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Aug 31, 2014

Plum Drunken Fool (or Sober if You Prefer)

I can’t shake the image.  I am in a western saloon with wooden swinging doors, a long rustic bar and men in suspenders with open vests.  One of the men grabs another by the lapel, shoves him roughly and mutters “plum drunken fool.” But my plum drunken fool is something completely different.  A mixture of plums, bathed in spices and … 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

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

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Jun 26, 2014

Party or Picnic Lemon Lavender Cupcakes

My recipe for Lemon Lavender cupcakes is brand new on paper–but has a long history.  I had my first taste at a favorite restaurant years ago, which left me with slightly obsessed.  Not that food bloggers are prone to obsession or anything…. After that first taste, there were initial baking attempts (which failed), attempts for the 2011 Picnic Game (failed), … Continue reading

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Jun 24, 2014

Summer Strawberry Curd

Last winter, blessed with an abundance of citrus, I made lemon curd.  We spread it on scones, laced it through crepes and topped British biscuits (which I even made special trips to buy).  Fast forward to summer.  Strawberry season.  Strawberry curd.  Even better.  Think if strawberry jam and buttercream frosting had a child. 

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

Strawberry Meringue Dessert

May 6, 2014

Strawberry Meringue Dessert

Last weekend I practiced making a Strawberry Meringue Dessert that my mother is famous for.  With Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted a special dessert.  Wouldn’t this look nice on a brunch table?  It is a special treat that my mother often brings to holiday dinners–and has always been a family favorite.  I had never tried making it however, intimidated … Continue reading

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Apr 14, 2014

Healthy Gummy Candy-Organic, Two Ingredients!

Gummy candy–gummy bears, gummy worms, and in my case bunnies and duckies–holds a fascination for kids that I will never understand.  But since my kids do love them, I have decided to make them healthier.  Easter is coming up after all!  Healthy gummy candy–who would have thought!  My inspiration came from blogger Rachel whose cute treats which were cut with … Continue reading

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Apr 12, 2014

(Organic) Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

The past week has been busy with new recipes.  When I made a commitment to eat from my pantry this month… for better or for worse, I included my kids’ Easter Baskets.  After all I made organic homemade peeps last year!  This year’s first new Easter Basket treat is homemade peanut butter cups–also organic, though that of course is optional. … Continue reading

Crepes with lemon curd and mascarpone, served

Mar 4, 2014

Crepes with Lemon Curd and Mascarpone

This recipe was a complete afterthought.  I woke up this morning to the news that it was National Pancake Day (aka Fat Tuesday) and was taken aback. Right now it looks more like Christmas!  But didn’t I say last year that I wasn’t going to miss it again?  So I pulled myself together and at the last minute, made Crepes … Continue reading