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Cranberries Sugared and Sauced

I am a big fan of the cranberry. Probably because it’s super sour and definitely because it’s my favorite color and possibly a little because it floats, I just think cranberries are one of the absolutely best berries around. Add that POP! when it cooks, and there’s just nothing that can compare. So on Thanksgiving […]

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The Gingerbread House Tradition (and recipe)

Every year, or at least most, we make a gingerbread house together as a family. Each daughter gets to decorate a wall and Kirk and I each decorate a piece of roof, or at least that’s how it used to be.  Now sometimes I make two houses or three and sometimes I make a herd […]

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Mixed Berry Blueberry Bagel Bread Pudding

Just try saying THAT ten times fast.  I’m pretty certain that this twist wouldn’t be recognizable to early 18th century English, but it’s still bread pudding.  Throwing away stale bread is always a bit sad and I’m not the first frustrated housewife to try to make something good out of hardened bread.   Versions of bread […]

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In Honor of World Nutella Day: Nutella Cupcakes!

I was craving cupcakes.  You know, those days when no matter how good you normally may be, if a pan of cupcakes was placed before you, you could easily eat the whole thing.  I don’t normally crave such things, but there are days when I just want the sweet comforting texture of a light fluffy […]

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Butterfly Banana Cake

Once upon a time, probably sometime in 1980, someone, possibly my mother bought me the I Can Cook Cookbook by Sophie Kay. This book looks like 1980, really a funny dated thing with recipes like Tic-Tac-Toe pizza and Tuna Bunwiches. I think may be I tried 3 recipes from this book. Most of them were […]

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I found this little recipe in a friend’s cookbook in 1999 and it has been my go-to recipe for oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies ever since.  Most commonly now, I combine them to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  The dough is even delicious.  I froze balls of dough once thinking it would be great to […]

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Rita’s Flödni: A Hungarian Recipe

I first tried flödni at the Fröhlich Pastry Shop in the Jewish district of Budapest.  The intense flavor of  halvah was too much for me and I was reticent to try it again, but there are certain friends of mine who are goddesses in their own kitchen, artists of food and flavor who can take […]

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Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Red Grape Compote

Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Red Grape Compote

I knew I’d like this.  Goat cheese.  Cheese cake.  I love them both, so why not together.  But then… I began to cook and there was that unmistakable smell of goat cheese.  Stronger than I thought it should be, I worried that may be this was one recipe destined for the trash. It turned out […]

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Lemony Berry Tart

Lemon Berry Tart

Inspired by a recipe in Cuisine at Home (June 2004), I made this three years ago for a ladies’ brunch that I hosted in my home.  I followed the recipe exactly and it was a huge hit, but the lemon flavor was dull.  I scribbled next to the recipe, “needs more lemon – or none.” […]

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The Perfect Valentine: Chocolate Espresso Torte with Raspberry Sauce

The Cake:  Chocolate Espresso Torte  Love is sweet and decadent and luxurious and so should the dessert that accompanies its celebration.  Save simplicity for another day.  On Valentine’s Day, you and your sweetheart deserve something special.  Make this a day ahead and glaze at least an hour before you want to serve it. A new […]

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