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Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Cheesecake

Happy Holidays! I hope you are enjoying time with friends and maybe having some fun in the kitchen as well. I’ve been a little apprehensive toward holiday meals, but not about dessert thanks to this tried and true cheesecake recipe which can be made ahead and frozen. It’s an old recipe, but I’ve already trotted […]


Published on December 24, 2013
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No-Knead Cream Cheese Braids

by on December 14, 2013 · 6 comments

Cream Cheese Braid

I’m pretty excited about today’s recipe because it’s sure to become a mainstay at our house.  I hope you like it, too!  I found it while looking for a good cream cheese filled yeast bread — something similar to the Entenmann’s Cheese Danish Twists we used to buy in New York. Quite a few copycats […]


Published on December 14, 2013
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New and Improved Earl’s Chocolate Pie

by on December 12, 2013 · 1 comment

Earl's Chocolate Pie

My old photo of Earl’s Chocolate Pie was in desperate need of a makeover, and in some ways so was the recipe even though it’s become one of my favorite pies. I’ve made the filling multiple times and it gets five stars for convenience, texture and affordability. I also appreciate that it calls for evaporated […]

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Published on December 12, 2013
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rainbow bar

With December in full swing, I thought I’d share some of my favorite and most reliable cookie recipes. Some are old and a few are new additions to the list, but what they all have in common are the good reviews they’ve received from friends. So here we go! First up are Italian Wedding Cookies […]


Published on December 5, 2013
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Chippy Peanut Butter Cookies

by on November 24, 2013 · 13 comments

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

I needed an excuse to try out my new bag of Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Chips, and Katrina gave it to me in the form of this cookie! The original recipe is from Taste of Home and was submitted by a teen cook named IAN who said he liked to modify recipes. I am not […]


Published on November 24, 2013
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Irresistible Spiced Walnuts and Cashews

by on November 22, 2013 · 3 comments

Spiced Walnuts

Of all the things I’ve read this week, the article about a large scale study citing the health benefits of nuts was my favorite. And peanuts were included, so legumes count, too! You can take this study for what it’s worth. For me, it was an interesting read and an excuse to finally try this […]


Published on November 22, 2013
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Eagle Brand Condensed Milk Chocolate Cream Pie

Our oven is still out of commission. We’ve replaced a sensor, a broil element and had the control board examined by control board specialists, but it’s still taking an unacceptable amount of time to preheat. The new theory is that the bake element is broken, so I have to wait until Friday to have that […]


Published on November 19, 2013
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Updated Palm Beach Brownies

by on November 10, 2013 · 15 comments


This is one of my favorite brownie recipes, but I’m always trying new ones which means I don’t bake these very often.  When I do, it’s usually because I need a brownie that’s tried and true and impressive. For example, if there’s a bake sale or I’m giving brownies as gifts. These brownies always get […]


Published on November 10, 2013