Easter Recipes

Ideas for making Easter fun.

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On our first night in Florence — somewhere between a visit to the Palatina Gallery and dinner at Trattoria 4 Leoni, we ducked into a bookshop in the Oltrarno. It was cold that evening and we were very hungry, but our dinner reservation wasn’t until 7:30. The selection of English books was pretty limited, but there […]


Published on March 23, 2010
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Best Yet M&Ms Cookies

by on September 15, 2009 · 45 comments

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Last week I mentioned I was looking for the perfect M&M cookie – not just a chocolate chip cookie with M&Ms instead of chips, but a thin, chewy cookie with brown edges and lots of wrinkles on top. So far, these are my favorites. To get the right texture shortening was required. If you swap […]


Published on September 15, 2009
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My Favorite Blueberry Muffin Recipe

by on July 11, 2009 · 25 comments


These are crowd-pleasing muffins. They don’t have big crowns, but they’re sweet, have a cake-like texture, and most people seem to like them. Even Fuzz, who doesn’t care for blueberry muffins, thinks this recipe is pretty good. This is adapted from a Nick Malgieri recipe which he adapted from Marian Burros. …


Published on July 11, 2009
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Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Chocolate Chip Cookies


Published on April 10, 2009
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More Spring Holiday Cookies

by on April 8, 2009 · 6 comments

Here are, as my friend Homer Simpson might say, some highly sophistimicated recipes for Easter. I probably won’t make any of them, but I like knowing they’re there. Rosemary Pine Nut Cookies Koulourakia (Butter Cookie Braids) Mama Katy’s Melomakarona (Honey-Spice Cookies)


Published on April 8, 2009
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Wholesome Carrot Ginger Spice Cookies

by on December 18, 2008 · 5 comments

Carrot Cookies

These are fat, dense, and have a lot of flavor thanks to all the spices and toasted pecans. I think they’d be excellent with dried cranberries or raisins, but I didn’t add them to this batch. The cookies don’t spread much, so make sure you flatten them slightly as directed. I forgot to do this […]


Published on December 18, 2008
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Quite Possibly The Best Lemon Squares Ever

by on September 15, 2008 · 35 comments

Lemon Squares

I was hoping to go to Central Market this morning, but got bogged down with Monday chores and couldn’t leave the house. Luckily, I had all the ingredients for making what might be the best lemon squares ever…or at least that I’ve ever made. For the original 13×9 inch pan recipe (and its source) click […]


Published on September 15, 2008
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Strawberry Layer Cake

by on May 17, 2008 · 17 comments

Strawberry Cake

I’d been meaning to make a strawberry cake for the past two years — ever since I saw a really good looking one at a gas station/bakery in La Grange, TX. It was baked in a giant sheet pan and was very tall, soft and pink. At first I thought maybe it was a box-based […]


Published on May 17, 2008