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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 »

Strawberry Shortcakes with Mascarpone Cream

This recipe makes the best filling I’ve had in a long time and certainly the best I can remember on a strawberry shortcake. Generally speaking, I don’t go for fillings in cake in a big way. I like them well enough, but I’m content with cake and fruit or jam rather than a big thick layer of frosting. Strawberry shortcakes always sound promising, but end ... Read More »

Lemon Sherbet

At one time, sorbet and sherbert were the same thing: a frozen concoction of fruit juice, sugar and water, sometimes with additional flavoring added. Generally speaking, however, sherbet is no longer considered to be a type of sorbet, but rather a cross between it and ice cream. Sherbet is made from fruit juice and sugar, but also has an amount of milk, cream or an ... Read More »

Mozzarella Stuffed Dinner Rolls

Everyone likes a dinner roll with dinner. Everyone except people who eat only low carb, I guess, and you might even be able to convince them to eat these because of the cheese inside. Each of these dinner rolls has a lump of warm, melted mozzarella inside. They go well with salad and soups, but are the best with a bowl of pasta topped with ... Read More »

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

After having some good success with my Eggless Chocolate Bundt Cake, I wanted to try applying the same technique to other recipes. The cake had such a moist, soft, light texture that it is now one of my favorites. The best part is that no one ever suspects that it is different tha other chocolate cakes, only that it tastes really good. I decided to ... Read More »

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