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Coconut, Almond Cranberry Granola Bars

Coconut, Almond Cranberry Granola Bars

Granola bars tend fall into two major categories. One type is mostly nuts – chunky and barely held together. The other type is more like a candy bar – sweet and sometimes full of chocolate. Neither is my favorite because I really want a granola bar that is lighter than the nut bar and healthier than the candy bar, so I definitely prefer to make my ... Read More »

Margarita with Agave Nectar

Margarita with Agave Nectar, on the rocks

While there is something to be said for a big, blended margarita on a really hot day, those drinks tend to be tequila-spiked smoothies more often than not and I think I will always prefer to have my margaritas on the rocks when given the option. The blended margaritas are often too sweet and I simply like the way that you can get more flavor from ... Read More »

Dilled Cream Cheese Sandwich Bread

Dilled Cream Cheese Sandwich Bread, sliced

Cream cheese appears with regularity in yeasted breads and pastries as a filling, paired with sugar, fruits or other sweet things. Less frequently, I’ve seen cream cheese used in savory pastries, paried with prosciutto, sundried tomatoes or with herbs. This bread was created when I decided to try using cream cheese as one of the main components of a bread, rather than as a filling of ... Read More »

White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

 Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, chocolate chip… is white chocolate the least commonly used chocolate in baking? Sometimes it seems that way, and while the sweeter chocolate isn’t everyone’s go-to chocolate, it does have a lot to offer in some dishes. As evidence, I offer up these white chocolate cupcakes. They have a delicious white chocolate flavor – milky and sweet, with vanilla highlights - ... Read More »

Simple Dark Chocolate Souffles

I think that a dark chocolate souffle is the quintessential Valentine’s Day dessert. Chocolate is practically required eating on Valentine’s and souffles, because they aren’t as commonly made as other types of desserts, always seem to be extra-special – perfect for sharing with that special someone. For all the mystique about them, souffles are not that hard to make. This one in particular is dead-easy ... Read More »

Roast Beef and Caramelized Onion Panini

Rpast Beef and Caramelized Onion Panini

A sandwich doesn’t need to be complex to be delicious, but it does need quality ingredients to come out well. In most cases, it also helps if the sandwich is toasted, as well. I always have a method of toasting a sandwich at home, so once I hit the store to look for filling ingredients, the sandwiches seem to make themselves. This sandwich was completely ... Read More »

Strawberry Jam Crumb Coffee Cake

Strawberry Jam Crumb Coffee Cake

 Is it necessary for a coffee cake to have some kind of streusel or crumb topping to be called coffee cake? I tend to think not, but with the exception of coffee cakes that are baked in bundt pans (and often have a layer of streusel running through them), it generally seems to be true. Untopped cakes can easily fall out of the coffee cake ... Read More »

Chocolate Almond Cream Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Almond Cream Sandwich Cookies, on a platter

The Chocolate Hazelnut Spread I made the other day was delicious, chocolaty and not-too-sweet with a good hazelnut flavor. I began to wonder, after making it, how it would work with other nuts. Hazelnut and chocolate have a very similar flavor profile, but I decided to try the recipe with ground almonds in place of the hazelnuts. The result was a bit milder than the hazelnut ... Read More »

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