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
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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
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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
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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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Today’s Inspiration – Happiness

May 10, 2012

I find inspiration from many people and sources, and I really enjoy searching for quotes that inspire me. I’m a firm believer that happiness must come from within each of us. I hope you find these words from the Dalai Lama inspiring. Download a printable version of this here. Download a printable version here. Print […]

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Dulce de Leche Arborio Rice Pudding

May 6, 2012
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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
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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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Nut-Vegetable Burgers

April 25, 2012
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I wanted to make a raw burger with just the right balance of nuts, seeds, vegetables and spices. And mostly, I didn’t want one that was full of flax. Many raw burger recipes are heavy on nuts or flax, and I felt the flavor and texture was unbalanced. I think these tasty guys have a […]

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Oatmeal Crisps

April 22, 2012
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It’s my turn to host Project Pasty Queen and this week’s challenge was Oatmeal Crisps. I love oatmeal treats that involve butter and brown sugar so was looking forward to making these. They are incredibly easy and very quick to mix and bake. The bars are crisp without being crunchy, and have just the right […]

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Harry Potter Scarf

April 19, 2012
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I wanted to knit something for my son, so what better than a scarf inspired by Harry Potter? I did some online research and learned that the Gryffindor scarf has the same maroon and yellow colors but is knit in different patterns for each year of Hogwarts. Who knew?  Apparently this particular pattern is from […]

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