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Brunch planned quickly.     The reality of two kids who want to wake up and have their mom play, play, play! with them.   That's what a breakfast cake this simple is made for.  Two minutes of measuring, two minutes of peeling and chopping, two minutes of stirring and it's in the oven.         And then it comes out hot and juicy, with a slightly spiced scent.  And then you put it on a platter, dust it with a hint of white, and serve it to your guests w...

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Most of the time I'm  doing cooking experimentation.  Trying new ingredient combinations or a new fruit I've never tried before.  And sometimes I'm just trying to get dinner on the table before both kids kill me with hunger-whining.  (That's definitely a thing.)   But every once in awhile something catches my eye and I take a trip back to the basics, just to indulge.         In the case of this crumb cake, it's really quite clear.  Though I have ...

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I am not a fan of carrot cake.  I mean, if it's the last dessert left sure, I'll eat it.  I'll eat it for purposes of the cream cheese frosting that usually accompanies it.  But the cake?  You can keep it.   So who knows why I tried these except because they looked fun and it's never too late to discover you like something you thought you wouldn't.    What I hate about carrot cake is the texture.  That carrot is not hidden.  It's crunchy and rips apar...

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Typically once a year I believe the lies and find myself making a muffin batter that promises to taste just like a donut.  In this case it promised to taste just like a krispie kreme.  This became utterly suspect as I was making them and noticed the inclusion of nutmeg and cinnamon in the batter.  Have you ever noticed a hint of spice in a kk donut?  I surely haven't.   In case you were wondering, these AREN'T krispie kreme donuts.  They aren't remotely like one. &n...

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I made this for Christmas gifts ... but you could make it for breakfast tomorrow because it's New Years and you have a little extra time on your hands and yummy bread would be a good way to head back to work. Or something like that.         It's not an exact replica of an english muffin. I think of english muffins is more dense and this is quite light, like a soft, white load of bread. But it's just a bit tangy and quite good. Just sweet enough for breakfast but not so sweet ...

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I have this deficiency.   I'm always telling myself, "Simplify, simplify, simplify."  And so I plan a gathering and tell myself to keep it simple.  That everyone doesn't need to eat five pounds of food.  But then inevitably, about an hour before the doorbell starts to ring, I start thinking, "What is we don't have enough brats?  Twelve guests, 24 brats.  What if it isn't enough?  What is we don't have enough s'mores?  Two bags of marshmallows but what...

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Pancakes often make a Saturday morning appearance.  Part of why I love them is because I've always got the ingredients on hand for a basic set.  Well, that and that they are yummy, sugary carbs of course!   But because I like new in almost any context, I try to rotate among pancakes recipes.  Like the Almond Poppyseed Pancakes (yum!), Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (holy sugar rush yum!), my favorite Milk Chocolate Chip Pancakes, or Gingerbread Pancakes (so, so).  Oh and don't f...

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I get a little bit crazy about Fall.  It's got so much seasonal food and for whatever reason, there seem to be more rules about not serving Fall flavors in off seasons than others.  So I have to take full advantage from the last days of August until early December.     It makes Nate a little crazy.   Too much pumpkin makes him a bit batty.   That's when these scones come in.  They look like Fall.  They smell like Fall.  And they don't have a dollop of...

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Happy Mother's Day to me!  Months go I promised you a better peek at these delicious rolls and the recipe behind it.  And then, well I had to get my house in tip top shape to have other people live in it for a month, get my daughter's passport and birth certificate done, film an episode of House Hunter's International, and pack four people up for a 2 and a half month adventure in the States.  The blog lost on that priority list.         But that doesn't mean th...

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Sometimes a pastry crust feels like a lot of work EVEN when you own a food processor.  Mostly because you don't feel like dirtying a bunch of attachments but also maybe because you live in a country where you have to measure out or weigh your butter every time since it doesn't come in a nice wrapper with tablespoons measured out.       But for these (really minor) inconveniences I happen to be surrounded by all sorts of delicious, fresh bread that doesn't cost an arm and a le...

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