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Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

| November 19, 2011 | 6 Comments

When Will and Paige tried these cookies, it was supposed to be a single cookie for dessert one evening. But then Will finished his and looked wistfully at the other cookies sitting on the table. I saw him, but didn’t let on. Then he made his eyes big as saucers and wildly licked his lips. […]

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Playdate Pretzels

Playdate Pretzels

| November 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

Growing up, I was always taught that when invited to someone’s house, you should never show up empty handed. It’s good manners, and a way to show gratitude. When I was a child, my grandmother and I would stop at a certain little family-owned bakery to pick up something to take when we visited my […]

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Dark Chocolate Coconut Shortbread Cookies

| November 4, 2011 | 4 Comments

This morning, all I could think of was homemade cookies. All that time without power has sent me head first back into the kitchen — a good thing, no doubt. But I’ve also been busy with work, making sure that all my proverbial balls remained in the air throughout. So it was late afternoon before […]

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Iced Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Iced Pumpkin Bundt Cake

| October 12, 2011 | 3 Comments

The day that I heard there was going to be another pumpkin shortage this season, I ran to the grocery store and bought several cans of pumpkin to cook with. Call me crazy, but I couldn’t beat the thought of not working with pumpkin this season. It’s one of my favorite things to eat in […]

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Fresh Fig Tart with Marmalade and Brie

Fresh Fig Tart with Marmalade and Brie

| September 30, 2011 | 3 Comments

Hey fig. Yeah you. Hey fig figgy fig fig fig. (Apologies to Nine Inch Nails. I just couldn’t help myself.) When my shipment of figs arrived last week, I quickly got to work eating, preparing and cooking them. Figs have a ridiculously short lifespan, so I had to while they were fresh. My first recipe […]

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Rich Chocolate Toffee Brownies

Rich Chocolate Toffee Brownies

| September 26, 2011 | 31 Comments

When I first started freelancing, Will was an infant — one who didn’t cry a lot but who was still vocal. Very vocal. Back then, I freelanced mostly for a local newspaper and my work required me to conduct phone interviews often with Will playing in a baby gym or Exersaucer nearby. Sometimes, I took […]

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Agnes’ Fudgy Brownies

Agnes’ Fudgy Brownies

| September 18, 2011 | 5 Comments

Oh, brownies … served warm or cold, with ice cream or not, they are such a super treat. These ones, from an old family recipe, are thin but super fudgy brownies with a light, crackly top. Heavenly! This recipe, called Agnes’ Brownies, is adapted very slightly from my handwritten and bound family cookbook. Agnes wasn’t […]

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Toasted Coconut, Caramel and Milk Chocolate Madeleines

Toasted Coconut, Caramel and Milk Chocolate Madeleines

| September 15, 2011 | 2 Comments

When it comes to desserts, my sweet tooth knows no bounds. It’s something that Will inherited from me. That little guy loves cookies, cakes … anything sweet. Paige, on the other hand, is less sweet-addicted. Sometimes she wants dessert, other times she simply says “No, thank you.” Now, offer her some fresh mozzarella and she’s […]

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The S’more, The Merrier: Oven S’mores Recipe

The S’more, The Merrier: Oven S’mores Recipe

| July 12, 2011 | 4 Comments

S’mores are summertime. They speak of summer camp, bonfires and roasting marshmallows on actual sticks (you know, the kind from the woods!). And when I think of them, I think about the rustic conditions of the summer camps I went to and loved. Making s’mores was the highlight of every summer camp experience of my […]

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Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies

Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies

| June 2, 2011 | 5 Comments

It seems like forever ago, but once upon a time my ability to cook was a well-kept secret. For that matter, so was this blog. But these days, everyone from my kids’ teachers to college acquaintances know about it. And hey, that’s ok with me. The more the merrier. But when people know you can […]

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