Posts by Carin Thumm

Cherry “Fair” Scones

So, Scones. Plain, filled with berries, or chocolate chips. There’s A LOT to love. My love affair with scones began with a trip to western Washington during “The Puyallup” (aka: the state fair // also it’s pronounced “pew-allup”). If you’ve been to a state fair you are probably familiar with the “things on a stick” category, and if you’re from Iowa you know ALL about the butter cow, but in

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Creamy and Cheesy Broccoli Soup

I live in the Midwest, so I am not a stranger to wacky weather patterns – but the last month, the last month, has been cray-cray. Epic rains and flooding. Snow. Almost 70º weather followed IMMEDAITELY by negative wind-chill days. I just … could you, pretty please, STAHP with the bi-polar weather shifts? I don’t think Mother Nature is going to listen to my pleas, which is why I made

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Five-Minute Egg: The Mystery is SOLVED

I am here today to solve the mystery of the five-minute egg. What is the five-minute egg, you ask? Mostly it’s a thing we food bloggers use to make pretty runny center eggs for photos … ‘cause poaching an egg is HARD (I don’t care what Julia Child said, it takes a black magic incantation and a blood sacrifice to properly poach an egg by dropping it into a boiling

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Cran-Apple Wassail: What is it and How to Make it

“Here we come a-wassailing …” So opens the traditional English carol (alternate version: here we come a-caroling). At first I thought wassailing was just old-timey verbiage for going caroling (falalalala-lala-la-la), but apparently it’s more than that. Settle in campers, it’s history time! Wassail is an Anglo-Saxon phrase ‘waes hael’, which means ‘good health’ in ye olde timey English. Generally wassail is mixed in a GINORMOUS silver or pewter bowl (I

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Small Batch Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Some Sunday mornings are lazy in my house. I like to curl up in my oversized leather chair, put on some jazz, sip my coffee, and read whatever novel I’m working my way through. Cooking a big Sunday style breakfast interferes with my cozy, lazy morning. This is where this quick, no-fuss, and minimal-muss recipe for small batch cinnamon roll-esque muffins comes in handy. I mean, this recipe is basically

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