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banana rum trifle (or cake)

I should start by mentioning that this lovely trifle started out as a severely under-cooked cake.  I think it was the worst I’ve done … in terms if timing.  The first day of school break Sylvie really wanted to bake from a new book titled Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey (great title, right?)  We picked this yummy sounding…
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white chocolate cherry oatmeal cookies

I happen to really like white chocolate.  Sometimes I have to whisper that when there are serious dark chocolate eaters around (but I really like dark chocolate too).  I like it all.  I know I’m not alone – my friends Wendy and Jessie always search for white chocolate goodies in my pantry.  The combination of oatmeal, dried cherries and white chocolate spoke to…
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(very moist) orange cake

100 percent happiness – we all LOVED this orange flavored cake.  Really a new favorite in our house!  As I nibbled and watched my family enjoying… sighing, smiling, making mmm noises, and Sylvie licking the crumbs off her plate…well, life seemed very good and simple that moment.  When I saw that this cake featured olive oil, I was…
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cream cheese pound cake

This pound cake is heaven.  It is rich, thick and flavorful.  The cake is soft and wet in the center, yet forms a really awesome crust on the bottom and top.  Funny the crust is my favorite part – yet Andy complains that it is too hard.  We make a perfect dessert eating pair.  Greg, Sylvie…
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dark chocolate sorbet

Years and years ago – Rob and I had our first meal at Picholine in NYC.  The meal was awesome, but the chocolate sorbet was sublime.  We became somewhat friendly with the chef, Terrance Brennan, because my mom is terrifically chatty and loves discussing food and meeting new people.  By our 5th visit, she told the…
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cranberry orange tea bread

This is one of my favorites from childhood.  I loved this tea bread.  Mmmm… filled with walnuts, cranberries, orange zest and juice it is packed with flavor and texture.  It was on my camp visiting day “request list” for years.  That and chicken soup (that day my mom would bring me anything!)  My mom used…
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yummy yellow cake

This cake is sooo very good, ridiculously easy to make, and has no butter!  It is Greg’s absolute favorite but we all love it.  I was talking to my old and dear friend Michelle yesterday about the blog.  She said she’s been baking so much, loving it, and what to make next?  I told her that the yogurt…
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peppermint stick ice cream

This is my old friend Dani’s all time favorite.  We were lucky growing up – in that both of our families went to Vermont during the winter weekends.  Dani from NJ, me originally from MA, these were very special times.  But oh, it wasn’t just me and “Eight is Enough” that made her smile – it was the holiday season…
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(luscious) lemon pound cake

Back in September, my friend Amy said…OK…the  lemon cake?  Ever since then it’s been on my “to do” list but I was all over the place with my posts.  But when Amy invited our family for dinner…it was done.  Penciled in and on the updated list.  This cake is really so good and so lemony.  People…
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cocoa brownies (w/chewy shiny top)

Another brownie – I know…but they are all so good and different.  I promise.  These brownies were a HUGE hit with kids.  (Great for a Hanukkah party if you’re celebrating.)  All who tried absolutely loved them.  Zach and Lauren were fighting over the edges, Will and  Hanna  loved them too as well as Greg and Sylvie.  Andy…
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eggnog pound cake (w/rum glaze)

I wanted to make this cake ever since I saw it on the cover of Flo Braker’s new cookbook Baking For All Occasions.  I thought perfect for the holidays, and oh, it really is!  Filled with rummy raisins (currents if you can find them) and a terrific crystallized glaze that looks like way more work than…
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(very) chocolate chippy crumb cake

When I started this blog I figured I’d finally attack the more difficult desserts that I never make time for.  But I’ve found that it is just as fulfilling to make something simple that my family and friends love.  Well, this little cake is just that.  Simple and filled with tons of mini chocolate chips…
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(transcendent) brown butter cookies

Transcendent – meaning extending beyond the limits of ordinary experience.  The December 2005 write up and recipe of these cookies, by Celia Barbour, started out with…”Once a year, at Christmastime, I make the best cookies in the world.  It very nearly kills me.”  The article was beautifully written and it was so very clear how much she loves…
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chocolate pudding pie

It was Alisa’s birthday – she is what we like to call our “young friend who is a student who lives with us and helps out now and then” – long title, but she is no longer an au pair and she is not just a student, she is truly part of our family.  So…anyway…it was her…
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