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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Cranberry-Pecan Streusel Muffins

Rewind one year.  It’s a few days after Thanksgiving.  The turkey/stuffing/mashed potato/green been casserole/pumpkin pie feast of a few days ago is but a dream.  Leftovers have been gobbled up (no turkey pun intended.) A lone bag of fresh cranberries lingers in the fridge.  As usual the supermarket was offering “buy one, get one free”.  I only required one bag for Spiced Cranberry…

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Pineapple Pecan Muffins

Three years ago I was living back in the States (Boston) and working a 3-month internship at America’s Test Kitchen, home of Cook’s Illustrated magazines and cookbooks.  As part of “graduation” from the internship program, we did a “muffin project” (I promise there will be no more ” ” in this article….) which involved developing a unique muffin recipe and…

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