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Jul21

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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Jan20

Jalapeno Cheddar Pigs in Blankets

Ok, sometimes you need things … I am serious when I say need. A few days ago I was discussing pigs in blankets with some friends on the Twitter.  It became apparent to me that, despite our love of the finer things, a good old-fashioned pig in a blanket could reduce us to children.  Happy, and often naughty, children.  (Linda, I’m looking at you!)  When a desire strikes, who am I to say no? My little piggies, all natural...

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Sep23

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Is there anything better than a well made pound cake? Pound cakes are highly satisfying and wonderfully versatile.  I’ve served pound cake for dessert with whipped cream, I’ve served them with fresh berries for breakfast to great acclaim, and nothing beats pound cake for an after work/school snack.   Pound cake can also be the base for other desserts, like my favorite holiday treat, trifle!  So, with fall supposedly on its...

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Dec04

Double Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

I love to tweak recipes. Sometimes they are big tweaks, other times it is a small change with a HUGE impact. This is one of those recipes. In The Joy of Cooking there is a recipe for perfectly lovely Peanut Butter Cookies. They are traditional, with the crosshatch design on the top, in a way that screams, ‘homemade’. They are soft, peanut buttery, and really very good. In our house Christmas is not Christmas without a...

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Nov13

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Looking for a fun pumpkin dessert to take to a Thanksgiving pot-luck, neighborhood party, or office shindig that isn’t a pie? Then look no further!  These fun little cupcakes combine the tradition of pumpkin, the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert squash, with the fun of cupcakes – and, really, who doesn’t love a cupcake?  They are the perfect size after a large meal, they are very portable, and they keep on the...

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