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Rustic Apple Pie

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I made this rustic pie for a friend that will be spending Thanksgiving alone this year.  She said to me, “I can’t make a pie just for me!”.  I wanted to say, “Umm, Why not?”  but instead I said, “I’ll … Continue reading

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Italian Sweet Bread

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Admittedly, this sweet bread, also known as ciambella or ciambellone, is a holiday bread typically served around Easter time and typically baked into a ring and dusted with powdered sugar.  As we enter a different kind of holiday season, this … Continue reading

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Hot Cocoa Cookies

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As the snow falls outside this morning, what better way to enjoy some hot cocoa than in these warm, buttery hot cocoa cookies!  These might be the easiest (and tastiest) cookies I’ve ever made.  It’s hard to follow Strudel’s amazing … Continue reading

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Parmesan Puff Crackers

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Forgive me but I decided to round out cookie month without a cookie!  I don’t know about you all but I just can’t…cookie…anymore!  I did an impressive job consuming cookies this month so let’s take a little break and make … Continue reading

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Sugarplums

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Almost a decade ago I posted about an annual cookie baking tradition in my family that is still going strong in our 23rd year!!  In that post, I briefly went through the recipes we make each year for cookies to … Continue reading

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Quick Garlic Cheese Bread

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  Everyone loves a fresh loaf of bread, right?  Especially one that has pockets of garlic and cheese baked in!   Sometimes I just don’t have the energy (or time) to make a yeast bread and wait for it to rise.  … Continue reading

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Cranberry Walnut Bread

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We’ve had two weeks of amazing weather here in Seattle – cool, sunny and crisp. And no rain for *14* days! (apparently, this is a Thing). This was all very wonderful, and I’m pleased to say that I made good use … Continue reading

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Healthy Buckeye Balls

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We’ve got one more holiday gift recipe for you before we launch into December!  We apologize for the brief hiatus from posting.  Strudel and I have been enjoying this blog for 8 years and it was time to do a … Continue reading

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Espresso Cocoa Nib Peanut Butter Cups

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The holidays are speeding their way to us – I know this because Halloween came upon us so fiercely that I never had time to put together the Inigo Montoya costume that I so very much wanted to wear. Knowing this, … Continue reading

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Lavender Honey Butter

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To round out September with the final honey recipe, I wanted to share with you a simple infused honey butter.  Easy to make, this infused honey butter also makes a great gift or fancy accompaniment at your next breakfast or … Continue reading

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