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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
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My New Favorite Sugar Cookies

by on October 28, 2013 · 6 comments

Big Chewy Sugar Cookies

I love trying new sugar cookie recipes, but for the past few weeks I’ve been making the same one over and over again. Normally I prefer crunchy sugar cookies, but these cookies are a chewy exception! A mixture of cream cheese, oil and butter gives them a non-cakey, crispy-edged texture plus an interesting flavor. …


Published on October 28, 2013
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lemon meringue pie

Pie season is here, so I’ve been testing recipes for pastry dough trying to determine which one is really my favorite. There are so many variations on pie crust that it’s been hard to stick with just one, but my trials led me to a recipe which I think will be the new mainstay. They […]


Published on October 20, 2013
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Date Nut Chocolate Chip Meringues

by on September 26, 2013 · 5 comments

Date Nut Meringue Cookies

I probably should have held off until December to post this because it’s the perfect “cookie exchange” cookie, but I’m not that patient and life is short. Plus, this recipe is perfect for fall when my favorite nuts are in season. Of course if you live somewhere where different nuts are in season, use those. […]


Published on September 26, 2013
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Perfect Pound Cake

I’ve made a lot of pound cakes, and while this one isn’t the densest and heaviest, it’s one of my favorites. It’s tight crumbed, slices neatly, and is light textured even even though it has a high ratio of butter to flour and sugar. Some people describe this pound cake as similar to the one […]


Published on September 25, 2013