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Pear Custard Loaf Cake

Pear Custard Loaf Cake

When pears are in season, I eat a lot of them. I love their sweet, delicate flavor and enjoy them on their own, with good cheeses and baked into tasty desserts. I am particularly fond of comice pears, and since I happened to get a wonderfully big box of them from Harry & David over the holidays, I have been using a lot of them. ... Read More »

Dessert Wine and Raspberry Tiramisu

Dessert Wine Tiramisu

A traditional tiramisu is a “pick me up” because ladyfingers are soaked in an espresso mixture before being layered together with rich cream and more ladyfingers. This is not your traditional tiramisu, but it is still a great way to end a meal – especially if you’re celebrating particularly festive occasion. My Dessert Wine and Raspberry Tiramisu is made by dipping ladyfingers in a sweet ... Read More »

Peppermint White Chocolate Cupcakes

Peppermint White Chocolate Cupcakes

Peppermint usually finds its way into recipes that call for dark chocolate. The strong, bittersweet taste of cocoa is a good match for the bright, clean flavor of peppermint because the cocoa takes the sharp edge off of a strong peppermint. But that strong, minty flavor also pairs well with white chocolate because it can cut its sweetness and leave you with a perfectly balanced ... Read More »

Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies

Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies

Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies make a great addition to any cookie plate because they are lovely to look at. They’re also both easy to make and delicious to eat – both features I always want to have in a cookie recipe that I can make again and again. The dough for these is a shortbread like-dough, made with no extra leavening agents to prevent the ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

Meyer Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

When my kitchen is full of lemons, I always make up a fresh batch of lemon curd. I am particularly partial to Meyer lemon curd. Meyer lemons are less acidic than regular lemons, so they have a strong lemon flavor with a little less tartness. Lemon curd made with Meyer lemons tends to be smoother and much easier to eat by the spoonful than some ... Read More »

Spiced Cranberry Sangria

Spiced Cranberry Sangria

During the summer, I like to make sangria when I’m entertaining. It’s always delicious and refreshing, and it’s easy to make a batch that is big enough for a party. Many think of sangria as just a summertime drink, but this Spiced Cranberry Sangria is more of a holiday drink than a summertime one and it makes a fantastic punch for winter parties. It is ... Read More »

Gingerbread Cookie Garland

Gingerbread Cookie Garland

I never hung gingerbread cookies on my Christmas trees as a kid, but I always liked the idea of edible Christmas decorations. A Christmas tree that is covered with homemade gingerbread cookies seems both elegant and delicious – and I’ve taken that idea just one step further with my Gingerbread Cookie Garland. This garland is made by stringing crispy gingerbread cookies together. You can drape ... Read More »

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake, interior

I love chocolate and peppermint around the holidays, and juding by the number of Peppermint Mochas and Peppermint Bark that I see in coffee shops and stores, almost everyone likes to see this combination this time of year, as well. Instead of making another batch of peppermint bark to showcase these two flavors, I decided to make something a little bit more dramatic looking this ... Read More »

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