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Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is one of those foods that is pretty much perfect in its basic state. For variations, a chef might switch from a graham cracker crust to a regular pastry crust, or tweak the spices by adding more ginger, a pinch of cardamom or a touch less cinnamon. Even when all of these alterations are put into place, a pumpkin pie is pretty much ... Read More »

Cranberry Apple Sauce

homemade cranberry apple sauce

 I recently found myself with an apple overload in my kitchen. This rarely happens to me since I tend to go through apples very quickly (eating them plain, in pies, in crumbles, etc.), so I decided to take advantage of the situation with a recipe that calls for quite a few apples: applesauce. Applesauce is one of those foods that is so easy to make, ... Read More »

Pecan Cake

Pecan pie is way, way down on my list of desserts that I like. In fact, I might even go so far as to say that I dislike them. They’re often too syrupy and too sweet, and rather than tasting sinfully indulgent like butter tarts, they leave me wanting something to wash them down with. When I ask people who love pecan pie what draws ... Read More »

Apple and Granola Scones

Apple and Granola Scones

Scones are a great breakfast or tea time snack food. They’re easy to make, delicious and can be subject to what seems like an almost infinite number of variations. Plain scones – served with jam and butter or clotted cream – are always a popular option, but I have a soft spot for a scone with something added into it. Currents, chocolate chips, fresh fruit or ... Read More »

Lemon Meringue Bars

Lemon Meringue Bars

Quick, name some lemon desserts. Were lemon bars and lemon meringue pie on your list? While lemon does well in many, many different desserts (not to mention in lots of savory dishes), lemon bars and lemon meringue pie must be two of the most common and the most popular. Everyone has their favorite, though the zesty lemon flavor comes out easily, loudly in both. Bars tend to ... Read More »

Buckwheat Pumpkin Butter Pancakes with Dried Cranberries

Pumpkin Butter Pancakes with maple syrup action!

I wanted to give you all a healthy recipe to start off Halloween, since I think we can all agree that it is a holiday that is (most likely) going to spiral down into an excess of sugar, chocolate and other treats by the time the night is over. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that we need the healthy ... Read More »

Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The other day I realized that it had been a long time since I had some freshly baked oatmeal cookies. And even longer since I had oatmeal raisin cookies. I couldn’t let it go on any longer, so I pulled out my mixing bowls and got to work. I was inspired by some of the spice blends that I made last week and decided to ... Read More »

Butter Tarts

A butter tart is a Canadian specialty that, unless you have friends or family living up North, you may never have experienced. I’ve certainly never seen them sold in any bakery around here. The pastries are made with a tart shell that is filled with a mixture of sugar and butter, held together with eggs. Often, the tart filling includes raisins or chopped nuts, but ... Read More »

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