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Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding – Serious YUM!


Flavorista Eliza brought Paula Deen's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding to our Mother's Day potluck dinner. She and I have been contemplating this specific banana pudding for quite some time; why oh why did we wait so long? All six born and bred yankee adults in attendance agreed that this dessert was crazy good. Banana […]

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Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies


The idea for these brownies came from Martha Stewart's Cookies Cookbook. I did not care for the texture of the brownie in that recipe as it was far too cake like, so like flavoristas tend to do, I came up with my own version. Then I stumbled upon the BEST brownie mix ever – Ghiardelli's […]

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Apple Sauce Cake with Caramel Glaze


In a quandry of what to make for dessert one night  I was inspired by a recipe on food52 by Merrill Stubbs. While recipes for this homey cake abound, many are filled with nuts, dried fruit and a myriad of different spices, I think this recipe takes the proverbial cake. Just to be clear, it […]

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Mango Cantaloupe Cooler


Cue the music…Baby, it’s cold outside. The calender is approaching April 1st but my my kiddos are still walking to school with hats and mittens (well not my middle schooler, she has braved the winter elements in her hoodie, assuring me that she was not cold as her teeth chattered). It was 25°F this morning. […]

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Meatless Monday: Banana Almond Vegan “Ice Cream”


During my vegan detox, one thing that I missed was ice cream. I come from a long line of ice cream lovers and knew that I would have to come up with a plan to fill the ice cream void. Canned coconut milk is a luxurious ingredient, it adds an unmistakable richness to Thai and […]

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Baked Oatmeal with Almonds and Dried Cherries


The inspiration for this recipe came from the wonderful blog The Nourished Kitchen. I changed the recipe considerably and the end result is a delicious oatmeal-like cake. Make it once and have a slice every morning for a few days or serve it to a crowd at brunch. With some warm maple syrup and a […]

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Valentine’s Delight – Rich Ebony Cake with Garnet Sauce


A local non-profit, The Organic Food Fight started by the very enterprising Alexandra Hanifin and Sarah Orens hosted a local baking contest to benefit their favorite non-profits, The School Food Project and Allergy Kids. My dense chocolate sweet bread (made gluten-free) took third place. While I prefer the version with flour and no nuts, this […]

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Experiments in Chinese Baking – Almond Cookies


These delightful almond cookies are just the best. They are so much tastier than the ones you buy at the store. I like these all year round. This almond cookie recipe came from a teacher at my children’s preschool a few years back. Unfortunately, I lost the original recipe so I had to go from […]

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Cranberry Pear Upside Down Cake


Food52 is a wonderful blog, it’s the brain child of Amanda Hesser and Merrill Staub. They hold a weekly contest for recipes in unusual categories. I have yet to “win” but I keep trying in vain. I did get an official review on one recipe (finally) for my favorite curried apples (so perhaps I’ll get […]

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Chef John Platt’s Tart Cherry Compote


With Christmas upon us, we will be signing off for a few days for celebrating, cooking and eating. We would like to wish you happy holidays full of merriment and treats. Thank you for following Flavorista and for sharing our posts, we appreciate the time you spend with us. Photo by Patti Sundik Chef John […]

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