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Spicy nuts, a Christmas gift or appetizer

CARAMELIZED PLUM TART

In late summer plums in a rainbow of colours fill my baskets.  I carefully sort them.  Choosing the not quite ripe plums to make this pie.  Some we eat out of hand.  Plum juice staining our fingers.  The rest are … Continue reading

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LEMON BUNDT CAKE . . . A STUNNING CAKE WITH THREE LAYERS OF LUSCIOUS LEMON

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If dreams were make of cake it would be this stunning  LEMON BUNDT CAKE.   I love any dessert made with lemon  – tarts, bars, loaves, cookies.   This cake is at the very top of my list of favorite lemon … Continue reading

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HUMMINGBIRD CAKE

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This is a dream of a cake to make.  Just two bowls, one for the wet ingredients and one for the dry.  If you don’t have a standing mixer you can make the out-of-this world cream cheese icing in your … Continue reading

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THE OUTRAGEOUS OATMEAL COOKIE . . . with walnuts, dried cherries and chunks of chocolate

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There are those days when you want to bite into an oatmeal cookie that’s a little over the top.   A  superlative chewy cookie with just the right amount of  old fashioned rolled oats, nuts, chocolate and fruit.  A cookie with … Continue reading

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OLD FASHIONED CHERRY ALMOND CAKE

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  The most loved, most used  of all my many baking cookbooks is tattered, torn, mended and scribbled.  More than fifty years ago it came free with a bag of Robin Hood Flour.     I adore anything  baked with cherries.  This … Continue reading

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CHEDDAR AND GRUYERE CRACKERS . . . Frozen assets for holiday entertaining.

I like to make a splash  with holiday hors d’oeuvres.     Step out of the ordinary.  Conjure up the unexpected.   There is nothing more wonderful.  Nothing more special than freshly baked homemade crackers.  These are a snap to make.    A double … Continue reading

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EASY AS PIE . . . a no-fail pastry recipe

It is every baker’s dream.  The ability to whip up the perfect pie with a crust so  light and flaky and  delicious you chase the last crumbs around your dessert plate.    There’s more than a baker’s dozen way of making … Continue reading

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SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE

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It is the attention to detail.  The little extra that pushes something over the top that take it from very good to extraordinary.    And when that extraordinary itself is truly magnificent you have pure gold. During our restaurant years every … Continue reading

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THE TOP BANANA CAKE . . . a delicious doodle to make!

Cakes lavished with icing appear to be attending a party.    They sashay onto your plate with a come-hither look, and you swoon with delight.  There’s banana muffins. There’s banana loaf.  But the top banana is this old-fashioned banana cake by … Continue reading

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THE MAGIC OF SUN DRIED TOMATOES . . . preserving the magic of summer all winter long

Through the halcyon days of summer I plundered the garden for the fattest, juiciest,  reddest of red tomatoes.  The days shortened.  Marine fog drifted across the fields poking destructive fingers into the garden.    Time to harvest the tomatoes, ripe … Continue reading

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