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carrot cake muffins

April 2, 2015

My craving for carrot cake with a plush pile of cream cheese frosting hits every Easter week, like clockwork. This year I opted to veer away from tradition and satisfy my cravings with carrot cake muffins. I was not disappointed – these nicely spiced muffins ...

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strawberry-mascarpone tart

April 11, 2013

Every spring, I anticipate the reopening of local strawberry stands and find myself craving the intoxicating aroma of the plump berries. I’ve had my heart set on making a strawberry tart filled with Mascarpone, and to my delight, found the strawberry stand open for the ...

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chocolate-mint sandwich cookies

February 28, 2013

I know I’ve shared my love of chocolate mint desserts with you previously. For whatever reason, it’s my go-to flavor combination, and one I never tire of. Childhood nostalgia, perhaps? During family trips to the ice cream store, chocolate mint ice cream always found its ...

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brownie heart sandwich cookies

January 28, 2013

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I find myself drawn to every heart-shaped dessert I see. Regardless of your personal feelings about the holiday, it’s the ideal time for a little whimsy. These brownie heart sandwich cookies are a pretty way to embrace hearts: the ...

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winter white cupcakes + nielsen-massey vanillas giveaway

December 27, 2012

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Highlights for me included spending time with family, reflecting on the many blessings of the past year, eating wonderful food, and heading to the coast for a change of scenery. We began our celebration on Christmas Eve, ...

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irish cream & mascarpone gelato

August 12, 2012

I have a bit of an addiction to Mascarpone. I love to spread it on graham crackers or a slice of toast for a snack, and since my fridge is rarely without a tub, I find ways to use it as an ingredient whenever possible. ...

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plum-mascarpone ice cream

July 11, 2012

The sweetest gifts are the edible kind – I cherish small, thoughtful gestures. Liz, the owner of the blueberry farm, gave me a bag of plums fresh off her tree after my last visit. Ripe and juicy to the point of splitting open, I knew ...

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blueberry-mascarpone muffins

June 11, 2012

I like to think Monday morning calls for a freshly baked muffin. As you ease your way into a new week, a warm muffin is just the thing to take the edge off of looming responsibilities and deadlines. One bite of these blueberry-Mascarpone muffins, and ...