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Mango Yogurt Smoothie

Mango Yogurt Smoothie

There are some days – particularly warm spring and summer days – when nothing hits the spot like a good smoothie. They are cold and refreshing, but packed with good things like fruit and yogurt, so they usually deliver a positive nutritional punch, as well. I always have yogurt in my fridge and I’ll use it as a base for smoothies with any fruit that ... Read More »

Cranberry and Walnut Scones

Cranberry Walnut Scones with Coffee

My pantry is always stocked with dried fruits and nuts, and while I often reach for fresh fruits during the spring and summer, those dried fruits are a great standby so that I always have something on hand to bake with. These Cranberry and Walnut Scones are the result of a little pantry-raiding on my part, since I had a few bags and wanted to ... Read More »

Plum Hand Pies

Plum Hand Pies

Plums are a delicious fruit to bake with because their sweet flavor only intensifies in the oven. It is often used in fruit cobblers, but I like to put it in pie fillings as well. A plum pie has a lovely jammy quality to it, as well as a beautiful color. These Plum Hand Pies are single serving pies that are just one more way ... Read More »

Blueberry Swirl Bread

Blueberry Swirl Bread

I often add fresh blueberries to quick breads and muffins when the berries are in season and have a lot of flavor, but blueberries in the off-season can sometimes be disappointing and not deliver the rich, jammy flavor that you want to get from a perfect blueberry. This Blueberry Swirl Bread is an easy to make quick bread that packs in a lot of blueberry ... Read More »

Pain Perdu

Pain Perdu

Pain perdu is a great dish to make on a lazy weekend morning when you have a loaf of slightly stale, rustic bread leftover from the night before. Pain perdu is another way of saying French toast, but I tend to associate it with French toast made with a more rustic, French-style bread than French toast made from ordinary sandwich bread. The bread is soaked ... Read More »

Rustic Amaranth Chocolate Cake

Rustic Amaranth Chocolate Cake

You never know what you’ll see posted on Facebook or Twitter, but once in a while you find something that really inspires you. The other day I found a recipe that I knew I wanted to try immediately. Rick Bayless posted a recipe for Rustic Chocolate Cake that looked easy and sounded delicious, so I got together the ingredients to give it a try. The ... Read More »

Puff Pastry Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

Strudel is a type of pastry where a flaky dough is wrapped around a sweet or savory filling. A traditional strudel dough is made by carefully stretching a plain dough into paper-thin sheets and layering it together, which produces a very flaky crust. The process of pulling dough is a little too labor intensive for most people baking at home (myself included!), so other types ... Read More »

Little Lemon Pudding Cakes

Individual Lemon Pudding Cake

When I have a couple of lemons lying around my kitchen and want to make a quick dessert, I often opt for lemon pudding cake. Pudding cakes are cakes that create their own sauce while they bake. The sauce (a.k.a. the pudding) forms underneath a layer of fluffy cake while the dish is in the oven. Although the recipe calls for beating egg whites to ... Read More »

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