Category Archives: Dessert Recipes

Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

September is birthday month, and it starts with my friend’s birthday that unfortunately falls on 9-11. For the past 13 years, she can count on memorial services and newscasts that will remind us of a day that forever changed the … Continue reading

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Tortilla Crusted Tomato Bacon Cheddar Quiche

If you fear making pie crust, but love quiche, you’re in luck. These delightful tomato bacon mini quiches are made with flour tortillas. On a whim I lightly cooked raw tortillas from TortillaLand and placed each in a tart pan … Continue reading

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Best Blueberry Pie Recipe with Strawberries

You can make the best blueberry pie using the blueberry pie filling recipe, but make it extra special by adding in some sweet, fresh strawberries. There are many ways to make this pie. You can put a full crust on … Continue reading

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Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler with a Double Crust

Old Fashioned peach cobbler really means thinking way back in the day in the South when the pie dough was rolling on the table nearly daily in the summer to keep up with the abundance. Those must have been sweet … Continue reading

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Dessert Tacos Celebrate the New Bar Food

In August we are making our way to Asheville, North Carolina for the Asheville Wine and Food Festival. The three day event kicks off August 21 with ELIXIR a cocktail mix-off by over twenty of  the best bartenders in town. … Continue reading

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Lattice Crust Pie Made with Fresh Bing and Rainier Cherries

July is one of my favorite months of the year. Summer fruits make me sing songs and bake pies on a daily basis. Peaches, berries and cherries accompany long, sunny days where people are in good moods, only made sweeter … Continue reading

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American Pie with Blueberries, Raspberries, Stars and Stripes

I know that July 4th has passed, but I still had to share this pie. After all, you can still make it; there’s no need to wait for next year, and it’s a great reminder that cookie cutters are your … Continue reading

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Flourless Mexican Chocolate Cake with Meringue Topping

This flourless Mexican Chocolate Cake with a Meringue Topping was the winner of a recent dinner party that I didn’t really want to have because I didn’t want the event to happen. It was in honor of a friend and … Continue reading

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Blueberry Buttermilk Pie

This might be the last of the buttermilk recipes for a while, but don’t hold me to that. Blueberry buttermilk pie is like a pudding pie, not to be mistaken for chess pie, which is much too sweet for my … Continue reading

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Fresh Corn off the Cob Buttermilk Quiche

Fresh corn off the cob finds itself in the most fun places this past week, like in this in buttermilk salad dressing or this buttermilk fried chicken. Yes, I’m on a buttermilk kick, which is what happens when you buy … Continue reading

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Cake Donut Mini Muffins Made with Einkorn Flour and Sucanat

Cake donut mini muffins should come with a warning. They are addicting, and when placed in front of little boys, don’t be surprised if they eat ten each.   I made the donuts healthier with Einkorn flour and sucanat. These are … Continue reading

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Blueberry Pie Cobbler Using Frozen Blueberries

Are you a cake person or a pie person? I used to think I was a cake person, probably because I didn’t know how to make pie, the kind of pie that would taste so juicy and so good that … Continue reading

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Very Berry Tart Celebrates a Birthday

My 29th birthday was memorably depressing. I was soothing a boyfriend break-up, and my office “forgot” me. All day I waited for a cake that never came. Living in California with no family around left me at home by myself … Continue reading

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Black & White French Macarons: Guest Post at the Heritage Cook

Vanilla Macarons, filled with dark chocolate ganache and then dipped in bittersweet chocolate is one mouthful of deliciousness. The recipe, process pictures and all my macaron tips are over at a guest post I did at  the Heritage Cook, published … Continue reading

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Black Bottom Cupcakes from Pastry Chef, Alisa Huntsman

Black bottom cupcakes combine three favorite ingredients, chocolate cake, chocolate chips and sweet cream cheese. Pretty to look at, easy to make and moist and gooey to eat, they are a perfect dessert to bring to a party or picnic. … Continue reading

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Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake with lemon cream cheese frosting is a nice twist on a classic. There is citrus everywhere, orange inside, lemon outside. This is a special cake because it comes from my friend, Kristina. We met studying kung fu in … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Eggs with Dark Chocolate

I saw this recipe on Brown Eyed Baker,  and I was instantly reminded of the homemade peanut butter and coconut cream eggs of childhood.  They were always around at Easter, either sold at the Farmer’s Market or made by one … Continue reading

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How to Make Blanched Almond Flour

Almond flour is all the rage lately. It’s the flour used in macarons and many paleo recipes like these grain free chocolate chip cookies. Almond Flour  is not to be confused with almond meal, which is much granier and often … Continue reading

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Raspberry Coconut Pound Cake, Easy Baking from Scratch

I love coconut cake, all kinds of coconut cake, of which they are many to choose. I won a contest making these coconut cupcakes and my readers can’t get enough of this divine Southern old fashioned coconut cake. But both … Continue reading

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Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake Off Testing Two Recipes

I am a curious eater.  This is why I’m stepping out and giving you two recipes for grain free chocolate chip cookies, but let me tell you how this happened. It’s not that I’m 100% against grains. I’m not. But, … Continue reading

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Raspberry Buttermilk Pie Two Ways

Raspberry buttermilk pie two ways is good either way you decide. Sometimes I have a hard time choosing the simplest things in life. For years I didn’t really know how I liked my burger, or what my favorite ice cream … Continue reading

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Pecan Bourbon Cream Tart with Gluten Free Shortbread Tart Crust

When I think of the Holidays, I think about pecans. They have to be somewhere on my dessert table. This year I decided to make a pecan bourbon cream tart very similar to this almond tart, and I made it … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Dutch Sand Tarts, an Amish Christmas Cookie

Pennsylvania Dutch Sand tarts are a cookie I grew up eating and taking for granted. I thought everyone’s family made them and little did I know that it was a very regional cookie, introduced by the Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish and … Continue reading

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Holiday Cocktail Served as Dessert

In a pinch for a dessert at Christmas time. How about something sparkly, dramatic, super easy brainless in fact, but oh so easy. I don’t know about you but I need easy at the Holidays. In theory, I can plan … Continue reading

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Two Ways to Make Homemade Southern Sweet Potato Pie

I did not grow up eating sweet potato pie. Until today, I never even ate sweet potato pie, let along make one.   I thought sweet potato pie was one of those things only true Southern women like Aunt Bea … Continue reading

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Mini Root Beer Floats with an Adult Root Beer Float Option

The soda fountain theme continues with mini root beer floats that were just too cute for words. It was a birthday party and I wanted cute, because I knew a lot of kids would be there, but at the same … Continue reading

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Chocolate Sundae Cupcakes and a Soda Fountain Theme Brings Back Memories

Today is my birthday and these adorable Chocolate Sundae birthday cupcakes were part of the soda fountain theme for my recent party. We had the most amazing grilled cheese and mini root beer floats and  a special cocktail I can’t … Continue reading

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Goat Cheese, Honey, Tomato Tart

I did this recipe years ago but it was featured as a French Tomato tart instead of a goat cheese, honey tomato tart, the name it deserved all along. I wasn’t proud of how it came out or what my … Continue reading

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A Tiny Maple Cake or Maple Cupcakes with Maple Frosting, Candied Bacon

I read a thing on facebook that claimed that if a friendship lasts seven years, it will last a life time. I tend to think that’s true, because I have friendships that are very long, some since high school. Although … Continue reading

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How to Color Sugar, A Recipe Fail for Cupcakes

It’s time again to bake from another blog for the Secret Recipe Club and I stopped looking when I saw Margarita Cupcakes, which led me to learning how to color sugar. It’s just as easy as coloring coconut. The Secret … Continue reading

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How to Grill and Freeze Stone Fruit and Three Peach Recipes for One Dinner

Making a dinner highlighting one ingredient three different ways was the challenge this month from the Creative Cooking Group. I chose nectarines and peaches, which are pretty much interchangeable in any recipe. According to everything I could find on Google, … Continue reading

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Blackberry Cobbler in Mason Jars and a Little bit of Life’s Thorns

Blackberry cobbler can be made in a baking dish, a cast iron pan, or even in mason jars. The mason jars are perfect for picnics or school lunches, but I tend to bake in jars when I only want to … Continue reading

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Tomato Galette Celebrates Nashville Tomato Art Festival

Nothing says summer like fresh tomatoes and basil, especially when I pull them out of my own garden and bake a tomato galette, a free form, rustic tart. I chose a tomato tart today in celebration of  the Tomato Art … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Tart Crust and 7 Tips for Gluten Free Baking

Gluten Free Tart Crust is something new for me here. I don’t do trendy diets, or follow any diets that eliminate meat or dairy. I eat everything as long as it’s whole, real food. Of course, real is a vague … Continue reading

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Fresh Peach Cobbler and How to Peel Peaches

A few  years ago, I found the PERFECT peach cobbler on-line, that showed me how to peel peaches the easy way,  but Pinterest didn’t exist and I can’t find it anywhere.  Not finding it, I made this one up and … Continue reading

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Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

You see a theme here lately; it’s blueberries. It’s what happens every July when the Golden Bell Blueberry Farm opens up for picking behind my house. This morning it was blueberry buttermilk muffins with crumb topping. I adapted the recipe … Continue reading

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Blueberry Crumb Pie with Recipe for Pie Crumb Topping

Blueberry crumb pie might be my favorite way to make blueberry pie. It’s the sweet crunch against the tart berry and that little hint of cinnamon that reminds me of coffee cake that makes this so perfectly wonderful. A few … Continue reading

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Pavlova Cups with Basil Lime Cream, Fresh Berries

The Secret Recipe Club was quite helpful this July 4th as I served beautiful Meringue Cups  (which I call pavlova) with lime cream and freshly picked blueberries. Each month, I am the secret recipe club assigns the members another member’s … Continue reading

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Blueberry Thyme Galette

Happy July 4th. Today I made a gorgeous blueberry thyme galette with fresh thyme from my garden and blueberry honey. After a moment of thinking about what it means to be a free country, and feeling gratitude,  I usually get … Continue reading

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Whiskey Buttermilk Pie with Blackberry Compote

I make a lot of desserts.  Whiskey Buttermilk Pie with Mixed Berry Compote has to be special for me to pick this for a very special supper club dinner. It  sounds sophisticated, but it’s comfort food and will take you … Continue reading

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Strawberry Ice Cream with Balsamic

Summer is not summer without strawberries, and strawberry balsamic ice cream is a real treat. It’s time again for me to cook from someone else’s blog for the Secret Recipe Club and as always it’s exciting when I get the … Continue reading

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Goldilocks’s Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Made with Spelt Flour

I named these cookies Goldilocks’ Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies because after many tries these are just right. I wanted an oatmeal cookie made with whole grain spelt flour because it’s a lot healthier. The trick, however, is that spelt flour … Continue reading

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Chocolate Cake in a Jar or with Bourbon Ganache, Sea Salt or a Perfect One Layer Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake in a jar with chocolate ganache  with sprinkles and sea salt is the dessert that is kid friendly but really for grown ups.  It’s laced with a little bourbon and if you don’t want to bake it in … Continue reading

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Homemade Shortcake Biscuits for Strawberry Shortcake

This one is a real favorite because all my life I have loved the real strawberry shortcake. It’s Sunday Biscuit Day. It seems that at least once a week, I’ve been featuring a biscuit and I think Sunday is the … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Biscuit Sundae with Hot Fudge Sauce

Biscuit IS the new cupcake and I can prove it with this chocolate chip cookie dough biscuit. Or I could say, brownie hot fudge sundae, move over, there’s a new girl in town and she packs everything into a dessert … Continue reading

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Maple Buttermilk Scones with Lavender Sea Salt

Maple Buttermilk Scones with Lavender Sea Salt is an evolutionary, maybe revolutionary scone. The inspiration and most of the maple scone recipe came from a post on the  Lives and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch. You know it’s a funny blog … Continue reading

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Best Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes and Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Can I really say this is the best homemade chocolate fudge cake and best chocolate fudge frosting? Yes, I think I can stand by it. And, the good news is, this recipe make a lot of cake. If you want … Continue reading

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Apple Berry Pie

Apple berry pie is just another example of the how versatile the apple pie is. There seems to be hundreds of ways to incorporate apples into different types of pies. I encourage home baking because you can control the ingredients … Continue reading

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Swedish Apple Dessert in a Jar

Editor’s Note: The cutting board giveaway will be later in the week). This is an inspired Swedish Apple Dessert. It’s not quite a cake, not quite a pie, and for this reason, I decided to bake it in mason jars. … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Pie Made Two Ways, as an Entree and a Party Bite

We have a favorite “go to” easy recipe that we keep to ourselves. It’s not the kind of dish we typically share with others, thinking of it as too plain or simple. In the recipe category here it’s known as … Continue reading

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Pineapple Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut in a Jar or No Jar

My love for carrara marble led me to make these cupcakes, which, of course, has nothing to do with marble, but everything to do with my seeking out a solution to get that marble look. I used to live in … Continue reading

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Chocolate Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies with Sea Salt and Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is the adult Valentine’s treat.Chocolate Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies with Sea Salt is the perfect sweet treat for a non-dessert eater who prefers savory food. This bite of chocolate salty cookie is just enough to enjoy with a coffee … Continue reading

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Old Fasioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Pink Candy Corn and Peanuts

I’ve been asking for this sugar cookie recipe for years. It comes from my neighbor’s mother who visits here a few times a year with a car load of her legendary old fashioned sour cream sugar cookies, usually decorated with … Continue reading

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How to Make Pineapple Flowers for a Pineapple Breakfast Cake Made with Spelt Flour, Yogurt and Sucanat Sugar

This is one of those posts that I’m exploding all over to tell you about. Often baked goods that look good don’t taste good, ,  or just arent’ healthy. Often the “healthy” baked goods look anything but happy and often … Continue reading

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Dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies, My Take on the Crispy, Chewy Perfection of Thomas Keller

What if I told you that I took a Channel design and reworked it just a little bit to fit my shoulders and my smaller waist. Instead of a white belt, I added in a red belt, and suddenly people … Continue reading

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Christmas Ice Cream and Jeni’s in East Nashville

Mr. ST loves peppermint ice cream, now known in our house as the Christmas Ice Cream. It prances and dances with candy canes, peppermint schnapps and lots of cream. When Santa comes to our house, we leave a note telling … Continue reading

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Pear Almond Clafoutis

Are you a stress eater or a stress baker/cook?  I tend to be a stress baker. When something falls out from under me and it’s really bad, I tend to run into the kitchen to get some control back. Last … Continue reading

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Red Velvet Cake in a Jar

This is fun. This is witty. Food in a jar! I am one of the those jar nuts. I have at least 50 mason jars sitting in my pantry.  They hold nuts, grains, popcorn, juniper berries, raisins, beans, rice, brown … Continue reading

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Green Bean Mushroom Onion Tart in Sage Crust: A Five Star Makeover for Green Bean Casserole

I cook every month with a group of talented bloggers. We are challenged with a concept and asked to remake it into a Five Star Makeover. I was not happy this month with our mission to remake the green bean … Continue reading

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Easy Mini-Turkey Pies with Sage Pie Crust from Thanksgiving Leftovers

Yesterday I roasted my famous mummy wrapped turkey, and it was every bit as good as I expected it to be. I made turkey stock and silky homemade gravy and was happy to have leftovers. One year I got really … Continue reading

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Chocolate Whiskey Pecan Tart or Steeplechase Pie

The Loveless Cafe calls it Steeplechase Pie, named after a three-mile race held in Nashville a week after the Kentucky Derby. They made the pie their own by adding chocolate to the pecans and I’m making it my own by  … Continue reading

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Video for My Perfect Pie Crust also known as Pate Brisee

Since writing this post, I’ve made a video, which will help you make that perfect pie crust. It’s no secret. I’ve made and published my pie crust many times here. I’ve made peach pie, blackberry pie crust cobbler, raspberry, pie, … Continue reading

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Last year I made my bats with sugar cookie dough and while they are amazing, it dawned on me that bats should be made with chocolate. I found this perfect recipe at Baked by Rachel. It’s very easy to assemble … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart (No Egg Recipe)

I wouldn’t dare post a pumpkin pie recipe unless it had a twist and was worth knowing about. After all, the recipe on the can is quite good if you’re looking for regular pumpkin pie. This is not that recipe. … Continue reading

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Apple Dutch Baby, A Pennsylvania Dutch Pancake

Up until recently, I was unfamiliar with this type of pancake or breakfast. I  would eye it on other blogs, but not pay a lot of attention to it. It looked complicated and not something I had time for. How … Continue reading

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Apple & Grape Tart, for a Beautiful Holiday Pie Table

I made an apple and grape tart because our Five Star Foodie Challenge ingredient was apple this month. The thing, of course, not to do was to bake an apple pie, unless there could be a way to reinvent the … Continue reading

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Old Fashioned Coconut Cake with Buttercream Frosting

A birthday dinner of southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes, home style southern green beans, with sparkling Rosé should be followed up with a good old fashioned coconut layer cake. It’s the mother of elegant comfort food desserts, as it’s rich … Continue reading

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes and the Romantic Properties of Vanilla

Someone asked me yesterday if there was any food I didn’t eat. “Not too many, I’ll eat almost anything.” I replied. I did turn down chicken hearts a few weeks ago, but what most gets to me are food combinations. … Continue reading

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Tennessee T Cakes for a British Tea Party

The 5 Star Foodie Makeover took us to Greece last month in honor of the Olympics and to England this month, still in honor of the Olympics. Cheers to London; they did an outstanding job and triple cheers to our … Continue reading

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Espresso Frosting for Dark Chocolate Cake

Sometimes things go unexpectedly right. This delicious frosting came quite by accident, as I had every intention of showing off my newly developed strawberry frosting that stands to attention and works in a piping bag (If you know anything about … Continue reading

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Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Plums and Rosemary

A few months ago the Hunger Games premiered, and the food in the movie was almost as talked about as the characters. If you’re a foodie or a food blogger,  the series is worth reading just for the food aspect. … Continue reading

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Banana Chocolate Chunk Nutella Muffins

Two’s company, three’s a crowd. Not a problem when the crowd is three over-ripe bananas pushing their way to fame with chopped dark Belgium chocolate, and Nutella. This combination is all the rage and for good reason. This was a … Continue reading

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Blackberry Cupcakes

I’ll just say it.  Blackberries are my favorite berry and this cupcake has gone to the top of the list of our favorite.  When the last cupcake was fought over, I wanted to make a new batch right away and … Continue reading

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Homemade Blueberry Pie Filling for Ice Cream, Cake, and Mini-Pies

Martha Stewart keeps pound cake in the freezer just in case company drops in, although I can’t imagine who would just drop in on Martha. However, the idea of a pound cake and some of this blueberry sauce/filling waiting in … Continue reading

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Blueberry Hand Pie with Spelt Pie Crust

We wait all year for this month of summer. Our blueberry season has started early. I drove an hour to pick strawberries, but I only had to drive  two minutes yesterday to pick these. We live next to a blueberry … Continue reading

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Italian Lemon Olive Oil Cake and a Happy 13th Wedding Anniversary

When life gives you lemons, make Italian lemon olive oil cake. If you want to get fancy, make this cake and build a trifle. Yesterday was our 13th wedding anniversary. Every year, we look at each other and know we … Continue reading

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Chocolate Sour Cream Mini Bundt Cakes

Are you familiar with that commercial that says “life comes at you fast?” I was admiring the tux we rented for my husband to wear to a black tie event celebrating a designer show home which was  featuring my faux … Continue reading

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Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie

A friend of mine baked a pie for Easter, and texted me, “I made a pie and it didn’t turn out.” I was imaging all sorts of baking disasters, but what I didn’t realize is that she made a lemon … Continue reading

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Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting Helps Win Second Place at Cupcake Palooza

Books and Cupcakes. Two happy words in a child’s life. This past Saturday, a few of us Nashville Food Bloggers decided to pool our talents and bake several hundred cupcakes for Cupcake Palooza, a fund raiser for Books from Birth … Continue reading

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How to Color Coconut for the Prettiest Coconut Cupcakes

I just finished making 180 mini cupcakes for Cupcake Palooza. My blog is not a baking blog or a cupcake blog, but I do my share of baking from scratch, and I thought it would be fun to join the … Continue reading

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Soft Sugar Cookies and What Happened in Vegas Didn’t Stay in Vegas

I just went downstairs to get tea and found pink tulips, cards, candy and a dinner reservation and my cappuccino that he makes me every morning. I’m happy he is that kind of guy. We are not one of those … Continue reading

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Vanilla Buttermilk Pie with Pears and Backing Up Your Blog

Buttermilk pie is a brand new dessert for me. I had no idea that such a thing even existed, but the folks here in the South know how to use buttermilk. They fry chicken in it. They make pancakes and  … Continue reading

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Scarlett O’Hara Raspberry Pie

If Scarlett were to bake a pie, which would have been a cold day in Atlanta’s July, she would have made Raspberry Pie. It’s stands out from the crowd. It’s decadent, when pie is often seen as more common. It’s … Continue reading

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Two Perfect Recipes for the Best Cream Cheese Frosting

There is a magical taste and texture to cream cheese frosting. I like it so much more than plain vanilla butter cream because it’s not so sweet. It also captures flavors exquisitely. Add in some nutmeg and coconut for the … Continue reading

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Red Velvet Cake Says Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday

If you want to say Merry Christmas from Nashville, you do it with red velvet cake. If you want to acknowledge the birthday that is Christmas, you do it with Red Velvet Cake. And, if you want to throw in … Continue reading

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Butter Up Santa with Caramelized Butter Tarts

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land, cookies were coming off  hot baking pans. Milk and cookies on plates to gain Santa’s favor, by treating his belly with sweet treats to savor. But this house surprised him … Continue reading

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My Favorite Christmas Desserts that have become Tradition

Christmas is the time to make memories and every family captures the moment differently. I was deeply touched today to read something a friend posted on facebook. This is part of what she wrote. Reminded why I do love Christmas. … Continue reading

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Salty Chocolate Ganache Tart with Raspberries, Hazelnut Whipped Cream

I brought out the little black dress last Sunday night. And, it all started with a text I received  last Sunday around noon from a friend I hadn’t seen in about a year. SS: Are you around tonight. I want … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail Remembers

Often times, a cocktail will illicit a memory. Manhattans take me back to my hopeful college days, where I worked as a waitress, catering to a sophisticated retro crowd that also ordered stingers and gimlets.  Martinis take me back  to … Continue reading

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Hand Held Apple Pies, Laced with Raspberry Jam

This is inspirational baking.  Hand held apple pies, that are take alongs, so good, they will inspire sing alongs. There is a great myth amongst savory cooks that baking is not creative. I used to say this myself. “Baking is … Continue reading

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Butter Pecan Oatmeal Spelt Granola Bars

This past week we traveled to the Smoky Mountains. We stayed at Blue Mountain Mist Bed and Breakfast in Sevierville, a place of charm and scenery. This picture is the view from the breakfast room, and what a way to … Continue reading

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Autumn Apple Pie Baked in Cast Iron

The cool of Autumn in Nashville is just a tease.  During October and November we will alternate between  wearing shorts and flannel jammies many times. Last Monday, it was a shorts and  ice cream day. On  Tuesday, the temperature suddenly, … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Glaze and the Cheekwood Scarecrows

Pumpkins muffins are all over the blogosphere and I nearly debated whether I should even post. Then I thought muffins baked in clay flower pots  were just too cute not to chronicle.   And, I wanted some excuse to show you … Continue reading

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Chocolate Ganache Cake

I love a good, rich, melt in your mouth, dark chocolate cake, especially on my birthday. This post is the transition between my birthday, September 30, and the start of Halloween Season, October 1. And, a sudden surprise $50 Amazon … Continue reading

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Banana Nut Bread

It’s always a thrill and an honor when someone shares a special family recipe, especially when it won second place at the Tennessee State Fair. This banana bread recipe comes from my friend Lisa’s husband, Ronnie. He handed me a … Continue reading

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Dried Pear Galette and A Word About Fear

Most people are terrified of public speaking. I remember my first year of college I was warned not to take Thaddeus Sampson for speech class. Of course, I did get him and because I liked his eloquence, his style and … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Cooking: Blackberry Pie Crust Cobbler Served with Sass and Sugar

 What does a family do when a country grandmother, known as meemaw is no longer up at the East Tennessee farm cooking legendary pies and desserts on her wood burning stove? You pine and whine and dream about fried pie, … Continue reading

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No Sugar added Melon Sorbet with Lime Basil and Fresh Black Pepper

Today I read a facebook post that said something to this effect. “What would it be like if you woke up only to things today that you remembered to be thankful for yesterday?” I want to always be thankful for … Continue reading

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Blackberry Tart with Lime Basil

There a million ways to make a fruit tart and I hope to experiment with them all. This is not just any tasteless tart you can find at the grocery store. It’s full of surprises such as lime basil and … Continue reading

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Chocolate Pots de Créme and Not Guilty Dinner Conversation

Do I Dare? I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to squeeze in a little more trial discussion without veering too far from what this blog is supposed to be about. And, then it hit me. … Continue reading

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Plum Tart and Closing Arguments

I might be a little early for plum tarts but I couldn’t resist. I have never had a plum tart and July 4th always means some sort of pie or tart. Side Bar Now, how honest can I be with … Continue reading

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Finally, Strawberry Cupcakes using only Fresh Strawberries

Some years ago, a friend, named Vickie would come to our home with a strawberry cake that might as well have been a crown for the stomach, something so coveted, we couldn’t wait to rush through dinner. Even, I, who … Continue reading

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Blackberry Sorbet Served with Spicy Chocolate Cookies

In order to be a consistent week in and week out blogger, it takes tremendous effort. And, it’s all done in the dark so to speak, in faith that someone out there somewhere will visit and be touched. Most of … Continue reading

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Blackberry Spiced Pears and My Friend Peter

This is beautiful world of food blogging. Like a snowflake or a finger print, everyone has their own unique way to talk to the world through food. I want to tell you about my friend Peter. Peter is Australian of … Continue reading

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Glazed Blackberry Watermelon with Lavender Sea Salt on the Grill Makes a PIcnic More than Gourmet

Do you have friends that you connect with on and off and somehow, even when you haven’t seen them for a while, (maybe a year or ten), you can just pick right back up?. And, then you wonder why you … Continue reading

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Well Fancy This: Chocolate Ribbon Cupcakes and How to Melt Chocolate

The night before a visit to Mrs. Roberts, my mother in law, I found myself in a dilemma. I had not prepared a confection. It has become a tradition for me to bring a cake, a pie or a tart … Continue reading

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Lemon Curd: Cupcakes, Parfaits or Tarts

Would you rather have lemon cake or lemon pie? Well lemon pie, of course, says Mr. Spinach Tiger. But, wouldn’t you rather bite into a cupcake and get that lemon curd surprise? No, I like lemon pie. But, what if … Continue reading

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Coconut Almond Tart

I am such a temptress. I plead with Mr. Spinach TIger not to eat sugar and to watch his weight. He is not a fat guy, but he has a goal to break a certain weight, and he’s even been … Continue reading

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Pavlova and What to do with Left Over Egg Whites

My caption almost throws pavlova under the bus. I mean it looks like I’m saying “hey if you egg whites left over from a more superior dessert, make pavlova.” But, what I’m really saying is pavlova is a very easy … Continue reading

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The Chocolate Chip Cookie and The Cookie Monster on Top Chef

Watching Top Chef’s recent quick fire, I had to shake my head in wonder.  The cookie monster showed up and challenged the all star contestant chefs to make a cookie. And, then there was panic. How can some of the … Continue reading

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The Search for the Best Flourless Chocolate Cake Stops Here with Gateau Victoire from the Zuni Cafe´

I don’t suffer the let down of post Christmas festivities because on January 2, I immediately start day dreaming about Valentine’s Day. I’ll spend weeks planning a menu and a special dessert. And, I don’t stop at my husband. I … Continue reading

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Salty Ginger Bread Cookie Ice Cream

Christmas for most means cookies, but for me, it always means ice cream. I am smitten with holiday-flavored ice cream. Last year, I made my twentieth ice cream bombe and my first prize winning peppermint ice cream, but I think … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Men Dressed with Chocolate and Ginger Salt

While the darling gingerbread man has amassed centuries of history, starting with kitchens in England over 500 years ago, my kitchen has no history of this cute little guy (or gal). But, I got a crazy idea to make a … Continue reading

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Turkey Pie Reinvented

I really should have posted this last week. Your turkey is all gone by now. But, you know you’re going to do it all over again in a few weeks. So this is for then, with a few hints on … Continue reading

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Bats for Ghost Cookies and Baking with Toddlers

Happy Halloween! This a funny statement. We wish happiness for a day that is supposed to scare us. But, after all these years of being a bit skittish about Halloween, I am now embracing it. Maybe because there are little … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Pear Torta

It’s my favorite time of year. Autumn. Fall. Not Summer anymore. Holiday Season. Whatever you wish to call it, it’s time for comfort, and my most favorite fruits, apples and pears. This recipe will work well with either and will … Continue reading

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Chocolate Hazelnut Bread Pudding Cupcakes with Crispy Prosciutto

Chocolate and hazelnut naturally go together. But, adding in crispy prosciutto takes it up several notches. Seriously, you have the chocolate, the crunchy, the nutty, and the salty all baked together and topped with hazelnut cream. What could be better? … Continue reading

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Coconut Cake with Lemon Curd Filling, Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

What is your favorite cake? You know the cake you chose or will choose for your wedding. The cake you go back to again and again. For me, it’s coconut cake. I have made these stunning coconut cupcakes over and  … Continue reading

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Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Orange Basil Cream Cheese Frosting

Watching Cupcake Wars on the Food Network Channel is like rubbernecking an accident. I shouldn’t watch, but I can’t help myself. As I follow the progression, I get nervous and I get a headache. I like to cook and bake … Continue reading

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Watermelon Sorbet and Watermelon Vodka Cocktail

It’s almost 100 degrees and company is coming. Dessert will not come from an oven. But, I know watermelon is welcome and I’m sharing two recipes with you. You cannot fail with watermelon in the hot summer. It’s the fruit … Continue reading

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French Raspberry Tart Recipe and What Makes a Tart Crust Different from a Pie Crust

My love of food keeps me humble. It seems that every week I learn something new that is typically taught the first week of culinary school.For example tart crust is different than pie crust. And, if you want me to … Continue reading

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Stars and Stripes Peach Pie

This is a Martha July 4th. I was standing in the grocery store line and I got swept by her magazine. One Look at her berry pies adorned in stars and stripes and the “decorator” in me was smitten. I … Continue reading

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Blackberry Basil Panzanella

How many ways could I start this post? On the way to blackberry pie, I… On the way to blackberry pie, I got lazy, and decided to spend five minutes instead of 60 in the kitchen and go to the … Continue reading

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Creamy, Dreamy Strawberry Ice cream and Walker Shortbread

Some time last year I ate at the Float Away Cafe in Atlanta. I ordered the signature strawberry souffle for dessert, but that’s not what I remember. I remember the dreamy, creamy strawberry ice cream. I have thought about it … Continue reading

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Wedding Memoirs, Moments of Truth, and Coconut Cupcakes

I didn’t time it this way, but today is my 11th wedding anniversary, as well as my 200th post. Happy Anniversary, Mr. Spinach TIger. We will be celebrating coincidentally at a friend’s birthday party at Arrington Vineyards. We loved our … Continue reading

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Love Cake

Laura Bush was recently asked on a Sunday morning news channel to dispel the myth that she was a woman who stayed home to bake cookies. The “baking cookies” question wasn’t literal, but was a question that could have went … Continue reading

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How Would You Top Your Pop?

The same week I was throwing a birthday party for my husband, I saw these cute pops at Kim Vallee at Home. I never miss Kim’s blog, because she drums up style and highlights the best of other blogs. These … Continue reading

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Retro Rose turns 75: Lemon Yogurt Cake Fit for a Queen

When I told Retro Rose that I was having a birthday party for my husband, and it wasn’t really her birthday party, she simply said, “okay, I’ll take a plain cake.” But, I’m not making you a cake. Your birthday … Continue reading

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Salty Caramel Frosting for the Man Who Married Me

Have you ever had a dream where you need to be somewhere important, but you just can’t get there? Perhaps you have to take a final exam, but in the dream you find yourself at the mall shopping and then … Continue reading

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German Chocolate Cake with Caramel Irish Cream

This is probably as Irish as I get, but I didn’t want to forget St. Patrick’s Day, and I think a cake flavored with Bailey’s Caramel Irish Cream counts. I may not be anywhere close to Irish, but St. Patrick … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Red Velvet Cake Cups and Heart Pops

It’s a busy week with Valentines, Mardi Gras, Olympics and Chinese New Year. . I wish I could take the time to cook food and celebrate all of these things at once, but alas, for me, for us, it’s mostly … Continue reading

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Salty, Nutty Double Chocolaty Chocolate Cookies AKA Pecan Mudslides

This is quite possibly the best chocolate cookie you will ever eat. There is very little flour in it in proportion to chocolate, so it’s gooey good, yet the finely chopped pecans give it the necessary texture to help you … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Ciambella and Double Berry Shortcake

Ciambella is an Italian coffee cake that is usually lemony and a cross between a pound cake and a shortcake, as in strawberry shortcake. Easy to make, delicious for breakfast with coffee, and I even like it in a bowl … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Savory Leek and Carrot Tart and Will the Real Parmigiano-Regianno Please Stand Up?

Tortine alle Carote e Porri. One look at this beautiful savory tart of pureed carrot and sauteed leeks over pastry, and I was captivated by the magazine picture. For many months I thought my Cooking Italy group should be treated … Continue reading

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Blue Corn Bread with Pine Nuts

I have made cornbread six times in the last two weeks and I thought I was going to say “this is my last corn bread for a while” But, I know it’s not. I made two cornbread pans with an … Continue reading

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White Bean Chili, Buttermilk Cornbread Keeps Up the Pace

Pace Picante Sauce sent me two jars of picante sauce. I agreed to try both jars, and give my honest opinion and create a worthy recipe. One reason that I agreed to this is that I never had used Pace … Continue reading

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Chez Panisse Almond Tart Celebrates Spinach Tiger One Year Blogiversary

Happy Birthday/Anniversary Spinach Tiger. She is a year old, just a toddler, still finding her voice, and all the peripheral skills a food blogger requires (blogging technology, photography, social networking, etc.) that have nothing to do with food. It really … Continue reading

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A Merry Christmas with Peppermint Ice Cream

Merry Christmas to everyone. If I could, I would do for you what I did for my husband. Make one of this favorite child hood memories…peppermint ice cream. He talks about it all the time and says that there is … Continue reading

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The Best Christmas Chocolate Fudge and Homemade Marshmallow

I keep my promises and I hope you do too. If you plan to make this fudge, raise your right hand and promise me that you will only make it at Christmas time, and if you teach someone else how … Continue reading

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Brown Butter Raisin Oatmeal Travel Cookies

This is not a Christmas cookie. These are an “anytime” cookie, but especially suited for travel, whether by car, plane or train, and that is why I’m giving you these for Christmas. I made these in the summer, and I’ve … Continue reading

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White Christmas Ice Cream Bombe with Dark Chocolate Sauce

The holidays require us to pull out all the stops. The days are short and dark, and they need us to find ways to not only celebrate our spiritual beliefs, commit time to friends and family, but to brighten our … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy – Tegliate di Biete: Rainbow Chard Torte and Red to Remember Continues

Yesterday was quite an emotional day, as I watched food bloggers support World AIDS Day, by cooking for Red to Remember. There is still time to join in if you wish to and next Tuesday, I’ll post a round-up of … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Sorbet with Dark Rum: Red to Remember World AIDS Day

This is my official Red to Remember recipe, for World AIDS Day, and remembering those who have lost their life to this virus. I had this idea to pay honor and tribute to two people I’ve dedicated my blog to … Continue reading

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Ribbon Angels: Lora Remembers those who died from AIDS

This is not my photo, nor my cookies. Today, I opened my email and I saw this picture of homemade ribbon angels from a gal named Lora who is an American now living in Germany. She publishes a blog called … Continue reading

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Savory Pear, Fennel and Chicken Tarte Tatin

This is my entry Battle Fennel and the Royal Foodie Joust hosted by the Left-Over Queen. Inspired Taste won last month creating Guiness Burgers with Butternut Squash Fries making them eligible to pick the ingredients for this month. Delightfully, they … Continue reading

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Tangerine Sorbet and Roasted Chestnuts say It’s Thanksgiving

When I saw tangerine sorbet in Marcella Hazan’s cookbook, I knew it would have to make the cooking Italy schedule for November. And it is even more delicious than I expected, especially because I used dark rum and need I … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday – I made you an Olive Oil Cake

I’m pretty sure the person this is intended for is going to read my whole post, so he will have to read to the end to see if this is for him. I over-baked this and He’ll understand what two … Continue reading

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Apple Galette Kissed By Rosemary

Call me old fashioned, but isn’t there something about apple pie that screams “here, I care about you or welcome to the neighborhood.” I often think that when a new neighbor moves in, it would be so wonderful if I … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Muffins and the Pumpkin Shortage

I thought I kept in touch with food news, because I do follow at least 500 other food bloggers on twitter, and more than that follow me back. We tend to share things that are going to affect our traditions … Continue reading

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Peach Clafoutis, a Different Kind of Peaches and Cream, and a Word about Natasha

I love to brag about other food bloggers. It’s hard to explain the absolute necessity of food bloggers to another food blogger. Shakespeare could write his plays completely stand alone. However, it’s impossible to put out 3-5 posts a week … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Italian Chocolate Mousse for a Happy Birthday

This is Italian chocolate mousse. I was curious as to what made it Italian chocolate mousse as opposed to french chocolate mousse or any other mousse and here is what I discovered. There is no difference. Marcella adds two tablespoons … Continue reading

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Whisk Wednesday: Profiteroles, Plum Brandy Ice Cream, Hot Fudge

I remember my first profiteroles with ice cream and chocolate sauce sitting at an Italian restaurant in New York City, a place I frequented although I lived in California. I was impressed, and I continue to be impressed with this … Continue reading

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Cherry Chocolate Macaroon Mini Tarts and a Little Bit of Sugar for Fellow Bloggers

These delicious chewy, cherry chocolate macaroons are you for you my readers, as Spinach TIger celebrates post 100. And, for my fellow bloggers, a little bit of sugar. Love and generosity of spirit go hand in hand with food. This … Continue reading

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Purple Food: Plum Brandy Ice Cream

The very idea of plum ice cream makes me think of child-like optimism, dreaminess, and all things lovely, sweet and good. Plum ice cream belongs in the land where nothing bad happens, people are sweet and super friendly, and everyone … Continue reading

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Whisk Wednesday: Bavarois â la Framboise

Bavarois â la Framboise or Bavarian Cream with Raspberry Coulis. A few weeks ago, I introduced zabaglione, an Italian dessert made with egg yolks, sugar and wine and a few months ago, sabayon, a french dessert that is the same … Continue reading

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip cookies are probably the world’s (at least America’s) favorite cookie. Everything about a chocolate chip cookie is satisfying, but there is usually this creeping guilt that follows, because it’s hard to eat just one or two or three, … Continue reading

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Cold Zabaglione with Red Wine with Raspberries

In my most recent post I proclaimed the worthiness and virtue of egg yolks. The egg yolk is truly the gift to us from chickens. I run to get to the farmer’s market early enough to get the fresh eggs … Continue reading

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

We love chocolate zucchini cake. Zucchini is abundant at my local farmer’s market. Green, yellow, zephyr, big, tiny. It’s everywhere, and that’s perfectly okay with me because in and amidst all of my savory recipes, one of the local vendors … Continue reading

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Tuesdays with Dorie: Happy Anniversary Perfect Party Cake

This is a pretty cake. And, in Dorie’s Book, Baking From My Home to Yours it is even prettier. We ate this cake on, May 28th, our tenth anniversary. We had plans to go to Atlanta for the weekend, but … Continue reading

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Clafoutis aux Cerises – Classic Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafouti from Le Cordon Bleu at Home. It can’t get any more french than this. Okay, we know it’s french, but what IS clafouti? It’s not really a pancake. It’s not a pudding. It’s not a flan. But, it … Continue reading

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Crepes Suzette, A Romantic Recipe

Whisk Wednesday schedule calls for rabbit today, but I opted out because I couldn’t find it, didn’t want to find it, and couldn’t bring myself to make stew on the muggiest day of the year. Now that my pathetic excuses … Continue reading

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Rum Savarin with Kiwi and Blueberries

Until last week, I never heard of a savarin. It is ring-shaped yeast cake, doused with a sugar syrup (usually rum, but could be wine or even champagne), served with Chantilly cream, placed inside the ring. Savarin is sometimes called … Continue reading

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Mango Lime Rosemary Frozen Custard

This is my favorite mango recipe of the week. When I say favorite, I mean my “eat it all by myself” before anyone else gets to taste it. I love mango iced cold with clean, bright flavors. Mango and lime … Continue reading

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Fruit Gratin with Chartreuse

There is drama to this dish. This is my third attempt and with all the lessons I’ve learned along the way trying so hard to make what probably was a ten-minute with their eyes closed at cooking school dessert, I … Continue reading

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Mango Quick Bread with Raw Agave Nectar

It’s mango week! A fruit I rarely cook has invaded my kitchen and it’s exciting because I’m going to present a mango dish every day for five days. I did a little research on mango. We all know that fruit … Continue reading

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Naked Lemon Tart: Tuesdays with Dorie

What is a naked tart you ask? A naked tart is missing its tart shell, and in this case also missing an optional whipped cream topping. As created by Dorie Greenspan, this tart is supposed to have a tender almond … Continue reading

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Tuesdays with Dorie: Tiramisu Cake

That is not a cup of coffee you see, it’s tiramisu cake. Tiramisu is my husband’s favorite dessert. When I told him I was making a tiramisu cake as part of Tuesday’s with Dorie, he was perplexed. Why? Tiramisu needs … Continue reading

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Chocolate Cream Tart: Tuesdays with Dorie

This tart reminded me of cookies and cream brought down from heaven. Or, an Oreo Cookie all grown up. It begins with a chocolate shortbread crust, which I was reluctant to make, fearing this would be just too much chocolate. … Continue reading

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Chocolate Amaretti Torte

Dorie describes this as 15-Minute Magic. I made this just a little harder than I needed to. The recipe calls for pre-purchased Amoretti cookies, suggesting the one produced by D. Lazzaroni & Co. that come in beautiful red tins. They … Continue reading

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Coconut Cupcakes made Two Ways

Post Edit: I’ve come back here to tell you, these cupcakes won second place at the Nashville Cupcake Palooza. For years I’ve told people these are award winning and it turned out to be true. For the contest, I adopted … Continue reading

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Banana Cream Pie or Banana Cream Tart

It’s so much fun to make something for the first time. I warn you. This is not really a Spinach Tiger kind of pie. It’s very rich, and quite a splurge and much more a Retro Rose dessert. Retro Rose … Continue reading

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Tuesdays with Dorie: Coconut Butter Thins

These aren’t the prettiest looking cookies, but paired beautifully with coconut gelato make a lovely, spring dessert and they taste good. It may be the buttery, nutty crunch, the bright flavors of coconut and lime or that dash of coriander … Continue reading

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Tuesdays with Dorie, Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake

Tuesdays with Dorie has over 200 members who make the same recipe and post each Tuesday. Joining this group is exciting because it is currently closed and only opened up to new members for just for one day last week, … Continue reading

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Beef and Bean Pie, in Honor of National Pi Day

Today is national PI day, not to be confused with national PIE day. But what the heck? So let’s talk math and update a 1950’s meat pie by adding a ton of nutritionally dense beans and using ultra grain flour. … Continue reading

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Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with Almond Oat Crust

I am forever searching for ways to serve an elegant dessert that is not too heavy, not too sugary, and does have healthful, sensible goodness. A tart shell made mostly with oats and nuts, and a strawberry rhubarb fruit filling … Continue reading

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Strawberry Pecan Short Cake with Vanilla Bean Yogurt

I love Valentine’s Day-inspired food. I love the heart-shaped sugar cookies with pink frosting that my neighbors receive in the mail from family, and heart shaped cakes, and dark chocolates. I was looking through all the beautiful choices of baked … Continue reading

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White Chocolate Brioche with a Dark Chocolate Drizzle

These are just as delicious as they look, and how could they not be when they have white chocolate inside and dark chocolate outside? What a lovely idea for a breakfast bread served in bed on Valentine’s Day. After all, … Continue reading

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Pecan Tassies – My Favorite Christmas Cookie

Merry Christmas and welcome to my food blog. This has been a year in the making (for many reasons) and it’s my present to myself and to you It’s hard to pick the right day to begin or “the” dish … Continue reading

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