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Basic Banana Bread and a Banana Bread Fluffernutter

Sometimes banana bread isn’t satisfying enough on its own. I never ate fluffernutters when I was growing up, but that didn’t stop me from realising that marshmallow and peanut butter would be a great combination with the banana bread I baked this morning. It doesn’t hurt that marshmallows are one of my absolute favorite things, either. The key to the sandwich is to use marshmallow ... Read More »

Japanese Chicken Scallion Rice Bowl

I really hate touching raw chicken. I don’t mind cooking it and I certainly don’t mind eating it, but I would much rather handle just about any other kind of meat. Forgive me, but it just looks icky. Nevertheless, I had to touch it to cook tonight’s dinner. I used a recipe from this month’s EatingWell magazine for the Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl. Luckily for ... Read More »

Cottage Cheese Cheesecake

Cottage Cheese Cheesecake slice

  Cheesecake can be made in so many different ways, and yet it seems that most recipes gravitate towards ultra-rich, dense, heavy versions of the dessert. I was flipping through a cookbook – the gigantic and exceptionally well illustrated Ultimate Healthy Eating Cookbook, which I acquired some time ago at a used bookshop – when I was struck by the gorgeous photo of this dessert. ... Read More »

Mocha Rounds

Mocha Rounds

If my father sees me baking a batch of cookies, he’ll usually ask how long he has to wait before I’ll let him eat one. Then, he’ll ask if he can take some in to work. Usually the answers are “when they’re cool enough to touch” and “No, I’m sending them to someone/giving them to someone/eating them myself”. He just has bad timing when he ... Read More »

Sunday Brunch: Plain Waffles

Despite the fact that this may not be the prettiest waffle, I rather like the way it turned out to be almost circular. I will, however, practice filling my waffle iron. Last time I posted about making waffles for breakfast, I based my recipe on one from America’s Test Kitchen, where I was assured by the testers that a thicker waffle batter produced waffles far ... Read More »

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are good. Very good, as a matter of fact. Though I had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches almost every single day that I took a bag lunch to school (K-12), I did not often have peanut butter cookies. Thinking about the reasons why this may have been, it occurs to me that perhaps the fact that we had peanut butter in the ... Read More »

Spicy Blackberry BBQ Sauce and Died and Went to Heaven Chocolate Cake

It all started with a sauce. A gorgeous, burgundy colored sauce that does not photograph nearly as well as I would like it to. I found it in this month’s Bon Appetit magazine. It was a spicy blackberry barbeque sauce. The question was what should I serve it on? Steak. Again, the picture didn’t come out as well as I had hoped. I guess I ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Butter Cookies

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What better way to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you than by baking them a big batch of heart shaped cookies? Ok, there are some things that could be considered better – money, cars, twice as many cookies – but you must admit that fresh cookies are high up on the list. And this is one gorgeous batch of cookies, if ... Read More »

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