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Easy Vanilla Gelato

Easy Vanilla Gelato

July is National Ice Cream month, and the third Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day. Both of these are good reasons to make ice cream – as though the heat of summer weren’t enough on its own – so I spent the afternoon of my National Ice Cream Day making a batch of vanilla gelato at home. “Gelato” is the Italian word ... Read More »

Car-Baked Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Car-Baked Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, wide angle

It is scorching hot here and to put that heat to good use (i.e. to give me a reason to go outside and leave the air conditioning), I decided to bake up another batch of cookies, using my car as a oven. Baking cookies in a car is very easy and has the added benefit that you don’t heat up your house at all, but ... Read More »

Orangina Cupcakes

Orangina Cupcakes

Orangina is definitely one of my favorite sodas. I don’t remember exactly where I was when I first had the sparkling orange (it’s actually yellow) soda, made with real orange juice and pulp, but I do remember that I wanted more. It has a light, fresh flavor and is not too sweet – more like juice than soda, really. I also remember that there was ... Read More »

Cherry Nectarine Brown Betty

Cherry Nectarine Brown Betty with ice cream

A brown betty is a fruit dessert that is similar in concept to a cobbler. It has fruit baked underneath a sweetened topping, usually made of bread or cake crumbs. There are tons of variations on this dessert, mostly centering on how the fruit and topping ingredients should be combined, whether layered or mixed. I’ve had brown bettys that looked just like cobblers and ones ... Read More »

Lemon Meringue Roulade

Lemon Meringue Roulade

Meringues are usually a light, crunchy and fairly delicate. It’s hard to believe that they can be rolled up into a roulade shape, just like a sponge cake can. Meringue roulades work because the meringue is not overbaked, so that when it comes out of the oven, the meringue is still moist and chewy in the center – and because it stays that way. The ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake

Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake

I generally like my milkshakes in classic flavors like vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, with the former two being slightly favored over the latter. When you have a really good milkshake, these flavors really shine. But as with all things, variety is nice, too, and as good as a plain vanilla milkshake is, it’s nice to be able to dress it up a bit with other ... Read More »

Hazelnut Banana Bread

Hazelnut Banana Bread

Walnuts are a very common inclusion in banana bread. It’s just the way things are. I’ve never been a big fan of banana walnut bread, however, because I think that all the walnuts really start to take away from the banana flavor at some point. Don’t get me wrong here: nuts can add a lot of richness, texture and flavor to a banana bread, it’s ... Read More »

Butter Pecan Slice and Bake Cookies

Butter Pecan Slice and Bake Cookies

Slice and bake cookies are cookies where the dough is prepared in advance and chilled until you’re ready to bake. The cookies are simply sliced off the log of dough and go straight into the oven. These types of cookie doughs are wonderful because they can be made well in advance, and you don’t need to bake the whole batch at once, since you can ... Read More »

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