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Sour Cream Lemon Shortbread Bars

Since I love lemon, you might think that I love lemon bars. Unfortunately, this is not true. More often than not, lemon bars are just plain awful. The lemon filling is usually either gummy or too gelatinous and the base is almost always bland, soggy or both. The lemon flavor is rarely as clear as it could be and, while lemon bars shouldn’t be as ... Read More »

Chipotle Guacamole and other dips

Normally, I wouldn’t crosspost something here and at Slashfood, but I am so enamored of some of the dips that I have done for the Super Bowl Dip of the Day feature that I couldn’t resist getting them out where they can be seen (and hopefully enjoyed!) by the maximum possible number of people. This is a twist on guacamole. Ordinarily, I use a bit ... Read More »

Chai Latte Muffins

I usually have a small jar of pumpkin pie spice sitting around. It’s easy to make, but in the morning it is very convenient to have some ready to go when I want to spice up my oatmeal on a chilly morning. A few weeks ago, I picked up a jar at Trader Joe’s and was very surprised to discover that it tasted nothing like ... Read More »

Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

The only problem that I have with loaf cakes/breads is in choosing the pan size. I tend to prefer using my 8×4 inch pan because I like the higher rise, but the 9×5 inch size is slightly more common and I often feel pressured to write my recipes for that particular pan. Pressure or no, however, I usually just go ahead and use the pan ... Read More »

Guess who I met?

Want to know what I’ve been up to for the past couple of days that has kept me away from blogging? I’ve been at the Winter Fancy Foods Show in San Francisco! Check out this post for a full report. And, yes, I do have a recipe ready to go for tomorrow. Read More »

Bailey’s Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Crust

Bailey's Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Crust

When I got a bottle of the new Bailey’s with a hint of Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur, I knew that I wanted to bake something with it even before I tasted it. I had two reasons for this. First, I don’t often have a full bottle of Bailey’s sitting around, so it seemed to provide ample resources for creativity. Second, while I like the taste ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Remember when I pointed out a few weeks ago that cashew butter could be used to make extra-chewy cookies? It turns out that the very same property carries over to brownies, although this time I used peanut butter instead of cashew butter for something a little bit different. Besides – who doesn’t like the combination of peanut butter and chocolate? It wouldn’t be such a ... Read More »

Double Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cake

Over the holidays, I found myself with the need to make a dessert for some guests – surprise, surprise, right? I somehow got it into my head that a bundt cake would look good, not to mention that since these guests happened to be family members, I didn’t feel the need to go over-the-top and made an especially elaborate dessert. I wanted something that would ... Read More »

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