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apple crisp (another one)

I loved this.  Loved the simplicity of this crisp.  Probably my favorite.  Cored and sliced apples, skin intact, simple simple streusel topping – done.  Yes, no need to peel these apples, the skin enhances the flavor of the crisp and the colors that follow are awesome.  Like Autumn in a dish.  I served this with…
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white cake with raspberry filling

Scrumptious white-ish cake, glorious raspberries, delicious icing…happy birthday to me!  This was one of two cakes that I made for myself (and shared!)  Loved it.  My mom, Marco, and Andy agree.  Others wouldn’t try it because well, I made a ridiculous ice cream cake that called to them instead and I guess hard to have both…
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apple custard cake

This cake is so pretty and I love the idea of pouring heaving cream over the finished batter.  It got me all excited.  It is supposed to turn into a custard-like cake, and it did.  But I’m not sure that custard on the bottom of a dense cake and softish apples on top is for me….
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yellow cake

If you have a food processor and a few pantry ingredients, 10 minutes and a cake to bake – make this!  Simple, perfect, light, flavorful and can easily transform into something else (think layer cakes and trifles) Alice Medrich developed this recipe for you.  I failed miserably on a new apple cake recipe (thought the…
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coconut macaroons

It’s been a long time.  Too long.  Pain in my feet is the root of my inactivity and although it persists I am just going to bake, donate and blog because I miss it! Made delicious little golden nuggets of coconut filled joy yesterday.  These little gems were so good – so flavorful, moist, and…
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chocolate cake

Eric really loved this cake!  And that worked out perfectly because I made it for him.  For his 50th!  I took a chance (well, not really because Ina Garten is never too a risky choice).  She loves this cake, said it was one of her favorites, and it seemed fairly easy to whip it up…
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new banana pancakes

Delicious.  Banana.  Chocolate.  Fluffy.  Yeah, ok, I made a new kind of pancake AGAIN.  What’s wrong with me?  I’m not sure but I seem to be obsessed with pancakes, brownies and chocolate chip cookies and my dog.  Oh well, there are worse things.  We all love these.  Andy and Sylvie of course as they are…
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coconut pecan torte

So this was really good.  Addictive, interesting (and I mean that in a good way!) and unlike anything I have made before (I guess that is synonymous with interesting…)  Rob and I kept taking turns coming back to nibble at it all weekend long.  He mumbling “this is good!”  And me mumbling “I don’t even…
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jimmies (chocolate sprinkles)

By now you know that I love ice cream and jimmies.  And not just any jimmy but real jimmies.  I’m sharing this with you so you too can enjoy the happiness I derive from my ice cream eating experience.  A lot of it has to do with the ice cream I know…but seriously (as serious…
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chocolate chip sour cream coffee cake

Oh jeez.  This is not the kind of thing that I can have lying around.  Big chocolate chips, moist cake, cinnamon and sugar laced throughout – can’t blame me.  Luckily I was baking for a charity so I quickly sent most of it away.  Also gave some to Leslie at Andy’s school since she is always on…
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ice cream cake

If you make a cake that falls apart, save it. If you make a cake and it is undercooked in the middle, save the edges. If you make a cake that isn’t fabulously moist, save. If you make cookies or brownies that are dry, save If you have left over meringues, save as well. (You can…
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grapefruit cake

More citrus tasting that grapefruit so please don’t shy away. DELICIOUS!  Moist, flavorful, sweet and yummy.   So good.  Soo good.  Really.  Equally loved by me, Andy, Sylvie, Charlotte, and Danika.  Rave reviews from all and oh, Will and Jason too!  Melissa found them wrestling over what they thought was the last piece and became…
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vanilla layer cake…easy easy and yes, a little lopsided

So good.  So so good and full of warm vanilla flavor.  This was perfect in the middle of January and the freezing cold.  Coming home to a piece of pretty cake, light and airy and bright.  Made me think of Spring (until I put all the white snowflakes on it!)  Anyway, I love, love, love…
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chocolate pecan (ground up) torte

Oh, so scrumptious and rich and chocolaty and a new love affair with my ice cream!  This torte is worth every calorie.  Dense and moist with it’s curious texture (ground pecans), this one surprised me.  Rob loved it and so did friends.  This, with his chocolate sorbet turns his lips brown and smiling.  And me…
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tools

If you are interested, here are some great tools to have in your kitchen. It’s great if you have a stand mixer for cakes and cookies.  It is easier and more efficient than a hand mixer and more sturdy.  Although hand mixers are great for meringues and lighter batters.  Shop around when there are sales and invest in…
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marvelous marble cake

Terrible photo I’m aware.  But don’t let it deter you.  This cake is tasty and although simple, has an elegance to it.  Dress it up with whipped cream and berries and you have an even prettier dessert.  This is also a good cake to nibble on throughout the day (as we all did!) Enjoy –…
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be prepared to bake

Your shopping list might not seem as overwhelming if you generally stock some of the following items.  Just pay attention to how much you bake.  Many items in pantry and refrigerator expire (some sooner than later) so if you are not baking often, wait and shop as you need.  But if you are an avid…
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brown butter brownies

Baked these brownies for a charity and they wrote to say how much they looooovvved them!  The mattress delivery men were eyeing the brownies as they went up and down the stairs…and were happy to leave with their goodie bags.  They said best brownie they ever had.  Wow.  (Although these are very good, I’m thinking…
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vanilla

Use good quality – and not artificial vanilla.  I love the double strength vanilla extract from Penzey’s spices.  You can order it on-line from penzeys.com.  (As well as many other spices and salts).  It is probably better to skip the vanilla if you don’t have the real thing. To scrape and seed a vanilla bean, place the long…
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Weigh flour if you have a kitchen scale, and if not, learn how to measure correctly...

avoid dry and crumbly cookies

I found the difference between a heavily packed cup of flour and lightly packed cup o flour was a bit more than an ounce!  This is a lot in the baking world.  Go to baking tips to see how to measure flour and if you have a scale, use it.  Do you know how to use…
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cranberry streusal pie

Ignore the lousy photo – forgot to take and this is just the messy leftover! This has to be one of my favorite desserts.  I mean really and truly.  First, the color!  Wow.  Gotta love that bright red pie.  Second is the flaky buttery crust.  Really mouth-watering.  Next is the filling – I know, I…
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cranberry cookies

Greg’s friend from school joined us for Thanksgiving.  We urged him to come having found out that he was on campus with out a turkey plan.  We had a terrific meal and a great variety of desserts.  I made these little gems, but I don’t think anyone in Rob’s family tried them.  So they sat…
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almond torte

So moist, so flavorful.  This is so unexpectedly good!  I forget who was really delighted with this cake the other night.  But I do remember that person urging others to “try that cake!”  With a delicate crumb, a buttery feel, and deep almond flavor, this cake seems decadent and fancy.  In reality it is quite…
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