortilla Española Recipe Ever

    There are very few recipes in life that I would consider to be “gourmet” with only 4 (main) ingredients. Spaghetti carbonara is up there (eggs, pasta, pancetta, pecorino romano – just like Chef Marc Murphy makes), and so is tortilla española. If you’ve never had tortilla española, you might be imagining a Mexican tortilla painted red and yellow as the Spanish flag. I hate to tell you, that is indeed not what tortilla española is. My older sister studied abroad in Spain before I ever made my way there. She learned what Spanish tortilla was long before I did. Every…

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    Espresso S’mores Brownies

    I’ve never had a bad brownie before. I’ve definitely eaten brownies that were better than others, but I truly think it is impossible to mess brownies up. That said, a few nights ago I made one of the most delicious brownies I’ve ever had. I added a bit of espresso, along with your traditional s’mores ingredients to make these (I’m calling them famous) famous Espresso S’mores Brownies! The result was a sophisticated, sticky piece of heaven. The espresso is so subtle but enhances the rich chocolate flavor, while the graham cracker gives a much needed crunch. The marshmallow topping gives…

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    Candied Choco-Walnut Chip Cookies

    I have a slight obsession with cookies. Chocolate chip cookies to be exact. I started making them from scratch when I was in elementary school, but refused to use a real recipe. I invented my own recipes, usually resulting in a puddle of under-baked dough. Over the years, I began to learn what each ingredient contributed and how much of each to add to make delicious cookies. During my pregnancy, I stopped baking (cooking at all, really – morning sickness is no joke) and just recently rediscovered it. One of the first things I made were these Candied Choco-Walnut Chip…

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    5 Pre-Baby Freezer Meals to Keep Mama Fed

    One of the very best things I did for myself before giving birth was prepping a ton of food, popping it in the freezer, and reaping the glorious benefits of my actions. When I arrived home from the hospital, I was too sore/tired/delirious to even think about what my next meal was going to be. Because I had planned ahead, I was able to grab whatever sounded good to me at that moment from the freezer, throw it in the oven, and love that I barely had to move to enjoy a home cooked meal. I prepped about 10 different…