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Cookies and Cream Strawberry Shortcake with Toasted Angel Food Cake

Cookies and Cream Strawberry Shortcake with Toasted Angel Food Cake

| June 25, 2012 | 12 Comments

Summertime to me is strawberries — fresh, ripe strawberries that spill their juices when left to tango with sugar for awhile. Summer is simple food, served up fast with little fuss. Summer is time spent outside, enjoying the late evening sunsets, warm air and hum of grasshoppers in the distance. Oh, and most of all, […]

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Marianne’s Butterscotch Chocolate Bars

Marianne’s Butterscotch Chocolate Bars

| March 7, 2012 | 4 Comments

This story goes something like this: Girl accepts dinner invitation. Girl makes last minute decision to whip up a double batch of her cousin’s Butterscotch Brownies to take to dinner, thinking there will be plenty leftover. Girl takes the whole tray to dinner and returns home with about 1/3 of the bars left. Then the […]

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Peanut Butter Cup Whole Wheat Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Whole Wheat Cookies

| February 24, 2012 | 5 Comments

We eat a lot of fruits and vegetables here. Each week, our grocery cart is loaded with berries, bananas, peppers and so much more. And we eat it all. Bunches of asparagus are devoured at dinner.  Bowls of berries are eaten nearly every morning. And sometimes, all I want is some roasted Brussels sprouts or […]

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Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

| February 7, 2012 | 8 Comments

Recently, I was digging through old posts when it occurred to me that I used to do a lot more baking. I can’t put my finger on why I stopped baking so much. Maybe it’s because the kids got a little older. Maybe it’s because I need to devote more time to work. Maybe it’s […]

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Peppermint Bark Popcorn: A Perfect Last-Minute Holiday Treat

Peppermint Bark Popcorn: A Perfect Last-Minute Holiday Treat

| December 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

With the risk of sounding like a broken record, this holiday season arrived so fast and has scurried along with unbelievable speed. I keep talking about it because it’s so true — the sprint from Thanksgiving to Christmas happened so incredibly fast. And I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. Other moms and […]

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Chess Bars

Chess Bars

| December 22, 2011 | 4 Comments

The place you come from can be a special thing. For some, it’s that one house in that one town where you lived everyday until you moved away for college. For others, it’s that area that you called home during the most loved moments of your childhood. For me, home is New York where I […]

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Double Chocolate Coconut Biscotti

Double Chocolate Coconut Biscotti

| December 20, 2011 | 4 Comments

Right now, I am sitting in a Starbucks, sipping a Venti Nonfat Peppermint White Mocha and praying I can finish this blog post and hit publish in the next six minutes — before I have to dash out of here and head back to get my daughter from ballet so we can head to my […]

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Cocoa Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Cocoa Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

| December 19, 2011 | 11 Comments

Back in November, I told myself that this would be the holiday season where I went back to my old ways of baking a ton of deliciousness and giving it to family and friends. Then I woke up one day and it was ten days until Christmas … well, not really, but it sure felt […]

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Chocolate Peppermint Cake in a Jar

Chocolate Peppermint Cake in a Jar

| December 2, 2011 | 107 Comments

Chocolate + Peppermint = Big, Mega, Super Love for me.  Maybe that’s why I use the combination in everything from truffles to pretzels to cookies during the holiday season. Actually, let’s be real. That’s definitely why. Still, despite one attempt at putting it in a cake (it was okay, but not good enough for the […]

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Easy Cocoa Crackers

Easy Cocoa Crackers

| November 29, 2011 | 9 Comments

This tiny heart-shaped cracker? It’s for you. And for my kids. And for my family. And for my dear friends who amaze me with their kindness, generosity and willingness to go above and beyond. It’s for those bleak moments made better by a kind word or a thoughtful gesture. It’s for everyday reminders that you […]

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