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pecan pie

Delicious.  Scrumptious.  Rich.  Nutty (obviously!)  Tasty.  I’m not a pecan pie expert and this is the first and only one I’ve made, but I think it is the best one!  Made this for a birthday celebration and it was loved by all.  Especially me! This is from smitten kitchen and Deb Perelman (the writer, cook and photographer)…
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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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matzoh candy (caramel, salty goodness)

Re-posting this from 2 years ago.  So good! 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 from her “Passover Stuff” book and I must…
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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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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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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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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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matzoh candy (caramel, chocolate, sea salt)

I’m re-posting this from a year ago.  Sorry to repeat, but just so good… 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 from…
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hamantaschen

I know I’m late.  Too late!  But I did make these festive cookies and figure that you can save the recipe for next year – or make them anytime since they are so yummy.  I cannot stop nibbling.  I’ve never really tried to make or eat hamantaschen.  Always thought they looked dry and unappealing.  But…
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valentine Peeps

So I know, I did Valentine chocolates last year, but last year I didn’t have Valentine Peeps!!  And this year I do, and my family is happy.  As I’ve said before, Peeps and chocolate are ridiculously good.  Seriously one of my favorite confections.  Marshmallows are similar, but there is something special about the sugary texture of…
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gingerbread and white chocolate chunk blondies

Soft moist gingerbread with sweet chunks of white chocolate throughout make these a little different and extra special.  Please don’t discount these based on the white chocolate because I love them!  I really love them.  Sylvie is right on board with me. Rob’s brother Eric  said “delicious!”  and Kathy and Thomas agreed.  They speak to us….
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eggnog snickerdoodles

Crisp and tasty, these cookies look and taste like winter holiday fun!  They are a great addition to any cookie platter – looking so festive, and a nice contrast to heavier and chippier cookies (which I happen to adore).  These are great for all those vanilla fans and those who enjoy a butter cookie with…
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cranberry shortbread cake

So I really wasn’t sure how this would come out, but good news….yummy!  A somewhat sweet, but more tart and refreshing cranberry filling nestled between two layers of soft and moist vanilla shortbread cake – so verrry tasty.  I happen to love cranberries and here mixed with orange zest and fresh orange juice just made…
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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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matzoh bark and chocolate covered matzohk

Chocolate matzoh bark.  So delicious and tasty.  I’m not supposed to eat or drink chocolate, caffeine or alcohol (so sad, advice for vertigo)…but I know this is good (I confess, I had to nibble!)  The salty matzoh, the chocolate, fruit and nuts, it is all so seriously good.  Same thing goes for chocolate dipped matzoh.  Different…
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chocolate/caramel matzoh candy with sea salt

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 from her “Passover Stuff” book and I must tell you that this is really good…
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valentine chocolates (kid style)

I love dipped stuff.  Soon I’ll make more grown up chocolates – and dipped dried fruits and nuts, but oh, there is nothing like a chocolate covered Oreo, potato chip, pretzel, marshmallow or graham cracker… I love it all.  So do my kids, their friends and my friends and anyone who came over last week. …
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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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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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gingerbread pudding cake

I really wanted to sneak this one in before Thanksgiving because it is so easy to make yet really delivers.  This moist pudding like cake is full of ginger flavor and when paired with freshly whipped cream or ice cream…oh so very good.  While it bakes – the top turns cakey while the bottom creates a sticky…
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pumpkin cookies or cake with brown butter icing

So if you’ve been reading my blog – you’ll remember that although we all really liked the orange pumpkin cake — it wasn’t overwhelmingly pumpkiny.  I had to try again.  It’s not that I even (personally) love pumpkin flavor so much but feel that the kids should know what pumpkin tastes like.  (Since they were clueless with…
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halloween peeps

A plain Peep is not something that I love.  However…a chocolate covered Peep is divine.  Seriously.  I did a short stint at Chocolations (a local chocolate shop) last year and Maria, the owner, was dipping Easter Peeps in chocolate.  Well, that was it.  Done. Count me in.  My early resistance to Peeps was no more.  I…
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