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Best Ever Citrus Cake

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My dog-eared copy of Patricia Well‘s Bistro Cooking is broken in the spine at the page for her near perfect Gateau au Citron. I’ve made this cake so many times I shouldn’t have to look at the recipe, but it’s there, like a nice security blanket, reassuring me with all the adaptations I’ve made through […]

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Jam Filled Shortbread

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Every once in a while I come across a recipe that simply amazes me. This recipe for Hungarian Shortbread is so delicious and simple, yet impressive. There are several recipes on the internet for this type of cookie, but I think this one is the best. You will need a 10-inch round spring form pan […]

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Grand Marnier Balsamic Berries

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Summer = fresh berries. YAY! It is finally strawberry season here in Maine which means it is time to pick, pick, pick and jam, jam, jam. It would be silly not to eat as many berries out of hand as possible during the fleeting  season. Strawberry Shortcake is the perennial favorite so this dessert might […]

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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

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Mother’s Day is tomorrow. Are you ready? This cake can be made ahead with much success and is way better than burnt toast on mom’s special day, especially if it is served with good coffee. This streusel coffee cake is often referred to as Honey Bun Cake because of the extra layer of icing spooned over […]

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Sunday Brunch Monkey Bread

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I was 30 years old when I first saw and tasted Monkey Bread. My reaction was where have you been all my life and my instinct was to abscond with the recipe. Monkey Bread is a sticky cake that you pull apart with your fingers. it is best eaten warm. There are countless variations but […]

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Perfect Pine Nut Cookies

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Most people associate pine nuts with Italian pesto. But there are many cuisines that use them in desserts. My favorite is the Italian pine nut cookie, sometimes called pignoli cookies. Admittedly I love almost any cookie that has nuts in it but the key for me is that they not be totally hard. That is […]

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Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

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Some recipes have humble beginnings and this is certainly one of them. Here’s the back story: Lollie and her friends are masters of make your own sundae bars. One of the best combinations of the many I have witnessed was crumbled Oreo cookies and Nutella mixed into vanilla ice cream. Seriously, Ben and Jerry’s has […]

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Peanut Butter Bars

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With school starting accross the country over the next few weeks, there is a proliferation of peanut butter bars on Pinterest. Most of these recipe start with a box of cake mix. I have no idea why cake mix is viewed as easier as it surely can’t possibly be any easier than this recipe. In […]

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Ethiopian Truffles – A Maida Heatter Classic

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I love this cookie recipe from Maida Heatter‘s Book of Great Desserts, 1965. It’s one of my favorites for the simple reason that they have nothing to do with Ethiopia or with truffles. I no longer have a copy of this book but a quick Google search sent me right to the recipe! Incredible. So if […]

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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Originally posted on Martha Stewart this recipe for the giant chocolate chip cookie is now a weekly item in our house. Why? IT”S A GIANT COOKIE! Need we say more? In all seriousness, this cookie is really good and it’s fun. Get a carton of your favorite ice cream and enjoy it a few minutes […]

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