Desserts and Sweets

Vegan Chocolate Guinness Cake

March 15, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

I made vegetarian meat loaf a few weeks back and when my husband told his father about it, he replied, “Sounds nasty.” He seriously said that. If you know him, you won’t be surprised.   But vegetarian and vegan foods don’t have to be “nasty.” This cake is as far from nasty as you can [...]

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Chocolate Dipped Potato Chip Cookies

March 10, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

Another appropriate name for this recipe might be “junk food cookies.” But somehow that doesn’t sound as appetizing. This recipe calls for sugar, butter, pecans, chocolate, and (the star of the show) potato chips. It’s like a slumber party, birthday party, trip to the roller rink and being left alone without a babysitter, baked into [...]

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Dark Chocolate and Red Wine Cookies

February 8, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

Here’s a Valentine’s Day recipe to make you swoon. A chocolate cookie made with red wine may sound strange, but I assure you it is a tiny bite of heaven. It’s like one of those phenomena that makes you ask, “is this too good to be true?” Like magically scoring tickets to the Oprah Winfrey [...]

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Brown Sugar and Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

January 29, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

One of the foods we enjoyed most on our honeymoon was rice pudding. We ate buckets full in Istanbul. It’s one of those desserts that sort of gets forgotten about or skipped over on for more exotic temptations on the menu. Compared with some of the fancier desserts with fussy ingredients, rice pudding can seem [...]

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Meyer Lemon, Olive Oil, and Cornmeal Snack Cake

January 25, 2012 Breakfast

‘Tis the season for Meyer lemons and so I set out to make a lemon coffee cake. At first, I planned on one infused with rosemary, but all the recipes I found were crazy complicated and time consuming. I don’t have that kind of patience in the morning. So, I got out my mixing bowls [...]

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Double Chocolate Cookies with Pistachio and White Chocolate

January 21, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

In continuing my love affair with pistachios (more specifically- pistachios and chocolate), I came up with a cookie recipe so decadent it will make your knees weak. I’m talking big, but I tell the truth. These are so rich, you may not be able to eat more than one. And that’s not a bad thing! [...]

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Lightened-up Gingerbread

January 11, 2012 Breakfast

I feel as though I’ve been doing a ton of baking lately. Every weekend, I find myself in the kitchen, up to my elbows in flour, egg, and sugar. Don’t even ask about the state of my favorite apron. I’ve been trying little experiments to make goodies without sugar, or gluten- free, or vegan. But [...]

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White Chocolate Cookie Truffles

January 6, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

A few days ago, a friend commented that I had been posting an awful lot of sweets on Keep It Simple Foods. Guilty as charged. And this next recipe doesn’t help matters. My only excuse is, well, it was the holidays. Ingredients: (makes about 2 dozen truffles) 1 package sandwich cookies (I used Newman’s Own, [...]

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English Scones with Raisins

January 4, 2012 Breakfast

Since our recent adventures in London, my husband and I have become shamefully obsessed with British culture. I’m not kidding. I’m watching BBC like it’s my job- Downton Abbey, anyone? (And let’s not forget about Upstairs Downstairs, Bleak House, and Victorian Farm! I’m obsessed.) And I’m always “taking” tea with milk and my husband is [...]

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Chocolate Chip and Pistachio Belgian Waffles

December 24, 2011 Breakfast

I’m sure many of you have Christmas morning traditions. When I was a kid, my mother would get up early and whip up a batch of “Santa pancakes” for my sister and me. She’d dress up pancakes with strawberries (for the red, Santa hat), whipped cream (for the beard), and blueberries or chocolate chips (for [...]

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