sweets

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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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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Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips, Cranberries, and Pecans

October 8, 2012 Cookies

  Today my husband and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary. We have the day off thanks to Columbus and we’re trying to decide how we want to spend the afternoon. I’m also trying to decide whether I want to venture out for almond croissants (so addicted to those things) or whether I should [...]

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World’s BEST Banana Pudding

September 24, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

This is, without a doubt, the best banana pudding recipe I’ve tried. It’s my mother-in-law’s recipe and my father-in-law’s favorite. In fact, when he sent along the recipe, he titled it “world’s best.” I cannot disagree. The meringue on top makes it truly special. Ingredients: (makes up to 8 servings) ¾ cup granulated sugar 3 [...]

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Pear Spice Skillet Cake

September 17, 2012 Breakfast

Since we’re heading into fall, I thought I’d post another pear recipe. This one turned out beautifully. In fact, it may be one of my best skillet concoctions yet. When the weather gets cooler, apples will made a nice substitute for the pears. Ingredients: 2 to 3 pears, cored, peeled and sliced 1 cup packed [...]

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Frozen Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Pie

August 6, 2012 Cakes and Pies

I spent a good bit of time the other day looking for a rich, creamy peanut butter pie recipe that appealed. I chose this one because the ingredients are simple and it was one of the few that didn’t call for whipped topping. Plus, I love the idea of adding cream for a pie that [...]

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