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Dessert

Nigella’s Chocolate Cake

As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it out. It’s a dense chocolate loaf cake that I like best warmed with some vanilla ice cream although it’s also great as a breakfast treat. This cake is definitely worth a try, and it’s really quick and easy to make. It’s … Continue reading »

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Hazelnut Macarons

Macarons have become so trendy that you see them in every bakery, specialty food store, and blog post. They are the new cupcake, and with good reason. They are a perfect French cookie, light and rich at the same time with so many flavor choices. My only objection is the price per cookie at all … Continue reading »

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

These crunchy chocolate mint cookies are a riff on Thin Mints, and I suppose if you dipped them in chocolate instead of drizzling, they would be exactly alike. I’ve always been a big fan of Thin Mints, and I will definitely be making these again. They’re a great addition to your holiday cookies, but they’ll … Continue reading »

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Chewy Ginger Cookies

These chewy ginger cookies are really gingery from three kinds of ginger, and you can make them crispy if you bake them longer. They are also apparently great with peanut butter slathered between to make a cookie sandwich. It’s not the holidays until we have some spice cookies around the house. Chewy Ginger Cookies 2 … Continue reading »

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Caramel Apple Cider

Nothing says fall like apple cider. I love curling up with a book in my favorite chair with a hot, steamy mug apple cider spiked with homemade caramel and cinnamon. It also makes a great warm drink for holiday parties. Caramel Apple Cider 1 cup apple cider 1 teaspoon caramel sauce 1 cinnamon stick Warm … Continue reading »

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Lemon Tiramisu

I had a bunch of the Italian ladyfingers used for tiramisu, but no time or mascarpone to make the original. This is a pretty Americanized version, but I could just call it Lemon Pudding or Lemon Trifle and that would be fine too. No matter what you call it, it was a lovely end to … Continue reading »

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Boozy Bourbon Milkshake

The big tip with boozy milkshakes is to chill the alcohol if you are using something you don’t already keep cold. In this one, I use bourbon and a hint of Kahlua along with good vanilla ice cream. Always a good end to a meal. Boozy Bourbon Milkshake 2 cups vanilla ice cream 2 ounces … Continue reading »

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Plum Skillet Cake

The best part about this cake is that it’s incredibly easy and done in half an hour. It’s part clafouti (which is a french pancake-like tart), part cake, and you can make it with any kind of fruit. I think next time I would cut the fruit smaller and try to squeeze in more, but … Continue reading »

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S’mores Brownies

┬áThese are quite the decadent treat, combining chewy brownies with gooey s’mores. It’s definitely a little bit of a sugar overload, but fresh from the oven they are amazing and rich. The brownie batter is one of the easiest to make, and would be great by itself– just bake a little less to keep them … Continue reading »

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Strawberry Cake

Strawberries are probably my favorite fruit. Or maybe blueberries. Either way, I overdose on all things strawberry when I see huge spreads of them at the farmers market. At some point, I decided I wanted to try them in some cake and I found a recipe on Smitten Kitchen that I edited a bit. This … Continue reading »

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