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Sep07

Orange Chocolate Stout Cake

I love beer. I know, not exactly shocking if you know me.  So many of my recipes are born of the odd craving, and this one is no different.  One afternoon, during a particularly stressful day at the office, I found myself craving a nice, stout beer.  I was also thinking how nice a slice of chocolate cake would be, because nothing takes the edge off a bad day like cake.  Of course, this led me to think about stout cakes.  I love them,...

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Aug24

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

I’m something of a brownie junkie. That said, I am very specific about what I want in a good brownie, and I’m sad to admit I am not satisfied with most coffee shop or bakery brownies.  Give me deep, dark, intense, and fudgy brownies and I am a happy woman.  These needs do not change when the brownies in question are topped with a creamy cheesecake layer.  In fact, I find I get even more picky when cheesecake is added.  I...

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Aug16

Chocolate Dipped Lime Cardamom Cookies

When it is hot out I find lime to be most refreshing. Even in cookie form, lime flavored treats seem to taste the best when the temperature outside starts to soar.  We are in the middle of a heat wave in the Dallas area, so I am all about refreshing at the moment.  Since I was making cookies with lime I decided to add a little cardamom to the cookies.  The floral citrus flavor of cardamom punches up both the flavor and the aroma of...

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Jul19

Strawberry Nutella Crumb Bars

“Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.” — Amos Bronson Alcott I do not often discuss the struggles I go through testing and re-testing recipes because I am not sure how interesting my development process is to you all.  Some recipes come together with one try, but those are sadly few and far between.  Others, like this recipe, make me want to tear out my hair, weep, cry, and...

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Jun29

Golden Syrup Oatmeal Chip Cookies

It has been a little while since I made a batch of cookies, and it has also been a while since I used my beloved Golden Syrup.  Quel nightmare! So, when the inevitable cookie craving struck the other day I went directly to the pantry to see what was available.  I had already decided on Golden Syrup, and I had some fresh oatmeal, so that was going in.  I also had part of a bag of chocolate chips.  Things were looking pretty good for...

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