Lemon Polenta Cake (gluten-free)

This lovely cake represents my first successful foray into gluten-free baking.  My daughter and I attempted a birthday cake for a friend earlier this year which yielded dubious results.  Now I realize the error, and on the opposite side of the coin, what it takes for successful gluten-free baking (and this theory also applies to successful vegetarian and vegan cooking):…

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Strawberries in Lemon Syrup with Fresh Mint

Desserts….oh, how I love them!  Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, layer cakes with buttercream frosting, chocolate walnut brownies – I could go on. But I also love very simple, no-bake desserts, especially as summer comes around. These strawberries fit that bill.  It is likely the simplest dessert you’ll ever make.  It’s not so much a recipe, as a simple preparation…

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Friday!  I’m taking the day off and my 10-year-old daughter, Molly, is guest blogging today.  Enjoy! I am Katie’s daughter Molly and I picked to guest blog on my moms website because i love baking sweets and i make the best chocolate chip cookies in my family :).  This recipe is very easy and i have made it with…

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Chocolate-Caramel Matzo Brittle

This week is Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights.  Candles on the menorah are lit nightly, presents are exchanged and lots of goodies are consumed.  This is one of my favorite Chanukah sweets, brought to you by my lovely daughter and guest blogger, Libby Walter. Chanukah is under way so it’s time to load up on matzo crackers! Matzo brittle…

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Chocolate-Espresso Snowballs

Christmas countdown is under way.  Advent calendars are being ticked off (and chocolates eaten) daily; the Elf on the Shelf (Elfie McJingles, in our house) is keeping an eye on the girls sometimes from a new place each morning, sometimes not – I tried explaining to the girls that he broke his leg in a horrible accident and therefore must remain in one…

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Beat-the-Clock Banana Bread

Don’t schlep to the store next time you crave a baked good or something sweet; or are in need of an after-school snack for the kids or a breakfast treat.  Rather make Beat-the-Clock Banana Bread.  It literally takes 10 minutes to assemble (plus baking time – but who counts that?) and only requires one bowl and no electric mixer. Easy-peasy. I’ve…

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Apple Cider Doughnut Muffins

September always brings back fond memories of Sunday drives to the apple orchard.  Growing up in Michigan we had one just down the road and a handful of others within a short drive.  Didn’t realize how spoiled I was until living in Chicago and driving over an hour (in expressway traffic, not through beautiful countryside) to visit an apple orchard….and it shut down the year…

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Quick and Easy Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberries in July: get ’em when they’re sweet, plentiful and cheap.  Though I’d love to be picking them in the fields on a warm, sunny day, alas I’m not that lucky (downside of living in London and not having a car).  Nevertheless, I’ve been buying them en mass and eating them every which way – plain, on my cereal, in smoothies,…

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Watermelon Slushie

Freezing watermelon may be my favorite food discovery of the year!  I don’t know how many times I’ve bought a whole watermelon and unless we’re entertaining a crowd, after 3 days of sliced watermelon with dinner we have all hit the wall.  Then I still have at big chunk of watermelon taking up valuable fridge space and after a few days…

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

With the majority of my posts I attempt to tie the recipe in with a holiday, significant event, the seasons, a poignant moment, etc..  I try to tell a nice little story while weaving in the recipe. No real story here.  Just scrumptious cupcakes.  And maybe that is the story.   I’ve been making these plain vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting for years and they are…

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