Basic Brown Butter Vanilla Pound Cake

November 16, 2020

Calling something “basic” these days is seen as an insult. Pejoratively, basic connotes “bland,” “uninteresting,” or, at its worst, “unworthy”. But the reality is, without “basics” nothing else could flourish and become unique and interesting. We need to understand basic techniques and foundations, both as humans, and as bakers, before we can go off in […]

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No Hard Feelings, Pizza

September 23, 2020

  I don’t LOVE pizza. At least not in the way other people do. In fact, when Tim and I were first married, it drove him crazy that I was not a pizza person. Pizza was cheap, easy, and filling – a perfect triumvirate for two starving law students. But I had not grown up […]

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Lemon Meringue Bars (or, Bribing My Baby)

July 18, 2020

I don’t love lemon meringue pie, but Grant was about to head back to D.C. after being stuck with us for three months, and he loves lemon meringue. So, there it is. Poor guy, the courthouse was evacuated, and his judge pushed all her clerks to get out of D.C., and even though he was […]

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An Apple Spiced Bundt Cake a Day Keeps Anxiety Away

April 20, 2020

I’ve spent most of this quarantine swinging between seeking out the comfortable (doing loops and getting miles on the TM while watching Food Network) and craving things that make me feel like this isn’t the end (hard trail runs and long swims). The same holds true in the kitchen. One day I’m trying to crack […]

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Cooking in the Time of Lockdown

March 27, 2020

Like many others, we have been on lockdown for the past week, trying to stem the tide of the tsunami that is Covid-19. Fear, sadness, helplessness, and rage seem to have taken over the internet. For the first few days of captivity, I followed the news almost obsessively. But as the days marched on, and […]

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Hi, I’m Carilyn, and I’m a Walker

February 27, 2020

After all the issues during 6 Days in the Dome (phone call that I had to leave early because my father-in-law took a turn for the worse, messed up knee, etc.), one good thing came from it – I finally got to experience what it felt like to walk (part of) a race. Always before, […]

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