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Halloween 2017 in Salem, Massachusetts

We made it! Another Halloween season down in good old Witch City, a.k.a. Salem, Massachusetts. We're starting to lose count, but this is like our 10th Halloween season as city residents. Since Halloween fell on a Tuesday this year, the crowds on Halloween day and night were smaller than in past years. But the weekends leading up to the big event more than...

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Halloween Cookies

Move over Flourless Fudge Cookies, there's a new sheriff in town! These candy-studded chocolate cookies are a new fav at The Mouse House! Go figure, right? We do live in Salem, Massachusetts, aka Witch City, after all. These cookies are a riff on my traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe. I tweaked a few things, threw in some dark cocoa powder to dial up...

How to Roast a Chicken

You guys! This is my go-to meal for a killer, stick-to-your-ribs Sunday dinner—with plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week. I generally roast two chickens at a time. That way, The Angry Chef and I have more than enough dinner—and for later. The spicy, crispy wings will always be my favorite. I'm partial to organic birds these days, but use...

World’s Easiest Apple Crisp

One of our fav things about living in New England in the fall is apple picking! It's still pretty warm here in Salem, Massachusetts, but we go religiously every year, whether the weather calls for shorts—or sweaters. We love Brooksby Farm up on Boston's North Shore. (Check out pics from one of our trips way back.) If you're local, have you gone...

Whole Roasted Carrots

You guys! Winter is coming...and I am super excited to get roasting! These carrots are extra fancy—but so easy! This simple, roasted side dish has a TON of visual impact on your dinner table—with minimal effort. Your oven basically does all the work. They'll be at home on your holiday table, a Sunday feast, or an impromptu weeknight get together. This is one of...

Toasted Almond Ice Cream

  Love almond-flavored stuff? This ice cream will be right up your alley. It seriously tastes like frozen marzipan to me. This recipe is a riff on the Toasted Amaretto Ice Cream from my cookbook, Slushed! This ice cream is the perfect late-night treat. It would be AMAZING in ice cream float, as a ridiculously indulgent part of a waffle ice cream sundae—or as...

Simple Homemade Popovers Recipe

Popovers are a favorite in our house for breakfast, brunch—and impromptu, late-night snacks. These little babies are poofy, pancake-y pillows of perfection that you can slather with butter, jam, maple syrup, Nutella, or, really, anything you want. The best part? Popovers only require a handful of ingredients (flour, milk, eggs, salt, and olive oil or butter) that you probably already have kicking...

Easy Homemade Pretzel Buns

You guys! I'm convinced: Pretzel buns make hamburgers SO MUCH better. And cheeseburgers. And bacon cheeseburgers. You get where I'm going. Our buns are chewy. They're salty. They're loaded with pretzel-y awesomeness. These little babies take just a *tiny* bit more work than regular homemade hamburger buns. In addition to letting them rise, you boil them quickly, per proper pretzel practice. And they're totally worth the...

3-Layer Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies

YOU GUYS. We may have a new house fav when it comes to chocolate treats. These brownies are over-the-top decadent. Let me take you through this situation. Here's what you're looking at. The bottom layer is a fudge-y, dark chocolate brownie that's studded with chunks of chocolate and infused with a generous pour of Bailey's Irish cream liqueur. (Use your favorite brownie recipe, use my...

Easy, Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Streusel)

You guys. I've been wanting to make some kind of extra glorious breakfast treat for you for some time. I'm talking sweet, yeasted dough. Shot through with homemade strawberry jam and cream cheese. Drizzled with thin ribbons of sugary icing. The kind of thing you wake up at 5 am to make for your overnight guests...for brunch. The kind of thing that...