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Blackberry Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowls

Blackberry Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowls

This blackberry strawberry banana smoothie bowl is for those of you who are looking for a simple, beautiful, and relatively healthy fruit-filled breakfast bowl. Or keep it as a blackberry strawberry banana smoothie and drink it on the go.

Pulled Duck Breast Recipe

Pulled Duck Breast Recipe

This pulled duck breast recipe is a variation on pulled pork. Only, instead of BBQ sauce, the shredded duck is mixed with hoisin sauce. And, instead of a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw on a hamburger bun, this pulled duck is served over rice, wrapped 

Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

I have dreaming about these orange and poppy seed muffins ever since I made my orange and poppy seed waffles. Forget about lemon and poppy seed muffins. This recipe is quick and easy, and the resulting muffins are aromatic, soft, and sweet.

They are everything you might want in a muffin.

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52 Weeks of Cocktails Challenge

52 Weeks of Cocktails Challenge

This 52 weeks of cocktails challenge was suggested by a colleague after I shared my final bake of the 2021 reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge. I dabbled in cocktails last year, and I’m excited to do more!

Chocolate Peppermint Spritz Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

Chocolate Peppermint Spritz Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

This recipe for chocolate peppermint spritz cookies dipped in chocolate is intended to remind you of a copycat Thin Mint cookie recipe. The two-layer cookies are made of a tender chocolate and peppermint cookie wrapped inside a layer of dark chocolate. Chop them up to 

Baking Kits for Kids: a Perspective

Baking Kits for Kids: a Perspective

Every year, I try to fill my kiddo’s holiday and birthday gift list with more experiences and fewer things. Over the last few years, we’ve shared lots of time in the kitchen working our way through different cookbooks and baking kits for kids.

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Easy 4 Ingredient Potato Soup Recipe

Easy 4 Ingredient Potato Soup Recipe

This easy 4 ingredient potato soup recipe is just what you need for winter weeknights. It’s silky smooth and rich-tasting, even with just four ingredients. There are ways to make it more complicated, and I’ve added some suggestions for variations, but there’s truly no need 

Nutella Babka Recipe

Nutella Babka Recipe

This Nutella babka was created for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge, week 50: yeast-leavened. It’s an adaptation of the Krantz cake recipe from the Jerusalem cookbook.

Russian Rye Sandwich Bread Recipe

Russian Rye Sandwich Bread Recipe

This Russian rye sandwich bread recipe was created for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge, week 49: Russia. You can call it a Russian black bread if you use the black cocoa variation.

This recipe shares some similarities with my sweet brown bread recipe, which is an adaptation of a copycat Outback or Cheesecake Factory brown bread. Both are colored with cocoa and coffee. Both have a bit of sweetness added and oil or butter for softness.

But that’s where the similarities end. While that loaf is soft and light, this Russian rye sandwich loaf is a dense 50% rye bread, fragrant with fennel and caraway seeds.

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Negroni Spritz

Negroni Spritz

This Negroni spritz is one of several Negroni variations on the classic Italian cocktail that substitutes prosecco for gin. I missed the Stanley Tucci Negroni phenomenon, but I’ve been in love with the cocktail since I started working on my cranberry Negroni. If you haven’t 

Blackberry Curd Tart Recipe

Blackberry Curd Tart Recipe

This blackberry curd tart recipe was created for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge, week 48: curds and puddings. It turns frozen blackberries into an elegant dessert balanced between sweet and tart. Perfect for holiday get-togethers or festive dinners any time of the year.

Apple & Blackberry Pie

Apple & Blackberry Pie

This apple and blackberry pie recipe makes a gorgeous fall pie. It’s a classic apple pie made brighter in color and flavor from the addition of plump summer blackberries. It’s also my submission for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge, week 47: pie.

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Pretzel Bread Loaf Recipe

Pretzel Bread Loaf Recipe

This pretzel bread sandwich loaf recipe was created for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge, week 46: alternative sweeteners. Instead of sugar, it uses a combination of honey and barley malt syrup to give it that classic pretzel flavor.

Shortbread Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Filling

Shortbread Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Filling

These shortbread Linzer cookies remind me so much of the cookies my grandmother used to bring down on the train from New York City. They are a classic version made with a raspberry filling sandwiched between two tender almond shortbread cookies and dusted with confectioners’ 

Easy Coffee Truffles

Easy Coffee Truffles

These easy coffee truffles were for Week 45 (Fairy Tale, Novel, or TV Show) of the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge. My creation? Miracle Max’s Miracle Pill.

We know that Miracle Max’s pill is covered in chocolate. “The chocolate coating makes it go down easier.” And it has to be melt in your mouth smooth, because Westley wasn’t exactly able to chew and swallow.

But the secret ingredient in this ganache-filled miracle pill? Coffee. What else could wake up someone who is mostly dead?

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Rose Syrup French 75: an Empress Gin Cocktail

Rose Syrup French 75: an Empress Gin Cocktail

This rose syrup French 75 recipe is the perfect cocktail to use some of that rose syrup that you were gifted for the holidays. It’s a well-balanced Empress gin cocktail that’s festive and floral but not too sweet.

Cranberry Negroni: A Gin and Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Cranberry Negroni: A Gin and Cranberry Juice Cocktail

This cranberry Negroni is a delicious variation on a classic. And the deep red color of this gin and cranberry juice cocktail makes it perfect for the holidays.

Cranberry, Pecan, and Mushroom Turkey Meatloaf

Cranberry, Pecan, and Mushroom Turkey Meatloaf

This cranberry, pecan, and mushroom turkey meatloaf recipe is meant to remind you of Thanksgiving dinner. Just add your favorite sides!

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Nutella Blondies

Nutella Blondies

These Nutella blondies were created to celebrate National Chocolate Day. But you don’t need a national holiday to enjoy these thick, nut-scented blondies with a rich Nutella swirl.

Salted Caramel Pudding

Salted Caramel Pudding

This salted caramel pudding recipe is this week’s entry for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge (Week 43: No Oven). If I hadn’t recently made my peanut butter Rice Krispie treats, I might have made those again for this bake. But I opted instead 

Perfect Brandy Manhattan Recipe

Perfect Brandy Manhattan Recipe

This perfect brandy manhattan screams fall cocktail, along with my peanut butter whiskey manhattan and a bourbon and cider recipe I’ve been working on. They’re mellow and warming as the nights grow colder and darker.

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Ube Crinkle Cookies

Ube Crinkle Cookies

These ube crinkle cookies were this week’s submission to the reddit 52 weeks of baking (Week 42: Celebrity recipe or trend). Ube, the purple yam from the Philippines, seems to be everywhere in the U.S. right now. I might also be seeing it more due 

Roasted Broccoli Almond Soup

Roasted Broccoli Almond Soup

This broccoli almond soup recipe is the next addition to the fall soup season collection. You know – the time of year when the wind blows and the rains come and you try as you might to resist turning on the heat. While I love 

Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake Recipe

Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake Recipe

This easy chocolate chip loaf cake recipe was created for the reddit 52 weeks of baking (Week 41: Pantry Challenge). The challenge: to bake something out of things you already have at home.

It’s a given that I’m always ready to bake a chocolate chip pound cake. You can be sure you’d find butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and chocolate chips in my house. But I might have cheated a bit with that orange zest.

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Mini Banana Muffins with Coconut

Mini Banana Muffins with Coconut

This recipe for mini banana muffins with coconut was created for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge (Week 40: West Indies). For those of you who don’t remember your geography, the West Indies refers to a group of islands in the Caribbean including Jamaica,