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In The Kitchen - Healthy-ish Muffins

Muffins. Not always the most exciting thing going on in our kitchen, but my family has grown to love them – even the ‘healthy’ ones. As I’ve mentioned before (many, many times) I do my best to offer my children healthy options when it comes to meals and snacks. But I am not a short order cook, and unfortunately we don’t live on an organic produce farm. Also, my kids like cake and donuts and anything that is offered in ‘snack size’. That’s why I am so into these muffin recipes. Lucky for you, I’m sharing our favorite recipes here!

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Holiday Gift Guide with @StoreBoughtIsFine

Holiday Gift Guide with @StoreBoughtIsFine

Sneaking in one more post with Trent from @StoreBoughtIsFine before the end of the year. He's got a lot of friends and a lot of great gift ideas. After reading this blog, you'll wish you were on his 'nice' list. Happy Holidays and Happy Gifting..

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Entertaining with @StoreBoughtIsFine

There are lots of things I love about summer in NYC: long days of sunlight, fresh peaches, playing "identify that smell" on the streets...but the thing I don't love is my inability to entertain in my apartment. I can't imagine torturing my friends by using the oven or stovetop, creating a sauna in our sixth-floor apartment. So when the weather cools, I immediately plan the meals I've been thinking about for months... 

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Canning Strawberry Jam - Take 1

We’ve had a really great response to our Weck Jars. They have so many awesome uses (dry goods, storing asparagus, Ina’s Herbed Goat Cheese), but I decided to try my hand at canning and use them as initially intended. So I decided to make jam. It’s strawberry season. Strawberry jam is one of my favorites. I see posts and recipes for jam all over the place. My mom used to make jam - I never helped, but how hard could it be?

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Guest Blog - @StoreBoughtIsFine

Guest Blog - @StoreBoughtIsFine

If you happen to follow us on Instagram, you know we love @StoreBoughtIsFine. Trent Pheifer, the man behind this beautiful and witty feed, has challenged himself to cook through all of Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa recipes. And he does it with style! Cassandra's Kitchen is proud to have this passionate Ina Garten fan as our brand ambassador, so we invited him to share a bit about his clever nick name and his cooking journey on the blog. Enjoy!

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New Product - Pillivuyt Round Tart Dish

During this time of year we spend a lot of time entertaining or preparing food to take with us to parties or get-togethers. Our new Pillivuyt Round Tart Dish has been getting a lot of holiday love. Pillivuty pieces are known for their even heat conduction, versatility, and durability. In Cooking For Jeffrey, Ina Garten uses it to make Prune Armagnac Clafouti. Whether breakfast, brunch, dinner or just desserts, we think this dish will be an all-star in the kitchen.

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Our East Hampton Favorites

Our East Hampton Favorites

I have so many great memories from growing up in East Hampton, NY – but I didn’t fully understand what a special place it is until I got a little older. No matter how old I get or where I live, I will always miss ‘home’ – especially in the summer. Thankfully, we get to spend lots of time visiting EH.

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5-Piece Baking Package

5-Piece Baking Package

When I think of baking, my mind automatically jumps to Ina’s Outrageous Brownie recipe. It’s one of my favorites and it works so well with my half sheet pan (the perfectly precut parchment baking sheet is a MUST have for this recipe). The half sheet pan and cooling rack are great for baking cookies (Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, anyone?) and evenly roasting all types of veggies. But honestly, the thing I bake most often is bacon.

I’ve been using my cooling rack and half sheet pans to prepare bacon for a while now. It’s simple, less messy, and a great time-saver for when I have guests for breakfast (like during a 3-day holiday weekend). I preheat my oven to 400 degrees, line the half sheet pan with foil, set the cooling rack on top, and put the strips of bacon directly on the rack. I bake it for about 20 minutes - until crispy. After removing the pan from the oven, I usually dab each piece of bacon with a paper towel to soak up any excess grease (most of the mess drips below the cooling rack). Voila, crispy bacon. And I get to sit and drink coffee instead of standing over my stove avoiding grease.

In honor of the Columbus Day weekend (and breakfast guests), we're offering the 5-Piece Professional Baking Package for 20% Off. Package includes: Half Sheet Pan, Quarter Sheet Pan, Cross Wire Cooling Rack, Pan Cover, and Parchment Baking Sheets. Available October 10th - 12th. 

-Cassandra

 

 

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