Maple Bourbon Brown Butter Peach Pie

I’m firmly convinced that there is no better dessert in this world than Maple Bourbon Brown Butter Peach Pie.

Maple Bourbon Brown Butter Peach Pie.  This is probably the most delicious dessert to ever grace the face of the earth.  Fresh peaches, maple-bourbon caramel, pecan brown butter streusel, buttery, flaky pie crust, and vanilla bean ice cream.  | blog.hostthetoast.com

Yes, I said it.  I, the fruit skeptic, the haphazard baker, the Thanksgiving-dessert-skipping monster (seriously, who turns down a slice of warm apple pie?!) made this pie twice in one week.

It was just that delicious.

And I will make it again.  And again.  Andagainandagainandagain a million times over.  Infinity times.

It’s raining pies, hallelujah!

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Cucumber Basil Gin and Tonic

I’m gonna be honest with you– I had a very tame weekend filled with tbs movie marathons, trying to get work done on my laptop, and fried foods.

Cucumber Basil Gin and Tonic.  I have never even liked gin but this summer cocktail is so refreshing and delicious that it's a new favorite of mine! | blog.hostthetoast.com

And even though I’m not leaving any crazy spree of excitement behind as I enter the work week, I’ve got to say, I have a serious case of the Mondays today.  A case of the Mondays that can and will only be cured by an after-work Cucumber Basil Gin and Tonic.

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Favorite Melty Mozzarella

You know what I love?  Some deliciously creamy, fresh mozzarella cheese.  You know what I don’t love?  Paying $8 for a pound of it.

Favorite Melty Mozzarella.  It's easy to make and costs way less!  Not to mention mozzarella this fresh is just amazing beyond words. | blog.hostthetoast.com

Every time I go to the grocery store and pick up a log of fresh mozzarella, my mouth salivates, but my wallet cries.  I’d been thinking a lot lately about attempting to make mozzarella myself, but it just seemed so hard.  There was no way I could make it without messing it up majorly and taking up my whole day, right?

Wrong.  So very wrong.

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Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I’m celebrating (or rather, cooking for Momma Bear) early just to make sure you’ve got this recipe in time.  I’ve heard that moms love breakfast in bed.

Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce.   If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, do it right.  | blog.hostthetoast.com

Well, everyone loves breakfast in bed, don’t they?  There’s nothing like showing someone how much you care by starting their day with a big, beautiful stack of ‘cakes.  Especially if those ‘cakes happen to be particularly light from ricotta, and vibrantly flavored from lemon juice and fresh blueberry sauce.  Oh, and if they’re studded with poppy seeds?  We’re talking pure breakfast bliss.

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How To Tell If Your Avocado Is Ripe

I know I’m not the only one who spends 25 minutes hovering over the avocado bin at the grocery store every time I’ve got a recipe in mind that requires some of that green goodness.

How to tell if an avocado is ripe or rotten!  More tips in the article! | blog.hostthetoast.com
“Is this one too soft?”  I wonder.  “Too green?”  “It looks good now, but how will it look in a few days?”
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