Nov16

Sweet Potato Pecan Coconut Cake

I love single layer cakes. They have a rustic appeal that I find immensely comforting.   Most single layer cakes are charmingly homemade in appearance, requiring no special skills to decorate them.  No torting layers, no stacking, no praying you avoid the  dreaded buttercream belly around the side of the cake.  If you decorate cakes you know about buttercream bellies.  No, a single layer cake is reassuringly easy to make, and during...

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Oct04

Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake (And a Giveaway!)

When life gives you left-over Salted Caramel Sauce, I say make pound cake! With fall teasing us in the Dallas area, the temperatures are fluctuating between 100 and 80, I find myself feeling very domestic.  The cooler weather puts me in the mood to putter around the house organizing books, clearing out closets, and whipping up cozy treats in the kitchen.  Usually during this time of year I would be baking fall fruit pies, as the...

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Apple Oktoberfest Cheese Soup

The calender says it is fall, and that is good enough for me. Here in the Dallas area, where we just had one of the hottest summers on record, the temperatures are still hovering around 90 most days.  Yes, it is still warm but I know fall is coming.  How do I know when it is so warm?  Well, our local Oktoberfest festival has started and that puts me in the mood for large mugs of beer, bad polka music, and warm bowls of soup.  In this...

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Nov08

Cinnamon Crepes with Spiced Pumpkin Mousse and Graham Crumble

When Casey from Tastestopping approached me about participating in the November Kitchen Play event, how could I say no? She asked me to deconstruct the classic pumpkin pie using Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin from Nestlé Kitchens*.  Canned pumpkin is a very versatile ingredient and is a pantry staple for me year round.  It can stand in for fat in chocolate cakes, makes a great filling for pasta, and can be transformed into all sorts...

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Oct20

Spiced Dark Chocolate Soufflé

I love things that look difficult but are in fact quite easy. Soufflé is one of those desserts that people assume is terribly difficult to make.  I think it goes back to cartoons and movies where someone is making a soufflé that comes out tall and perfect only to have it collapse in spectacular fashion.  When I was in culinary school I dreaded soufflé day, knowing that they were so terribly hard to make.  I quickly discovered the...

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