Summer Peach Cake: #IsabelsBirthdayBash

Summer Peach Cake

Do you like surprises? I find that people usually have a position on this, and I admit I fall in the 'don't like' side of the surprise issue. I don't remember any horrible experience, and don't think of myself as controlling (my husband will disagree here - so maybe I should say unusually controlling), but there you have it. I'm not keen on surprises. I like knowing what I'm getting for Christmas - although one little surprise here and there is ok. I like to have all my hotels arranged for ...

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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. My group and another one gets December off. The other two groups get January off. Yes, we can take occasional months off for vacation and life in general, but this Club looks for bloggers who post regularly on their ...

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Eggnog Dutch Baby Pancakes with Cranberries | #SundaySupper

Breakfast or Brunch: Eggnog Dutch Baby Pancakes with Cranberry Sauce and Maple Syrup

For your holiday breakfast or brunch meals - Dutch baby pancakes made with eggnog and nutmeg, and topped with cranberry sauce mixed with maple syrup. The best laid plans. The original plan was Eggnog Dutch Babies With Spiced Pears. I researched flavors that blended well with eggnog. I read other pancake recipes using eggnog. I even got pears a few days ahead of needing them so they'd be softened. (Well, actually closer to a week before I needed them, and they were at that "Shit! I'd ...

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Wine-Poached Spiced Pear Strudel with Chocolate

Wine-poached spiced pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries.

Secret Recipe Club: Wine-poached and spiced pear strudel with pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries. This might be my new(est) favorite dessert. Yes, I know I always say that. But I really mean it. It's perfect when you want something fairly quick that looks like you went to a LOT of trouble. And I'm thinking it's pretty healthy, as far as desserts go. The star of the show is the spiced pears, with a strong supporting cast from the chocolate shavings ...

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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 me an infinite array of possibilities I don't normally have. It's all fun, but my favorite leftover to work with is cranberry sauce. It can go into bars, turnovers, scones, farro dishes, or become a sauce for pork. Last ...

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Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers

Jalapeños filled with cornbread appetizer

#Secret Recipe Club: Jalapeño cornbread poppers! Jalapeño halves are filled with cornbread for a perfect party appetizer. (Includes instructions for baking at high altitude.) Sometimes you see a recipe and instantly recognize genius simplicity. The genius perfection of peanut butter and jelly filling for a chocolate layer cake. Or whipping up cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract and piping it into hulled strawberries with a sprinkle of graham crackers for a lazy cheesecake dessert. ...

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Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

peanut butter cookies, old fashioned

#Secret Recipe Club: Slightly chewy, old-fashioned peanut butter cookies, with chocolate chips. This is my first month to post with the Secret Recipe Club, and I'm really excited. But there was a little bump in the road on my way to this post. I came home one evening a couple of weeks ago, checked email and Facebook before heading to bed (please tell me I'm not the only person here who does that), and noticed a ...

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Broccoli-Cranberry Bean Salad

broccoli salad, how to cook cranberry beans

Healthy broccoli and cranberry salad + dried cherries, red onion and grapes with a lemon-garlic-yogurt dressing + high-altitude tips. A shiny new farmer's market just opened up here in Incline Village (on Lake Tahoe). It's small - with maybe 15 tents, very personal (one elderly farmer glanced dismissively at the plastic bag of baby kale I handed to him to be weighed, snorted that it wasn’t enough to weigh, and charged me $1.oo), and offers live music while you browse tables laden with ...

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My Best Blueberry Coffee Cake

lightened blueberry coffeecake

High Altitude Baking: Fabulous lightened version of my best blueberry coffee cake, made fluffy with egg whites. I had a ton of blueberries this week, and ate them every morning with some cantaloupe sprinkled with lime juice and mint. Sometimes with a mound of yogurt, sometime not. Very healthy. Very virtuous. Very delicious. But then I started thinking about blueberry coffee cake.  By Wednesday, fluffy, streusel-crusted coffee cakes filled with blueberries were all I could think about. ...

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Rustic Zucchini Bread with Brown Rice

zucchini bread, brown rice, breakfast, dessert, high-altitude baking

High Altitude Baking: Rustic zucchini bread baked with brown rice. Includes baking instructions for both sea level and high altitude. We’ve seen two bears, had our potted plants attacked by deranged birds, watched fish swimming in a nearby stream, and laughed at chipmunks and squirrels in high-speed chases up and down trees. It’s been a wonderful rustic summer in the mountains. And nothing says rustic like zucchini bread. I took a recipe I saw on Food52 by Dabblings, and adjusted it for ...

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Cherry Cobbler + Coconut Biscuit: #SundaySupper

cherry brandy cobbler with coconut biscuit, easy entertaining, summer dessert

Cherry cobbler with hint of brandy with coconut-cardamom biscuit topping. Hot summer days call for lazy desserts. As I write this, the air is heavy, with hints of the thunderstorms that sweep through in the late afternoons. The breeze picks up, and I can feel it moving along my inner arm, swirling around the crook of my elbow. The bliss of a lazy Saturday in late July. I sink into my cushioned patio chair and think about cobbler. It’s the perfect summer dessert: easy to make, and ...

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