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almond & blood orange pound cake

March 20, 2014

Countless images of blood oranges have popped up on Instagram in the last few months. Each photo of the striking citrus fruit has awed me and given me a touch of blood orange envy. When I spotted a basket of the dark fleshed fruit at ...

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english toffee

December 16, 2013

With Christmas nearly upon us, it’s time to talk edible gifts for the dessert lovers in your life. First up is English toffee, for the person who adores toffee as much, if not more so, than chocolate. Brown sugar and a shot of whiskey intensifies ...

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honey-almond granola

July 11, 2013

Years before I started blogging, I read a handful of food blogs. Smitten Kitchen was one of my first blog discoveries, and I looked forward to Deb’s new posts, enjoying the anecdotes she shared about cooking in a tiny NYC apartment kitchen. I still read ...

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blueberry-almond cake

June 10, 2013

Did you have an Easy Bake Oven as a child? Ironically, I never did. For much of my life, I wasn’t very interested in baking or cooking (how things have changed!). My first real foray into the subject began in my college apartment with my ...

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lemon-almond petit fours

April 29, 2013

On Saturday, I gathered with a wonderful group of women from my church for a bridal shower. We dined alfresco, basking in the warm sun. At one point, the bride was asked to share the qualities she loves about the groom, and there wasn’t a ...

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honey-almond bundt cake

March 18, 2013

With Easter on the horizon, this honey-almond bundt cake is a lovely alternative to the ubiquitous pound cake. Sicilian honey, almond paste, and Meyer lemon zest all flavor the ribbony yellow batter, which bakes up into an incredibly fluffy cake with a tender crumb. Imagine ...

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apricot-glazed coffeecake

February 15, 2013

Today I’m happy to share this beautiful apricot-glazed coffeecake with you, a recipe from Red Star Yeast. Trying this recipe gave me the chance to test out Red Star PLATINUM, an instant yeast with dough enhancers that shortens rising time while giving your breads more ...

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meyer lemon scones

December 31, 2012

Three years ago, we planted our Meyer lemon tree. A thousand days later, the tree is laden with smooth-skinned, yolk-colored fruit. There’s beauty in that first harvest, and wonder too – growing your own fruit (or vegetables) feels as natural as breathing. A cross between ...