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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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andy’s favorite vanilla cake (of the three…)

Ok, so nice response from all you vanilla fans out there.  I too happen to love vanilla – and as I get older I think I enjoy it even more than chocolate.  Strange.  You go from loving certain things as a child, and it all changes so much as we age.  I now like gorgonzola,…
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classic vanilla pound cake

For Andy’s birthday, I made three vanilla cakes.  A classic pound cake, a vanilla birthday cake and an updated (or fluffier) pound cake.  I loved them all.  All.  Andy liked the vanilla birthday cake which I’ll write about another time.  This pound cake though is classic in its dense crumb and solid mass.  Easy to…
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oatmeal raisin cookie

Oh so good.  So good!   Back in the early 90’s I worked very close to City Bakery.  I would go there and eat something super healthy and yummy for lunch (on rare occasions because I couldn’t really afford to go there) – and after, I would splurge on a crazy delicious cookies.  And even though…
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holiday brownies

So my mom texted this AM, asking which brownie recipe to make for my dad because he needs to put on weight.  I immediately thought of these goodies.  Looking at the blog, I realize that I had yet to finish the write up.  And when I looked closer at my draft, I realized that my parents…
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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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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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vanilla wafers

LOVE these little gems.  Who knew that a vanilla wafer cookie could be so yummy.  Crisp, vanilla-y and so addictive you will likely need to double the recipe.  (Luckily I did.)   I must admit that my kids looked uninterested when they saw them on the counter – but as soon as they tasted them…
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cookie do roll up and freeze

You don’t have to bake all your cookies at once.  Bake some fresh and then freeze or refrigerate the dough for another day (or month!) Just take a piece of Stretch-tite (or any wrap) and spoon the dough into a long log.  Fold the plastic wrap over, then roll it up and you are set…
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choc espresso brownies (one bowl)

You have seen these before but with so many people turned off by white chocolate (although I’m serious when I say good quality white chocolate is delicious) I decided to make these with my semi-sweet super chips.  (Any semi sweet chips will do.)  And yummy yum yum.  Judy, Rob and I loved them.  (Although I…
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cakey brownies

My “favorite fudge” brownies are great.  So great – they are, not bragging, but just the truth.  In ice cream still great but later, in bed, I’m not thrilled.  Too rich.  So when Melissa decided to make a sundae bar for New Years – I decided it was time to find a cakey brownie suitable…
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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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chocolate ice cream milkshake

So Greg had his appendix taken out!  He didn’t eat 2 days prior to the surgery and the day after.  Already lean, I was willing to make anything for him.  Chocolate ice cream milkshake was what he wanted so off I went to find a good recipe.  This was delicious.  I actually haven’t made a…
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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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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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best darn sugar cookies

So my friends daughter broke her arm again.  Pins this time.  And because I do believe that cookies have curative powers (at least while you are actively eating them) I asked Liz what Lucy’s favorite cookie was.  I figured it would be choc chip, or brownies or my meringue cookies.  But no, Lucy’s fave is…
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one bowl chocolate, espresso, and white choc chunk brownies

Gosh I made these sooo long ago – and have been just too lazy to write them up – and I’m sorry because they are delicious.  Really really scrumptious, rich, moist, fudge-like, decadent and well – truly different from other brownies.  And oh, they freeze really well.  Crazy well.  I served them recently (from the…
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guittard choc chip cookie

The first time I baked these Andy said, “These are the best chocolate chip cookies of all time!”  The second time (tonight) I surprised him by making them on the DL and boy, the delight on his face – it reminded me when he was two as his eyes lit up when Sylvie was born….
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fudge chocolate cookies w/white chips

Yum.  As always – it seems that whenever you mix chocolate with butter and a few other ingredients the result is always delicious.  Always.  These tempting cookies were so up my alley.  I know I’m in the minority with my like of white chocolate.  But I do like it a lot.    Well, only GOOD…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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chocolate decadence cookies

Wow.  Wowee.  Awesome.  Fabulous Chocolate.  These are “amazing” Ali said as she sampled the other night.  Rob too said delicious – they taste like your brownies.  Karen was excited for her sample – asked if she had to share (no) and immediately wrote and said “Lisi, delish!”  These are dense and soft inside yet lighter…
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sarabeth’s chocolate cookies

“These are the best cookies you’ve ever made,” Andy exclaimed.  He doesn’t remember all the old ones that were also The Best but that’s ok, it is good to live in the moment. Kind of reminds me of my mom – but with pizza – wherever we go it is the best ever (as long…
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toll house cookies

Spring has been so busy that I’ve been neglecting this blog – and this is kind of a cheat since most people bake these – but I’ve got to tell you that the Toll House recipe is one that I go back to time and time again.  This past weekend, in the midst of a…
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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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chocolate covered strawberries

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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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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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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pumpkin choc chip cookies

So these are really good!  And so very different from any other pumpkin cookie recipe (or any cookie recipe) that I’ve ever made. Try them for Thanksgiving and I’m sure your guests or hosts will be smiling.  The nice thing about these is that they really are chewy and cookie-like and not so cake-y like…
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nutella fudge mini-cupcakes

Splendid little nuggets of goodness.  I mean ri-dic-u-lous!  If you are a Nutella fan then these are for you!!  Sylvie and I ate these right up.  I’m hoping Nutella fan Cousin Daniel did too (sent him a package).  If you are Nutella lover, try this recipe!  Nutella, eggs, flour and salt make Nutella flavored magic….
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peanut butter/milk chocolate chip moist & chewy cookies

These are CRAZY good and so different from any other peanut butter cookie I’ve ever had.  Many agreed – Beth said “beyond yummy pb cookies.”  and friend Rob said the cookies had the perfect amount of peanut butter flavor and chocolate.  Karen and Scott loved them and mentioned that I must have been channeling their…
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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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smores cookie bars

I stumbled upon these on noshwithme.com and I’m so happy that I did!  Hilary’s write up was cute and I was eager to try.  These were a hit with most – especially kids.  Adults had varied comments…please, more chocolate, or how about semi-sweet or dark chocolate and others said please less fluff, but the general…
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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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buttermilk chocolate cookies (that melt in your mouth!)

I know I have many a chocolate cookie and brownie on this blog – but I think you can never have enough chocolate choices!  I read about these in Nicole Weston’s BakingBites blog and her write-up was so compelling that I had to bake them.  Another success.  “Incredible” Greg’s friend Matt said as he and…
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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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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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(gluten-free) chocolate chip peanut butter cookies

It seems like all of a sudden I have friends with kids or relatives who are on gluten free diet.  A reader recently too – asked me for some gluten-free recipes.  So I asked my friend Jill – who knows a lot about a lot – and she shared this very easy chocolate chip peanut…
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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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doughnut topping (for muffins)

This donut topping is just delicious.  Really simple…just cinnamon and sugar – on top of melted butter.  What is not to like?  Sadly, the muffin I tried was not too terrific, but I needed to share the topping.  Great for blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, apple or pear muffin…this is decadent and an nice change from a…
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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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heath bar, m & m, cocoa nib or chocolate chip cookies

I happen to enjoy a good Toll House cookie and it is usually my go-to chocolate chip choice.  But I think I found another great one!  This recipe was listed as one of Joy’s favorite cookies in her blog… Joy the Baker.  I was curious about it because the cookie is made with bread flour and a…
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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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butta cookies

These butter cookies are delicious.  Really so so very good.  Simple, yummy, buttery and rich.  All my tasters this week enjoyed immensely – Suzanne, Jamie, Zach, Lauren, Sylvie, Alisa and Greg.  Mike said they were his all time favorite – but thought they could look more enticing.  I happen to like that you don’t expect to be wowed – kind…
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chocolate chip rice krispie treats

OK, yes we all know how to make these – but my kids (or their friends) sometimes mention that mine taste better than those they buy at the bake-sale.  I often say it’s because I bake with looove and give them a big smile.  Truthfully though, the love comes from a little kosher salt and vanilla – and the added…
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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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freshly whipped cream

My friend Ali texted me this AM.  She said she’ll make the gingerbread pudding cake for Thanksgiving, especially since the ready made box somehow failed her.  (She said she followed directions but may have substituted milk for oil or butter for oil – not sure.)  She then asked…do I have to whip fresh cream?  I said YES!  I…
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ginger cookies

My friends Joy and Lauri absolutely rave about these cookies.  I must say they are my favorite ginger cookies as well.  No big story here…everyone just loves them.  Greg, Andy, Sylvie, and all of their friends.  Most of my friends.  I usually double the recipe and freeze some dough for later because we go through them so…
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orange/pumpkin cornmeal cake

I noticed this recipe in Fine Cooking’s Sweet Cakes magazine because of the beautiful photograph of the cake – it looked delicious and pumpkiny – perfect for fall.  I was also curious about the mix of orange, pumpkin and cornmeal. So off I baked.  This cake is rich in color and texture and so very very moist.  I will…
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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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teddie’s apple cake

I brought this apple cake to my friends  house the other night for dessert.  Well, I brought the apple cake and my fudgy brownies because I didn’t know if they were chocolate or fruit fans. Turns out they are both.  Lucky me…lucky them!  Laura said delicious!  And added – this looks like a cake but tastes like a pie!  And…
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(my favorite) fudgy brownies

I’ve been making these brownies for as long as I can remember.  And they are truly fabulous.  Seriously yummy, fudgy and wet.  The recipe has been written up many times – always titled Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies.  Hard to believe, but I find the original recipe too sweet (I think because I add so many chocolate chips…
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oatmeal raisin cookies

I cannot believe that my first post is for oatmeal raisin cookies! I have to blame it on our friend Jason – who is coming to dinner on Saturday night. Unlike Rob and I, Melissa (his wife), and all of our (6) collective kids, Jason is just not happy with a chocolate cookie, cake or…
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