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Harry Potter Fandom

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“Fandom” is used to describe a large group of fans who come together to share a common interest.  They come not just for the material, but for the camaraderie.  At And Having Writ, we wanted to explore different fandoms and introduce some to our readers.  This article is one of many that will cover a variety of fandoms, including Doctor Who, Sherlock, Lord of the Rings, and more.

Harry Potter

When I think about fandoms, Harry Potter is the first that comes to my mind.  Arguably one of the biggest fan bases and one of the most loyal, the Harry Potter fandom will defend itself until the very end.  It’s easy to understand why: it’s a story about an orphan boy raised by hateful relatives, and the boy soon finds out he is an extremely famous wizard.  The story follows this boy wizard on his journey through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and beyond.  Spanning seven books, eight movies (with three more spin-offs on the way), and Pottermore (a huge fansite) with the author herself posting frequently, it’s easy to see that Harry Potter will stand the test of time.  People of all ages, races, and religions adore this book because its central themes revolve around love conquering all evil, the importance of family and friendship, and that anyone, no matter their start in life, can achieve greatness.

The three main characters are Harry, Ron, and Hermione, who face challenges throughout the series with all of it eventually leading to the return of The Dark Lord: an evil wizard dead-set on killing Harry. Even though these three are our central characters, much of the supporting cast is just as beloved.  We see Neville, an awkward boy in Harry’s year, blossom into his full potential, Luna, a quirky young girl complete with obscure antics, Ron’s brothers Fred and George’s mischief, and the love of Harry’s godfather Sirius.  The emotional rollercoaster never stops, and it always packs a punch.  Character deaths that will be etched into your brain forever, shocking plot twists, and adorable relationships are what you’ll find in these books.  As Professor McGonagall says in Sorcerer’s Stone, “every child in our world will know his name.”  As time goes on, this couldn’t be more true.

Love the Harry Potter universe? Check out these Tumblr blogs!


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Page Admins(s)

Tech- Runs the blog

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AHW: How long have you been in operation and how many followers do you have?

Tech: The blog was started in August of 2011, I joined it a few months later.  And as of writing this we have over 195 thousand followers.  I’m positive we’ll hit 200k in less than a week.  The blog gains followers pretty quickly now!  Just today we gained 308.  And the more active it is, with posts and discussions, the faster it gains followers.

AHW: What made you want to start a Harry Potter themed blog?

Tech: I didn’t actually start it.  However I JOINED it because Harry Potter is my lifeblood and I was really obsessed with making confessions posts when they first got really popular so I figured why not put that to good use!  I love the secrets people send in, I love the discussion they invoke.  Seeing different points of view and how others respond and their rebuttals to unpopular opinions is one of my favourite things.  I love seeing how into this story everyone is, it gives me the warm fuzzies that we’re all completely different people from absolute different walks of life, we all have different experiences and minds but were all sharing this one thing.  I love the interactions I get from running this blog.

AHW: What do you love about the Harry Potter fandom?

Tech: I love the people, I love this fandom SO MUCH.  Even though we are in no way perfect, and we fight about silly things.  It’s like one huge family, we’re not always nice to each other but we have this in common.  I dunno, I just really enjoy being a part of that in any way I can.

AHW: Describe the Harry Potter fandom in one word.

Tech: CAN I BE THE ONE WHO USES ‘MAGICAL’ haha, no but seriously I have always only used one word for it and that really is ‘Family’.  The good, the bad, the ugly, the support, the love, the anger and fights.  This fandom is friendship and family.


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Lauren & Kerrie

AHW: How long have you been in operation and how many followers do you have?

Lauren: I made this account February 8th 2014, so one year ago. We have over 20,000 followers!

AHW: What made you want to start a Harry Potter themed blog?

Lauren: I’ve always thought imagine blogs were cool but I didn’t really see any active Harry Potter ones so I made my own.  I used to make all the imagines and write lots of one shots for people.  Kerrie joined about a month later.

AHW: What do you love about the Harry Potter fandom?

Lauren: I love that even though the books and movies stopped coming out a few years ago, the fandom is still going strong.  I have met so many passionate Harry Potter fans from all over the world through tumblr.  The craze still hasn’t died down and I love that.

Kerrie: I like how widespread it is, and the variety of people in it because of this.  I also like how even though it’s been 8 years since the last book, and 4 since the last movie, people still love it and haven’t forgot it.  There’s a great sense of community as well.

AHW: Describe the Harry Potter fandom in one word.

Lauren:  Home.

Kerri: I’m not really sure what to say for one word.  Incredible, magical, outstanding, home.


Muggle Headcanon

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Lindsay- Housepoint keeper

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AHW: How long have you been in operation and how many followers do you have?

Tirion: When I first started there was about 30,000 and now it has increased to 113,618 and

it is still growing which is amazing!  As for creating the blog we didn’t actually create it, me and Lindsay came on as mods first.  The creator of the blog brought us on in July 2014 however our first post was June 2nd, 2014.  The creator left the blog saying she felt comfortable leaving it in mine and Lindsay’s hands.

AHW: What made you want to start a Harry Potter themed blog?

Tirion: As I said before me and Lindsay didn’t create the blog so I can’t take credit for that.   However the reason I wanted to become a Mod on the blog was because before this I wasn’t creating content on tumblr or giving anything back.  I have only been on tumblr for a few years and most of what I watch now comes purely from tumblr and the fandom side of it.  As a result I know a lot about other fandoms but only having been in them two years or so I can’t say I know everything.  Harry Potter is a different story since I have loved it since being a child.  I felt if I could start to post things and make other people happy by doing so why not?  I have an extensive knowledge of Harry Potter also so being able to put that knowledge to use on the blog and coupling it with living in England and knowing the country and all that jazz it makes being a mod a very enjoyable experience.

AHW: What do you love about the Harry Potter fandom?

Tirion: I have said before I have loved Potter since childhood.  I grew up with the story of Harry and his friends (the first film I went to see at the cinema was Harry Potter!).  I think that coupled with the fact I am very into fantasy and mystical things makes it a great thing to love.  As for the fandom I really like some of the more mature debates that go on.  For example the ongoing debate on whether Hogwarts could ever have wifi and electronics or not.  Reading into these sorts of theories really gets me excited and interested.

AHW: Describe the Harry Potter fandom in one word.

Tirion: If I had to pick one single word it would probably be exciting (I would say magical but some parts are not so magical).  I can honestly say you’re never bored and the story always has new things coming out about it.

Just like the books, the fandom has a magical quality about it.  They don’t just love Harry Potter; they love interacting with other fans and sharing a common interest with no fear of judgment.  Fandoms provide a welcoming environment for those who want to express the joy they find with Harry Potter.  It’s a fandom many should be a part of.


A Reluctant Contortionist

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A Reluctant Contortionist

Suzanne woke up with a pop and a crack, not unlike her favorite breakfast cereal.  She stretched her lanky limbs, listening to the music her body made.  She paid close attention to her right shoulder, which seemed to have a mind of its own lately.  The snap it made as it slid forward, not unlike a snare drum, was a sound she quite enjoyed.  Of course, it was much easier to hear the music in the morning, before the pops and cracks turned against her.  She stumbled loosely out of bed, limping just the slightest, to her coffee maker and started to brew her morning cup.  Recognizing the limp, she stretched once more.  Suzanne bent over, placing her palms on the floor in front of her feet.  She looked at her knees, now in front of her face.  She needed to shave.  That could wait for another morning.

Fifteen minutes to noon, Suzanne started off to her only class of the day, Biology.  She walked to class with her headphones in, but with no music playing.  She listened instead to herself- to the Suzanne Symphony.  She walked by a young man who looked at her closely as he passed.  Could he hear the music, too?  No, probably not.  She looked down at her legs.  Her hips were everywhere today.  Victoria’s Secret models could only dream of swinging their hips with half of the attitude Suzanne had by accident.  Suddenly aware of this false attitude, she tried to reign it in.  Unsuccessful, she let her hips swing freely as she walked, knowing she would pay for it later.

Biology was tiresome, in every way possible.  Impressively, Suzanne nodded off only twice in the hour and a half class.  Professor Ritter had a monotonous voice that could always put her to sleep, even if she had gotten more than her usual four hours the night before.  She looked around at her classmates.  Somewhere around the third row, notebooks and pencils turned into cell phones.  Suzanne sat in the back row, but she still had her notes out.  Her pen was sitting on her desk and her left hand was wrapped tightly around her right wrist.  Feeling eyes on her, she turned to her left.  The girl sitting next to her was staring at her wrist, eyes wide.  Suddenly, she understood.  The girl had heard the snare drum and Suzanne hadn’t even noticed it.  She loosened her grip and felt her bones settle back into place.  She gave the poor girl a nervous grin and packed up her bag.  Class had finally come to an end.

Naps had become an essential part of the day to Suzanne.  Every day, about five hours in, her muscles would start to fatigue.  Her shoulders would become heavy, her eyes tired, and the world around her would become far less clear.  On this particular day, her hips were asking for rest.  Of course, maybe  “asking”  isn’t the right word.  They were asking for rest the way a five year-old boy asks for Spider Man bandages.  Her hips demanded rest.  They were screaming for rest.  She gave in, just as an exhausted mom usually buys the Spider Man bandages, and laid down to sleep.

She laid on her back, hoping to silence her body.  Instead, the sounds swirled around her.  Her music wasn’t music anymore.  It was a dying children’s toy.  It was the opening credits of a black and white movie.  Discord hugged her tightly- a second blanket she could not kick off.  Trying to get comfortable, she turned over in bed and a thunder roared through her body from her hip.  Her legs were pretzeled underneath her and she didn’t have the energy to unfold them.  She tried closing her eyes but her world still spun.  One by one, her senses began to lie to her.  Though she was quite certain that she was still laying safely on her bed, every part of her body assured her that she was not, so she opened her eyes to check.  The clock was cruel to her.  Despite the hours that had spun around her, only twenty minutes had managed to pass by and she decided to give up on her nap.

Suzanne spent the rest of her evening in a haze.  She stared at her homework for hours before giving up and parking herself in front of the TV with her knitting needles.  She gazed absently at the news and let her hands work without any thought at all. She always liked to knit on her foggy nights.  Suzanne found that her body could stop her from just about anything, but it didn’t have to stop her from everything.  On nights like these, when her world spun around her and every joint ached, her hands were still nimble.  Her scarves and sweaters were little victories she saw in her closet every morning.  When her body stopped making music, she could always count on the clicking of her needles to put rhythm back into her life.  It was the reminder she always needed at the end of a long night.  It was a reminder of the music she would surely face again in the morning, when her body had yet to turn against her and she could hear the rhythm in her bones.

Suzanne is a fictional character based off of the life of someone who suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  To learn more about EDS, or to donate, visit


Balsamic Penne with Peppers and Shallot

janine hanover blockI could eat pasta all day every day.  I never tire of pasta, and it honestly confuses me as to how I don’t get bored.  I shouldn’t complain though, because pasta can be prepared many different exciting ways; you can prepare a lighter dish, like this one, or something heavy and creamy like my Classic Carbonara.  This recipe has the tanginess of balsamic vinegar, the sharp bite of parmesan, and the crunchiness of bell peppers.  This savory dish should keep a space in your rotation.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover

What you’ll need:

Penne Pasta


Red Bell Pepper

Green Bell Pepper

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Cracked Pepper

Parmesan Cheese



Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover

Bring a deep pot of water to a boil, salt the water.  Add the penne pasta and cook until al dente.  When pasta is cooked, drain into a colander and keep pasta warm.  Meanwhile, mince the shallot and set aside.  Julienne the red and green bell pepper and set aside with the shallot.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover

In a skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil, add the minced shallot and julienned peppers and saute over medium heat.  The shallot should be caramelized and the peppers should just be starting to soften.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover

Add the balsamic vinegar and cooked penne pasta to the pan.  Toss together until everything is coated with the balsamic.  Add some cracked pepper to taste.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover

Distribute into preferred food holding device and garnish with parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

Balsamic Penne with Peppers and Shallot

Serves 5


1 lb or 16 oz. penne pasta

1 whole shallot, minced

Red bell pepper, julienned

Green bell pepper, julienned

1 TBSP olive oil

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

1 TBSP cracked pepper

¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated

½ bunch parsley, chopped


  1. Bring a deep pot full of water to a boil.  Season the water with salt.  Add the penne pasta and cook until al dente.  If using a packaged product refer to the cooking instructions.
  2. While pasta is cooking add the olive oil into a saute pan and place on a burner at medium heat.  Add the minced shallot and julienned peppers to the pan.  Saute until the shallot is caramelized and the peppers start to softened.  Add the balsamic vinegar and cracked pepper.
  3. When pasta is cooked, drain into a colander and then add the pasta into the saute pan with the shallot, peppers, and balsamic.  Toss it all together until the pasta and peppers are coated lightly in the balsamic.
  4. Immediately distribute into desired bowl or plate and garnish with grated parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.


Top 10 Roller Coasters to Try Out This Summer

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There is this weird breed of people that exist in the world that are crazy about theme parks and roller coasters.  I am proud, and at times slightly embarrassed to associate myself with this subculture.  We call ourselves roller coaster enthusiasts.  We know an uncomfortable amount of stats about rides.  If you show us a close up photo of roller coaster track we can tell you the name of the ride, the manufacturer, how tall is it, what year it was built, how good the ride is (sometimes without even riding it), and many other details the average person wouldn’t even think about.

We are grown adults that can walk into an amusement park anywhere in America and have this strange sparkle in our eyes.  The kind of sparkle you see in a 6 year-old kid visiting a park on their birthday.  It’s our addiction.  Our vacation days are spent driving to the next new coaster, or spent driving across the country to visit as many parks as possible in the days we are allowed to not be at work.  We count all the coasters we ride (I’ve rode 225), and we aren’t ashamed to ride the kiddie coasters to pad our coaster counts.  At any given moment, if you ask us where we would rather be, we’d say walking the midways of any amusement park in the world.

Another thing we do when we aren’t on dates with women (which is always) is make countdowns and rankings.  We just wait for the opportunity for someone to reach out to us to share what we think.  Well, ladies and gentlemen, that’s exactly what has happened to me.  Now I am lucky enough to present to you the Top 10 Roller Coasters to Try Out This Summer.

  1. Phoenix – Knoebel’s – Elysburg, Pennsylvania


This coaster is nothing new to coaster enthusiasts.  It has been a favorite in the coaster riding community since it was relocated from San Antonio in the 80’s.  While at first glance it looks like a “Plain Jane” wooden roller coaster, it’s packed with a little something us coaster nerds live for called “airtime.”  This is known to the everyday visitor as, “OMG I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO FLY OUT!!”  And even as a coaster pro, I’m pretty sure that’s how I described it after my first ride.  Seriously, I was even afraid to put my hands up.

It also helps that this coaster lives in my personal favorite park in America.  Stepping into Knoebel’s is like stepping back into time.  The food is fantastic and cheap.  There is no admission price, as you pay for tickets to ride every ride (Don’t worry, it’s still cheaper than most parks).  It is the perfect mix of fair nostalgia in a permanent theme park.  Another fun aspect of this place is that you can camp on their property.  Just let the roar of the classic coasters be your alarm clock!


  1. Banshee – Kings Island – Cincinnati, Ohio

kings island - banshee

This ride was new to the park in 2014, and it was a HUGE hit for the place.  Let your feet dangle and kick the sky on what many consider the best inverted roller coaster in the world.  You won’t see many roller coasters out there hitting 68 miles per hour and flipping you upside down 7 times.

The park is home to 14 roller coasters and boasts an award winning kiddie area.  Also, the only theme park in the world where you can order a 3-way…  Chili that is.  Spaghetti topped with chili.  Skyline Chili is a Cincinnati staple, and a must eat in the park.  Try not to wink at the waitress and giggle like a school girl when you order.  It’s a fun game.


  1. Skyrush – Hershey Park – Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Skyrush is one of many coasters in what I feel is the most underrated “coaster parks” in America.  There is so much airtime on this ride, Jesus gives you a high five.

Hershey Park is a great place for chocolate lovers.  It’s where Hershey candy was founded.  Chocolate World shares a parking lot with the theme park and is free admission.  You can buy all sorts of sweets, and even ride a free ride that explains the chocolate making process.  Ladies, it’s the perfect post-breakup getaway!


  1. Coney Island Cyclone – Coney Island – Brooklyn, New York

Coney Island's Historic Roller Coaster

Built in 1927, the Coney Island Cyclone is a National Historic Landmark, and is one of the most classic wooden roller coasters in the world.  The place is full of amusement park history, and this ride pays homage to the area’s past.  It’s not the smoothest ride in the world, but you can’t go to New York without a ride on it.

Coney Island is the reason we have amusement parks today.  It’s full of history.  In past years it has been a bit run down, but it has recently been bought out and given the love it deserves.  It’s the perfect example of how a beach boardwalk place should feel.  Make sure you visit Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs.  It’s where the hot dog eating contest is held every 4th of July.


  1.  Twisted Colossus – Six Flags Magic Mountain – Valencia, California

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Twisted Colossus is one of the more anticipated new coasters of 2015.  Not only is it from one of the hottest coaster manufacturers right now, but it is a racing coaster.  And the way that it’s set up is basically two rides in one!  One of its highlights will include the “Hi-Five element.”  It’s a moment where its appears you can high- five people on the other train while being tilted at 90 degrees!

Six Flags Magic Mountain has more roller coasters than any other park in the world with 19.  What else is there to say?


  1. Thunderbird – Holiday World – Santa Claus, Indiana

holiday world - Thunderbird

Thunderbird is Holiday World’s first major steel coaster.  It will feature a 60 mph launch, and go upside down 4 times.  Another unique feature is that the ride vehicle is set up so that you are sitting on the outside of the track with nothing under your feet.

Holiday World is one of the nation’s best kept secrets.  It is home to 3 very good wooden roller coasters, and the best water park I’ve ever been to.  Add free parking, free drinks, free sunscreen, and free water tubes, and you are guaranteed to have a blast for a great value!


  1. Kingda Ka – Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson, New Jersey

six flags - Kingda Ka

Kingda Ka is the tallest roller coaster in the world, and fastest roller coaster in the US.  The ride goes 128 mph in 3.5 seconds, and is 456 feet tall.

Six Flags Great Adventure is home to 12 roller coasters, and 4 of them are in my top 20 with Kingda Ka being #20.  Best coaster park in the nation.


  1. Cannibal – Lagoon – Farmington, Utah

lagoon - cannibal

Cannibal is another promising new for 2015 ride at a small park on the Great Salt Lake.  The ride is 208 feet tall, with a first drop at the angle of 116 degrees.  Wait, how is that possible?

Coaster enthusiasts claim this is one of the best independent parks in America.  I’ve never been, but with this new ride I’m willing to test that claim.


  1. Outlaw Run – Silver Dollar City – Branson, Missouri

sdc - outlaw run

Outlaw Run is my favorite roller coaster I’ve rode.  Have you ever been upside down on a wooden roller coaster?  Sound painful?  What if I told you it was super smooth?  This is one of the most unique coasters in the world, and features elements that don’t seem physically possible.

Silver Dollar City is one of the only parks where you will see old people everywhere.  So old that their toilets have those old people booster seats built into them.  This park is historically a place for people of all ages to walk around to shop and eat fantastic food out of skillets.  With Outlaw Run, the park made a statement that they are also here to thrill people.  It’s a pretty unique place, and a must visit.


  1. Fury 325 – Carowinds – Charlotte, North Carolina

carowinds - fury 325

Fury 325 is by far the most anticipated new for 2015 rides.  This ride is the tallest roller coaster in the world with a traditional lift hill.  It features elements that interact with the park’s new entrance area, and has received nothing but rave reviews since it opened a few weeks ago.

The park is home to 14 roller coasters.  With the addition of Fury 325, the park is now a destination regional park.  Mix this new ride with other park staples, and it’s the must visit park for 2015!


There’s the top 10.  A list for what’s hot this summer in the coaster world!  Amusement parks make for a great road trip with friends and loved ones.  Traveling to a new park is a great way to relive those special moments many had as a child.  Hopefully this list inspires people to try something different, and maybe even fall in love with the experience all over again!  See you out on the midway.

Articles by Janine Hanover

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Product Review:  Earth Therapeutics Foot Scrub + Therapeutic Balm

Swiss Patty Melt With Balsamic Onions on Rye

Cheesy Bacon Quiche with Bell Peppers and Mushrooms

Raspberry Walnut Brownies

Balsamic Penne with Peppers and Shallot

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Roasted Garlic Hummus

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

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Raspberry Walnut Brownies

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I’m a lover of chocolate, and my favorite treat is a brownie, straight out of the oven and still gooey.  Everyone has their preference: some like soft, almost undercooked, and others prefer a more cake-like texture.  I love a classic fudgy brownie, rich and dense.  For this recipe, I added some raspberry compound for flavor.  Flavored compounds are a great alternative to extracts and will provide a more natural taste to the flavor you’re adding.  If something calls for an extract, I highly recommend you add compound instead.  Compounds don’t have a harsh alcohol taste or smell, and you don’t need to use much of it to achieve the flavor you want.  The flavor is concentrated, uses the ingredients it says on the bottle, and has a shelf life at room temperature or in the fridge. To add a little crunch I mixed in some chopped walnuts, but those are entirely optional.


Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover


What you’ll need:

2 cups sugar

2 sticks butter

3 eggs

3 TBSP raspberry compound

½ cup cocoa powder

⅔ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup walnuts


Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover


Preheat oven to 350F.  Butter and flour an 8 inch pan.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover


Cream sugar and butter together.  The mix should be very thick, and coming away from the bowl.  Add the eggs one at a time, adding a new one only after the previous egg has been completely incorporated.  Blend in the raspberry compote.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover


Add the dry ingredients to the bowl, along with the walnuts.  Mix until everything is incorporated.  The mixture should be very thick.  Pan up the mixture, and using the spatula spread the brownie mix evenly in the pan, making sure it is flat and even.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover


Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes.  Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before running a knife around the edge. Place a cutting board on top of the pan and flip it over.  The bottom of the brownies should be facing you.  Transferring the brownies straight to a cutting board will make it easier to cut than trying to struggle with cutting them in the pan.  Place the brownies into the fridge and let them cool completely before cutting.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover


Cut into desired sizes and garnish with powdered sugar and fresh berries.

Raspberry Walnut Brownies

Makes 12


1 cup (2 sticks) butter

2 cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs

3 TBSP seedless raspberry compound

½ cup cocoa powder

⅔ cup all purpose flour

½ cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Butter and flour an 8 inch pan.
  2. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture starts to pull away from the sides and is very thick.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, only adding the next egg until the previous has completely incorporated.  The mix will still be thick but fluffy.
  4. Add in the raspberry compound and blend into the mix.
  5. Sift together the cocoa and flour and add to the raspberry mix.  Add the chopped walnuts.  Turn on the mixer to the lowest setting and mix until the dry ingredients incorporate.  The mix will be very thick, fluffy and not pourable.
  6. Using a spatula, scoop the mix out of the bowl and into the pan, spreading the mix evenly in the pan, making sure it is flat.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes, depending on your oven. A toothpick inserted will come out clean.  Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes in pan.  Run a knife around the edge and remove the brownies from the pan by placing a cutting board on top of the pan and flipping it over.  The bottom side of the brownies should be facing you.  Place the whole thing in the fridge until the brownies are completely cool.  Portion the sizes to your preference.
  8. Garnish with powdered sugar and fresh berries


Cheesy Bacon Quiche with Bell Peppers and Mushrooms

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Lunch and dinner have nothing on breakfast.  At breakfast, you can eat anything you want because it’s okay.  You can have a rare steak with a poached egg and hash browns and no one will judge you.  Even though steak is a great way to start your day, it’s not my favorite way.  My favorite is quiche.  Quiche is the perfect breakfast item because you have a flaky, buttery crust with baked eggs, and any filling of your choice.  It’s easily one of the most versatile breakfast items.  So today I wanted to share with you my go-to quiche recipe when I want something for myself or have guests.  Quiche is a simple, quick meal to put together and allows for endless creative possibility.


Cheesy Bacon Quiche with Bell Peppers and Mushrooms

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover

What you’ll need:

Sharp Cheddar Cheese




Green Bell Pepper

Red Bell Pepper


Short Dough/Pie Dough

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover

Start by cutting the green and red bell peppers.  Remove the stem and seeds and cut into a small or medium dice.  Roughly chop the mushrooms.  Add the bell peppers and mushrooms into a bowl. Salt and pepper them.  Set aside.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover


Take your bacon and roughly chop. Add into a skillet over medium heat and render the fat until the bacon is crispy.  While your bacon is cooking, shred the cheddar cheese into a bowl and set aside.  When the bacon is to your desired doneness, remove from the pan and pat dry with paper towels, to remove excess fat.  Add the bacon into the peppers/mushroom mix.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover

Crack the eggs into a bowl and add the milk.  Whisk until milk is incorporated and there are no whole yolks.  Into the eggs add the pepper/mushroom mix, bacon, and shredded cheddar cheese.  Fold in the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Set aside.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover


Lightly spray a pie tin with pan spray, and place your rolled out piece of dough, you want it at about a quarter inch in thickness, over the top of the pan.  Press down gently to make sure the dough is in the pan.  Take the edges and pinch to make a border.  You can easily make your own dough, but if you want to buy it pre-made, look in the refrigerated section of your grocery store for unbaked pie crusts.  Pour the mix into the unbaked pie crust.

Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover
Personal Photo/ Janine Hanover


Bake at 400F for 35 to 45 minutes, depending on your oven.  When done, a toothpick should come out clean and the top should not jiggle.  Let the quiche cool down for 10 minutes before cutting.  Consume!

What’s great about this quiche recipe is that you can interchange the ingredients.  If you’re not a fan of cheddar, you can easily substitute for swiss or havarti.  If you’re more of a meat lover, you can add breakfast sausage, ground beef, or cubed ham.  Remove the meat and add fresh spinach or tomato to make the quiche vegetarian.  The possibilities are endless, and I hope you use this great recipe to get creative with your quiche!

Cheesy Bacon Quiche with Bell Peppers and Mushrooms

Serves 8



1 green bell pepper, small to medium dice

1 red bell pepper, small to medium dice

½ cup mushrooms, roughly chopped

8 strips bacon, medium dice

3 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese

8 large eggs

1 cup milk, 1% or higher

Pie Crust, homemade or store bought




  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Take your red and green bell pepper and mushrooms and add into a bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  3. Render the bacon on medium heat in a saute pan until brown and crispy.  Remove from the pan and pat dry with a paper towel to remove excess oil.  Add the bacon to the pepper/mushroom mix.
  4. Add the shredded cheddar cheese to the bacon/pepper/mushroom mix and set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until milk is incorporated and there are no whole yolks.  Add the pepper/mushroom/bacon/cheese mix into the eggs and fold in with a wooden spoon.
  6. Lightly spray a pie tin with pan spray.  Roll out the dough to quarter inch thickness(if it’s store bought you will not need to roll it out, it’ll be done for you) and press lightly into the pan to make sure the dough is in every nook and cranny. Pinch the edges to make a border.
  7. Add your egg mixture to crust and place into the oven.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and the top does not jiggle.  Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.