Spaghetti with Pesto and Fresh Herbs

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In my family, we call this dish ‘oink, oink.’ I know, we are a pretty weird bunch of Germans. And yes you guessed it. The name came from the noise we made with our mouths/nasal area at the very mention that my mother will be making this for dinner that night. This dish is so tasty to the point where pig sounds need to be made.

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But pig noises aside, let’s talk about what this simple yet deliciously wholesome recipe is really all about: the herbs, baby. And boy, do I LOVE herbs.

I will admit, it did take me a while to get used to having all that green and leafiness in my pasta. Coming from someone who in their childhood insisted on only eating their spaghetti drenched in ketchup, it was a pretty important step in my life when I finally went green, and I mean literally from all the herbs I am eating.

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Mini Banana Bread Loaves with Struesel Topping

Whenever I bake this banana bread, my apartment smells like heaven for the next 3 days. I’m talking total blissful brown butter heaven.

Seriously when I put my stick of butter in that skillet and watch those little white flecks bronze to nutty perfection it’s like I’m in my happy place and I don’t ever want to get out. So naturally I like to sneak brown butter into my baking creations whenever I can.

Let’s just take a minute and do a shout out to flour. I mean this is literally where it all begins and my main man Flour (yes capitalized) is getting a real bad rep nowadays.

Yes gluten can be bad for some of us (the ones who have some gluten intolerance or sensitivity or even worse, celiac disease) but sometimes you have to remind yourself that flour isn’t the devil incarnate you might of thought it was. Like certain sugars and fats, it’s always good to take gluten in moderation and up your dose of fruits and vegetables. So it becomes that much special when you decide to treat yourself again. And this is my treat.

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Melt-y Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Ihave been wanting to get the chance to make something from Joy the Baker‘s new cookbook Homemade Decadence, and when work announced a cookie potluck I knew exactly what cookies to make.

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These are probably the most attractive looking cookies that are haunting your Pinterest feed this holiday season. And please succumb to the temptation and bake them.

I brought them to work and they were literally the first to go. What’s great about these is that you don’t have to try hard to make them aesthetically pleasing. You just roll them in powdered sugar, pop them in the oven and BAM you have a fancy looking little cookie.

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Brown Butter Lemon Streusel Muffins

Ever since I’ve started baking there are a few things I just can’t get enough of: lemon, streusel, and brooownn butttterrrr. It is seriously the best thing ever and it’s the reason why I stray away from deli food and want bake in the first place.

I just love that nutty sweet smell brown butter has. It gives any ordinary recipe an extra boost in taste and flavor you never though it could have. I’ve might gained a couple pounds because of brown butter but it was totally worth every tasty bite.

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I really wanted to combine all my loves together and see if lemon, streusel and brown butter can be friendly in baking terms. And it turns out, they can!

I ended up using brown sugar for my muffins instead because I just simply ran out of granulated sugar. Yes I am so fancy. It gave it more of a denser batter and an extra bit of taste and crunch. But granulated sugar is always the preferred, so do what you want!

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8 Cakes I Wish I Had The Guts To Bake

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AHHH, I wish I had an excuse to bake beautiful cakes all the time! But apparently my friends’ birthdays are for like another few months. Sigh.

So what do I do until then? Just bake a cake every week and eat it by myself?

I don’t get how those food bloggers do it, you know, the ones who only blog about cakes. They always say they have grateful neighbors who help eat it all.

Well, they obviously don’t live in New York City, cause the word ‘neighbor’ here don’t mean diddly squat.

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1. SALTED CARAMEL DRENCHED COFFEE CHOCOLATE CAKE

Oh crap, my mouth just started watering, again. It does this every, single timmmeee.

I just see Slim Palate‘s action shot of hot oozing caramel being poured over a cake, it’s bronze glow glistening as it seeps into a pool of yumminess…

Yep, drool is seeping out of my mouth. THIS IS TORTURE.

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2. CHOCOLATE CHIP LAYER CAKE

This is a great starter cake for anyone, that is simple yet looks soooo delicious.

I think the fact that Baked Bree‘s cake is just black and white and isn’t over-the-top makes it such a gem.

And c’mon, chocolate chips all up in my cake? You won me over, baby.
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