Easy Pickled Rhubarb | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Attention, pickle lovers! I am one of you people, and I am here for you with this easy pickled rhubarb that you will LOVE with all of your tart-loving tastebuds.

I know it’s just the veryveryvery start of rhubarb season, but you see, I was at the grocery store the other day and there — tucked between the Swiss chard and the organic carrots that I always want to buy just because they still have those gorgeous long green frond-y stems attached but GARSH are they expensive — was a bundle of bright red rhubarb. Glory glory. Spring is HERE, y’all. The rhubarb said so.

So naturally, I hoofed it over to the display and maniacally shoveled a gigantic handful of stalks into my cart. Onlookers probably thought me insane — they might be right. But RHUBARB, you guys.

Of course, I ended up buying way more rhubarb than I needed for any one recipe, so first, I made a pie (recipe is coming soon!) and with what was left, I made pickles. And it was good.

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Preston Hill Bakery Chocolate Bread | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Firstly, thank you, EVERY ONE OF YOU, for the unbelievably kind, thoughtful and supportive comments, e-mails and text messages you sent my way about my last post. Your kindness has blown me away, and I am ever the more grateful for this space we share. I read each message with sincere appreciation and each one has helped me to heal. Thank you thank you.

Secondly, I’m writing this post as I devour yet another slice of this chocolate bread, because it is truly the greatest thing to come out of my kitchen in weeks — maybe even months. Each bite is soft, chewy, full of melty chocolate bits and I cannot stop eating it. I’m about to go in for another slice, if I’m being honest.

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On Miscarriage | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

A couple of weeks ago, I found out I had a miscarriage. What I expected to be a routine 11-week appointment and my very first ultrasound where I would get to see my baby for the first time, see it bounce around on the black and white screen, its little heartbeat aflutter, ended abruptly with the news from my doctor that in fact, my baby had not made it past 9 weeks. The feeling I had in that exact moment is difficult to describe — it was as if the room was expanding, exhaling, to an infinite scale, and then immediately contracting, closing in, the walls so tight around me I could barely breathe. I saw her words — “I’m concerned this is a miscarriage” — spoken to me directly, but I heard them as though echoed from across a long hallway, to the general air around her. Not to me, surely. This couldn’t be happening to me.

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Homemade Fruit & Nut Crisps | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Confession: I could live on cheese and crackers.

One of my favorite meals is this: Cheese, crackers, fruit, olives, maybe a cured meat like prosciutto or summer sausage. Plus wine. And chocolate for dessert. The end. Repeat forever and ever.

Every few weeks, the husband and I will make a smorgasbord of these foods for dinner and just snack away while catching up on our Netflix queue (House of Cards, amiright?). It’s the best, because we usually buy too much of everything and then end up with a ton of leftovers to enjoy for lunch the next day.

Recently I introduced to our snack-y dinner situation some fruit and nut crisps I got from the grocery store that are insanely delicious. I first had them at the dinner club I’m a part of and I could. not. stop. eating. them. But the box costs a pretty penny and because they’re so good, we tend to devour the contents within a day or two. No bueno.

So I did the food blogger thing, and I made some myself.

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Chocolate Cinnamon Roll Wreath | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Easter is just around the corner (seriously, it’s coming up on us RIGHT QUICK) and I don’t know about you, but I’m already thinking about brunch. It’s what I do.

Many years in my youth, my family would go to the restaurant Easter brunch buffet. Sometimes this wasn’t so bad — I would get my fill of that prime rib station and a plate full of mini cheesecakes. Other years, not so much. Once, I encountered an extremely hot outdoor tent buffet with supposed-to-be-cold kale salad that was melting into a puddle of ice cubes-turned-water next to a tray of cheese cubes that were fused together by the sun’s death rays (though also, perhaps, banding together as a way to survive), and a terrifying man-size bunny that greeted every table with his terrifying man-size immobile bunny face. I think there also might have been an entire family in overalls and flannel, if memory serves.

This year, I’m avoiding any potential chances for a recurrence of things past while also graduating beyond the prime rib/mini cheesecake situation. I’m bringing this chocolate cinnamon roll wreath front and center instead.

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Carrot Cake Thumbprint Cookies | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

When life gives you the choice between cookies and cake, it’s just not fair to have to choose.

Thankfully, these carrot cake thumbprint cookies don’t make you have to decide. They’re so nice like that. And they happen to be delicious, too.

Because I mean, when you combine the flavors of carrot cake into a cookie and then fill it with a tangy, jam-swirled frosting, how could they not be?

Cake, meet cookie. Cookie, meet face. Repeat as needed. That’s how my Thursday is going to go. How about yours?

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