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New York Cheesecake with Sour Cherry Topping

New York Cheesecake is super-creamy, soft, and has a lovely tang, thanks to a generous helping of sour cream in the batter. Sour Cherry Topping is the perfect bright accent for the rich and creamy cake. The crunchy graham cracker crust adds texture and ties the entire dessert together for a perfect slice of heaven. …

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DIY Chipotle Peppers – How to Make Chipotle Peppers at Home

Make Chipotle Peppers at home? Peppers are grown, not made, right? Not always! Chipotle are not a type of pepper that you grow in the garden. Chipotle Peppers are ripe, red jalapeno peppers that have been smoked and dried. If you’ve got a bunch of jalapenos from your garden or farmers’ market, you can DIY …

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Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Glaze

Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Glaze is a perfect snack cake. The tangy-sweet buttermilk glaze forms an ultra-thin coating over the melt-in-your-mouth cake. If you read my blog with any frequency, by now you know that buttermilk is one of my favorite ingredients. I use it in all sorts of recipes from mashed potatoes to scones. But I absolutely …

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“Cheater” Sourdough Bread & Baking in a Wood-Fired Oven

The chance to bake sourdough bread in a 185-year-old, wood-fired brick oven is a baker’s dream. Even if you never get such an opportunity, I have some bread-baking tips that will help you create beautiful fresh loaves from your home oven. About 5 years ago I was invited by a friend to bake at the home …

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Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Glaze

This is my family’s all-time favorite cookie recipe. We’ve dubbed them the “Magic Oatmeal Cookies” because almost every time I serve them someone says “those are the best cookies I’ve ever tasted”. The maple glaze makes the cookies extra tasty, and, yes, you need to use real maple syrup. Sorry, I’m just a syrup snob …

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Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Grains of Paradise

Bread pudding is pure comfort food, it’s the fuzzy slippers of desserts. This Rum Raisin Bread Pudding features not only raisins and rum, but grated apples for moisture and flavor, cinnamon and nutmeg for warm spice, and a surprise ingredient you may never have heard of –  Grains of Paradise. The basics of bread pudding are simple, …

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Creme Brulee Shortbread

Creme Brulee Shortbread – Buttery Shortbread topped with a crispy, crackly caramelized topping. I love to bake because I love to share goodies from my kitchen. It would be no fun to bake a big batch of cookies and eat them all by myself (hmmm, or maybe it would be). For the holidays I like to create gift boxes filled …

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