Flourless Chocolate Cake (Mother’s Day)

I cannot help my love for chocolate, it’s hereditary. I am convinced that eventually geneticists will identify the gene on which the code for “chocolate addict” is written. Until then, I am unscientifically stating that the love for chocolate runs in families. I’m not much of a candy person, but I have a strange, primal attachment to chocolate. I blame/thank […]

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Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is one of those desserts that has withstood the test of time.  With mentions in cookbooks dating back to the 1500’s and Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, this combination of fruit, cream and cake has won the hearts and sweet tooths of generations. As a child, I devoured bowls of sweet biscuit topped with unsweetened strawberries drizzled […]

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English Toffee

My grandmother raised five boys on a farm in Iowa. When her younger sons were half-grown, she left the farm for the suburbs, but brought with her an amazing talent for cooking, baking and candy making. Her kitchen was a magical place that turned out the fluffiest rolls, quiche so delicious you couldn’t refuse seconds and magazine-worthy holiday spreads. When […]

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes From porch decor to dinnertime, nothing says, “October” like pumpkin. These cupcakes are true showstoppers and are perfect for your fall holidays and festivities. While you may need to pick up a few ingredients you don’t have on hand, they are certainly worth some extra effort. When browning the butter, do so in a stainless steel […]

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Tropical Shave Ice

Two friends of mine posted photos of themselves in Hawaii on social media today. I immediately felt jealousy and a craving for shave ice. Not the kind with sticky syrup in every color of the rainbow, but the kind made of tropical fruit with a big scoop of ice cream at the bottom. This sauce is the perfect topper for […]

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Two Easy Caramel Sauces

Simple 10-Minute Caramel Sauce I am indebted to Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for this recipe.  I have made small changes, but she deserves the credit on this one. 1 stick (8 Tbsp) butter 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste Combine butter, sugar, salt and cream in a heavy-bottomed […]

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