Smitten Kitchen’s Bakery Style Butter Cookies

chocolate dipped butter cookies with sprinkles

Hi friends! Happy Christmas Eve! I know it has been a long time since I’ve blogged. Ten months. After giving my blog a small makeover at the beginning of February, everything came to a screeching halt within the same month. I didn’t intend to step away from blogging, but it became necessary. This year had several rough patches for me so I (reluctantly) gave myself permission to let my blog go dormant. I found myself struggling with anxiety and overwhelm–not only regarding my blog, but about several other Life Things. It was next to impossible to feel creative when I […]

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Asiago Cheese and Almond Biscotti

Asiago Cheese and Almond Biscotti

Happy National Biscotti Day! This year, I am finally jumping on the food holiday bandwagon. In all the years I have been reading food blogs, I’ve always enjoyed reading posts celebrating a food holiday, so I figured I would get in on the fun too! To my delight, there are many Italian-themed food holidays as well as those that can easily be adapted to Italian recipes, and I’ve penciled them all into my editorial calendar to share with you throughout the year. I can’t think of a better food holiday to kick off this new tradition on Flavia’s Flavors than […]

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Minestrone alla Romagnola Soup

minestrone alla romagnola soup

Happy February! I’m a few days late because my blog was getting a much-needed facelift and I had to hold off on publishing new posts while my web developers worked behind the scenes. I am thrilled with the changes and I hope you like them as much as I do! The recipe section for every post is now more well-defined and there is better printing and pinning functionality. The logo placement and navigation bar are now better proportioned and easier to read. But the biggest change I made recently is that I have decided to turn Flavia’s Flavors into my […]

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Instant Pot Chicken Stock

instant pot chicken stock

I have never been able to get on the meal planning bandwagon. I certainly appreciate how valuable it is for making grocery shopping easier, effortless, and cost-effective. I also understand how sanity-saving it is to know exactly what is on the menu for the week. However, I’m always apprehensive about planning meals days in advance because…what if I’m not really in the mood to eat that meal once the day arrives? That said, I don’t fly by the seat of my pants with mealtimes, either. I just take a less structured approach to deciding what we will eat for dinner throughout […]

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Winter Fennel, Radicchio + Citrus Salad

winter fennel radicchio + citrus salad

I have never been (nor do I ever plan on being) one of these people who goes on a diet after the holidays. It’s disheartening to hear people speak as though they have to punish themselves at the start of the new year by going on a restrictive diet just because they ate some cookies and drank a little more alcohol than usual over the holiday season. I don’t do “clean eating” or fasting. Instead, I cook with as many whole and unprocessed ingredients as possible with a heavy emphasis on seasonal produce. I believe in balance and moderation for […]

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