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gingerbread cake

This was good – “addictive” Sylvie said as she and I stood over the pan taking mini chunks with our fingers.  Filled with seasonal spices – this dark and smooth cake is a winner for the holidays.  (I know I’m a little late!)   Very simple and easy to make – this is a good…
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chocolate molten cookies

Rob said, “this is a good cookie” after taking his first bite of these special nuggets.  And he repeated it over and over again each time I baked them off.   Pure chocolate.  Dark, rich and if eaten the day they are made, are yes, truly molten.  (Following days just pop in micro for 4…
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brown butter snickerdoodles (forgot to take a picture! so you get rondo instead)

“These are soooooo good!  Soooo good” Sylvie repeats again and again as she continually samples these cookies.  And they are!  I’m normally of the snickerdoodle is boring school – but the brown butter in these add a new nuttiness (with out actual nuts) to the flavor.  The cookie is much more appealing to me now,…
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pecan, cranberry, white chocolate oatmeal cookies (with a dash of sea salt)

These cookies are my new favorite non chocolate cookie.  Seriously crispy yet textured with nutty nuts, sweet white chocolate, oatmeal and tart cranberries – all I can do from eating them is to give them away!  I just gave some to Karen – well, to her 14 year-old student (visiting from France) who broke his…
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simple pumpkin cookies

Light and airy — this simple pumpkin cookie was an easy hit.  Jason was coming over and I needed a non-chocolate sweet for him.  I looked through my To Bake file and decided to try these cookies.  Sylvie loved the cake-like consistency.  And said, “blogworthy mom.”  Andy exclaimed – “so good!” and Jason mmm…ed and…
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newest treat

New puppy Rondo!  Had to share…pumpkin and butter jam cookies are coming up next. Pin It

hot chocolate #2

Ok, this is hot chocolate number 2.  Sylvie’s favorite – rich, thick, chocolaty goodness!  As you know we had a hot chocolate tasting and this one was also delicious.  What else can I say?   Enjoy – italian hot chocolate: 5 tablespoons dutch-processed cocoa powder 2 tablespoons sugar 6 ounces dark chocolate (at least 70%),…
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hot chocolate #1

We were lucky enough to go to Paris and to Angelina’s Cafe this summer.  We arrived at the hotel, decided to grab a quick snack and ended up at Angelina’s day one.  Well…four hot chocolates later (we shared four for 5 of us) we were very satisfied, full, and buzzing. Each day we visited many…
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robert’s chocolate cookies (bittersweet)

Dark, rich, and decadent and made with big chunks of bittersweet chocolate — these cookies are for serious chocolate lovers only.  I needed a good solid chocolate sweet to go with all my fruity desserts the other night.  I scoured my books and blogs and finally decided on a recipe from Alice Medrich’s Cookies and…
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raspberry crisp

Raspberries, raspberries, raspberries.  If you like them – you will LOVE this.  This one speaks summer.  Tasty, simple, and not too sweet this is a perfect ending to a summer dinner.  Serve with barely sweetened freshly whipped cream and swirl any leftovers into vanilla ice cream for a berry streusel ice cream.  Yum!  Really, yummy….
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yellow cupcakes

So yummy!  Hanna said “Lisi, I never ever like cupcakes and I actually like these!!”  Sylvie and I agreed 100 percent.  And mind you – this tasting was w/out the icing.  Sylvie picked this recipe — eager to bake from this very pretty decorating book called Hello, Cupcake!  We were baking for My Sister’s Place…
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white chocolate bittersweet choc

So these too were scrumptious.  Last Friday I went on a tear and decided to try some new things for My Sister’s Place.  The s’mores, these cake bars and oatmeal molasses cookies.  All three were hits.  This one especially!  Andy said “these are the BEST mom, they are sooo good with the biggest chunks of…
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ice box zebra delight

This is a very old fashioned dessert – but it has never ever lost its appeal.  Mark said “This is slice number four…I’m going to have to ride (my bike) 100 miles tomorrow morning!”  And Mike was lamenting the absence of my ginger cookies but sang a different tune when he sampled this treat.  He…
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s’mores cookie bar

So these are for me.  100 percent completely over the top sweet, gooey and just packed with chips and deliciousness.  I realized I was muttering to myself the other day as I was sampling another piece…I heard someone saying this is ridiculous, ridiculous – and realized it was me!  Matt really loved these too –…
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apple cinnamon muffins (very healthy – made with almond meal)

Andy came into the kitchen and said omgoodness what is that smell?  It smells sooo good!  I told him I was making muffins but didn’t mention the healthy part of the description.  Hot out of the oven Andy asked if he could have one – I said sure and his eyes lit up with joy…
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cinnamon almond snack cake (made from ground almonds – no flour) healthy!

Sylvie LOVED this cake.  Rob and I did too.  The cinnamon topping is soo very full of flavor and the cake is dense, moist and satisfying.  Really!  Again from my almond flour cookbook that I’m having so much sweet success with.  About a month ago I was convinced that Greg had a gluten sensitivity or…
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pumpkin choc chip muffins (healthier side)

We all just LOVED these muffins!  So did Sylvie’s new camp friend Kate who came by to meet us — oh, and her mom and her sister too!  Verrry successful.  I froze a bunch of these to save for another day, but throughout the day (and next day) Andy continually defrosted them one by one….
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banana caramel cream pie

Lousy photo I know!  Forgot to take picture and this is on a plate, mostly eaten, with berry ice cream. This is part of an email I received in the morning after serving this pie the night before: Gregg just came in from a run, opened the fridge and asked if there was any more…
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matzoh candy again!

I’m re-posting this from a year ago.  Sorry to repeat, but just so good…Happy Passover! Many of my friends (and kids friends) keep Passover, so I wanted to try this recipe that I’ve heard about throughout the years.  I like the idea of a handy treat for those who celebrate.  My friend Stephanie happily shared the recipe…
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bittersweet chocolate soufflé (you can make in advance!) and flourless for passover

Big hit.  Big Big hit.  Sooo delicious.  Pure chocolate, pure happiness.  Rob ate one, and said – you know, I could easily eat the whole tray and I mean it.  Sylvie, Andy and Greg all said so good mom…so so good.  I gobbled mine up fast – as if someone was trying to steal it…
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momofukus butter cake bars

OK, so these bars were interestingly good which I know can be a shaky description.  But read on.  Karen LOVED LOVED LOVED them.  Effusive.  Rob liked them saying if you like custard they are right up your alley.  Someone also said that the inside looked like snot which is not so nice…but gave us a…
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milk chocolate cookies

Yeah yeah another chocolate chip cookie.  I know, too many on the site, but I can’t help it!  I love them.  And I love these.  Everyone did.  Less sweet than normal chocolate chippers (to balance the milk chocolate) these are supremely addictive.  And when you over treat yourself, you don’t feel as sick!  These are…
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Toll House kookie brittle

Yummy!!!  Crunchy, buttery, chocolaty, salty and nutty – well, that says it all!  A shortbread version of a Toll House Cookie.  Without eggs and a bit less sweet this is a great alternative to the classic cookie.  So VERY easy to make, and pretty to look at – another great choice for a cookie platter…
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salted caramel pie (don’t miss this one)

Although my memory is hazy  from a night or day (?) a few weeks ago, I do remember Jason (my non chocolate loving friend) standing up and exclaiming “Lisi, hands down the BEST thing you ever made!”  (Kind of like I won the game!)  Everyone else agreed by mmmm…ing and eating as he made this…
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coconut mounds (the best ever) (dairy and gluten free btw)

Loved these!  We all did – even those of us who don’t love coconut (including me, although I think I may have moved over into the like category.)  Judy and Marco really enjoyed – and she is a true coconut aficionado.  Alice Medrich calls these New Classic Coconut Macaroons because she recreated the recipe with…
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gluten free banana cake

Another recipe that is gluten and dairy free…and protein packed, and very tasty!  Rob, Alisa and I enjoyed in the morning as it is a healthy way to start the day.  Eggs, bananas, almond flour…dark chocolate.  All good!  The kids didn’t love this one I think because I used bitter chocolate, but I imagine semi-sweet…
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