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Vanilla Brown Butter Cupcakes

Vanilla Brown Butter Cupcakes

Browned butter is easy to make and is a great way to infuse flavor into different baked goods. It has a rich, toasty flavor that is just delicious. The primary difference in working with browned butter instead of plain butter is that most cake and cookie recipes call for solid, softened butter. Browned butter can change the texture, as well as the mixing method, for ... Read More »

Strawberry Curd

A curd is a thick, sweet-tart type of sauce that is typically made with citrus juice, eggs and butter. It is known for being rich in flavor, with a very silky texture. I call it a sauce for lack of a better category, as curds are much thicker than most sauces (rather pudding-like). This version of a curd almost doesn’t fit the description above at ... Read More »

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Bun Bread

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Bun Bread, sliced

A hot cinnamon bun dripping with icing and sticky with brown sugary sweetness is one of life’s great indulgences. I like making them at home from time to time, but many prefer to buy them as a treat when they’re out and about. There is something to be said for buying them from a coffee shop or bakery, too. You get instant gratification and portion ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Mornings are about repetition for most people. Yogurt. Cereal. Eggs. Toast. All of these are foods that require little effort to construct and not much more effort to eat, although they’re definitely a satisfying way to start the day. I like to stick to the same – or similar -  foods foods for breakfast, too, because it means that I don’t have to think too ... Read More »

Brownie Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies

Brownie Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies, up close

This weekend, I was gifted a big bag of delicious bite-sized brownies. There were more than I could eat and I started to look for other applications for the brownies. I often mix brownies into batches of frozen yogurt and ice cream. Could they be mixed into a cake? Into cookies? As it turns out, they can be mixed into cookies, as my search for ... Read More »

Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Chipotle peppers are known for having a smoky sweetness, with a slow but strong heat. The spice is what makes them so great, but the sweetness is fairly unique and lets chipotle work very well when paired with some much sweeter things. Honey and chipotle is one of my favorite combinations for a salsa. It wasn’t a stretch to make it into a smoky sweet ... Read More »

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Light and fluffy souffle-like cheesecakes are nice, but not everyone is going to be satisfied with that type of texture for a cheesecake. Others want their cheesecake to be rich, creamy and dense. In fact, this sort of texture is almost a signature of cheesecakes, since few other baked good can (or would want to) achieve it. This Mocha Chocolate Chip Cheesecake is a great ... Read More »

Spinach and Feta Pie

Spinach and Feta Pie

Normally, when I think of a spinach and feta pie, I think of some rendition of spanikopita. The savory Greek dish has a filling made with spinach, feta and eggs that is sandwiched between layers of filo dough. The spinach-feta combination is a winner in my book and I like it in any form. I used the idea of a spanikopita-type filling as inspiration for ... Read More »

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