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gluten free chocolate chip banana pancakes

Made gluten free pancakes and didn’t tell Andy.  He had one and said “This is awful, are they gluten free?”  So I researched and made them again. This time success for Andy, Sylvie, Rob and me.  Made them the next couple of days…then decided to try a different recipe for fun.  Andy complained – “Why…
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banana bread (gluten-free and DELICIOUS)

This banana bread is really very good.  Seriously good.  For real.  Andy was home from school today, studying in his room and started texting me…What are you making! Smells so good!  I informed him that I made the banana bread again, but in muffin form.  Down he came and quickly gobbled up two and oh,…
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triple chocolate banana bread

Wowee.  This is delicious.  Rich in flavor and color and texture – you can’t  miss this one. I mean it.  Best chocolate banana bread ever.  As mentioned in the post from Liv for Cake (below) you can certainly skip the chips and ganache for a less chocolatey experience.  And/or add walnuts to cut some of…
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fruit galettes

Yum – summertime fun and goodness all wrapped up in dough.  These galettes or rustic tarts are extremely easy to make and just delightful on the tongue.  I like them warm out of the oven but even more cold the next day (weird I know).  Made these for a dinner party and they were a…
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puff pastry chocolate treat

I planned to make this little treat for my New Year’s brunch, but ran out of time so Rob jumped in and made it!  He will argue that he put it together, and didn’t bake anything – but even so, it shows you how easy this is.  (No offense meant for Rob, he just doesn’t…
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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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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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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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caramel apple cake

Make sure you check out a good photo of this cake on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe as this photo does not do it justice at all. Different from other apple cakes, this one has a terrific cream cheese layer laced throughout as well as a yummy glaze on top.  I made it around Thanksgiving and I keep…
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apple pan tart (simple)

Soooo easy, so simple, so apple-y, so flakey (the crust) so moist… just scrumptious.  Served this tart the other evening and friends Jason and Trent were ecstatic.  Well, that may be too strong of a word, but for grown men, they were all smiles.  I’m so happy I finally made an apple tart worth posting….
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pumpkin pancakes again

Andy is slowly tiring of pancakes and I’m actually excited about it because it is much easier to make a fried egg sandwich in the early AM.  However the other day – he not only asked for pancakes, but pumpkin pancakes.  Because I have many new whole grain books, I decided to try a new…
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orange poppyseed pound cake

Yummy yum yum!  This was tasty.  Slightly dense, filled with poppy seeds – and covered in a delightful glaze – this was a winner.  Andy ate this up.  Said “I like this!”  And Sylvie kept taking slivers and announcing she was done each time.  I finally said, just take a piece and sit with it…
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caramel apple jam

Thanks mom for sending me this recipe! MMMMmmmm….so delicious and warm and soothing and inviting.  Funny for a “jam” to be all that but it is!  Caramel, vanilla, and apples delightfully and simply combined.  Warm this up and pour over some vanilla ice cream and you have a winner.  Equally good on the savory side…
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chocolate chocolate tea cake (moist and good!)

Yum yum yum – everyone said this is good!  Especially me as I nibbled and nibbled.  So good in my ice cream the other night.  Really good!  This was an especially sweet success after many baking failures this month.  Sylvie said this was the best thing I’ve made in a long while.  (Which was of…
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cinnamon apple cake

“This is the best thing you’ve made in a long time mom” Sylvie said last night as she indulged in her second nibble of the evening.  She said she needed more, but we both agreed that the cake would be here today (and it is) and to just stop (which is hard).   Everyone agreed…
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brown sugar french toast

Every now and then a recipe lands on my desk.  Usually a chocolate recipe (often bittersweet – Rob pulls these) but this time it was (surprisingly) a french toast recipe.  Rob likes french toast but lately he is so health oriented that he will usually save his treats for chocolate (hence the chocolate recipes!)  But…
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peach streusel coffee cake

Deeeelicious!   So good, so summery, so delightful to much on when the sun is out and you know summer is coming!  I’m lucky to have found such good peaches this early – and although Greg really wanted cobbler, I took the easy way out and made an easy cake.  And wow, good decision.  Although…
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steel cut oats (the very best) don’t skip

Never ever ate any kind of hot cereal as a child, wanted to like it in my 30’s, enjoyed it in my 40’s but wow…at 47 I have found the exact hot cereal (n my case steel cut oats) that I craved (and didn’t even know I was craving it!)   I didn’t know that…
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banana pancakes (healthier)

Andy has been eating these for the past month or so and just LOVING them.  True love.  But what used to be a cute and adorable desire for pancakes and waffles in the early AM (and my desire to find awesome healthy recipes) has slowly turned into a demand (on his part) and fatigue and…
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cinnamon roll pound cake

I made this a long while ago and although I don’t remember much as I age, I do remember this cake!  Sylvie does too!  Rich, moist, and laced so pretty and tasty with cinnamon, this cake is worth the small effort it takes to bake.  The glaze is truly the icing on the cake (in…
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pumpkin cupcakes

It was an impromptu gathering and I happen to have some chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer but as usual wanted a non-chocolate option.  It was 5:30 and friends were coming at 6:30 – so it had to be fast and easy.  Ina Garten to the rescue.  These were so easy, so yummy, and…
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pumpkin-banana bread (healthier)

This is good – a great seasonal bread and another alternative when you have some browning bananas hanging out on your counter.  When I read this recipe I thought I finally found something Greg would happily eat in the morning before school.  I made several different loaves – some with semisweet chocolate, some with milk, and…
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apple cake with cinnamon apple chunks

With cinnamon coated apple chunks in the middle and on the bottom this cake is just perfect for this time of year.  Super moist, super tasty and very apple-y.  So easy too.  I’ve been searching for cakes to make with the use of fresh apples (not applesauce) and I finally found a good one after…
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lemon poppy angel food cake

Finally!  A blog-worthy treat!  It has been one dry, sweetless period – and not for lack of effort.  Decided to go back to Lauri Chattman and her Cake Keeper Cakes for a shot at success.  I picked this angel food because I knew our friend Mike would like something lemony and that Jodi would appreciate…
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peach cake revisited

I have these delicious peaches – I mean the best peaches.  With that in mind, I searched and searched for a new and delicious recipe for My Sister’s Place.  I found one, I baked and baked and oh gosh – I fumbled.  Big time.  Not sure I screwed up or if it was the recipe…
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pumpkin waffles

After about two years of eating the same healthy pancakes, Andy finally tired of them.  Eager to find him a new healthy breakfast, I perused many books and eventually found these scrumptious waffles.  Filled with good things like flax-seed, pumpkin, eggs, milk, and ground walnuts (that you don’t even taste) – these keep Andy running…
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sour cream crumb cake

So easy, so simple, so enjoyable.  This cake isn’t fancy – and doesn’t have any embellishments, but boy it is good!  Sweet and tender, with a melt in your mouth texture – it is addictive.  The crumb top doesn’t hurt (it never does).  Matt and Jamie loved this – they devoured it.  (In fact Jamie…
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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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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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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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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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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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So John said they are better than the box!

pancakes (protein packed and gluten and dairy free) revisited

So John said they are better than the box!!!  Success- Same recipe as yesterday…but got my taster here for the true test… Happy New Year! Pin It

pancakes (protein packed and gluten and dairy free!)

Yummy yummy yum!  I’m so happy these came out great the second time I made them.  Andy, Sylvie and Rob fight over these little guys and I love it because they are filled with goodness.  No flour, no dairy, low sugar, and packed with protein these are perfect if you (or your family or guests)…
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chocolate banana muffins

These were really yummy.  They are called muffins, but really more like mini chocolate banana cakes.  Moist and super tasty, these were a hit with all.  Even those who don’t love banana liked these little guys.  It took Sylvie a while before she could taste the banana, but my friend Suzanne said her girls knew…
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remember the gingerbread pudding cake for this Thanksgiving…

Don’t forget this gooey gingerbread pudding – always a good go to this holiday.  My sis in law Kathy now makes this for us each Thanksgiving…and with great success!! Other good ideas, gingerbread cookies, apple cake bars, caramel shorties, gingerbread and white choc chunk brownies, banana toffee cake, orange cake, and cranberry apple crisp.  Oh, and…
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cranberry pecan pumpkin upsidown cake

OH, I’ve been working hard to get this one in by Thanksgiving.  I do hope I made it in time for you to get the ingredients (not many!) and change your menu a bit.  (Btw, no mixer involved and this cake keeps nicely overnight.)  Salted nutty candied pecans combined with sour bursts of cranberries, fragrant…
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pumpkin loaf with whole grains and olive oil

This was really good.  Better than the photo – since the color looks off (sorry!)  Moist, pumpkiny and full of goodness.  I do love a healthy sweet snack and my kids did too!  All of them.  Andy loved this fresh baked and gooey out of the oven.  Greg, Sylvie and Rob all said good –…
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banana waffles

I know, I KNOW I just posted a waffle recipe but that is a basic healthy one.  This one is my favorite!  I’m not even really a waffle fan but yum yummy yum!  Andy, Sylvie, Zoe, and Rob all sampled today and what a success.  Made with wheat (and white) flour, a little honey and milk,…
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waffles (everyday)

Andy’s bugs me relentlessly to make waffles.  Every day that I say no he moans and groans about cereal – or claims that he now hates eggs, and really no – cannot eat another bagel – or even pancakes!  Poor guy.  I’ve really spoiled him.  So I got to work in the midst of a very…
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delicious iced coffee

Refreshing and full of flavor this iced coffee is GREAT.  Really and truly tasty.  Every winter I think I’ll never need to switch to iced coffee again, and then suddenly the heat is upon us and it’s all I want first thing in the AM.  The way I made iced coffee was good, but it…
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mango crisp (on the healthy side)

Yum yummy yum!  I truly loved this dessert.  Fresh natural mangoes enhanced by a delicate, tasty and  uncomplicated crisp topping – this is one of my new favorites.  I mean it.  So easy, so pretty and bright – perfect for a summer BBQ.  My friends agreed especially Marco who was in mango heaven.  I told…
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blueberry streusel muffins

Andy said – “wow, these might be better than Dunkin Donuts!”  “I love them!”  Andy obviously loves the muffins from DD – so a big compliment, huge.  I worried that I overbaked them a bit, but Andy assured me that all was delicious and then, “can I have another one?”  Greg and friends Matt and…
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chocolate chip crumb cake

It was Zach’s birthday and we decided that we should all sing and celebrate together.  And although Jodi told me repeatedly that I didn’t have to bake (Lauren made a cake at a bday party that she would bring), I really wanted to because Zach (and Lauren) are probably my biggest fans.  I whipped this…
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matzo granola w/fruits and nuts

My friend Jodi handed me her matzo granola recipe yesterday.  What a treat.  She’s mentioned it over the years, and yesterday she copied it for me in her lovely handwriting and said, “this granola would be perfect for the blog and for Passover…but probably next year since passover is around the corner.”  Well, I didn’t…
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pancake cake

This is one BIG pancake!  A pancake cake!  Dense, moist and truly tasting like pancakes, this was a funny treat.  Perfect for Andy’s birthday.  I decided to treat him to a breakfast dinner that included my mom’s candied bacon and chocolate chip pancakes.  Sylvie reminded me of this recipe that we saw years ago during my discovery…
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sunshine bread

I really really enjoyed this bread.  It has warm honey and orange notes, sweet red raspberries and crunchy sliced almonds.  It is delicious sliced and toasted with a little bit of butter – but also really nice alone.  Sylvie and I actually couldn’t stop picking at this bread.  Very addictive to us – but not…
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banana surprise

Had to re-post these again.  Had to – and renamed them too.  Greg actually came up with this name.  One night he asked – “can you make bananas surprise please?”  I said sure but told him they are called caramelized bananas.  He said no – banana surprise (he’s almost 15 btw).  I asked why the…
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apple cake bars

This simple cake is tasty, moist, apple-y and plain old good.  While it bakes, a sugary layer forms on the top that is crispy, delicious and just begging to be picked at.  Sylvie and I couldn’t keep our hands off of it!  We actually made this for Danika’s birthday.  I was short on time (which is…
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healthy 5 grain breakfast bowl

Sylvie thinks it’s weird for me to post my breakfast bowl.  She might be right, so just skip over if not for you.  I tend to eat the same breakfast for a while – until I can’t look at it any more…but I’m on a record of probably 10 weeks of this particular mixture of…
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cranberry upside-down cake

This crispy buttery sugary cranberry topping (originally the bottom) just pops with flavor and deliciousness.  Really.  This cake is so light and fluffy and is soo very easy to make and so pretty and sparkly on the table too.  Friends were coming for dinner the other night and I was determined to make something new….
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honey corn muffins

Finally – a moist corn muffin and one that we all could say yes, blog-worthy!  I’ve tried so many recipes and they usually fall flat – often dry and tasteless.  The honey and buttermilk in these muffins helps yield a soft, moist, cake-y and just plain good muffin.  The kids all loved – Greg, Andy, Sylvie,…
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banana streusel cake

I had to post this again.  Sorry for the repetition but made this last weekend and everyone raved.  It is my kids favorite.  I urge you to try it.  Now back to the original post:  This banana cake is scrumptious.  In the midst dealing with a flat tire, trying to fix the TV volume that was (and still…
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banana poppyseed cake with lemon poppyseed icing

So, as usual, I had some over-ripe bananas sitting on my counter and wanted to make something else besides my quick and easy banana bread or my favorite banana streusal cake.  But again, as usual, I was pressed for time and my hand is still not back to normal — so I wasn’t up for…
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banana muffins (healthier version)

These were really really good.  So much better than I expected to be honest.  No butter, eggs or refined sugar!  Andy gobbled these up.  I mean really, he gobbled them.  Almost all of them!  He liked them best fresh out of the oven, all wet and warm.  Sylvie liked after toasting and enjoyed immensely when…
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apple upside-down cake (walnuts optional)

Soooo very pretty.  Glistening and scrumptious looking.  This apple cake is really delicious.  Full of lovely cinnamon scents and seasonal apple flavor it is a beauty for your holiday table.  I brought this cake to Amy’s family and they at it up. My family too.  Everyone loved the top (originally the bottom) that is full…
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oatmeal cinnamon pancakes

“Mom, these are really good!!  I love them.  Thank you!” were Andy’s words as he sampled a new and very tasty pancake.  Yes, another pancake.  I’ve  become oddly addicted to “healthier” pancake recipes and determined to find different and new twists each time.  Alisa and Sylvie shared my photo stack and both like these more…
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cinnamon snack cake (w/some whole wheat flour)

“Mmmmm…mmmm …can you pack this for my snack?” was the first thing Andy said to me after sampling this cinnamon whole wheat cake.  Sylvie said this is “extra good!” and Greg said “so good mom, really really good.”  And Conor, Greg’s friend said “Amazing – and I love that it is for snacking – not…
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(grandma’s) mandelbread cookies

My grandma was a great cook and baker – and lived till she was 97!  Before she passed away, she handed me a glad bag filled with index cards – all written in her not so neat scrawl, but with many notes in the margins and “Excellent” written next to this one. These have been…
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blueberry raspberry muffins

Please read my earlier post (daryel’s which choc, mac-nut, coconut, cranberry cookies…3 below) and about the Greenwood Mountain Inn for details on how I met owner’s Daryel and Rob who were kind enough to share this recipe.  My Rob loved these.  Ate one the day we arrived and traveled with one the day we left…
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red berry soup (with peaches, nectarines and currants)

I love fruit soups.  I really do.  After a delicious summer meal – it is nice to (sometimes) forfeit that heavy dessert and go for something light, refreshing and healthy.  Well, this is it.  Friends enjoyed this the other night.  Everyone just so excited by fruit!  As I’ve said before, Deborah Madison’s Seasonal Fruit Desserts…
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peach cake (pudding like on the bottom)

Friends know that I usually limit myself to one little mug of dessert usually mixed with vanilla ice cream.  However on this night, I needed a big over-sized mug!  Warm out of the oven, with freshly whipped cream and a little ice cream well, really  – this one spoke to me.  Loudly.  It is a…
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summer fruit crumble (with a ton of different fruits!)

Plums, apricots, pluots, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, nectarines, peaches (and more) – this crisp has everything in it!  I wanted to take full advantage of all the fruits I saw and love at my local farmers market.   And I did!  Grown-up friends loved this…Amy, Judy, Marco and Michael all had verrry nice things to say although didn’t speak…
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nectarine, cherry, and berry crisp

Yes, another fruit crisp.  I just love love love them.  So much easier than a pie and really (to me) just as good! Made this for Father’s Day – Rob’s family was in and I thought they would enjoy this.  (Served favorite fudgy brownies too for my chocolate lovers.)  Here the nectarine, raspberries and cherries…
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multigrain waffles

Filled with oats, whole wheat flour, flax seeds, eggs, Greek yogurt, buttermilk and more…these multigrain waffles will certainly fill you up.  Decided to try another breakfast treat for Andy and had success with these.  I had to fiddle with the recipe since I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand but they came out great!…
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peach blueberry crisp with pecan topping

This was so beautiful, but really, more importantly, scrumptious!  I brought this crisp with two other fruit desserts to a dinner party and this one was probably the most universally loved.  Fine Cooking Magazine featured this recipe months ago – it was the colors in the photo that propelled me to pull it, save it and eventually…
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blackberry sour cream pie

What a truly pretty pretty pie!  Major hit. And just in time for summer entertaining (or just for you or your family).  Sylvie LOVED it – especially the graham cracker crust.  Lauren ate only the crust (oye).  But Andy – my chocolate loving son – was starving and asked for a bite which was surprising since…
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(delicious) date nut bread

This date nut bread is delicious.  Reader Heidi requested a date nut bread a while back, and I must say that it took a few tries to find a blogworthy one.  I made a sticky chewy gross one, a cake-y not enough date-y one, then some date nut cookies because I was frustrated…and then finally…
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blueberry cornmeal breakfast treat

My favorite part of Bon Appetit Magazine is the r.s.v. p. readers’ favorite recipes.  I love the letters people write – excited to share their thoughts regarding delicious meals and desserts that they’ve enjoyed all over the country.  This recipe came from a reader who stated that this cornmeal cake was her favorite breakfast treat…
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berry boy bait (cake)

I forgot about this cake.  Gave the recipe to my sis-in-law years ago – and thank goodness she held onto it.   I have no idea where it originated…or where the name boy bait comes from, but I can say that it is delicious!  The cake is light and fluffy, filled with fruity, sweet berries…
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chocolate chip (whole wheat) muffins

Greg kept saying…are these healthy?  Are they?  I said no not healthy at all (since he as an immediate aversion to anything whole wheat).  He sat down, took a bite and said, mmmm…good.  “These are good.”  I came clean.  Told him they were made with white whole wheat flour – and he said really?  Really?  And he…
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(luscious) lemon yogurt cake

Mmmmm…mmm –  lemons again!  I know, I do know that we already have a lemon cake.  But this one is yogurt based and a little less rich.  Without butter, this cake relies on the tart lemon syrup that is poured and absorbed into the cake.  The sweet and tangy glaze completes it.  It is bright yellow, super cheery and certainly easier…
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(moist) bran muffins with fruit and nuts

So these muffins were a nice surprise…pretty good!  They are healthier than others – packed with bran, whole grains, fruits and nuts.  Not too sweet, these are truly meant for breakfast.  I did the math and there is about 1 teaspoon of butter in each muffin – making these a decent choice for an afternoon snack for you…
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(healthy) buttermilk pancakes

We all really like these pancakes.  Andy especially loves these fresh off the griddle.  I omitted the butter and replaced the white flour with King Arthur’s white whole wheat flour.  It is less dense than whole wheat and the pancakes look whiter which seems to have big appeal.  Mixed with buttermilk, eggs, and chips – these are…
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(beautiful) blue cornmeal pancakes

The kids, Alisa, myself – we all adored these pancakes.  The blue cornmeal brings a slightly nutty taste and terrific texture to the pancake that was not only different but truly tasty.  And the blue hue was a hit with the kids (well, and the adults too!)  I will make these for brunch next time I’m hosting…and keep them…
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blueberry buckwheat pancakes

So again, trying to make some healthier pancakes and these were a success!  The blueberries burst with flavor and add a sweetness to this healthy batter.  Add maple syrup if you want to sweeten these up – or make a fruit compote instead.  Yum.  The were a hit with Alisa, Rob and me – the kids,…
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crystal almond pound cake w/citrus glaze

Truly one of the best cakes – my family loves loves loves this.  Rob said “every little bite has great flavor.  Sylvie said, ” It’s fanmazing!!” and the boys agree.   A hit with friends too – Amy said, “you will put this on the blog, right?”   This cake is moist and delicious – a melt in your mouth…
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pumpkin walnut bread

OK, so again, easy and delicious.  2 bowls, no mixer and lots of yummy spices.  Not too sweet pumpkin bread with lots of healthy walnuts make this an easy staple for a breakfast treat, brunch or an afternoon snack.  And save for the icing, it is dairy free (and it is still quite good without).  I made…
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strawberries with sweet mascarpone cheese

My vertigo sadly seems to be sticking… so again, I decided to make simple, easy and a somewhat healthy dessert.  Although as a busy mom of three I suppose I’m often bakin’ easy regardless of my motion sickness.  Anyway this sweet treat is sooo very much better than you would think.  The sweet cheese and the macerated strawberries are delightful on your…
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(seriously delicious) dried fruit compote with greek yogurt

The subject line in my friend Suzanne’s email read OMG!!! after she tasted this dessert.  “Such a treat,” she said.  “I savored every bite and didn’t want it to end.  One of my overall favorites!”  It really is delicious.  Do not skip this even if you think it isn’t for you.  It’s like that dress that you…
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banana streusel cake

This banana cake is scrumptious.  In the midst dealing with a flat tire, trying to fix the TV volume that was (and still is) stuck on mute, and driving the kids to and from activities…I noticed that I had three very ripe bananas sitting on the counter and decided that I must use them today.  I wanted something…
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jeweled winter fruit soup (delicious!)

Oh, I LOVED this.  Make this!  I served it to a few friends on Saturday and it was a huge success.  Very special – especially for a fruit salad (although I do love fruit).  The marinating syrup is delightfully refreshing – with fresh vanilla, ginger and citrus flavors.  It also presents beautifully.  This calls for some…
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chocolate yogurt muffin cakes

These muffins are moist and delectable – and great for a brunch treat.  They are very easy to make and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand right now.  I happen to love muffins with a textured top and the added chips and sugar (placed on top before you bake them) gives them a…
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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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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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caramelized bananas

I love these bananas.  I’m not even a fan of a raw banana – but oh…a sprinkling of sugar, a blow torch – and voila – magic banana.  These are great in addition to most any dessert.  Really and truly.  I absolutely love them in an ice cream sundae.  My favorite.  The crisp topping is like…
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danish pancakes

If you read this regularly, you know that Andy, my 10 year old, is a huge fan of chocolate in the morning.  Last year he came home very happy and full after a sleepover with his twin friends Zach and Davis.  He excitedly told me that their father made these Danish pancakes – and that they…
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(moms) candied bacon

OK, so this isn’t dessert – I know, I do know…but I just had to put it in here because this bacon is scrumptious!  There is sugar in it – a lot of sugar so maybe it qualifies just a little bit for this baking blog.  My friend Melissa asked me to show her how to…
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chocolate buttermilk waffles

Sometimes the recipe that comes in the instruction manual is actually pretty good!  In this case, very good.  You may know (from a previous post) that I’m always on the lookout for suitable breakfast foods for Andy.  Andy who doesn’t eat cereal and who really likes chocolate and isn’t all that hungry in the morning. …
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berry or plain yogurt cake

I loved the write-up of this recipe in Cake Keeper Cakes – in that you usually have the ingredients for it on hand.  This is a great simple plain cake.  One that my son Greg loves.  He said “mom, this is amazing – it is just perfect for me!”  Every day this week there was…
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banana bread (quick and easy)

This recipe was given to me by my sis-in-law Sandy and it is a keeper!  I make it for bake sales, morning coffees, afternoon snacks and dessert.  I make it with or with out chocolate chips or nuts and in various sizes and shapes.  My kids seem to love them in a muffin shape and…
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whole-wheat chocolate chip pancakes

I think because my mom often sent me to school with a kiss and a cold pop-tart (sorry mom), I am now one of those moms who really insists that we all eat something healthy in the mornings and that we all sit together to eat it!  It can be a challenge to make it happen since all…
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