Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream

This has been an exciting week for me! I am so happy to let you know that I am going to write a second cookbook!  It will be another book about pies, because you can’t have too much pie I suppose, but this book will be different than the last in that it will focus on gourmet ingredients and high-end flavors.  I have a pretty tight deadline for this one but I am confident I can get it all written in time.  To celebrate I decided...

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Chocolate Italian Wedding Cupcakes with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

These cupcakes were born of necessity. Originally this batch of cupcakes was intended to be a full fledged cake, but due to my rather appalling laziness the pans I had intended to use were dirty when the urge to bake struck.  When I say dirty I mean stuck on, needing a good soak, burnt on sugar dirty.  I was forced to formulate a plan ‘B’ as I was not in the mood to wait until the pans were clean.  Digging through my pans...

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White Chocolate Fudge Pie

You would think I would be over pies. It is true that after writing Everything Pie (due out in September and available for pre-order at the link to your right) I would never want to bake another pie again.  For a while that was true, but after a few pie-free months I noticed that I did not feel the same instant aversion to pie as I had.  In fact, last week I actually had a craving for pie.  Specifically one made with white chocolate...

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Steak Salad with Poached Egg and Creamy Chive Dressing

What?  She made a salad?  Oh yes, she sure did! Despite what some may think, I do enjoy a good salad.  That said, I am not a weeds and lemon juice kind of gal (no offense to those of you who are).  If you are going to feed me salad there are a few requirements that must be met (not that I am difficult to live with).  First, it has to be hearty.  Steak, chicken, eggs, or even beans are a must on a salad because I need protein to keep...

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Independence Day Round-Up!!

Happy Independence Day!! If you live in the States it is time for fireworks, parades, and celebrating the birth of our nation.  I am planning to spend a great deal of this long weekend in my kitchen because what celebration is complete with out some really good food? I am always looking for inspiration, and if you are too then I think I can help!  Below are my picks for this year’s 4th of July festivities. ‘Big Evil’...

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