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Green Onion and Yogurt Bread

I definately like versatile bread recipes and, for me, they usually tend to be slightly sweet. Breads that have a hint of sweetness often compliment both savory dishes and sweet ones, as well as being delicious on their own. A cheese bread just doesn’t really work with blueberry preserves on it. On the other hand, breads that tend toward the savory can be complex and ... Read More »

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

After seeing Joe’s banana cake, topped with a gorgeous looking peanut butter frosting, I knew that I had to find something to put it on. And very few combinations work as well as peanut butter and chocolate. I went with a batch of moist chocolate cupcakes. They are quite easy to put together and are really delicious. The cake is cark, moist and tender, with ... Read More »

Gingerbread Pancakes

Happy New Year, everyone. After a night of staying up late in celebration, something easy but just a little special is in order for breakfast. It should be simple enough to whip up while you’re still groggy, but satisfying and delicious. Maybe a little unusual. These pancakes are easy and spiced up just enough to be perfect for a winter morning. The gingerbread spice combination ... Read More »

Winter Spiced Coffee and Café Brulé

After seeing both Anne and Jennifer mention the idea of café brulé, I just couldn’t resist giving it a try myself. The drink can be any of your ordinary, foamy, steamed milk-topped favorites and is sprinkled with a fair bit of sugar before applying a kitchen torch to caramelise it into a crème brulée look-alike. I love the idea and I loved using my kitchen ... Read More »

Maple Popcorn Balls with Cranberries and Pecans

Popcorn has been around for about 5000 years. At a site known as the “Bat Cave” in New Mexico, an anthropologist and a botanist, along with several graduate students, discovered layers of prehistoric “trash” stretching back thousands of years, which contained all manner of corn cobs and even popped corn. There were many unpopped kernels so well preserved that they popped when placed in hot ... Read More »

Dried Fruit Focaccia

After seeing an article in my local newspaper for Martha Stewart’s Dried Fruit Focaccia, I wanted to make it. I love focaccia and one that is lightly sweetened and packed with dried fruit sounded delicious in general, as well as seeming like a good winter bread. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the recipe in my rather large pile o’ newspaper clippings and, eventually, opted to abandon ... Read More »

Mini Brownie Bites

I think that the Hershey’s website is a little misleading. I decided to make brownie bites like the ones Santos made last week. The recipe she used was a little too rich for me, calling for four sticks of butter. Admittedly, it made more than a few brownie bites, but still…. I went with Hershey’s recipe instead. Their photo shows brownies with a nice, crackly ... Read More »

Merry Christmas 2005

We all know that nothing says Christmas like a cat, curled up by the fire with a pointsetta in the background. Except for trees, mistletoe, eggnog, piles of food and (my favorite) marshmallows and cocoa. But having your cat around, especially when he’s has just returned after beeing missing for days, makes the day all the more special. I’m glad Kiri is home, Clare! Phoebe ... Read More »

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