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Jul15

Graham Coconut Caramel Cake

I have not made a cake for fun in a while. The problem with having a whole cake sitting around the house is I will eat a whole cake. I know I will. I have seen me do it. So, generally I do not make cakes to keep around the house, but I was feeling domestic the other day, and I was also feeling rather nostalgic. When I was little I would spend a few weeks with my grandmother Lola. She spoiled me with impunity, and would make me all...

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Texas Peach Cheesecake
Sep04

Texas Peach Cheesecake

Summer is pretty much over. Let’s have one last peachy hurrah! I have made this cheesecake about 6 times this summer for various birthday’s, special occasions, and parties. It disappeared in record time! This is a dense, silky cheesecake with a very creamy center. If you love peaches,  you will be happy to know peaches are truly the star here, featured on the top and pureed into the filling. This is great after dinner, or...

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Apr14

Orange Honey Pound Cake

I’m celebrating spring with cake! Spring in Texas is part beauty and part terror. The beauty comes from the wildflowers that spring to life, seemingly overnight, along the roads and in fields. I drove down to Houston last weekend and was dazzled by fields filled to bursting with vivid Bluebonnets, Indian Paint Brushes, and Buttercups. Watching the colorful flowers wave gently in the breeze is almost hypnotic. If you have not...

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Dec10

Sweet Potato Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

Good heavens, the holidays are nearly here! Where did the year go? I feel like I just took down my Christmas decorations, and now they need to go back up. I’m really not ready for it this year. Rather than ‘ho ho ho’, I feel ‘ho ho ho-hum’. Some years I get filled with the holiday spirit weeks in advance of Thanksgiving. This year, I am feeling a little like the Grinch! The best cure for the holiday...

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Oct10

Pomegranate Chocolate Swirl Cupcakes

Sometimes nothing but a cupcake will do. There is something appealing about a pretty little cake that is just for you. With large cakes you feel almost obligated to share because they are big and meant for sharing. Let’s be honest, who wants to be the person who ate the whole cake? And what about AFTER you eat the whole cake? Anyone? But, a cupcake can be greedily devoured in its entirety with no guilt or remorse all by...

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Jun13

Chocolate Glazed Coconut Cake

Do you think the person you are today would make the 8 year old you happy? I have been contemplating this question, wondering if the child I was would be truly happy with the adultI have become. Would the little girl who dreamed of being an opera singer be content with writing recipes and shooting food porn? Could 8 year old Kelly understand the complexities of life, love, and change? I’d like to think she would be, upon deeper...

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