Plush Coconut Cake

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This cake is being devoured by the boys and one of their friends as I write this. I’m not sure there’s going to be any left by the time I finish this post.This is a one-bowl cake that takes no time at all to make. It has a faint coconut taste and it’s quite moist. […]

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Pear Crisp with Vanilla Brown Butter

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I love a good pear or apple crisp in the winter. Warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s fantastic. This crisp has a fantastic topping. My usual toppings have a base of flour, butter, sugar and sometimes oats. This streusel topping is loaded with ground almonds and it’s so delicious! Because […]

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Blueberry Streusel Bars with Lemon-Cream Filling

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These bars are both out-of-this-world, and award-winning! My son recently entered a baking competition at his high school during Spirit Week, and these bars took first place. They are loaded with flavor and not overly sweet, a nice combination of blueberry and lemon. Blueberry and lemon is one of my favorite fruit combinations. If […]

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The BEST Chocolate Cake

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I can safely say that this is the best chocolate cake I have ever made. It is really moist, even several days after it’s made, and it’s incredibly chocolatey. I have made a number of cakes that have “essence of chocolate’, as my grandmother used to say, meaning it barely had any real chocolate taste […]

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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I wouldn’t usually be posting a recipe with raisins in it, because as a rule, I don’t love raisins, or mushrooms for that matter. That said, we have a neighbor, who is basically like family, that LOVES oatmeal raisin cookies. He recently had surgery, so I made these for him. Two of the six of […]

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Chocolate Nut Zucchini Bread

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One of my favorite cooking magazines is called Fine Cooking. I subscribe to their email newsletter, which is where I found this recipe. Having made it several times now, it’s being officially added to my rotation of quick breads. It’s not overly sweet, and it’s not overly chocolatey either, with just 1/3 cup of chocolate. […]

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Plum Torte

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I have made this torte many times over the last year and I’m just getting around to posting the recipe. It’s delicious when plums are in season, and when they’re not, it’s quite tasty with berries as well. Make sure the berries on top are well packed; don’t leave too much interstitial space. Vanilla ice […]

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Delicious Lemon Loaf

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I love a good lemon bread. It’s great for breakfast, dessert or an afternoon snack. This one is quite moist and bursting with flavor. Starbucks sells something just like it, and although I’ve never tried theirs, I bet this one is better. I have made this recipe several times now and it has always been […]

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Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

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I served this cake on Christmas Eve as one of our desserts because one of our guests was vegan. If you make this recipe using dairy-free or vegan chocolate chips, it’s a vegan delight because it contains no dairy, butter or eggs! The cake is incredibly moist and chocolaty and it was a big hit […]

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Gingerbread Biscotti

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If you’re a biscotti fan, these are perfect to make for the holidays. Your home is guaranteed to smell wonderful while they’re baking. It’s a perfect winter cookie to make on a freezing cold day like today in NYC. Biscotti are an Italian cookie that is typically dipped into a hot beverage before eating. I […]

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