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Grown-up S’mores

These sophisticated bite-size treats are a take on some of my favorite childhood flavors; they’re a combination of S’mores and a Mounds bar. Cinnamon graham cracker cookies are topped with milk chocolate ganache, candied pecans, sweet coconut and finished with an ethereal almond scented toasted meringue. I get the meringue evenly toasted by using a [...]

Light and Sweet: Pavlova for Dessert

Craving a decadent dessert, but still want to keep it light? It isn’t an impossible request. Pavlova is a sweet pillow of crisp meringue, topped with tart lemon curd and fresh berries. This low fat treat is full of bright flavors, so you’ll never miss the calories. You can even add a touch of bittersweet [...]

Holiday Desserts: Coconut-Frosted Carrot Cake

Too often carrot cake seems like a throw back to the 70s, when they were dense and tasted ultimately too good for you. This version is moist, sweet and has a complex combination of spices and zest that all come through. Adding a bit of lemon to the icing brings out the bright flavors of [...]

Baking Chocolate Cream Puffs

These magical little puffs are light, crisp and rich all at the same time. The dough is made on the stovetop, then piped into smooth mounds and baked into airy balloons. In French the dough is called pâte à choux, which translates as “cabbage pastry.”  This name must have been a funny attempt to describe [...]

Pizza Party Giveaway

My co-author, Jeff, and I wrote our latest book, Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day, because we love pizza.You can’t bake these recipes without creating a party, whether it’s for an evening spent watching a movie or a big gathering of friends in the backyard. Pick the crust and toppings to suit [...]

The More Sweets, the Merrier

When planning the same holiday year after year, how do you keep your celebration fresh and interesting while maintaining a sense of tradition? We asked our favorite bloggers and food people to share what’s inspiring their Thanksgiving planning this year. From ancestor’s recipes and falling leaves, to beautiful piles of ingredients and thoughtful home decor, [...]

A Creepy, Crawly Spider Cake Recipe for Halloween

Before I had two boys it would never have occurred to me to put spiders on a cake.  Thank god for little boys! Of course, there are deeper things that I have learned since parenting, but seeing the world through their eyes has made me happier, younger and sillier, which is such a gift. Spiders [...]

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

This post is dedicated to our fellow food blogger Jennifer Perillo, of In Jennie’s Kitchen, who has inspired us with her lovely website, generous spirit and fantastic recipes. Her husband died suddenly and Jennie’s request of the world was to make a peanut butter pie to give to someone you love. Peanut Butter Pie was [...]

Beehive Cake

Since I was a little girl living in Vermont, my father has been a beekeeper. As a result I have always had a fondness for them and the delicious nectar they produce. We ate their precious honey on everything from homemade granola to freshly baked bread. This cake is a tribute to both the elegance [...]

One Ice Cream Base, Endless Flavor Combinations

I always make a big batch of vanilla ice cream and then mash other ingredients into it to create new flavors. This way I can tailor the ice cream to the dessert I am serving or the mood I am in. I start with a really great custard base, which is lusciously smooth, dense and [...]

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