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Hold onto your horses and don't even start this recipe if you are looking for something "light" or "fresh."  Because this is neither.  It's heavy and rich and deep and Nate ate half of it in one sitting.       But if you serve anything alongside a salad that makes it healthy, right?     Blue Cheese and Red Potato Tart Taken from Smitten Kitchen   1 Savory Tart Shell, below, or recipe of your choice, in a 9-inch tart pan and ready to fill1 pound small red p...

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When I heard that cake flour is not sold here, my heart hurt a little.  Of course a year after discovering just my most favoritest, ever, ever pancake recipe I find myself without the star ingredient of the recipe.  Oh I know you can make cake flour and I'm sure I'll do this many, many times but I thought I better re-open my pancake repertoire if it wasn't going to be too easy to come by.   Joy the Baker is a supreme pancake lover.  Breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Just like...

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$3 each at the Logan Square Farmer's Market on a Sunday morning in Chicago     $.55 and twice as big on a Saturday morning from the Cyrano Bakery three blocks from us in Quito   4 comments...

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Amidst all the cookies and candies and chocolate related to Christmas I needed something a little different.  Our friends were hosting a goodbye party for us and I wanted each person to walk away with a tangible thank you.  Something seasonal but maybe a touch less sweet.  Knowing the dinner party would end late followed by an early morning for those with kids and church, I landed on the idea of muffins.     Eggnog muffins were a given for the seasonal criteria but what ...

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These woulda, shoulda, coulda been waffles but my waffle iron is somewhere between here and Ecuador ... or Minnesota or Missouri or Pennsylvania perhaps.  There are pieces of our lives scattered every which way but eventually a whole lotta nice people are going to help all those bags converge in Quito with us.  By April I expect my waffle iron will show up somewhere amidst the wreckage but I couldn't wait til April to make gingerbread waffles.  By then my waffles had better contai...

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It's hard to believe this graced my table.  Biscuits and gravy.  Gravy.  GRAVY.  Not my thing. But every once in awhile you have to do something in the name of love, right?  And sausage is my husband's love.  And sausage n gravy n biscuits just might be his ultimate love.     And so the other night this graced my table. Of course I couldn't leave well enough alone and had to serve up Maple Cornmeal Biscuits with Sausage Gravy. But I don't know why I bothered because for Nate the tried an...

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Fine Cooking is a helpful fantastic magazine for technique education.  They don't just spotlight a recipe for a perfect pie crust.  They include step by step photos and instructions and explain why the methods and ingredients were chosen.  I've made croissants once before (and ate them all up rather quickly), but when I saw Fine Cooking had featured them in an instructional piece I knew it was time to try again.  Oh and my baby was finally sleep trained so yes, it was time to try again.   ...

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With the chill in the air and a sweater on today, doesn't it just seem like the perfect day for comfort food? And what better way to end the meal than to tuck into a bowl of warm bread pudding.   Add new comment...

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Here was Saturday morning's result of the 80 lbs. of cinnamon roll dough I accidentally made.  Maple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls.  Take your basic recipe and add a touch of maple flavoring to the dough, some chopped walnuts to the filling, and top it with a maple glaze.  After all, despite being a firm believer in the fact that there is nothing better than the original cinnamon roll dough, when you've got 80 lbs. of it ... it's time to get a little creative with some of your pans!   Add new commen...

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Welcome to Saturday morning at our house …     Okay, well, maybe once a month.  The other Saturdays I’m still setting my alarm to jump out of bed and get out the door after shoving a bowl of cereal down my throat.  But every once in a while I like to feel like it can really be Saturday.  And a Saturday is NEVER Saturday without a yummy breakfast treat, due to my childhood spoiling of waking up to pancakes, French toast, or cinnamon rolls.   (My dad was also known to whisper in my ear, ...

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