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Nut-Free Anise Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

Anise Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

Bringing a new life into your family is cause for celebration. It changes your life, expands your world, and deepens the relationship with your spouse in ways you didn’t expect. For me and my husband, it’s been a new puppy. Rika is 6 months old now and she’s […]

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Chocolate and Pretzel Bark with Sea Salt

chocolate bark with pretzels and sea salt

It started with a deceptively innocent outing. A close friend, Ina, and I decided to go for a hike in the Headlands, and stopped at a local grocery store for the sustenance we were certain we’d need, what with all the exercise we were planning on the […]

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Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

Soft ginger molasses cookies with little chunks of sugared ginger.

Secret Recipe Club: Soft ginger-molasses cookies with little chunks of sugared ginger for an extra kick. Every year on Secret Recipe Club, we get a get-out-of-jail card. Which is to say, we get either December or January off without penalty, depending on the group we’re in. […]

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Rugelach – Your New Go-To Holiday Cookie

Tips on making pumpkin rugelach holiday cookies with raspberry jam, coconut, chocolate, currants, and orange zest. Includes recipe for quickie raspberry jam with chocolate liqueur.

The best rugelach filled with raspberry jam, chocolate, and orange zest. Tips for fool-proof rugelach and quick raspberry jam are included! People, rugelach needs to be in your entertaining tool pack. They can sleep away, quietly tucked into the freezer, ready at a moments notice. […]

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Spiced Cranberry Buckle | #SundaySupper

clove spiced buckle with cranberry sauce.

  This week’s theme at #SundaySupper is Thanksgiving Leftovers, hosted by Jennie at The Messy Baker. As we approach this food-centric holiday, this week’s theme is the perfect guide for you through the long weekend that follows your annual feast. I love leftovers. They give […]

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Cranberry Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

Secret Recipe Club: Cranberry pumpkin bread loaded with dried cranberries and chocolate chips. The older I get (and by the way, I’m still young) the more I gravitate towards easier recipes that are full of flavor. When I first graduated from culinary school, the more […]

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Curried Apple Chips: #SundaySupper

Dried apple rings dusted with curry powder.

Dried apple rings dusted with curry powder. Perfect healthy snack for autumn! I’m on the hunt for sugarless snacks that are healthy. They need to be something I realistically want to eat more than once, and they need to be super-super-easy. I’m so busy these […]

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Blueberry-Lemon Bars (with Coconut)

Blueberry lemon bars with coconut oil and lemon curd.

Secret Recipe Club: soft bite-sized cake bars topped with a smear of lemon curd, then packed with blueberries and peaches, and finished with a crumb topping. Clearly I was in a fruit bar mood when I chose this recipe. No not the kind that serves […]

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Apple Pie Bars: #SundaySupper

Apple Pie Bars with apples, pears, and raisins.

Apple Pie Bars with apples, pears, and raisins … plus tips for making fruit bars. I’ve tried to make fruit bars a few times, but have never been terribly excited about the results. Well, except that first time, when I made fig bars all dressed up […]

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Jamming with Sunchowder’s Emporia

sunchowder emporia gift box

There’s an age-old rhythm to making jams and pickles that plants us in the seasons, the land, and our heritage. It’s the rhythm that grows out of rituals practiced by countless generations pouring potions of pickling spices, vinegar, and sugar over freshly picked cucumbers nestled […]

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Spicy Red Pepper Jam: #SundaySupper

red pepper jam

Red peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and onions all come together in this spicy jam. Transforming summer vegetables into jam is great fun, and this is one I make every year. It’s actually almost equal parts sweet red peppers and tomatoes, so technically I suppose it’s a […]

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Fresh Dried Oregano From My Garden

how to dry oregano and other herbs

How to dry your own oregano (and other herbs). I know. This isn’t really a recipe, except that it’s making such a difference to my food lately, I can’t NOT post about it. I planted just 3 oregano plants about a year ago and the […]

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