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Rustic Country Bread

There are times when the best recipe is the most straight-forward. I mean, there are many breads that pair perfectly with different types of meals. For example, you might only like challah (link) for french toast and might perfer a hearty rye bread (link) for soups. A lighter loaf, like honey buttermilk or wheat (links), could be your prefered bread for sandwiches. This bread can ... Read More »

Orange Pudding Cake

I really like pudding cakes. The combination of the light, moist cake layer with the bubbling sauce underneath is just delightful. I like the fact that you never need an extra topping or garnish with a serving of pudding cake (though whipped cream would work, if you like), either. I also like the fact that this dessert dessert is relatively low in fat. Using whole ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones

Peanut butter can go on scones, but isn’t usually a part of the scone. It is a fairly dense product and the goal of a scone is to be light and tender. If you treat the peanut butter like butter, however, and cut it in to the flour mixture, you can create a scone that is not only tender but that has a peanut butter ... Read More »

Accidental Blood Orange Jelly

Don’t be fooled by the title of this post. I didn’t accidentally cut myself as I worked, or anything in that vein. My result here was a happy accident, or perhaps discovery would be a better word, and the blood comes from the blood oranges that I used. There are several varieties of blood oranges and some are more red on the inside than others. ... Read More »

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins

Irish soda bread is dead easy to make. It can have as few as four ingredients and uses no yeast, relying instead on the reaction between baking soda and buttermilk for leavening. This produces a reliable rise every time, no matter how inexperienced you are are baking. The four base ingredients are flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt. Irish soda breads are slightly denser than ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pie for Pi(e) Day

Today is Pi(e) Day – so named because March 14th (3-14) corresponds to the mathematical concept of “pi” (3.14). Can you tell that I liked math in school? Actually, back in high school we always celebrated this day in my math classes. While I don’t want to come right out and admit how much of a math geek I was, I will say that I ... Read More »

Cocoa Fudge Cookies

I found this recipe in an older issue of Cooking Light magazine that I happened to be flipping through. Apparently there is a good reason to save all those old issues, because this recipe makes delicious cookies. I know it’s listed on their website and has been included in their Christmas Cookie recipe collection at least once, too, so a subscription isn’t crucial to getting ... Read More »

Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Who knew that brussel sprouts could be so delicious? In fairness, I know that lots of people enjoy these little green veggies, but I think that we can all agree that they are not the most universally popular food. Until fairly recently, I hadn’t eaten sprouts in years. They didn’t appear all that often on menus and I never really thought to purchase them. I ... Read More »

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