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Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes, full-size

“Maybe we could sleep in; I’ll make you banana pancakes; Pretend like it’s the weekend now. We could pretend it all the time.” –Jack Johnson, Banana Pancakes It never hurts to have a little inspiration for a recipe and the Jack Johnson song “Banana Pancakes” is what prompted me to make a batch of pancakes for myself. It’s a cute song and, if you listen ... Read More »

Amaretto Shortbread Cookies

Amaretto Shortbread Cookies

Yesterday, I kicked off a two-part series on the potential first ladies’ favorite cookie recipes with Cindy McCain’s Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies. The recipes are part of a Good Housekeeping tradition that asks readers to vote for their favorite cookie recipe every election year. With McCain’s cookies out of the way, it’s time to take a look at Michelle Obama’s recipe: Amaretto Shortbread Cookies. These shortbread ... Read More »

Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies

Every election year, Good Housekeeping magazine runs a little article featuring favorite cookie recipes of the two potential first ladies. Readers are usually encouraged to try them and put a vote up for their favorite, like a little cookie election. I think it’s a cute idea and, while some of the commenters on the recipes on the GH website get a little fanatical about their ... Read More »

Thai-Inspired Peanut Noodle Salad

Thai-Inspired Peanut Noodle Salad

Pasta salad is a staple food in the summer. This type of dish is easy to make, can always be made ahead and there are an almost infinite number of variations out there for it. It’s great to take to a barbecue or picnic, but because they keep for a couple of days are served cold, they’re also something that you can keep in the ... Read More »

Summer Peach Cobbler

Summer Peach Cobbler

As a kid, I wasn’t a big fan of peaches. I didn’t care for the fuzzy skin or the way that I always managed to end up with either a tart and underripe peach or a mealy overripe one. Then, quite by accident, I came across white peaches and my opinion of the peach changed entirely. White peaches (or summerwhite peaches) have lighter colored flesh ... Read More »

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes, up close and personal

I love baking for parties. Primarily this is because I like getting feedback from big groups of people, friends and family on any baked goods that I make because I often like to try out new recipes on these occasions. It’s also fun to bake large quantities of food, or to decorate extra-large cakes from time to time. The only challenge – aside from deciding ... Read More »

Homemade Garlic Croutons

During the summer, I tend to eat a lot more salads than I do during other times of the year. Veggies are fresher and tastier (and, if I’m lucky, some are even home-grown) and it’s usually hot enough that I don’t feel like cooking hot foods – let alone like eating them. Cold salads are refreshing, as well as tasty, and they’re just ideal for ... Read More »

Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies

I like carrot cake enough to wonder why there aren’t more carrot cake-like concoctions around. The cake is known for being moist and spicy – attributes that are prized in many baked goods, after all. In playing around with the idea, I decided to try carrot cake in combination with an oatmeal cookie and was really happy with the result. The cookies are your standard ... Read More »

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