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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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orange cookies

These are Lidia Bastianich’s yummy little gems.  Simple little citrus cookies with a sweet and delightful orange glaze.  These are so pretty and perfect with coffee or tea, or crumbled up over vanilla ice cream – or simply on a cookie platter.  These are from my new favorite cookie book: One Sweet Cookie: Celebrated Chefs…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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chocolate bundt cake

I really really liked this cake a lot.  A lot a lot.  I don’t usually love plain old chocolate cake but I must say again…liked it a lot!  Rob said “good cake!” and he is a hard one to please in that his cake should be moist, rich with chocolate flavor and well – that’s…
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oreo ice cream (not exactly homemade btw)

Growing up I was always looking for sweets to eat.  Unlike my brother who could manage his dessert quantities, I could not.  My mom took to hiding the goodies which resulted in my own secret treasure hunt when I was alone in the house.  Or picking on all the sweets that were not hidden.  The…
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super s’more crisps

Sweet, marshmallowy, graham crackery and full of rich milk chocolate – these are quite good!  I found myself muttering “ridiculous, ridiculous”  as I kept going back for another bite and another.  I could not stop.  Obviously not a hit with Rob – my bittersweet chocolate loving spouse – but everyone else in the house loved them….
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lemon “brownies”

First – sorry this photo is so funky.  I was rushing and just took a quick one from my iPhone – and boy it is scary.  They look less electric than this and better in general.  Anyway… Wet and juicy, dense and lemony, these simple treats are worth your time.  (And they don’t take much…
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nutella blondies

Nice too for Valentine’s Day.  I was able to write these up quickly because they are soooo easy (seriously – 10 m) and a decadent treat for your loved one(s). Nothing fancy here but a solid mass of goodness in a square shape.  Easy, rich, and so very pretty these will hit your speed spot….
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peanut cookie ice cream with choc crackle

Oh Ohmygoodness.  This was fantastic.  I loved it and dinner goers did too!  Lots of oohing and ahhing.  As mentioned in the peanut cookie post, I thought ice cream would be good.  And it wasn’t good, it was GREAT.  Phenomenal. To assemble: I used Turkey Hill Original Vanilla.  I like their vanilla  because it isn’t…
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things i love – Lilac Chocolate All American Bar

All  American Bars from Li-Lac Chocolates. These are delicious.  Beyond good.  Greg and I have taste tested many or these bars often called “all american bars” or “s’mores” or “marshmallow bars” and well, these ones from Li-Lac Chocolate win.  There is something about the marshmallow,  it is light, fluffy and moist and not cloyingly sweet.  The…
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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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things i love!

Stevers Candies chocolate marshmallows.  These are scrumptious!  Truly.  A family fave. Eyes light up when I bring these gems out for company.  Friends eagerly ask “did you make these!?”  I reluctantly tell the truth and say no…I didn’t, but they are better than any candy I could ever make. I often order gift boxes for…
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peanut butter sandwich cookies w/milk chocolate filling

Yummy peanut butter cookies.  A little crumbly with shortbread-like texture and a serious dose of peanut butter flavor.  I’m baking for various people and organizations and I hope they like them since my family doesn’t like and generally won’t try peanut butter.  Well, Rob does, but he prefers a chewy cookie.  So this one is…
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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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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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ghiradelli caramel cookies

“Now this is a good cookie” Judy said very calmly and matter of fact.  Beth agreed and both said blogworthy, but I already knew that. Sylvie was bummed that she didn’t get a taste – so I made a few more as she went out to her double header.  While she was gone, well, I…
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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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creamsicle cookies

Baked again for My Sister’s Place — and decided to once again make a cookie.  These are flecked with orange zest and taste fresh and bright.  The white chocolate sweetens them up and adds another scrumptious dimension.  Greg had one and said, “hmmm, good mom!”  He had another the next day (cuz he never eats…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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thumbprint cookies

Since I missed Christmas (almost) and we are in the midst of Hanukkah, I think you should make these for New Years!  Festive and bright these little gems will lighten up your cookie platter and offer something to those poor non chocolate lovers.  You’ve had these before and you know what they taste like.  You…
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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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banana oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies

“Mmmmm…..perfecto” Greg exclaimed after eating one of these DELICIOUS cookies.  He’s not one to exclaim loudly – but this time he did!  Sylvie said this is “the best ever!”  And Andy too, said “really good” and as usual…”can I please have another?  Please?”  I was being stingy because these were for the kids at My…
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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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seven-layer bars

Serious scrumptiousness.  Rich, sweet and addictive.  Seven layers of delight. I can’t stop picking at them.  I keep talking to myself, oh, I’ll just have a nibble even though it is 10 AM, then oh, what’s another little sliver at noon (before lunch is big for me), then another sliver around 4 and before I…
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banana toffee cake

Yum yum yummmmmmy.  Even some of the men said yummy (which is typically not a word that they tend to use) but it is a MUST here.  What can be better than bananas, caramel and chocolate?  Not much!  This cake oozed with sticky sweet caramel, had a delicious and distinct banana flavor and was even…
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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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fudgy puffy chocolate cookies (changed the name so you don’t confuse these with my traditional meringues)

Chocolate-y, gooey on the inside and crispy on the outside, these meringue cookies are scrumptious.  Extra good.  Unlike many meringues, these are a bit soft in the center, very flavorful, and are not as cloyingly sweet as meringues can often be.  We all loved these.  Me, Rob, Greg, Andy, and Sylvie – I think I…
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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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oatmeal cherry coconutty cookies

First bite tastes like a simple delicious oatmeal butter cookie, not a bad thing…but as you savor that first bite (if you can) you will notice the tart cherries, and then most likely exclaim (as most did) “hmmm…what’s in these?”  Coconut I say.  “wow they are really good!”  And they really are.  They are.  I…
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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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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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daryel’s white chocolate, mac nut, coconut, tart cherry or cranberry cookies (yes, he knows it’s a long name!)

Visiting day at my daughters camp means we visit then bring her home the following day.  My initial hotel reservation was lost, so I scrambled madly for a new place to stay which was not easy at all.  I must have called 25 inns, hotels, and motels…and miraculously found a room at The Greenwood Mountain…
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chocolate clouds

Light and airy these meringue-like chocolate cookies are tricky because you can’t just eat one!  So be prepared to loose control.  Rob really loved these.  He loved the full chocolate flavor combined with the delicate texture.  Lauren too was a big fan – she was very happy since the chocolate whoppers were just too rich…
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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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pomegranate grapefruit sorbet

Refreshingly cool.  The first bite is pomegranate, lemon and a little lime; the aftertaste is grapefruit.  YUM.  I love this.  I grew up eating tons of pomegranates and tons of grapefruit – so together in this light dessert, well…happiness!  Greg and Andy liked this a lot too.  Sadly, Rob is not a grapefruit guy –…
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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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marble cupcakes

I wanted to make a treat that would make both vanilla and chocolate lovers happy so I made these delightful marble cupcakes.  Andy, Greg, Sylvie – they all loved these and really enjoyed picking the one that suited them best.  Sylvie and her friend Melissa both picked plain (no icing which was shocking to me)….
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chocolate whoppers

Deeelicious!  All of us were in the mood for some chocolate.  I mean rich, heavy, serious chocolate. Chocolate that you can really bite into.  Maida Heatter’s Chocolate Whoppers fit the bill.  Andy’s eyes lit up as he surveyed the counter top – he was in heaven as he took his first bite (and too many…
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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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flourless (and butterless) crazy delicious chocolate cookies

These cookies are phenomenal.  Seriously beyond anything that I’ve had in a while.  I’m so excited to share them!  They are flourless which is great for anyone who is gluten free (or for next years Passover.)  They are so rich and dreamy I had to double check again and again when I realized that there…
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date nut cookies

Reader Heidi longs for the date nut bread of her childhood and asked me to search around.  I tried twice, but no luck, neither were blogworthy which was a bummer.  I decided to take a break from the loaves when I saw the write up of this recipe that basically said these were a cookie version of date nut bread…
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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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coconut jumbles

Big hit with ALL!  Rob, Alisa, Zach, Lauren, Sylvie, Alisa – even Greg and Andy who like me, do not even like coconut!  These are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside and are a really satisfying treat.  If the plain are too sweet for you, add some chopped bittersweet chocolate – my favorite.  I added…
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old fashioned peanut butter cookies

We are not a peanut butter cookie family – so these were a little hard to judge.  Took them to a party but since there were so many other gooey sweets (that I made :)), no one really sampled.  Zach and Lauren weren’t wowed (save for the ice cream sandwich form), but yesterday I gave some to Ali…
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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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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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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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white chocolate cherry oatmeal cookies

I happen to really like white chocolate.  Sometimes I have to whisper that when there are serious dark chocolate eaters around (but I really like dark chocolate too).  I like it all.  I know I’m not alone – my friends Wendy and Jessie always search for white chocolate goodies in my pantry.  The combination of oatmeal, dried cherries and white chocolate spoke to…
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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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yummy yellow cake

This cake is sooo very good, ridiculously easy to make, and has no butter!  It is Greg’s absolute favorite but we all love it.  I was talking to my old and dear friend Michelle yesterday about the blog.  She said she’s been baking so much, loving it, and what to make next?  I told her that the yogurt…
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cocoa brownies (w/chewy shiny top)

Another brownie – I know…but they are all so good and different.  I promise.  These brownies were a HUGE hit with kids.  (Great for a Hanukkah party if you’re celebrating.)  All who tried absolutely loved them.  Zach and Lauren were fighting over the edges, Will and  Hanna  loved them too as well as Greg and Sylvie.  Andy…
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(very) chocolate chippy crumb cake

When I started this blog I figured I’d finally attack the more difficult desserts that I never make time for.  But I’ve found that it is just as fulfilling to make something simple that my family and friends love.  Well, this little cake is just that.  Simple and filled with tons of mini chocolate chips…
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triple chocolate macadamia nut cookie bark

I saw this recipe and immediately thought of a platter filled with both these cookies and the rocky road cookie bark.  One dark, one light, both free form cookies.  Success!  These are more chewy and dense than a regular cookie and the macadamia nuts really make them pop with flavor and texture.  (Although they are good with…
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blondies

I just love love love blondies.  And they make everyone in my family happy.  Greg will eat them because they are not too chocolaty, Andy likes them because there is chocolate in them (although he is really developing a palate for other flavors :)), Sylvie who really likes it all (like me), Rob too enjoys a…
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glazed nutty brownies

I’m always on the lookout for a good frosted brownie.  Always.  I love my fudgy brownies  and they are my “go to” brownies…but Rob loves and often asks for a frosted one.  I made these thinking they were frosted, but they were really glazed – so I’m actually still on the lookout for Rob.  But…
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chocolate brownie cookies

Look at the milk chocolate malted ice cream sandwiches with chocolate brownie cookie post for a full write up of these delicious cookies…           chocolate brownie cookies (barely adapted from The Last Course by Claudia Fleming): 1/4 cup all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 large eggs, room…
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blueberry cake with crumb topping

This is another childhood favorite which my mom happened to save!  She made it for my dad on Tuesday and boy did he LOVE it.  He left me a very effusive voice mail message about this blueberry cake of all things (my dad really only likes chocolate desserts or Drakes coffee cakes).  So I got to…
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glazed irish tea cake

This past week I had grand plans for baking…I bought ingredients for creamsicle ice cream (pictured below) that I couldn’t wait to make for our friend Mike who loves orange and fruit flavor.  I was also oddly excited to make a grapefruit yogurt cake (again photo below) which I know sounds kind of weird, but I…
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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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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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brown sugar cookies (with walnuts and white chocolate)

The week of my daughter Sylvie’s school bake sale, my son Andy was sick with fever.  I normally go cookie crazy the days leading up to the sale because as I’ve mentioned, I like baking!  But this week was a little different – dividing my time between keeping him company, taking him to the doctor,…
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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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berry cheesecake with sour cream topping

My dear friend Dani read my first five posts and said – “love it, but what about my cheesecake and my peppermint ice cream?”  Cheesecake first.  Dani  was very close to having gestational diabetes with her first pregnancy.  Doctors orders… no sugar – none!  It was wicked hard (yes I’m originally from Boston) for her so I really wanted to do…
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salted peanut butter toffee cookies

The recipes in Alice Medrich’s cookbook Pure Dessert are so innovative and fresh.  I read through the book dog-earring many pages vowing to bake from it.  I finally made the time even though I knew that these cookies would be a tough sell for my family.  No  peanut lovers  here (except for me) and my brother-in-law Patrick…
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