Desserts and Sweets

No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

February 4, 2013 Breakfast

Baking is always a good way to heat your kitchen (or apartment) on freezing cold January days. I made a batch of these inauguration morning which kept me warm all day. This no-yeast recipe is easy to make, much quicker than traditional rolls and has a hearty cake-like texture. Ingredients: Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats [...]

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Happy New Year and a Cherry Dessert Mold

January 1, 2013 Desserts and Sweets

  Happy New Year! How did you celebrate? Last night, we rung in the new year with friends at a Mad Men party. Guests were asked to dress in themed attire and bring a retro dish. I signed up for the jello mold. Gelatin is not vegetarian, so I rooted around Whole Foods for a [...]

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Christmas Sticky Toffee Pudding

December 20, 2012 Cakes and Pies

  I’ve always wanted to make sticky toffee pudding. It’s one of those classic English desserts that sounds rich and exotic and you’re not quite sure what to expect. The term “pudding” leaves you wondering if you need a spoon to eat it. But then “toffee” has you thinking it it might be crunchy and [...]

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Cornmeal and Lime Cookies

December 11, 2012 Cookies

  I made a double batch of these for this month’s book club. They were a hit! We agreed to do a cookie swap and I opted for something light and citrusy versus more traditional Christmas cookies. These may not be the prettiest cookies at your holiday party this year, but they will certainly be [...]

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Stovetop Apple Pie a la Mode

December 3, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

  So, it’s been a while since my last post. I do apologize. I could give you a laundry list of excuses, but how about a treat instead? This stove top version of classic apple pie is good enough to eat without the “a la mode,” but where’s the fun in that? Ingredients: (makes 4 [...]

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Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

November 8, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

  If you’re looking for a way to use up the last of that Halloween candy, search no further. This is a perfect recipe to get rid of at least some of those ten thousand peanut butter cups the kids collected while trick-or-treating.  You could probably throw in a few of those fun-sized Snickers and [...]

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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

October 31, 2012 Cakes and Pies

I’ve been baking and baking over here, looking for the perfect pumpkin bread recipe. After several attempts with no success, I made one last ditch effort before throwing in the towel (or throwing a pathetic, whiny fit).  This time, I modified a bread recipe to make a cake and added icing. Success! This pumpkin cake [...]

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“Witch’s Brew”

October 28, 2012 Beverages

  I can always conjure an excuse to eat ice cream. These glasses of “witch’s brew” are nothing more than your basic coke float with chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla. The bubbles and fizz give it a magically eerie effect that’s fun for party guests and kiddos. All you need is a quart of [...]

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Caramel Apple Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

October 19, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

Here’s a great little dip for fall gatherings. It’s sweet and rich, but not totally unhealthy.  You can use apple slices instead of pita chips, but the pita are pretty amazing.  The caramel topping makes this dip unforgettable. This recipe is made in three steps. First you make the dip, then the caramel topping and, [...]

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Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

October 17, 2012 Cakes and Pies

  A few weekends ago, I was invited to a dinner party to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I must admit that I kind of love dinner parties. The food is always amazing, the wine ever- flowing, and the company is the best. They also make me feel like  a grown-up. I should probably already feel [...]

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