Rosemary Bourbon Peach Pie

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Pie is just one of those things that I feel I’ve never been that good at making. I’m never really able to get the dough quite right, and my high-hope dough expectations are always let down. I like the crust to be a little under-done, a little chewy, thick, soft, and not too burnt or dry. A moment of truth here: my favorite pie of all time is the lattice apple pie from Costco (it’s seriously the best). That is an example of what I always want to achieve in a pie crust. Yep, Costco bakery… who knew I’d strive for that status someday? No shame in that. Those blueberry and chocolate muffins are pretty righteous, too…

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Saffron Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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For many years as an adolescent, I thought my ethnicity was pretty 50/50 straight-forward. Who doesn’t? What other information are we supposed to go off of other than what our family members tell us? My fathers side of the family is German-Italian, and my mothers side is Irish, so it was easy to conclude that this was the reason my skin burns within twenty minutes of sun exposure, as well as my unconditional love for bread, pasta and Italian cuisine in general. I took their word for it. My Italian ancestors are from the Northern Lake Como region (George Clooney has great taste–as if we didn’t already know) and I’ve been dying to visit for as long as I can remember. I cry whenever I stare at photos of Italy long enough, or watch a documentary about traveling in Italy (thanks Rick Steves). The bright colors, the fresh pesto, the rugged cobblestone streets, the overgrown ivy, the people, the philosophy of life. This is how badly my heart longs to breathe and experience the magical place that Italy is.

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Salted Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies

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For those of you that are unfamiliar, I have been an avid magazine collector forever and ever. Ever since I can remember aka. sometime around my pre-teen years. It started with my Spice Girls obsession — I begged my mom for every magazine they graced the covers of, and my best friend from elementary school and I would sneak them into our allotted 3rd grade “reading time”, obsessively flipping through the pages until they were crinkly and worn. Thus, I was inspired to collect and keep every. single. one. like they were souvenirs (because they totally were). You couldn’t dare me to ever part with one. They were gold. They were my Bible. If you asked my eight year old self what would be one thing I would want to have with me on a remote, desert island? The answer would likely have been a Spice Girl periodical. I can almost guarantee it. It was real. 

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart

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You may notice things look a little different around here on The Baking Bird… that’s because I, alongside a wonderful graphic designer and my SEO-savvy boyfriend, have been working our butts off for the last month and a half to get it all going! About two months ago, I was itching for a change. I started having thoughts about giving this food blogging thing a serious go, wanting to research as much as possible about turning this into a business, and I realized it was time to start taking myself to the next professional level.

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Pistachio Cream Cheese Brownies

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Last year over Memorial Day weekend, I visited Canada for the first time in my life. Vancouver, British Colombia, specifically. We made the 6-hour long drive up there from Portland, passed through border inspection successfully,  and had to acclimate to driving over 100 kilometers/hour. Well, rather I had to acclimate…it completely freaked me out. Since my dashboard is digital, switching over to km from mi and driving on the freeway seeing speed limits listed at 100 was very disorienting. I felt like I was in a dream……

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