Peanut Butter and Chocolate Energy Bars

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These little snacks are healthy, simple to make (there’s no baking involved) and surprisingly delicious. I’ve had the recipe kicking around in my “to-make” list for a while now and I finally decided to try it. I’m still amazed that they only use four ingredients. As I’ve often found, sometimes the simplest recipes are the […]

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Chocolate Nudges

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Every couple of years I am tempted by a dessert recipe that contains ground pistachio nuts. I LOVE pistachios and I love desserts. The combination is always surprising to me. It’s never quite what I expect. These cookies remind me of chocolate cookies sold at Italian bakeries. I served them to a couple of my […]

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Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes, Basil and Feta

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You know I like a recipe if I make it twice within a week. I found this recipe in the September issue of Martha Stewart
and made it while I had access to a grill. In the Northeast, this is a great late-August, early-September recipe when eggplant and delicious tomatoes are in season.

I love to […]

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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Salted Peanut Butter Filling

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Do you remember Funny Bones? I’m probably dating myself here because I never see them in stores anymore, but they were one of my favorite treats growing up. They’re a chocolate cake, filled with a sweet peanut butter cream and dipped in chocolate. If I had one today, I’d probably think it tasted terribly artificial, […]

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl

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I’m a big fan of crumb cake for breakfast. My favorite part is the crumb topping, but the cake part isn’t bad either. I saw this recipe and was grabbed by the title. Anything with a chocolate cinnamon swirl is right up my alley.

This coffee cake reminded me of something that you’d buy at Starbucks. […]

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

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My mother used to make these cookies for us when I was growing up and I loved them. They were a holiday tradition. My parents had a big Christmas party every year and a big plate of these was always on the dessert table. My own boys love these too. Well, actually, 3 out of […]

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Granola-Crusted Nuts

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I love nuts, and especially nuts that are glazed with something. This Sugar Spiced Nuts recipe is one of my favorites. I make them all the time. I bring them to family holiday dinners and they’re a huge hit.

I was visiting the Smitten Kitchen site recently and found this granola-crusted nut recipe. They looked interesting, […]

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Cashew Cheese

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I have quite a few friends who are vegetarian/vegan. At a recent dinner with some of my college buddies, I learned about cashew cheese which sounded delicious. My friends Mike and Wendy assured me that I’d easily find a recipe online. I found a recipe months ago, but I was slow to make it […]

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Green Bean Salad

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When I was growing up, my mom used to make a string bean salad that consisted of blanched green beans, tossed with a jar of Italian salad dressing. She’d keep them in a bowl in the refrigerator and I’d munch on them whenever I saw them. They were delicious, and I’d eat them as a […]

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Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Dried Fruit, Toasted Almonds, and Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette

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I think I’m going to have to get a better picture of this dish.  I made it the other night when we had some friends over for dinner.   It’s a terrific combination of flavors and textures.   The avocado is smooth and creamy (if it’s ripe), the nuts are crunchy and the fruit chewy.

Here are my […]

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