Aug 6, 2016

Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins

My doctor told me to eat dark chocolate.  Daily.  Like a prescription. Gotta love that in a doctor!  I guess that makes these chocolate covered cherry muffins just what the doctor ordered!  These muffins were inspired by the 20 lb. case of cherries I got recently. Along with some new chocolate chips I just found with a healthier 60% cacao. Doesn’t that seem … Continue reading

Cherry Maple Pecan Scones on Table

Jul 17, 2016

Cherry Maple Pecan Scones

Scones are one of my very favorite breakfasts.  Also a beloved snack with tea!  So when I got a (20 lb) case of fresh sweet cherries, I set my sights on making Cherry Maple Pecan Scones.  Now one of the big problems with scones is that many recipes are not exactly healthy.  They get their delicate crumb from a lot … Continue reading

Gingerbread scones, served

Nov 29, 2015

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Scones

I love mornings–especially during the holidays.  And waking up to a sparkling Christmas tree calls for a special breakfast.  Cocoa and coffee for warmth. Sizzling bacon or sausage.  A tray of sweets for flannel-clad kids (or flannel clad Moms…). Today it holds gingerbread scones.   I used to be terribly intimidated by scones.  And for no good reason.  They have a … Continue reading

Scandinavian Apple Cake, Served

May 17, 2015

Scandinavian Apple Cake

Can you think of a better excuse for (multiple) desserts than a holiday brunch? I can’t. But after making (somewhat indulgent) mini mocha cheesecakes for Mother’s Day, I decided I should do something a little healthier too. So I made a Scandinavian Apple Cake.  Even though apple season is over, I have a tub of frozen, sliced apples in my … Continue reading

Vanilla Plum Muffin, served

Apr 12, 2015

Vanilla Plum Muffins

Can I blame Martha Stewart for my diet failures? After all it was her PBS show that got me thinking about plum muffins. In the end I converted her recipe to something a bit healthier–less sugar, less fat, all whole wheat (pastry) flour—and still tasty enough to make twice in a row. So I guess I can’t complain after all. … Continue reading

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Dec 27, 2014

Spiced Peach Bread

Did you spend this Christmas season as behind as I did?  Between everyone getting sick (some of us twice!), recipe failures, a big pre-Christmas party, and my daughter’s long run of Miracle on 34th Street, I’m glad that I had at least one new recipe–Spiced Peach Bread–already ready to debut.  Every year our family Christmas Eve dinner includes a basket … Continue reading

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Nov 29, 2014

Cranberry Swirl Muffins (or Jam Swirl, or…)

Thanksgiving and the harvest season have just passed–which means that most American refrigerators and cupboards are full.  Do you have an abundance of leftover cranberry sauce?  A bonanza of canned jam?  Well these Cranberry Swirl Muffins (or Peach Jam Muffins or…) may be just what you need.  The origin of this recipe really began a few years ago, when I … Continue reading

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Sep 21, 2014

Glazed Peach Streusel Muffins

You have to love the bounty of fall.  Especially if you are graced with cases of peaches and some new peach recipes!  Today I made Glazed Peach Streusel Muffins for the third time–they disappear like magic.  Of course baking with peaches has its own fringe benefit.   You are forced to eat any odd bruised slices–it wouldn’t do to bake with … Continue reading

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

Jul 10, 2014

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

All my blogging friends were eating it–speculoos, or cookie butter.  I went right down to Trader Joe’s for a jar of my own.  Little did I know that it could lead to a Cookie Butter Braided Bread. If you haven’t had speculoos it is almost like a spreadable spice cookie.  Based on a traditional Northern European holiday cookie, it can … Continue reading

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Feb 17, 2014

Orange Currant Bread

Carbs, for all their bad press, really make the best comfort food.  Pasta, bread, potatoes… How about a tender homemade loaf, slightly sweet, and flavored with currants and orange?  After I made candied orange peel as part of my use oranges to make winter sunshine campaign, I needed to figure out what to do with it–enter Orange Currant Bread.  Of … Continue reading

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