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Rolo Cupcakes

These turned out delicious.  The cupcakes were perfect.  The frosting was perfect.  The little caramel center in the cupcakes was perfect.  I'm making them for every special occasion for the rest of my life. Rolo Cupcakes
1 18.25 ounce box of Devil's Food Cake Mix (I use Duncan Hines)1 5.9 ounce box of Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix 1 cup sour cream1/2 cup vegetable oil1/2 cup applesauce4 eggs1/2 cup warm water1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla24 frozen Rolos (freeze for at least 2 hours)Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line (2) 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.In the bowl of a stand-mixer combine all the ingredients. Beat together until smooth and well-combined, about two minutes on medium-speed. OR combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat with a hand-mixer.Divide the batter evenly amongst the liners- approximately 3 tablespoons per cup.Gently push a frozen Rolo into the center of the batter and smooth the surface to cover the candy with batter.Bake for 18-22 minutes, until the top is s…

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

In terms of my home/personal-life, I feel accomplished. I know my way around the kitchen, my house is always (relatively) clean, and I've managed to find, fall in love with, and have a great life with the best person I've ever known. Do you understand what that means? That means after years of dating weirdos and nose-pickers, I've managed to seriously win the dating jackpot. Cha-Ching $$ :) I have a great relationship. Possibly the best relationship in the entire world! But that subjective.
2009 August 13th is our two-year anniversary. Two Years! That is 730 days. 17,520 hours.  1,051,200 minutes. OVER A MILLION MINUTES!  Can you believe Michael and I have already been together for two years? Or.. Can you believe Michael and I have only been together for two years? Some days it feels like time is flying by. Sometimes I can barely remember what life was like before him, and I'm okay with that because the sun shines a little bit brighter with someone like him in my life. H…

Crab Ceviche

Shrimp ceviche makes me a little squeamish. What!? Raw shrimp!? What!? It cooks in lime juice!? What!? That doesn't sound legit!  But crab ceviche... totally my thing. Whenever we have a barbecue I request (i.e: demand) that Ronnie & Tiffany bring a giant bowl. I had a serious craving this morning and decided today was the day that I would make it for myself. Meet my breakfast and lunch. Crab Ceviche 1 (8-ounce) package imitation crab meat, flaked2 large tomatoes (or 3-4 small), chopped1 small red onion, finely diced1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped (about 1 cup)1 jalapeno, diced (seed the jalapeno if you want a mild ceviche)2-3 limes, juicedsalt & pepper to tastelittle shake of garlic powdercouple dashes of Frank's Red Hot* Throw everything in a glass or porcelain bowl (preferably not metal or plastic). Chill for one hour. Eat with corn tortilla chips, wheat thins, or lavosh. 
*You can use a couple teaspoons of olive oil instead of Frank's if you prefer the way ceviche tas…

Brownies

Our two year anniversary is coming up. Can you believe it? Two years! That's 8% of my life! And when you put two years into perspective in percentages.. it doesn't seem very significant.. oops.
But two years! In those two years, I've probably baked 2 million cookies, a thousand cupcakes, and 40 quick-breads. But do you know how many batches of homemade brownies I've baked in that time? Um, none. Until now.
Dense, fudgy, fab. I can't believe I didn't do this sooner!

Brownies 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped1 cup sugarpinch of salt2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract3/4 cup cake flour*, siftedPreheat an oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8" square baking dish, preferably glass.Combine the butter and unsweetened chocolate in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds,stir, then microwave an additional 15 seconds, stir until completely melted.With a wooden spoon, stir in the sugar and salt. Add the egg…