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A Tart to Remember

Friends in the right places Recently my friend Ken Gordon (of Gordon’s DTX fame) handed me a half-full bottle of Rattlesnake Rosie’s Apple Pie Corn Whiskey and asked me to “make something with it.” Thinking hard, I remembered that I had once made a Port Wine Caramel Millionaire’s Shortbread for pairing at a North Shore Whiskey Club scotch tasting, so… [ Read More ]

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Quick Bread, Long Tradition

Ah, traditions… Traditions lend comfortable predictability to life, like a snuggly blanket on a chilly day. Here in the US we just celebrated Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the whole year. I love that my nuclear family gathers, if only for a few days (with one daughter living in the South, these moments are rare).… [ Read More ]

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Heading South for Pie

Food Regionality Back when I was in culinary school, one of the first lab classes I took was American Regional Cuisine (ahh…memories). Each week we made a meal based on the area of the country we were studying, and it was an interesting class for me because I was unfamiliar with many of the dishes. When… [ Read More ]

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A Fall Classic

It’s a tradition It’s the prime time for Fall…the leaves here in New England are beautiful, and this California-girl-turned-Bostonian will not miss a chance to enjoy the colors to the fullest. In fact, it’s become sort of a tradition for my husband and I to head to northern New Hampshire to go “leaf peeping” (along… [ Read More ]

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How to delight a fan, Pt. 3

It’s all about the base  This week I’m wrapping up how I made the TARDIS cake for my new son-in-law. In Part 1 I told you about the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting my younger daughter & I used for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake layers, and Part 2 was the recipe for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake… [ Read More ]

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How to delight a fan, Pt. 2

A cookie as cake Show of hands…how many of you like Chocolate Chip Cookies? Sixty-three…Sixty-four…ok, lots of you. Now what if that cookie was turned into a cake, soft and chewy, with that enticing brown sugar flavor, and layered with a thick dark chocolate buttercream frosting…drooling yet? I certainly am. In my last baking post… [ Read More ]

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How to delight a fan, Pt. 1

Make it a surprise   In my last baking post (two weeks ago…my how time flies!), I talked about the DIY Wedding Cake my younger daughter and I made for my older daughter’s wedding, and I mentioned the TARDIS cake we made for the groom. We all wanted to surprise him (both daughters and I), and boy did it… [ Read More ]

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DIY Wedding Cake

** NEWS FLASH!! ** We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post to bring you the news that my beautiful older daughter and her loving (and tall) fiancé were married this past Sunday, on what was my husband’s and my 34th wedding anniversary! It was a wonderful day, filled with family and friends from far and near,… [ Read More ]

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Have Lemons (& Limes & Mint)? Make…

Do you remember when I told you about the High Tea tradition I have with my daughters? No? Well, I’ve been taking them to tea on their birthdays since they were each 5 years old…it’s our way of celebrating them on their special day. On our very first tea date, my older daughter was served a lemon… [ Read More ]

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Tiramisu truffles…a finger food treat

What do you do when you want to serve tiramisu as finger food? Normally, this Italian dessert is made with coffee-dipped ladyfingers layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, then topped with cocoa powder…it’s not really something you can eat without a spoon. Why did I want to mess with a classic,… [ Read More ]