Brown Butter Easter Blondies

These soft and chewy blondies have the most amazing flavor thanks to brown butter. They are full of candy coated chocolate eggs, making them the perfect treat for Easter!

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I almost didn’t post these Easter blondies. I really don’t love the pictures, so figured that I shouldn’t put them up. And then I started thinking about the blondies. And how delicious they were. And how the two of us finished the whole pan in about two days. And I realized it would be a shame if I didn’t give you the recipe! Plus – they use my absolute favorite Easter candy, and I have to tell you all about that. So here they are – Brown Butter Easter Blondies. They might be a little ugly in the pictures, but they sure taste amazing!

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Lemon and Mascarpone Gnocchi with Rosemary Brown Butter

These soft and pillowy lemon and mascarpone gnocchi are tossed in a rosemary brown butter sauce. The flavor and texture are out of this world!
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I am slightly obsessed with the Food Network and have been for years. Specifically with Ina Garten and Giada de Laurentiis. I think I have seen every single episode of both of their shows. I just love the food they make, and they also both have pretty awesome lives. I have spent many a Saturday morning living vicariously through their shows. So when Ina had Giada as a guest on her show, I pretty much freaked! I was so excited. I still have it saved on my TiVo – TheBetterHalf keeps trying to delete it but I won’t let him! And ever since the show aired (ages ago!) I have been thinking about these Lemon Mascarpone Gnocchi that they made together. I finally got around to making them, and they definitely lived up to expectations!

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Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

This grapefruit yogurt cake is so moist and flavorful. It is light, healthy, and delicious – perfect for breakfast or with a cup of tea!

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Grapefruit – I always assumed this was a pretty inoffensive fruit. Slightly tart but usually pretty sweet. Pretty to look at. Super healthy. Delicious juice. What’s not to love? And then I met TheBetterHalf. Apparently grapefruit can be a pretty polarizing fruit. He HATES them. Which I find so strange because he eats pretty much anything – he’s a big fan of food. I think that’s why I like him so much. But something about the tartness of grapefruit is just too much for him. It is actually hilarious to watch his face if he tries a bite of my grapefruit or a sip of the juice.

So I figured that this grapefruit yogurt cake would have to be eaten solely by me. Which I was totally ok with. Well it turns out that when you mix grapefruit zest into a yogurt cake and top it with a sugary grapefruit juice, he likes the stuff! Phew – I really didn’t need to eat a whole cake by myself.

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Easter Brunch Coconut Donuts

These baked coconut donuts are decorated to look like Easter egg nests. They taste amazing, and are so cute – perfect for Easter brunch!

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You knew I couldn’t let a holiday pass without making a donut for it, right?? Especially a holiday like Easter, when brunch is the star of the show. And what would a good Easter brunch be without some donuts?! I’ve seen so many Easter goodies on Pinterest lately that look like bird nests and Easter baskets. They are seriously so adorable!  I clearly needed to get in on the cuteness action, so I made a baked coconut donut and decorated it to look like a nest.

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Jacob’s Pickles – NYC

If you are looking for delicious southern food on the Upper West Side of NYC, then look no further than Jacob’s Pickles! This is comfort food at its finest!

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This is Southern face it, if we too simple, than y’all don’t get the basics.

Sure, the above Lil’ Wayne quote may be referencing Southern rap music, but he just as easily could have been talking about Southern food. Biscuits, fried chicken, gravy, repeat. It’s not that hard. And yet, it’s not easy to find a spot near our apartment that excels at this kind of homey food. My favorite NYC chicken and biscuit joint, Pies -n- Thighs in Williamsburg, is incredible, but I don’t always have the time to travel to Brooklyn nor the patience to deal with hipsters. Luckily, Jacob’s Pickles, located in the Upper West Side, has brought delicious (and gut-busting) comfort food to Manhattan, alongside a great craft beer menu, pickled everything, and an inspired cocktail list. It’s definitely my favorite uptown brunch spot.

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