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I’m excited about this new recipe. Crunchy, creamy and incredibly flavorful, this wonderful salad features the best of summer’s vegetables. Sweet corn, ripe tomatoes (preferably heirloom) and avocados parter with crisp jicama, lettuce and a zesty cilantro vinaigrette. Cashew-based sour cream brings it all together. Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients. This […]

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Dulce de Leche Macaroons

July 29, 2012

Only four ingredients – how easy is that? This is my latest entry for Project Pastry Queen. When I made these, they flattened out quite a bit but are still delicious. Make sure you pack the coconut into the measuring cup rather than just sprinkling it in. The macaroons have a delicate coconut taste balanced […]

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Kale Avocado Salad

July 18, 2012

Some people avoid raw kale because of its chewy texture. Working an acid such as lime juice into the kale does a great job of softening it. The lime juice combines with sweet ripe tomatoes and buttery avocado to form a creamy dressing. Wash kale, spin dry and strip the leaves off of the stems […]

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Thai Inspired Kale Chips

June 28, 2012

Kale chips are a trendy item these days. Most recipes call for simply adding some oil and salt to fresh kale and baking it until crisp. These Thai flavored chips are more complicated, but the results are oh so worth it. They can be baked in the oven, but this raw method does a better […]

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Ruby-Flecked Florentines

June 10, 2012

This week was my turn to host Project Pastry Queen, and I chose Ruby-Flecked Florentines. These lacy cookies are lightly crisp, with just the right balance of nuts, dried fruit and crunchy sweetness. The are quick and easy to make, and you don’t even need a mixer. They were so good, I’ll be making them […]

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Screwball Cake

June 1, 2012

My grandmother used to make this cake and called it “Wet Cake”. She served the cake with a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top instead of icing. My husband’s mother made Screwball Cake for every birthday, and her recipe came from the “I Hate to Cook Book”  by Peg Bracken, which was recently republished in honor […]

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Texas Pralines

May 20, 2012

This week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe is Texas Pralines, chosen by Shawnda of Confessions of a Foodie Bride. These candies are sweet and creamy, and the deep flavor of caramelized sugar complements the pecans perfectly. They are quite easy to make, and the only special equipment you need is a candy thermometer and a large […]

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Lemon Bars

May 13, 2012

When I was baking professionally, I made many hundreds, if not thousands, of these. There are many recipes for lemon bars out there, and all are based on the same basic formula – a tangy lemon filling baked over a buttery shortbread crust. Lemon bars are easy  to make and nearly everyone loves them. My […]

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This week’s Project Pastry Queen item is Dulce de Leche Arborio Rice Pudding, hosted by Emily of Ruf Love. It’s a rich, creamy baked rice pudding infused with the delicious caramel flavor unique to dulce de leche. In The Pastry Queen, Rebecca Rather gives instructions for making your own dulce de leche, but if I […]

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Almond Milk

May 5, 2012

Making your own fresh almond milk is very easy, and it tastes amazing! I make a batch several times a week. It is delicious on its own, or can be used over cereal and granola, poured into your coffee, and in smoothies and protein drinks. Almonds are a rich source of protein, vitamin E, omega-3 […]

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