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Best Chocolate Brownies Ever

Remember when Monica on Friends said she wanted to be the mom who makes the very best chocolate chip cookies? I feel the same way. Add in the mom who throws the best birthday parties and knows the perfect recipes for better than boxed brownies. And though I'm still on my quest for much of this, I have decidedly found the very best...

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Perfect Every Time Thanksgiving Turkey

Every year my dad makes our Thanksgiving bird. Actually he usually makes the whole spread. And his turkey is always amazing. But I'm 100% convinced that this one would give it a real run for it's money. This turkey is perfection. Crispy, buttery skin. Super moist meat. Flavor and flavor and flavor for days. Plus, we prepped the turkey the night before and honestly this turned out to be the easiest part of our entire Thanksgiving dinner. No basting necessary. To Prep Your Turkey the...

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Best Ever Pecan Pie

We live out in the New England country, in a little town just outside of Boston. Where cars slow to let turkeys pass by and horses regularly trot down the side of the road with their owners. We are close enough to a city to experience all of the culinary goodness, but far enough to enjoy all of the farms and land and general loveliness. And around Thanksgiving that very combination gets oh so good. I should preface this recipe to say that I'm not so much of a pie girl. Unless I'm...

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Best Pancakes EVER

Actually the best pancakes ever are at this little gem in San Francisco. Mama's on Washington Square. I still dream about those pancakes and have yet to find a recipe that even compares. But this one? Well it's pretty damn close. These pancakes - that I discovered over on Kristi's Dishes - are sort of heavenly. Fluffy in the center, crisp on the...

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Best Ever Strawberry Ice Cream

My daughter's only request after picking a bazillion strawberries...was ice cream. Because while she tolerates fresh strawberries, she would give up her favorite stuffed cat to pile a heaping mound of sugar and cream on top of them and eat them from a waffle cone. And if we're being honest....so would I.

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Best Ever Funfetti Cake and Icing Ice Cream

This ice cream, my friends, is your new secret weapon. It's epic. And mark my words - whether you whip it out at the end of a fancy pants dinner to surprise your guests or you serve it in pink plastic bowls to a room full of 5 year olds, this recipe alone will elevate you to superhero status. Go ahead. Try it. I double dog dare you. Funfetti Cake and Icing Ice Cream was inspired by my nine year old nephew, Owen. Who brought over a pint of Baskin Robbins Icing on the Cake ice cream for my...

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Best Ever Homemade Ice Cream Base

Okay. So you might be wondering what in the world an ice cream base is. Well, my friends, an ice cream base is a very important Summer tool. Because it's the PERFECT foundation for every kind of homemade ice cream on the planet. Whether you're shaking it in a zip locked bag (totally works, I've tried it) or you're popping it in your electric mixer (loooove ours), this base will provide the groundwork for...

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Best Ever Guacamole

I've been making guacamole for as long as I can remember. With lime and smashed garlic and those gorgeous black avocados (Hass) that turn all creamy and good once you mix everything in. Well, those perfect avocados aren't always round these parts of New England so when we were planning our Mexican inspired party we used whatever avocado we could find. The texture of the green ones (Gwen, Pinkerton and Reed) is a bit grainier and doesn't quite come out as smooth (unless they are SUPER ripe) but...

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Best Ever Strawberry Shortcakeletts

In our house, lazy Summer celebrations like Memorial Day, always come overflowing with food. And not just regular old food. We're talking the best food you could ever imagine. BBQ ribs, grilled veggies, creamy potato salads and well, the list of sinfully delicious food just goes on and on. So for me, bite-sized tasting portions are everything. Otherwise, you would literally have to roll me into bed tonight. Which is why making these...

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Best Ever: Blackberry Cobbler

Times sure have changed. Just five years ago I was stocking up on my most beloved cookbooks, scouring them daily for my favorite recipes. Now? It's blogs. Always the first place I look. And The Faux Martha, clearly, is a fave. I've been eyeing this cobbler for so long but the berries in our house get eaten within...

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Best Ever: Quick and Easy Berry Jam

Easiest Jam Ever. And such a treat to have in the fridge for a quick snack among friends or a gorgeous breakfast. I love having homemade tidbits on hand so that I'm always prepared for something yummy when people stop by. But I hate things that take too long or are so much of an effort that buying it is easier. Well this jam is so versatile and probably the easiest recipe on the face of the earth. 2...

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Best Ever Marinara Sauce

This is a recipe for far more than a dose of serious deliciousness... it's a recipe for an aroma so good it will send your loved ones into a full blown tummy rumbling frenzy. I for one think sauteed onion and garlic is one of the best smells on the planet (right up there with rain showers and fresh cut grass) but the fact that it's so completely easy is the absolute icing on the cake. A good marinara recipe...

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