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Chocolate Budino

I was obsessing about what to make for my husband, Tom, and daughter, Lily (our hungry monkey) for Valentine’s Day. Something rich, chocolatey, and smooth – and cold sounded good. And then this recipe for Chocolate Budino (and Italian rich chocolate pudding) hit my inbox from Smitten Kitchen! Smitten Kitchen is a blog for home cooks created by Deb Perelman. Deb originally started writing online in 2003 while also working as an art therapist, and she eventually began the Smitten Kitchen blog in 2006. She is one of my go-to bloggers for amazing, fool-proof recipes.

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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Flaked Sea Salt

These cranberry orange shortbread cookies are so delicate but have a burst of bright cranberry and orange flavor. They are easy to make and perfect for a Thanksgiving dessert! My cousin Laurie shared her amazing recipe; I added vanilla bean paste (because I am obsessed) and some Maldon French sea salt to give them my own little twist.

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