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THE COFFEE CAKE OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON . . . CRANBERRY ORANGE WITH STREUSEL CRUMB TOPPING

This is not your quiet, little every day coffee cake.  This is a coffee cake with attitude.  The cake is rich with sour cream and enhanced with the brilliant, tart flavour of cranberries.  There is the important streusel crumb topping.  … Continue reading

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FREEZER ENGLISH CUCUMBER PICKS . . . QUICK AND SIMPLE TO MAKE

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Slender, delicate, refreshing English cucumbers. Beloved in cucumber sandwiches. Adored in Salads. Admired in pickles. And wonderful lavished on burgers.   English cucumbers piled in glorious green pyramids at the vegetable markets. I fill my shopping basket with them. Cucumbers … Continue reading

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THE VERY VERY BEST TOMATO SAUCE . . . thank you Marcella Hazan

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Early morning. I’ve walked out to the garden to harvest tomatoes. My farmer neighbour is cutting hay in the field near by. The swaths lay in military straight rows. The air is filled with the perfume of the freshly cut … Continue reading

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RHUBARB CRUMB CAKE WITH SUMAC CRUMB . . . THE PERFECT SNACKING CAKE

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I walk to the garden past hedges heavy with fragrant with wild roses and awash with cow parsley. Blackbirds, wrens, robins and song thrushes fill the air with glorious song. The early morning sun catches glittering drops of dew suspended … Continue reading

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CHOCOLATEY CHOCOLATE CAKE . . . WITH BUTTERCREAM FLUFFY FROSTING

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This rich,dense, spectacularly chocolate cake in every is my absolute favorite of all cakes.    It has a delicate moist crumb and the dream-like chocolate buttercream frosting stays light and fluffy to the very last slice.   This is the cake … Continue reading

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THE UBIQUITOUS ITALIAN TART . . . SPICED BLUE BERRY CROSTATA

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If I could make only one type of pie a crostata would be my choice. It is spectacular in presentation with a sublime choice of fillings. Its professional appearance belies the simplicity of its construction. A dessert to swoon over … Continue reading

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APPLE CINNAMON AND CARDAMON CAKE . . . A CAKE TO KEEP THE WOLF FROM THE DOOR

A wind like wolves prowling across the fields. Growling at windows and doors. Snarling down the fireplace chimney. The kind of rainy, dark, dismal day that cried out for a kitchen perfumed with the fragrance of exotic spices. A cake! … Continue reading

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WALNUT BUTTER CAKE WITH MAPLE BUTTER FROSTING

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This gloriously simple cake can be made with the usual pantry items,  a good sized bowl and a whisk – if that is your desire.    Or you can whip it up with  hand held electric beaters or a stand mixer.  … Continue reading

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SPICED PUMPKIN AND WALNUT TART . . .AROMATIC SPICES AND A SWEET WALNUT PASTRY

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Spiced pumpkin and walnut tart. The perfect Thanksgiving dinner always ends with pumpkin pie. The delicious aroma of aromatic spices fill your kitchen as you take this delicate creamy textured tart out of the oven. Pumpkin is one of those … Continue reading

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THE COMPATIBILITY OF CAKES . . IN THIS EASILY MADE CHOCOLATE YOGURT CAKE

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This is a cake recipe that is compatibility with the baker. I have two sisters. My older sister is 91 years old. She is a fabulous baker but she find the time it requires very tiring. My younger sister’s health … Continue reading

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