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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“Use a Spoon” Chopped Salad

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My brother came down from Boston to participate in the NYC Triathlon on Saturday and we traditionally host a pasta dinner for him and any of his friends that are around. Because we came in from Shelter Island to see the race, my mom volunteered to provide fresh pasta and sauce. All I had to […]

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Pecan Sandies

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A friend of mine was talking about Pecan Sandies recently and I was inspired to make them. I loved the Keebler version as a child and hadn’t had them in ages. I brought these to my last PTA Executive Board meeting the other night. My co-president and I decided not to run again. We’ve held […]

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Tomato Peanut Soup

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When I worked downtown, I would often grab lunch at Hale and Hearty Soup, a place that offered about 10 different kinds of soup each day. My favorite was the Senegalese Peanut soup. It was a vegetable soup with a kick of cayenne that tasted strongly of peanuts. It also had some chicken in it. […]

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Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

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I succumbed to a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup eggs at an after Easter sale (my all-time favorite candy).  They were 50% off and I did an unfortunate thing by walking into the store hungry.   Once I got them home, I didn’t want to eat them all straight out of the bag (which I […]

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