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chai spice banana bread

January 5, 2015

I’ve found myself smitten with chai tea this winter, unable to resist the warm, aromatic flavors that translate well into pastry (chai spice palmiers) and chocolate (chai rum truffles). The spices work beautifully with banana bread too, imparting a lovely spicy aroma. Buttermilk and coconut ...

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meyer lemon rolls

January 1, 2015

Happy 2015! After a few days away at the beach, I returned home to find the Meyer lemon tree laden with aromatic fruit. I couldn’t resist the call back to the kitchen (and the oven), so we’re ringing in the new year with Meyer lemon ...

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chai rum truffles

December 27, 2014

There’s nothing more celebratory than chocolate, and what could be more fitting for New Year’s Eve than sparkling chocolate truffles? If you’ve never made truffles at home, now is the time – simple to make and even more satisfying to devour, these rich bites are ...

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christmas morning (cranberry orange) muffins

December 23, 2014

Golden and aromatic, these Christmas morning muffins create cranberry-orange sugar clouds that waft through the house. Fragrant with cinnamon and nutmeg, the scent may be enough to lure your family from their warm beds to the breakfast table, or at least to gather sleepily around ...

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maple bourbon caramels

December 21, 2014

I have a confession to make. Remember those salted caramels from earlier this week? Not a single one made it to a neighbor or friend; we demolished the batch and never looked back. To offset the guilt over consuming the gift, I made another batch ...

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cranberry orange snickerdoodles

December 18, 2014

Snickerdoodles are one cookie I find myself making every year; the pillowy puffs of cinnamon-sugar with slightly crisp edges and soft centers are my idea of cookie heaven. For a seasonal twist, I perfumed the batter with fresh orange zest and folded in plump dried ...

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salted caramels

December 15, 2014

What do you gift the person who has it all? A nice box of salted caramels, of course! The best gifts are handmade with love; a little effort on your part (and a candy thermometer) will result in a batch of soft and creamy caramels ...

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dipped chocolate peppermint cookies

December 12, 2014

I challenge myself to a new peppermint bark inspired creation each December. Last year I went the cupcake route; this year I’m crushing on cookies. Dipped in peppermint-spiked chocolate and decked with crushed peppermint, these soft batch-style cookies are the epitome of chocolate peppermint bliss. ...