Mexican Wedding Cookies

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We went to a great roof-top party on Saturday night that had a Mexican theme. The food was wonderful, including delicious soft tacos, quesadillas, stuffed peppers, homemade guacamole and more. I volunteered to bring a dessert, but quickly found that I was unable to locate many Mexican desserts that were well […]

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Fresh Pear Pie with Dried Cherries and Brown Sugar Streusel

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This is one of the best fruit pies I have ever eaten! I’m not a huge fruit pie fan in general, but there’s something about this pie that’s just incredible. The combination of the pears, cherries, spices and streusel is amazing. When I do eat fruit pies, I […]

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French Gougères

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My mother sent me this recipe the other day.   These cheese puffs are a popular French hors d’oeuvre and a specialty of the Burgundy region of France.   They’re typically made with Gruyere cheese which is one of my favorites for cooking (and eating!)   I’m told they go well with a nice glass of red wine.

These […]

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McDonald's-Style Chicken Nuggets

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Our boys LOVE McDonald’s chicken nuggets. They don’t eat them very often, but when they get them, they inhale them. I was going to make these breaded chicken cutlets the other night when my husband asked if I could make chicken that was similar to McNuggets. I rose to […]

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Indian Summer Gratin with Butternut Squash, Potatoes, Corn, and Bacon

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This is another one of those recipes that I liked so much I made it twice in a row. It’s a wonderful casserole that can be served for dinner because it’s a complete meal. It’s also nice as a side-dish. The flavors go so well together.

I will warn you […]

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Naan

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My boys love carbohydrates, and they LOVE naan.   They don’t like any other Indian food, just the bread, but they do love the bread.    I made some just before we left Shelter Island because I had never made bread on the grill before;  it looked like fun.   Although this is a recipe that calls for […]

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English Muffins

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I made some Naan last week that turned out very well. It involved yeast, so I was actually surprised that I didn’t wreck it.   I don’t usually do well with yeast. Since I bought a 3-pack of yeast and I had some success with the Naan, I looked for […]

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Chocolate Freckle Ice Cream

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I made this ice cream because I had an extra container of mascarpone cheese in the refrigerator.  I bought some mascarpone when I attempted to make these Blueberry and Mascarpone Turnovers last week and they were a total disaster.  As a result, I had an extra container.

I’ve never made ice cream using cheese […]

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Roasted Red Peppers with Basil Oil

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Our boys picked peppers at the Windmill Field on Shelter Island a couple of days ago. It was part of an activity called Follow the Fiddler. We walked around the farm fields following some musicians and singing work songs. It was a lot of fun. The boys […]

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Carole's Whipped Cream Pie

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Carole is my mother and she has been making these summer pies for as long as I can remember.   This is one of my favorite summer desserts.  When we were growing up, sometimes we’d get to eat the left-overs for breakfast the next morning.   I used to look forward to that.

These pies (I always make […]

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