dirty chai affogato with homemade chai ice cream

a modern twist on affogato, this dirty chai affogato "drowns" a generous scoop of homemade chai ice cream with a shot of hot espresso | dirty chai | masala chai | affogato | affogato recipe | easy dessert for a crowd | easy entertaining | homemade ice cream recipe

a modern twist on affogato, this dirty chai affogato “drowns” a generous scoop of homemade chai ice cream with a shot of hot espresso.  homemade chai ice cream, steeped with masala chai spices like cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, & star anise, requires only 20-minutes of active cooking time & is so simple to make ahead.  at your next dinner party let your guests “drown” their own affogato with fresh brewed espresso, & you’ll wow them with this…

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marsala pasta with spicy italian sausage & mushrooms

rigatoni tossed into a creamy marsala pan sauce with spicy italian sausage & mushrooms, cozy enough for a date night at home & easy enough to throw together for a spontaneous weeknight dinner with friends | pasta recipe | creamy marsala pasta sauce | easy pasta recipe | date night recipe | date night idea

a comforting marsala pasta, with rigatoni noodles tossed into a creamy marsala pan sauce with spicy italian sausage & mushrooms.  marsala pasta is cozy enough for a date night with bae on the sofa (& totally guy-approved!), but also easy & elegant enough to throw together for a spontaneous weeknight dinner with friends.  paired with a big, hearty red wine, this marsala pasta will have you ditching the reservations & enjoying a pasta feast from…

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winter citrus mimosas with blood orange & honey

an update to a classic mimosa, these winter citrus mimosas are lightly sweetened with a homemade blood orange & honey syrup | mimosas | mimosa recipe | brunch cocktails | cocktails | cocktails recipe

an update to a classic mimosa, these winter citrus mimosas are lightly sweetened with a homemade blood orange & honey syrup. the deep flavor of the blood orange & the floral sweetness of the honey are balanced perfectly with bright acidity of grapefruit.   winter citrus mimosas are SO easy, elegant, & most importantly: seriously delish.  invite your best gals over for a weekend brunch & enjoy winter citrus mimosas aplenty…& hell, i’ll definitely say…

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chai cocktail with golden raisin rum & vanilla chai syrup

chai cocktail | cocktail | hygge ideas | date night | a chai cocktail with golden raisin-infused spiced rum & a homemade vanilla chai simple syrup. this chai cocktail is just as perfect for date night at home as it is for celebrating with friends & loved ones this winter season.

a chai cocktail with golden raisin-infused spiced rum & a homemade vanilla chai simple syrup. this chai cocktail is just as perfect for date night at home as it is for celebrating with friends & loved ones this winter season.  the rum takes on the subtle golden sweetness of the raisins, & the simple syrup is infused with chai spices, ginger & vanilla.  shaken with fresh-squeezed lime juice & topped with fresh grated nutmeg, this chai…

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homemade holiday gift basket for the kitchenista in your life

homemade holiday gift basket for the kitchenista in your life | a plays well with butter holiday gift basket series | a homemade gift basket perfect for the young & trendy person who is just starting to take interest in food & dining. this gift basket features some prosecco for a festive holiday cocktail, on-trend bar gadgets, & chrissy teigen's cookbook.

treat the kitchenista in your life (you know, the trendy food-lover on your christmas list) with a homemade kitchenista gift basket this holiday season with the plays well with butter holiday gift  basket series! pair chrissy teigen’s cookbook with the makings for an easy & elegant signature cocktail & tie it together with some on-trend barware & you’ll totally knock the socks off of any kitchenista! ’tis the season for holiday parties at work, secret santas, family gatherings,…

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homemade holiday gift basket for the beer lover in your life

homemade holiday gift basket for the beer lover in your life | a plays well with butter holiday gift basket series | treat the beer lover in your life with a homemade beer gift basket this holiday season with the plays well with butter holiday gift basket series! pair a few great bottles of craft beer with a couple of festive beer glasses & a few handmade bar snacks & you'll totally knock the socks off of any beer nerd!

treat the beer lover in your life with a homemade beer gift basket this holiday season with the plays well with butter holiday gift  basket series! pair a few great bottles of craft beer with a couple of festive beer glasses & a few handmade bar snacks & you’ll totally knock the socks off of any beer nerd! ’tis the season for holiday parties at work, secret santas, family gatherings, & one-too-many wintery cocktails with friends.  &…

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homemade holiday gift basket for the coffee lover in your life

treat the coffee lover in your life with a homemade coffee gift basket this holiday season. a beautiful basket with locally roasted coffee, locally brewed nitro cold brew, a cute mug, & delicious homemade scones makes perfect secret santa gift, hostess gift, or christmas gift for any italian-lover in your life! | a plays well with butter holiday gift basket series

treat the coffee junkie in your life with a homemade coffee gift basket this holiday season with the plays well with butter holiday gift basket series! pair a beautiful coffee mug with a bag of locally-roasted coffee beans, a growler of nitro cold brew, & a batch of homemade chai scones & you will be giving your coffee lover the ultimate coffee gift – get ready for a hefty caffeine buzz! ’tis the season for holiday…

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almond butter shortbread cookies (2 ways)

almond butter shortbread cookies | via plays well with butter | a flaky & tender almond butter shortbread that is delicious enough to be enjoyed on their own, but also subtle & versatile enough to be finished with either a dunk of dark chocolate & sprinkle of fleur de sel or sandwiched around a sweet almond butter buttercream (or both!)

a flaky & tender almond butter shortbread that is delicious enough to be enjoyed on its own, but also subtle & versatile enough to be finished with either a dunk of dark chocolate & sprinkle of fleur de sel or sandwiched around a sweet almond butter buttercream (or both!).  almond butter shortbread cookies are going to be the best addition to your holiday cookie plate this year! so you know that feeling you get when you…

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mini chai scones with maple chai glaze

mini chai scones dipped in a maple chai glaze are the perfect treat for any lover of chai tea lattes & are so easy to whip together for a weekend brunch with your girlfriends or to serve to overnight holiday guests with morning coffee.

mini chai scones dipped in a maple chai glaze are the perfect treat for any lover of chai tea lattes & are so easy to whip together for a weekend brunch with your girlfriends or to serve to overnight holiday guests with morning coffee.  these chai scones are the perfectly balanced bite:  the scone itself is almost savory – it’s so buttery & flaky, & has a great punch of chai spice without being too sweet –…

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homemade holiday gift basket for the italian food lover in your life

treat the italophile in your life with a homemade italian gift basket this holiday season. a beautiful basket with italian wine, good cheese & pasta, & homemade kale pesto makes perfect secret santa gift, hostess gift, or christmas gift for any italian-lover in your life! | a plays well with butter holiday gift basket series

treat the italophile in your life with a homemade italian gift basket this holiday season with the plays well with butter holiday gift basket series! pair a beautiful bottle of italian vino with homemade kale pesto, some specialty pasta, & a hunk of parmigiano-reggiano, the king of italian cheeses, & you will give the gift of italy – with no passports required! ’tis the season for holiday parties at work, secret santas, family gatherings, & one-too-many…

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