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Whole Wheat Pie Crust

I recently signed up to test some recipes for the Good Home Cookbook, which is conducting the first national, public recipe testing campaign. There are over 1,000 participants! I received three recipes to test: Herbed Bread Sticks, Sugar Cookies and Sweet Potato Pie. The breadsticks were outstanding and I had fun making the cookies. I’m not giving out any recipes yet, though. If you want ... Read More »

Chocolate Pudding Cake

One of the more popular restaurant desserts is a molten chocolate cake. This can mean several things. Some stories speak of a chocolate souffle that refused to cook all the way through as the origin of this dish. This souffle managed to worm it’s way out of a ramekin and into the hearts (and onto the plates) of diners everywhere. A chocolate cake with a ... Read More »

Blogging By Mail 2

The second round of Blogging By Mail is up and running, hosted by the generous and talented Samantha of the Samantha Files. What are you waiting for? Go sign up! Read More »

Heart Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I just love it when a dessert or snack has a nutritional benefit that doesn’t make me feel guilty about taking seconds. This pie is a good example, but I will always have a soft spot for cookies. These cookies in particular have a rather heart heathy flair to them: most of the fat in from tahini instead of butter. The recipe is from EatingWell ... Read More »

Blogging By Mail: Opening the Packages (A roundup)

I definately want to thank everyone who participated in the first ever Blogging By Mail. The event went smoothly, by all accounts. I collected names and addresses, matched people up more-or-less at random (no playing favorites!) and the rest was up to the participants. People made, bought or stole goodies from their kitchens and localities and mailed them out across the globe. We had 22 ... Read More »

Very Blueberry Muffins

Though it may not be immediately apparent, there are a lot of blueberries in these muffins. This is, of course, the best way for blueberry muffins to be. These came about as the result of having a bit of sour cream and a bit of blueberry juice in my refrigerator. There wasn’t enough of either to do anything elaborate and, since it’s a weekend morning, ... Read More »

Chai-Tea Apple Bread

While I am a dedicated coffee drinker, I do love tea. One of my favorite coffee shops, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf carries over 40 original tea blends, one of which I picked up the very day that IMBB #17: TasteTea was announced by Clement of A La Cuisine!: Pomegranate Blueberry Tea. This tea makes a fabulous iced tea because it is a black ... Read More »

Self Frosting Nutella Cupcakes

Thank you Donna Hay. If you don’t know who Donna Hay is, imagining a cross between Nigella Lawson and Martha Stewart from Australia will put you in the general vicinity. She is a cook and food stylist with her own lifestyle magazine and bunches of cookbooks, all available the world over. Her recipes are simple and generally unfussy, but always look good enough to be ... Read More »

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