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Oh this has been a sweet, sweet discovery. It makes just about everything better.   Pour it over your pancakes, your french toast or your yeasted waffles that you just made.   And then when you are done with breakfast, put it in the fridge and wait til the kids go to bed. And then pull it back out and drizzle it over your homemade Cookies'n' Cream ice cream and woah! it's good.       Peanut Butter Maple Syrup Taken from Oh Sweet Basil   6 tablespoons of unsalted but...

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Soggy waffles are miserable.  I'd rather have a piece of toast, frankly.   As it turns out, making yeasted waffles is genius on this account and one other.  I found these waffles to hold their crisp far longer than their egg white/baking powder cousins.  And having the batter prepped and ready after sitting overnight is almost always a win in my book!     This is a basic recipe and these wafflles can be invented time and time again with whatever toppings you are cra...

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If ever I planned Ladies' Teas (I don't), these might be the cookies I would make and set out on a little, lacey platter.    They aren't an American big-as-your-head-too-rich-and-gooey type of cookie at all.  (I'm not at all opposed to those!  See this, this, or this.)  These are dainty and subtle two-bite treats.  They are buttery and a bit crumbly with just a hint of nutella-peanut butter flavor in between.  A dessert that won't put you over the top on your s...

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A late night Twix bar from the basement vending machine was a definite downfall in college. Along with the Cinnamon Creme Crumb Cake from Corner Bakery and the Sweet 16 Powdered Sugar Donuts from Treasure Island that I used to pick up coming or going to my off-campus job. I blame my roommate for all the Twix bars though. I barely knew what a vending machine was until I became her roommate!       This is the more sophisticated version of that late night treat. And frankly it fits m...

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 We don't only bake desserts around here, though it might seem like it. Sometimes we bake bread too!   (And really we cook an actual meal every night but in a city that gets dark at 6pm year round it's a challenge to every photo-document even the most delicious of these meals.)       This bread is my new, favorite bread. Well, and okay I've only made it once but that's just because pureed strawberries aren't something I have in my fridge every day. But I should.   T...

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Growing up there were only two real ice cream options in my mind: Cookie Dough or Cookies'n'Cream.  Nothing else could compete.   Until Haagen Daz Dulce de Leche came around in my 20's. Oh and then my husband discovered a love of Salted Caramel Waffle Cone. Oh and then there really are about a hundred flavors of ice cream that I would be more than happy to have plunked in front of me.   But Cookies'n'Cream is like taking me back to the basics. The best basics. I don't even like or...

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Mint and chocolate are a classic combination and the ice cream is no different. It's Nate's personal favorite.     But I've always had a problem with it because in many brands the chocolate is waxy and hard. Using the ribboning technique and adding a bit of extra butter to your chocolate solves this problem. It leaves me with the yummy taste of chocolate and mint, but with a texture that is smooth as the chocolate effortlessly dissolves on your tongue when held there for an extra secon...

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Quick!  Fall is approaching and people are liable to take their ice cream makers out of the freezer, trading in their post-dinner cold treat for a hot mug full of caramel spiced cider.  But keep your ice cream maker cold at least until you've tried out this S'mores Ice Cream!   Toasted marshmallows, chock full of graham.  It doesn't disappoint on that reminiscent flavor.       My favorite part?  The genius of a recipe that doesn't have you evenly distribut...

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My pictures do these amazingly fun treats a total disservice.  That's what happens when the sun is going down, you're pulling them out of the oven with 2 minutes to spare until you NEED to get into the car or you will miss the Ecuador-Honduras World Cup match start, and you've got not just two but FOUR toddlers trying to poke their fingers into this goodness.   And you know there won't be a single leftover so you've gotta snap a shot now or never.           But...

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Strawberry Grapefruit sorbet was good, so why wouldn't Watermelon Strawberry sorbet be equally delicious?   Well, it was.  And so, so easy.  Watermelon juice is so easy to extract and strawberries are a close second.  This sorbet base can be whipped up in minutes and then four hours later voila! this simple, refreshing sorbet comes out for your next dinner party or play date or you know, your own snack time.         Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet Taken from ...

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