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How to Cook Chanterelle Mushrooms

Hands down, chanterelle mushrooms are one of my favorite mushrooms on the planet. Let's talk about chanterelle mushrooms, how to buy them, and how to store and cook them once you get them home.    What are chanterelle mushrooms? Chanterelle mushrooms, or Cantharellus cibarius, range in color from golden, buttery yellow to darker orange on the outside with a creamy white interior.   You...

Halloween 2019 in Salem Massachusetts

It's with a heavy heart that I have to share some heartwrenching news.  We had to say goodbye to Penelope, our 9-year-old Keeshond. Many of you have been following along, and for that, we thank you. She was struck quickly with a very bad sick (IMHA) that she couldn’t beat, despite everything we did. She died in our arms, very happy, and in...

Halloween Guide to Salem, MA

Hard to believe we've been posting about Halloween here in our home of Salem, Massachusetts for 9 years now, give or take.  We're in the throes of another October (a.k.a. the high holy month here in Witch City), and we couldn't be happier.  Stay tuned for our big recap post, with loads of pictures from the 2019 Halloween festivities.  In the meantime,...

Mexican Chocolate Skull Cakes for Day of the Dead

This is one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes ever.  It's a spicy Mexican chocolate cake with a thin sugar glaze in honor of the Day of the Dead.  We thought we'd mix it up a little for you this year, since we do live in Salem, Massachusetts, Halloween capital of the world. More on living in Salem (with LOADS of pics)...

Best Fudge Brownies

Any brownie recipe that starts with over a pound of butter and chocolate has my vote.  Hands down, these are the best brownies I think I've ever made.  For this recipe, I very slightly adapted Ina Garten's brownies. That woman knows how to BAKE.  This brownie is moist and fudgey, and dotted with molten, dark-as-night chocolate chips. The dark chocolate gets a boost of...

Maple Bacon Whiskey Donuts

You guys. YOU GUYS. We're in donut heaven over here.  So apparently, we totally missed the ball on National Donut Day last week.  We apologize!  But we're making up for it today.  May we present our favorite donut on the planet: The Maple Bacon Whiskey Donut.  They're ridiculously good.  The base is a slightly tangy, baked, buttermilk cake donut fragrant with ground Ceylon cinnamon and good...

How to Make Perfect French Toast

French toast is our go-to Sunday brunch food.  It's also our late-night superstar. Nothing hits the spot better when you roll in after midnight and you're ravenous... (Can I get an Amen?) We love it because, no matter when you're cooking, you can get it from fridge to pan to table in just about 20 minutes.  It's fast, easy, and so, so, so delicious.   French...

Four Italian Cheeses You Need to Try

The Angry Chef teases me that if our house were on fire, I'd grab three things: My iPhone, my Totoro, and the cheese bin from the fridge. He's wrong. I'd also grab the dogs. Silly Angry Chef. That said, he's also right. I have a life-long love of cheese that borders on ridiculous. As much as I love cheese, trying new kinds can be...

9 Easy Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

We've been getting more and more requests for gluten-free recipes lately. I haven't started to mess around with gluten-free baking mixes yet (YET!), but here are nine of our favorite dessert recipes that don't include any flour or wheat. Do you have a favorite gluten-free dessert recipe or baking tip?  (Loads of people have recommended King Arthur Flour's gluten-free baking mix, have...

Fresh Blackberry Mojito

Summer is coming, and man, do we have a new favorite cocktail here at the Mouse House.  Have you had a blackberry mojito before? Because if you haven't...get ready.  It's the perfect, sweet mash up of lush, fresh blackberries with tart lime juice, crisp mint leaves, and fragrant, light rum.  They're waaaaaaaaaaaaay too easy to drink. Don't say we didn't warn you.  Read on...