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Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other BlogsI didn’t have much of a theme in mind for this week’s Bites from other Blogs, as I found that I was watching election coverage all last evening, as I’m sure many of you readers were. I was struck by the fact that I started my blog 12 years ago this month and that I have been blogging through a total of four presidential elections. Now, I don’t blog about politics and I’m not going to start now, but I am going to dedicate this week’s roundup to recipes that I’ve run on or near (sometimes the day before/after) previous Presidential elections. Forgive the bad photography of the earliest post. I’ll have to redo that one sometime before the next election.

  • 2004: Apple Pie Biscotti with White Chocolate Ginger GlazeThese seasonal biscotti are spicy and crisp enough to stand up to repeated dunks in a mug of hot coffee or tea. The glaze dresses them up a bit, making them a good choice for a cookie plate after dinner when you are entertaining, though they’re easy enough to make just so you can have them around for snacking.
  • 2008: Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie This creamy pie remains a favorite recipe when I am preparing sweet potato pie. The natural sweetness of the cooked potatoes contrasts well with the tang of the buttermilk, which also helps the pie feel surprisingly light. Make the filling in a food processor and it’ll come together in minutes.
  • 2012: Maple Pumpkin PieIf you love maple syrup, this pie is sure to be a hit in your home. While the filling does call for a little bit of sugar, the primary sweetener here is pure maple syrup and the results are outstanding.
  • 2016: Pumpkin Butter-Swirled Cupcakes with Pumpkin ButtercreamPumpkin butter is a jam-like condiment that has a silky smooth texture and a tremendous amount of fall flavor to it. I usually use it to top toast and biscuits, but here I’ve swirled it into fluffy cupcake batter to give them a burst of pumpkin pie flavor. I even added some to the frosting to tie everything together. Very fall and very delicious.

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