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About six years ago I tried this recipe from Smitten Kitchen for Pumpkin Swirl Brownies. There was many a skeptic when I mentioned these brownies. "Pumpkin? With chocolate? Gross." It turns out they were quite delicious though. Sensationally rich but totally delicious.  So pumpkin with chocolate hazelnut? All the better. Bring it on!           It turns out though that there can really be too much of a good thing, at least to me. Don't get me wrong. This pie was good...

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    Another totally delicious, totally satisfying party cake. The kids and I made this mini-cake just for fun and boy were we glad we did! Look at that imperfect dipped center! Look how much nutella buttercream we were able to cram in there! Pretty sweet.   I loved everything about this cake and if I could snap my fingers and make it appear in my lunchbox today I'd do it! Moist chocolate, rich nutella flavor. Perfect indulgence.       Chocolate Cake with Nutella But...

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If you are looking for a party cake but don't have the energy to come up with an elaborate design, this is a fairly uncomplicated one. It has great visual appeal and didn't take all day to make. This showed up at my friend Christine's birthday and once the first piece was cut it was gone in about 4 minutes flat. Of course that might have had something to do with the 30 people in the room!    It's a basic (good) chocolate cake. The peanut butter is subtle as it doesn't use as much ...

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  I can't really call this a recipe. But it is a recipe for success with toddlers! A perfect after school treat where you open the back door and let them drip and slurp in the backyard ... with a strict rule that they will not be entering the house again before a big wipe down.     Take your favorite Greek yogurt (I use plain with absolutely not a hint of sugar but some of your littles might be accustomed to something sweeter) and smooth it into an even layer on a parchment covere...

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Anything that claims to be "like a waffle" but is not, is NOT. Let's just start there. I learned this years ago after several attempts at trying doughnut muffins and baked doughnuts. They are muffins, not doughnuts. So as long as the expectation is clear then we'll be okay.   These aren't doughnuts. They are slightly crunchier waffles. Which means they are good ... all covered in glazy-goodness. But they aren't doughnuts. So don't even think about thinking that's what you are getting.  ...

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    A little bit healthy: zucchini and whole wheat and coconut oil   and a little bit not: nutella and chocolate chips and sugar   Isn't that what a weekday morning breakfast is made of? A little bit of goodness and a little bit of deliciousness.        Nutella-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins Taken from Baker by Nature   3/4 cup all purpose flour 1 cup whole-wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 teaspoon g...

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These might look just like your regular pancakes.    Well, they aren't! They are miles apart.   Sure they take more time, more dishes, a little more effort.       But these are NOT your momma's pancakes! They are so incredibly light and airy. Sort of crepe-like. They truly do take on the souffle-like texture that is promised.    I could probably eat ten of them.   Top them with your favorite syrup, berries, sprinkles or chocolate. Then dig in and sigh...

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Cold is a relative term, right? It's cold here in Quito these days. And by cold I mean 60 and rainy with little sunshine. It's also cold in Chicago whereby I mean 30 degrees with snow on the ground.    Whether cold is 60 or 30 degrees to you this soup can warm up a cold soul any night of the week.     It's hearty and all comfort with a rich broth, chunks of meat and veggies and that fun, slighly chewy texture of barley.       Beef & Barley Soup Taken from T...

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Gorgeous, right? These are another bar in my undying love of shortbread.    The ratio of ganache to shortbread? Almost 1:1. That can't be a bad thing, right?     I served these at a book club and I could have easily served them in less dainty slices because people just kept going back for MORE. But they are beautiful in these little, laced rectangles and withe their richness it's just perfect for an after dinner note.     Shortbread Bars with Chocolate Ganache Taken...

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There's nothing better than the smell of homemade bread rising or baking in your own kitchen. One of the best parts about living in a temperate climate is that it's never too hot to turn on the oven and it's never too cold to get your bread to rise. That's a totally legitimate reason to make (and eat) a lot of bread, right?   This bread is legitimate because it's made with whole wheat and of course, completely preservative-free. It's dense and filling and pairs well with a savory tomato-bas...

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