Cooling melted butter seems to take years when I’m in a hurry. To cut corners, reserve a tablespoon or so of chilled butter, and stir it into the melted butter. But why cool melted butter in the first place? Adding ingredients of a different temperature often yields a lumpy batter as they quickly try to reach a common temperature. Butter turns back into its solid state, eggs cook, etc.

Need room temperature butter? Check out this tip. 

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Mix and Match Donuts | The Fauxmartha

If you’ve been around here long enough, you know I like my donuts baked not fried. I know, I’m an anomaly (apart from the fried donuts I recently found at the farmer’s market that nearly made me forget about these). I also like one good recipe per baked treat. And when it’s all-natural too, my heart goes pitter patter. So, in honor of National Donut Day (Friday), I made baked donuts. Naturally.  Read more

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Get your donut pans out (or buy them). Friday is National Donut Day, and you know I’ll be there. I know of some friends who will be celebrating too. We’re going all-naturale baked donut style over here. No need to squeeze in an extra run. Just get your pans ready, and buy some fruit.

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Roasted Veggie Wrap | The Fauxmartha

It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve had more of these than the things that grow out of the ground. My poor body. To combat “those weeks”, which are becoming my new norm, I’ve started roasting a sheet of veggies in a balsamic vinaigrette at the start of the week. Roasting vegetables is a magical thing. They caramelize and turn to candy in the oven. I could eat the whole sheet in one sitting. But instead, I ration them out throughout the week, stuff them in a wrap, and call it lunch. Life lunch saver.  Read more

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Nutella Syrup | The Fauxmartha

I debated—do I update the Salted Nutella Latte recipe that sparked this search for a Nutella Syrup and run the risk of you not seeing it, or do I give it the spotlight it deserves with a new post? The decision was an easy one—make sure no one misses this recipe. The original latte recipe, which I’ll leave intact, calls for heating milk and Nutella in the microwave until combined, then adding/making simple syrup. It’s a bit cumbersome (and unfit for an iced version) but when Nutella is involved, one will go to great lengths. I have good news and bad news friends: I’ve removed the great lengths part.  Read more

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It’s nearly summer vacation time. There’s nothing worse than leaving a kitchen full of fresh food only to come back and find it…not fresh. Will you join in on this tip? What do you do to prep your pantry before heading out of town? Leave a comment; save a strawberry.

Here’s what we do: make banana curd with ripe bananas  |  make ice cream with cream and milk  |  wash, cut, and freeze fresh fruit  |  roast your veggie drawer to eat before or freeze  |  make pesto with leafy greens  |  make a greenhouse for the herbs

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Spring Pesto | The Fauxmartha

I have a favorite guy at the farmer’s market. He’s probably a bit older than my dad. His hair is white and his skin sun-kissed. His eyes are a soft trustworthy blue with well worn lines around them which tells me he smiles a lot. But most importantly, he has dirt under his fingernails. If his eyes weren’t already trustworthy enough.  Read more

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