Patisserie, A Cookbook for Dessert Nerds and a GIVEAWAY!

Patisserie, a cookbook by William and Suzue Curley is one of those books I would want on my shelf even if I didn’t cook. I would just curl up on the window seat in my kitchen and look at the pictures! I love to cook all kinds of food from down home country cookin’ to …

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Strawberry Daiquiri Shortcake

I few weeks ago I was offered a chance to work with Driscoll to create a strawberry shortcake recipe and promote the pure lusciousness of the strawberry. I was all for it except for one thing — I really love old fashioned strawberry shortcake at it’s most simple. Biscuits, strawberries, a little sugar, and a big …

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Buttery Brownies with Crispy Pecan Meringue and Vanilla Sea Salt

Buttery brownies that are chewy and rich are my favorite. These are just exactly that but with the addition of a crispy, pecan filled meringue topped with vanilla sea salt. They are crispy chewy salty sweet yumminess and best of all they are easy to make. Wait…. did I say vanilla sea salt? Yeah I …

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Father’s Day Gift Guide for Your Newly Gourmet-ified Dad

Gifts for the refined foodie that your dad has become Has your dad become a food snob?  Has he developed and refined his taste buds?  Does he like fine cheese, wine, even health food?  Pick the perfect foodie basket from this list.  He will find it fun, yummy and unique. It’s weird, isn’t it?  Your …

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How to Make Homemade Fruit Leather in the Oven or Microwave

Did you know that you could make homemade fruit leather in the oven or even a microwave? You don’t need a dehydrator at all. Why is it that kids seem to love the plastic-like stuff that is supposed to be made out of fruit? You know, my kids will gobble down a box of Fruit …

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Sourdough Bread

Sourdough bread is a tangy and fine crumbed loaf that is made with a sourdough starter. You can really make it out of any flour but bread flour and rye seem to be the ones most often used. I used to hate making sourdough because the starter seemed like such a committed relationship — you have …

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My Grandmother’s Measuring Cups


Lori Soard is a fellow writer and friend. She’s doing a blog tour this week to introduce her new novel, Dear Viking and since I was going to be on vacation I asked if she could include me in the blog tour. I know you’ll enjoy her writing and her family recipe.  There are few things …

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X is for Pain aux Noix

I’ll admit that X was tough  when it came to finding a bread but I have more or less circumvented the problem, at least the best I could. Pain auX NoiX is basically a French peasant style bread made from whole grains with coarsely chopped walnuts kneaded in. I started this with a sourdough starter …

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