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mini cherry pies

May 26, 2014

I was so excited to find cherries over the weekend that mini pies were in order (the California cherry season is expected to be incredibly brief, so I’m hoarding as many cherries as I can!). To complement the sweet and juicy fruit, I made my ...

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strawberry & vanilla bean cake

May 22, 2014

With the holiday weekend in sight, my brain is in absolute summer mode. I’m already thinking of my favorite things: refreshing popsicles by the pool, mornings spent blueberry picking, and a profusion of fruit desserts. Pound cake with strawberries is such a quintessential summer dessert; ...

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neapolitan ice cream sandwiches

May 19, 2014

The only way to do ice cream right is to go all out. In this case, that means homemade Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches for strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate bliss. Farm stand strawberries make the best strawberry ice cream, and the vanilla gets a boost from ...

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raspberry lemon doughnuts

May 15, 2014

I celebrated my birthday this week over a wonderful meal with good friends. As usual, I made dessert. Though I decided on doughnuts at the very last minute, I’m glad I did. Birthdays are the time for sprinkles and a touch of whimsy, and these ...

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strawberries & cream ice cream

May 12, 2014

Grab a stack of waffle cones or your favorite bowl because it’s ice cream time! If you like cool and creamy treats as much as I do, you won’t want to miss out on a batch of strawberries and cream ice cream. Light and luscious ...

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toasted coconut chocolate macadamia blondies

May 8, 2014

When it comes to blondies, I can hardly play favorites. Whether I’m in the mood for toffee or peanut butter, the blondie never fails. However, today’s blondie may force my hand because this is the blondie I don’t want to share – I’d rather stash ...

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raspberry coconut rolls

May 5, 2014

How will you celebrate Mother’s Day this year? I suggest you skip the brunch reservation and surprise mom with a special and relaxed meal at home. These raspberry coconut sweet rolls are a great choice – Red Star PLATINUM Yeast keeps the rolls light and ...

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cinnamon caramel cheesecake bars

May 1, 2014

With Cinco de Mayo just days away, I vote we take the rest of the week off and start the celebration early. If that’s not an option, I have cinnamon caramel cheesecake bars for you as a consolation prize. My go-to graham crust is topped ...