Category Archives: Dessert

Kingfish Coconut Cake

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Coconut is a happy ingredient… it makes me think about summer and piña coladas, spicy Thai food and travel to far-away tropical islands, homemade macaroon cookies and Almond Joys, and that delicious smelling Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning Oil we used … Continue reading

Cafe Ladro’s Espresso Chip Pound Cake

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This month I’m diving into this really fun book, Signature Tastes of Seattle by Steven W. Siler. It’s a cookbook of restaurant recipes from our area and the first one I’m sharing is from the renowned Seattle coffeehouse, Cafe Ladro. Really, besides … Continue reading

Turkish Coffee Brownies

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When I saw the recipe for Turkish Coffee Brownies in Balaboosta, Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love, by Einat Admony, I immediately thought of Marvin. Not because he loves chocolate, but because of a story I’d heard about … Continue reading

Emily’s Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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My niece, Emily, posted these Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins on Facebook last week. The caption under the photo read, “Since I was not busy this afternoon, I made some chocolate chip banana muffins!! I tried one and they are super … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Quinoa Chocolate Cake

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My friend, Debbie, recently discovered that eating a gluten-free diet makes her feel so much better in so many ways. Debbie also loves chocolate, so when I saw this Gluten-Free Quinoa Chocolate Cake recipe in my Hollyhock: Garden to Table cookbook, … Continue reading

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NW Summer Cocktail Party featuring simple & crisp

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Look at those beauties! We received these gorgeous Simple & Crisp dried fruit slices in the mail last week with this lovely note: Please enjoy pairing our delectable fruit crisps with some of your favorite culinary cravings! Simple & Crisp’s … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake

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What in the world possessed me to make this completely over-the-top, so rich and sweet you can’t even finish your piece dessert? It’s Martha’s fault, that’s for sure. A simple online search for chocolate chip cakes led me to a Martha … Continue reading

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No Bake Cheesecake Tart with Fresh Berries

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If your kitchen feels too hot for baking today, but you want to make something yummy and beautiful to serve tomorrow for the 4th, here is a recipe to try. No bake cheesecakes have been around forever. I remember a … Continue reading

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Darn Good Chocolate Cake

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Okay chocolate cake lovers (yes, DAD, I’m talking to you!) here it is. The cake you’ve been waiting for… a rich, moist, chocolate chip filled cake frosted with smooth, silky chocolate ganache. Ooh la la! This is one Darn Good Chocolate … Continue reading

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Strawberry Pistachio Semifreddo

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One of my favorite summer-time treats is homemade ice cream. I remember watching my mom standing over a simmering pot of custard, surrounded by a pile of just peeled Michigan peaches. Meanwhile, my dad was getting the ice cream maker … Continue reading

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Scotcheroos

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May is Guest Chef month at A Passionate Plate! Today’s post comes from our great friend and baker extraordinaire, Mary Jordan. On her days off from work at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Mary can often be found in her kitchen … Continue reading

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Banana Chiffon Cake & Mom’s 70th Birthday

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Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Mom, happy birthday to you! We’re visiting my parents this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day AND my mom’s 70th birthday. Her only request for the weekend… a Chiffon cake … Continue reading

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Berries with Limoncello

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Here’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately – “the cycles of life”. As a kid, we grew up going to birthday parties for our friends, and to the weddings of our parents’ friends and family members. I still … Continue reading

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Carrot Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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The Easter Bunny is going to LOVE these! One of my favorite dessert bloggers, Bridget Edwards at Bake at 350, posted her recipe for these cookies earlier this week. I couldn’t resist giving them a try and putting my own … Continue reading

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Strawberry Sour Cream Bread

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Yummy! This strawberry sour cream bread is so simple to make and it tastes delicious. The texture is very similar to banana bread, but you get a little strawberry flavor in every bite – perfect to serve for breakfast or … Continue reading

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3.14 Day (It’s Pie Day tomorrow!)

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I’m such a N-E-R-D when it comes to numbers. If I look at the clock and it happens to be 11:11, I exclaim, “It’s 11:11 – make a wish!”. When it’s 12:34, I have to point it out. I silently … Continue reading

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Ski Weekend Apple Cake

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While Joy has been enjoying the warm sunshine on Maui, I have been enjoying a different kind of sunshine… on my annual girls’ weekend ski trip. This year we are at White Pass near Mount Rainier National Park and the … Continue reading

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Magic Cookie Bars

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Our girls’ ski weekend would not be complete without a big pan of chocolatey something. This year Lisa made one of our favorites, Magic Cookie Bars. Who doesn’t love a rich, buttery bar cookie loaded with coconut, chocolate chips and … Continue reading

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Mayan Chocolate Pudding

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The winter solstice starts today and marks the end of the 13th baktun, or cycle, of the Mayan calendar. The hubbub about a calamity supposedly occurring on 12/21/12 comes from a Mayan stone carving made in 700 A.D., which predicts a major … Continue reading

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Tallahassee Lassies

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A couple of years ago, I was trying out cookie recipes in advance of the busy Christmas season because I needed something REALLY special. I’m sure you know what I mean. There are certain events (i.e. cookie exchanges with serious … Continue reading

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Peppermint Brownie Bites

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It’s December 17th… time to bring on the holiday sweets! Yesterday I got started by mixing up a batch of bite-sized peppermint brownies. These moist, chocolatey brownies are flavored with peppermint and topped with a rich ganache frosting. Chocolate and … Continue reading

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Palmiers

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Today, I’d like to share with you a lovely blog post by our friend, Margretta. She is a teacher and she has a lovely food blog called miseenplace.us. I was feeling really sad today when I read her latest article … Continue reading

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Betty Crocker’s Candy Cane Cookies

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I loved reading Joy’s Frozen Frangos post on Saturday! It made me think about what a perfectionist my own dad was when it came to the Christmas tree. He was so particular about having a symmetrical tree that he would … Continue reading

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Frozen Frangos

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! So much about this holiday is nostalgia, don’t you think? I was just telling some friends last night that my favorite childhood memories were of the way my family celebrated this holiday … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake

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Have you been searching for a special dessert for Thanksgiving dinner? Something a little bit beyond the ordinary pumpkin pie? This velvety-smooth pumpkin cheesecake flavored with maple and cinnamon and topped with toasted pecans is sure to leave your guests … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Pie

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My family has been making this classic pumpkin pie recipe for as long as I can remember. It’s creamy and delicious with  plenty of spice. It’s incredibly simple to make and a great project for kids, too. I used to … Continue reading

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Halloween Pumpkin Cake – so easy it’s scary!

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A recipe from our guest contributor and baker extraordinaire, Mary Jordan. This recipe was passed around my neighborhood some years ago and it is a favorite of mine this time of year. The cake is super easy to make, with … Continue reading

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Basic Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cream cheese frosting is versatile and easy to make. Use this recipe to frost a 9″ x 13″ sheet cake, or a batch of cupcakes. If you are frosting a double layer cake, double the quantities below. Basic Cream Cheese … Continue reading

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Emmer Applesauce Coffee Cake

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If you enjoy baking with whole wheat flour, I encourage you to give emmer flour a try. Emmer (also known as farro) is a low-gluten, high protein, ancient grain loaded with nutrients. Emmer flour gives baked goods a sweet, nutty, … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

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 Thank you to everyone who entered our October best bake sale COOKBOOK Giveaway! Once again, we selected a winner randomly from all of the entries. Congratulations to Sara from the food blog threecleversisters.com who voted for the Almost Black They’re So Cocoa … Continue reading

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Mom’s Never Fail Pie Crust + Video

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For those of you who have been reading A Passionate Plate for a while, you know I have depended on refrigerated pie crusts from Pillsbury for MANY of my recipes. For some reason, I have always been afraid to make … Continue reading

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Mom’s Apple Pie

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Apple pie is an American classic. If you are looking for a simple, yet absolutely delicious apple pie filling, this recipe is for you! One of the secrets to this apple pie is to cut the apples into small, evenly … Continue reading

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Mrs. Huckabee’s Apple Dumplings

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On our apple tour last week, Joy and I learned that Stemilt’s Director of Fieldstaff, Jeff, grew up in Brewster, the same small north central Washington town where I went to junior high. Wow, what a small world! In honor … Continue reading

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Mary’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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A recipe and post from our good friend and baker extraordinaire,  Mary Jordan. I wish I could claim that I am the Mary that these cookies are named after, but I cannot lie.  This is in reference to Mary Bartz, … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Honey Cookies

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Peanut butter cookies! This classic cookie is one of my all time favorites. If you love peanut butter and honey here is a variation for you! It’s a fun twist on the original Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. I’ve … Continue reading

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CMT Awareness Month and Magic Chocolate Cake

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Sometimes, life gives you opportunities to try to make a difference. In this case, it’s also giving me an opportunity to move outside my comfort zone. And, according to this graphic: This is where the magic happens! So, here goes… … Continue reading

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Figs Preserved with Lemon & Grand Marnier + Video

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Some posts take longer to write than others. I really meant to share this Figs Preserved with Lemon & Grand Marnier recipe last month as part of our “harvest” series, but I couldn’t quite get my mind around how to … Continue reading

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Best Ever Chocolate Cupcakes

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This recipe comes from our good friend and baker extraordinaire, Mary Jordan. After a taste test, we named this recipe “Best Ever Chocolate Cupcakes” because they are so easy to make AND they taste like they are made from scratch. … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

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This frosting tastes amazing on our Best Ever Chocolate Cupcakes! Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting #ratingval# from #reviews# reviews Print Recipe Type: Dessert, Frosting Author: A Passionate Plate Guest Contributor, Mary Jordan A wonderful frosting for chocolate cupcakes! Ingredients 4 … Continue reading

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Boozy Peaches

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Last weekend on our way home from Winthrop, we just had to stop at a fruit stand and buy some gorgeous Washington State peaches. Ripe, sweet, beautiful, locally grown peaches – and just $25 for a 25 lb. box! I … Continue reading

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Rainbow Birthday Cake

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I need to take a break from our Harvest theme to tell you about Ana’s Rainbow Birthday Cake (but don’t forget to enter our latest giveaway!) My niece, Anastasia, recently turned 6. When I asked her what kind of cake … Continue reading

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Blackberry Buckle

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After picking blackberries on the beach yesterday, I came home and made an easy Blackberry Buckle – so yummy served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream! What a wonderful way to enjoy the flavor of fresh blackberries. This is … Continue reading

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Cherry Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

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Joy and I have been on an ice cream dessert kick this week. July and ice cream just seem to go together – even if you live in Seattle and it’s 65 degrees. What I’ve been wondering lately is how … Continue reading

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Strawberry Ice Cream Shortcake

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Here’s another fun (and super-easy) way to enjoy the best of the summer strawberries. Strawberry Ice Cream Shortcake can be made with homemade ice cream. I made mine with Dreyer’s Slow-Churned Ice Cream. It can be made with homemade pound … Continue reading

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“Hawaiian Vacation” Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars

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This summer we took our vacation in Hawaii. Our wonderful friends, Herb and Heidi, invited us to join their family for a week of fun on the North shore of Kauaii, in Princeville, just south of Hanalai Bay. I am … Continue reading

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Rosemary Whole-Wheat Lemon Bars

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I know a bunch of you are struggling with triple digit temperatures right now and I’m guessing you are not in the mood to turn on the oven. I get it, and I’m sorry to be tempting you with these … Continue reading

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Pink Lemonade Sugar Cookie Bars

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Pink lemonade Sugar Cookie Bars are a fun twist on a traditional lemon bar. The rich shortbread base is topped with a pink-hued, lemony layer and then sprinkled with powdered sugar!   Pink Lemonade Sugar Cookie Bars #ratingval# from #reviews# … Continue reading

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Chocolate Raspberry Mini Brownies

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Adding fresh raspberries to brownies made from a mix can transform something ordinary into something blog-worthy! I just had to share this very easy recipe with you. I used my mini-muffin pan to get perfect individual portions and a drizzled on … Continue reading

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S’mores Bars

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Happy 4th of July! We’re staying home for the holiday and it looks like we might actually get to eat outside tonight – no rain! If you live anywhere else besides the Northwest, I know this must be hard to … Continue reading

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N.W. Raspberries – Summer is here!

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I just finished eating a bowl of raspberry sorbet topped with big, fat, juicy raspberries from our neighbors’ garden. Snowe and Nancy, THANK YOU! We can’t always grow the best tomatoes or peppers here in the Northwest, but raspberries… well, … Continue reading

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Joy’s Birthday Cake (Happy Birthday, Joy!)

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  Today is Joy’s birthday. Happy Birthday, JOY! Joy and I have been friends since 1986. Wow, 26 years! How did that happen? Time flies. I feel very fortunate to have such a close friend living nearby. A sister, really, more … Continue reading

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Mini Apple Pies with Crumb Topping

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The 4th of July is just a few weeks away. It’s one of my favorite holidays – not so much for the fireworks, but because I know that it will stop raining on July 5th. Ah, summer in Seattle. In … Continue reading

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Whiskey Rainier Cherries

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Look what else is in-season right now!  Rainier Cherries.  Beautiful, creamy-yellow and blush-red cherries.  They are sweet and delicious.  It was actually a Washington State University scientist (Go Cougs!), Harold Fogle, who created these cherries when he was experimenting with … Continue reading

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Grandma Dorothy’s Icebox Strawberry Pie

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I aspire to be able to bake as well as my Grandma Dorothy did!  There wasn’t a recipe she hadn’t perfected, and quite honestly, she didn’t seem to believe in “recipes”.  What I mean is, after an afternoon at Bridge … Continue reading

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Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

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(11/17/12 – NOTE: When I made these cupcakes five months ago, I had no idea that Hostess would be closing all of their bakeries, including their Seattle location on South Lake Union. Now that my dad’s favorite childhood treat will … Continue reading

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Lemon Lavender Scones

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Lemon Lavender Scones. I’ve made these for many years, but never with lemon yogurt… until this morning. Yum! Last week Tillamook sent Joy and me some of their new, naturally sweetened light yogurt to test out.  Turns out, this is a great yogurt … Continue reading

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Helen’s Pumpkin Bran Bars

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Leave it to my mom to make a dessert from Fiber One cereal. Seriously. My mom travels everywhere with a small ziplock bag of Fiber One in her purse… because you just never know when you might need a bowl of bran. Once, on a … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp

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It’s rhubarb season! Yea! Time to make a Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp. I love making crisps because… #1) NO PIE CRUST NEEDED. #2) NO RECIPE NEEDED.  #3) THEY ARE SO EASY! I know it’s not fair to post a picture of something … Continue reading

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Coconut Lime Cupcakes with Lime Curd

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(Contributed by our guest contributor and expert baker – Mary Jordan!)  As I was mulling over what to bring to a Cinco de Mayo party, my friend Laura (who is a fantastic baker) suggested Coconut Lime Cupcakes and referred me … Continue reading

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Cream Cheese Frosting with Lime

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This frosting recipe makes a big batch – perfect for generously frosting 24 Coconut Lime Cupcakes. Cream Cheese Frosting with Lime #ratingval# from #reviews# reviews Print Recipe Type: Dessert, Frosting Ingredients 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature 2 sticks … Continue reading

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Lime Curd

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Homemade fruit curd is a real treat and actually very simple to make. One of our readers, Cathy, sent us this recipe after seeing our recipe for Limoncello Ice Cream Sundaes. The sundae recipe calls for a jar of store-bought … Continue reading

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Caramel Corn Chocolate Chip Cookies

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“Sometimes me think ‘what is a friend?’ and then me think… friend is what last chocolate cookie is for.” You know the voice – it’s Cookie Monster, one of my favorite Sesame Street characters. “Me want cookie!  Me eat cookie! … Continue reading

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Limoncello Ice Cream Sundae

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I have a confession to make. I just ate this for lunch. OMG. I’m making sales calls today (about 40 of them) and I needed a break. Yes, I could have gone outside in the beautiful sunshine for a brisk … Continue reading

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Lemon Lavender Sugar Cookies

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The first time I baked with lavender was back in the early 1990’s. At that time, I was writing a weekly herbal cooking column for a local newspaper. Lavender was a very trendy ingredient in 1993… and I was ready … Continue reading

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Easy Easter Bunny Cake

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I had so much fun yesterday making this Easter Bunny cake with Collin! I bet a bunch of you remember making this cute classic when you were little. It is absolutely the easiest bunny cake to make and a perfect … Continue reading

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Simple Strawberry Cake

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Yesterday we woke up to snow! That’s unusual for our neighborhood this time of year, but it was a fun surprise. Then the sun came out and my little Tête-á-Tête daffodils watched as the last of the white stuff melted … Continue reading

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Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cake

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This month we’ve been posting recipes that mean LOVE to us in one way or another. I could not let February pass by without making this special cake. It’s one of those favorite foods from my childhood and I actually … Continue reading

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Chocolate Cream Pie

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I was on a MISSION!  Rob’s birthday was coming up, but we wanted to surprise him so I couldn’t just come right out and ask him what kind of dessert he’d like for his birthday.  So, over beers at The … Continue reading

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White Chocolate Soup with Frozen Berries

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  “I could easily drink a gallon of this!” and “Do you have any more of that soup?”  Yep-yep!  These are the comments I heard last night as we indulged in this simple Valentine’s Day dessert.  It’s not too heavy, … Continue reading

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Individual Apple Fritter Bread Puddings

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Okay, here is the first recipe in our month of cooking LOVE! This recipe could also be called cooking GUILT! – because combining apple fritters and bread pudding made me just a little guilty. But, after writing about the Winchell’s … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Espresso Brownies

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You’ll have to trust me on this one… these brownies are amazing. Really. And the lucky people you serve them to will never know they are eating unsweetened cocoa, whole wheat flour and sweet potato puree. I promise. It will be our … Continue reading

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Peppermint Ice Cream Candy Cane Lane Cake

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  My husband, Toby, suggested we take our turn hosting his family for Christmas Eve dinner this year.  He has five brothers and sisters with spouses, children, their spouses and grandchildren, so we will be hosting dinner for 30 people … Continue reading

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Chocolate Strawberry Rugelach

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I love this time of year when I can bake to my heart’s content – and give it all away.  Who doesn’t love a beautiful box of homemade treats?  This year, I took on a new challenge and WOW! I’m … Continue reading

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Betty Crocker’s Sugar Cookies

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Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book includes two recipes for sugar cookies. The one I am sharing here is called Ethel’s Sugar Cookies and it’s the recipe my mom always followed. When I saw shortening on this list of  ingredients, I immediately pictured … Continue reading

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Royal Icing

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Royal Icing is the key to beautifully decorated sugar cookies. Unlike buttercream frosting, royal icing hardens to a glossy finish when it dries – so cookies can be stacked, shipped, and shared without worries. Royal icing is easy to make and … Continue reading

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