Big Fat Fudgy Double-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t like cookies? Well, you’re wrong. And then also double-chocolate chip. Because sometimes you want double the chocolate. Especially when you’re pairing it with someone else’s homemade mint ice cream.

‘Nuff said.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

It is one of my friends’ birthday today! Happy birthday!! He is a wonderful fella who always manages to make me laugh or support me when I’m whining about my life. He puts 120% into his teaching, often staying up way late in order to be prepared for the upcoming weeks, and always sharing all his resources with me. Plus, he loves the color purple and it’s basically because of him that our school switched its colors to purple and silver from red and black. Which, let’s be honest, is a lot better.

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Quick and Dirty Enchiladas: Essential Mexican Cooking for the Southwesterner

I’m an Arizona girl. Always have been, always will be. I have two Arizona heart stickers on my car and am proud of it. One of the most basic skills I think every Southwesterner needs, however, is the ability to make basic Mexican dishes at the drop of a hat. Yes, since they are at the drop of a hat, they are not the most authentic, but sometimes a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do! Namely: make Mexican food. (*Note: this does not include tamales. Show me a quick tamale and I’ll show you a shoddy tamale. Abuelas everywhere are shaking their heads in disappointment.)

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Mini Peach Cobblers

I know. Three words that really say, “summer indulgence”. Summer is definitely my favorite season for fruit — it’s stone fruit season! Oh sure, I love autumn/winter fruit — apples, pears, citrus — and autumn/winter fruit recipes — apple pies, pumpkin pie, candied pears — but it’s summer that I really crave. Cherries, peaches, plums, pluots, nectarines, apricots, melons.. Oh God I love it. I eat myself silly on summer fruit. It’s usually just me, a book, and a big ol’ bag o’ cherries. Ugh. Heaven.

Therefore, it’s time to start making stuff! The possibilities are endless! So, obviously, the first thing I made was sangria. Yummmmmmm. Okay, focus, Karen. The second thing? Peach cobbler.

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