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Dinner with Old Friends

It is so much fun seeing old friends. Susan and I first met in 1989 when we worked together at San ...

Lemon Polenta Cake

It’s been about 3 1/2 years since we last made Nigella’s Lemon Polenta Cake and today s...

Nectarine Squares

This is a bit of a no-brainer bar cookie that really works well with thin slices of fresh fruit. I&...

Birthdays and Mother’s Day

Today was Victor’s Mom’s Birthday. I remember the Mom’ Birthday/Mother’s Da...

In Your Easter Bonnet

Growing up in a large family had its advantages around the holidays. We never did things small. We ...

Coca-Cola Cake FAIL

  I just threw out a cake. A homemade cake. That I made. I have to admit that I have not throw...

Pistachio Ricotta Tart

  It’s always fun when Victor disappears into the kitchen. I know I’m in for a tre...

Brownies

    Sometimes I want dessert but really don’t feel like spending six hours in the ki...

Miracle Canned Caramel

  I have baked and cooked for more years that I care to admit to. I have learned a bazillion t...

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Cake

  I didn’t roast my pumpkin this year.  It’s been tradition for a while that I ge...

Banana Upside Down Cake

  I came home to several rapidly-blackening bananas. It seems Nonna just hasn’t been in ...

Puff Pastry with Almond Cream

  ‘Tis the season for Puff Pastry! I have made puff pastry more times than I care to adm...

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

  I do not remember whoopie pies growing up, and as an adult – chronologically, anyway &...

Pear Crumble

Fresh pears. Yum. I had picked up 4 pears – 2 bartlett and 2 reds – on a whim, and when...