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Full confession: I had never made Linzer cookies until now.  So, without doing any research, I assumed they were just two crispy sugar cookies stuck together with jam.  And because I never do anything the way it should be done, I just made up a recipe for an almond flour version. It turns out, sometimes...

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My favorite thing about the Super Bowl is the grazing.  I just eat snacks all day long.  I generally don’t really care what’s happening in the game, but I am always thrilled by the prospect of eating continuously for hours.  And I know it’s not a day for counting calories, but I do hate all...

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Cracker Candy (also known as Christmas Crack) is one of those things I didn’t discover until adulthood.  Then, of course, I’m like “where has this been all my life?”  There are three things about Cracker Candy that make it perfect: 1) it’s cheap and easy to make, 2) you can top it with any kind...

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Well, this is not your Grandmother’s Thanksgiving pie.  It’s a new-school, untraditional Vegan Pumpkin Pie!  But, when you serve it, no one will know the difference.  I can (almost) guarantee it. I have such great memories of Thanksgivings gone by.  Our family always gathered and it was my Mom who did all the cooking.  It...

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I think one of the most difficult dessert concepts to master is the pie.  It is a humble thing.  Pie.  It seems so simple and yet, it’s just not.  My theory is that pie is held to high standards.  My Grandmother made pie like it was her business, so any pie I attempt just never...

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I almost feel guilty offering up this Apple Butter recipe.  It’s so ridiculously easy.  It has two ingredients.  And (in my not-so-humble opinion), it tastes just as good as the butters that take weeks to harvest, cook, mash and season. I suggest using apples that have multi-colored skins, like the Gala or McIntosh varieties.  Granny...

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I turned 39 on Monday and though turning 40 doesn’t frighten me or give me pause, I decided – in this last year of the decade – I am going to make it a remarkable year.  It’s not to say they aren’t all special or important because they are.  Every time we get a little...

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What comes to mind when you think of the quintessential summer dessert? Before moving to the South, I would have said “S’mores!” The very thought of a gooey, chocolate-y s’more conjures memories of summer campfires.  I used to spend several weeks of every summer at a lakeside camp outside of Yosemite.  During the day, we...

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My favorite thing about these bars is the reaction I got from my one-year-old neighbor when he tried one.  Ben is the fourth child and you can just see he wants to be big enough to hang with his older brother and sisters.  So, when I was serving dessert after dinner, Ben wanted his own...

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Remember when your Mom would make chocolate chip cookies and you wanted to eat the dough soooo badly but she said no because of the raw eggs?  Then my fellow children of the 80s united and made cookie dough a thing!  Now there is cookie dough ice cream, cookie dough cheesecake, even just-eat-it-with-a-spoon-out-of-the-container cookie dough. ...

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Lemon Bread was my Mom’s signature recipe.  She would make 20 loaves of Lemon Bread at Christmastime to give to friends, neighbors, colleagues, the letter carrier….anyone who had brought her joy (or the mail) during the year.   She would keep a loaf (or two) for us.  We would eat it on Christmas morning while opening...