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23: Modern Lemon Cakes — A Feast of Ice & Fire

23: Modern Lemon Cakes — A Feast of Ice & Fire

It may be mid-April, but WINTER IS HERE. *insert a million Game of Thrones GIFs* A girl loves to eat on theme, and I’ve been planning to make this very recipe on this very week basically since I started this project. Because the final season […]

22: French Gnocchi with Watercress Sauce — Girl in the Kitchen

22: French Gnocchi with Watercress Sauce — Girl in the Kitchen

I thought, for a very long time, that I was cursed when it came to gnocchi. The first time I tried making it, it was a disaster (in fairness, because I didn’t follow the instructions). The second time, the gnocchi turned out alright… but my […]

OFF WEEK: Sorry, Gone Baking!

OFF WEEK: Sorry, Gone Baking!

This weekend, I was baking a cake and forty-something mini pies for a theatre event. So I gave myself the week off cooking more new recipes. Behold, I made a gluten-free, vegan birthday cake! And it was totally cute and more importantly delicious! It makes […]

Just Because: Greek-Marinated Chicken, Butternut Squash, Grape, Red Wine-Oregano Vinaigrette — The Lemonade Cookbook

Just Because: Greek-Marinated Chicken, Butternut Squash, Grape, Red Wine-Oregano Vinaigrette — The Lemonade Cookbook

When you feel resistance setting in, sometimes the only way to avoid doing nothing is to do ANYTHING. I’d hit a bit of a wall. I’m in the home stretch, in the last 1/3rd of my list of 30 books. And I looked at the […]

21: Beef, Onion & Tomato Kebabs (and more) — A Month in Marrakesh

21: Beef, Onion & Tomato Kebabs (and more) — A Month in Marrakesh

I’ve fallen into a pattern here: decadent pastry, sensible real-people food, decadent pastry, sensible real-people food. But I don’t care because THAT’S BALANCE, Y’ALL. That is my life. Seeing as it’s a “sensible real-people food” week, I decided to dig into a cookbook that I’ve […]

20: Apple Turnovers — Bouchon Bakery

20: Apple Turnovers — Bouchon Bakery

For my 20th official recipe in this project, I decided to go big. Pastry. PASTRY, BITCHES. Before I get too cocky, I must confess that this is a step back from what I initially intended to make, but it was a wise and calculated step. […]

19: Scrappy Fish Chowder — The Red Rooster Cookbook

19: Scrappy Fish Chowder — The Red Rooster Cookbook

Perfectionism is a bitch. And this blog is doing a lot in helping me to break up with her. There’s a quote often credited to Sheryl Sandberg — yes, the Facebook “Lean In” woman — that “done is better than perfect.” I don’t know about […]

18: Sour Cream, Chive, and Feta Scones — The Violet Bakery Cookbook

18: Sour Cream, Chive, and Feta Scones — The Violet Bakery Cookbook

I may need to change the name of this blog to “Dana Refuses on Some Cellular Level to Follow a Recipe to the Letter.” (Don’t worry, though; this one still turns out great.) Folks, this bitch loves a cheese scone. I fell for them hard […]

17: Linguine with Walnuts and Colatura — The Southern Italian Table

17: Linguine with Walnuts and Colatura — The Southern Italian Table

“Two Italian cookbooks back to back. A bold move, DeRuyck, or a sloppy one?” Oh shut up, Voice in My Head, nobody cares. Let’s be real: After last week’s ordeal, I was in the mood to make something a little simple. A little straightforward. You […]

16: Chicken Leg Cacciatore with Sweet Peppers, Fennel, and Green Olives — Urban Italian

16: Chicken Leg Cacciatore with Sweet Peppers, Fennel, and Green Olives — Urban Italian

You know that thing where you have a really good day… and you know that can only mean your luck is about to drop out from underneath you? Hello. And welcome to this week’s installment of “I don’t know what goes through people’s heads sometimes, […]