Kouign-Amann (AKA the most amazing pastry ever!)

Ok guys. I am so excited to share this recipe with you! As I said I attempted a few ambitious baking projects this past weekend, one of which is today’s recipe Kouign-Amann. Don’t worry I had no idea what a Kouign-Amann was when I first read about them in Mark Greenside’s, I’ll Never Be French No Matter How Hard I Try. (If you’re in the mood for an entertaining memoir I highly recommend reading this one!) But hang with me here, because it is in fact the most a-may-zing breakfast pastry ever. OMG. O M G here people. You will just die when you taste these things. 

So first a definition. Wikipedia says this, ” kouign-amann is a Breton cake. It is a round crusty cake, made with bread dough containing layers of butter and sugar folded in, similar in fashion to puff pastry albeit with fewer layers. The resulting cake is slowly baked until the butter puffs up the dough (resulting in the layered aspect of it) and the sugar caramelizes. The name derives from the Breton words for cake (“kouign”) and butter (“amann”). Kouign-amann is a speciality of the town Douarnenez in Finistère, Brittany, where it originated in around 1860.”… 

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Tomato Parmesan and Sage Focaccia

I’m kind of getting the Monday blues. It was a really nice weekend, despite Charlie and Aiden coming down with yet another bug Sunday morning. (Unfortunately, we just can not stay well this year. Seriously making me long for spring. Getting tired of all these colds!) Saturday morning, we took the boys to McDonalds so they could run around and… 

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You know how you read a recipe online, or in a cookbook, and the author claims it’s “super-easy” or it’s labeled as a beginners recipe? You know you have the ingredients on hand, and it looks good, so you decide to give it a go, thinking you’ll be able to pull it all together in a… 

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Totally Not With The Program

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Mediterranean Chicken with Olive and Caper Pan Sauce

Mediterranean chicken

Chicken is not my favorite food in the universe. I’m particular about the texture. I hate it when it turns out dry. I hate it when it’s bland. But… when chicken is done right, it’s amazing. Juicy, tender, flavorful. Yep. That’s my chicken requirement list. I’ve found that one of the best methods to achieve… 

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Super Speedy Sliders


I know it’s still the middle of winter, the season of soups, stews, and braises, and generally I’m enjoying all of these wonderful winter foods most throughly. But. Last night I was seriously craving burgers. I know burgers are usually “summer food,” but sometimes regardless of season you just need a nice juicy burger. Surely… 

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