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

Creasmsicle Martini Closeup

May 9, 2015

A Brunch Creamsicle Martini & a Giveaway

This year I wanted to do something  a little different for Mother’s Day brunch. The food always includes some new dishes but after many (many) years of mimosas, it was starting to feel like a beverage rut. So this year I am making Creamsicle Martinis.  The inspiration behind this shakeup comes from Nielsen-Massey, premier producer of fine vanilla products. They … Continue reading

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

Making a German Pancake

Mar 3, 2015

Dutch Baby or German Pancake

Pancakes are lucky.  They get celebrated twice a year. If you miss the first Pancake Day (Britain’s version of Fat Tuesday), there is another. Today in fact! And so I made a German Pancake, also known as a Dutch Baby Pancake.   This fun and classic dish is basically a giant popover–creamy, egg-y center, puffy, crisp sides. I’ve wanted to make … Continue reading

spiced peach bread mini-loaf

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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Sep 27, 2014

Homemade Peach Granola

I think I have a new favorite breakfast!  Yogurt and peaches topped with Homemade Peach Granola.  Sweet and fruity with a nice bit of crunch, it even looks like morning sunshine! Have you been reading the recent press on probiotics?  Probiotics are the good bacteria found in yogurt and other cultured products. Back in the crunchy granola seventies, everyone talked … 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

My version of the White Gull Inn Blueberry Coffee Cake

Jul 6, 2014

GMA Best Breakfast Winner Makes Blueberry Coffee Cake

A few years back it was the buzz around town.  One of our local restaurants, the White Gull Inn, was a finalist in the Good Morning America (GMA) Best Breakfast contest.  Their breakfasts are amazing and the Inn is totally cute, so I can’t say any of the regular patrons were surprised when they took first place.  Plus it’s tough … Continue reading

Granola on Yogurt

Jun 12, 2014

Maple Vanilla Granola

Have you learned any good food (or health) lessons lately?  I recently learned not to step on the scale first thing on a holiday morning.  Yup, that got Mother’s Day brunch scratched right off my list.  But instead I made Maple Vanilla Granola.  So maybe do step on the scale–it could lead to something tasty! The granola I make is … Continue reading

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