Pączki | Polish Doughnuts

Who doesn’t love doughnuts? How about a filled Polish doughnut know as a Pączki, pronounced (POHNCH-kee). These little pillows of rich egg dough, scented with dark rum and vanilla, are fried until golden brown and then filled with generous amounts of fruit or custard filling and then finished with a liberal dusting of powder sugar. Indulge […]

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Lemon Cream Shortcakes

Rich, tender, lightly sweet, and perfumed with the scent of lemons. Lemon Cream Shortcakes pair perfectly with mounds of fresh sweet berries and a big scoop of lightly sweetened heavy whipped cream. Take your summer celebrations to a new level by making this tasty treat for your friends and family. The key to making really good Lemon Cream Shortcake […]

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Chicken Pot Pie – Don’t Fear the Flame

I love Chicken Pot Pie.  Tender chicken, vegetables, thick and rich chicken sauce, nestled in a buttery and oh so flaky pie crust.  But  how do you take Chicken Pot Pie from “great” to “omg.” Well, it’s all about caramelization.  Don’t fear the flame! this is how we develop deeper flavors from our food.  Most […]

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Spiced Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Rum Butter Glaze

As the cooler weather signals the arrival of fall, it also signals the arrival of seasonal baking. The time that cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove get to be guest stars in baking recipes greeting us with their aromas and reminding us of the warmth and comfort of home. What better way to celebrate the changing […]

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Snowflake Rolled Sugar Cookies

Rolled Sugar Cookies and Sweet Memories

The holidays are over.  The tree has been taken down.  The decorations have been carefully packed and stored away for the next Christmas season.  This holiday season was filled with memories of friends and family gathering together to celebrate and share the most important gift we can give.  Time together. It wouldn’t be a celebration without food.  Food memories; that connection […]

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Fruit Crumble Coffee Cake

Fruit Crumble Coffee Cake; with its moist, rich, and buttery crumb, bursting with fresh fruit flavor, and crowned with a rich, crunchy cinnamon streusel that then is topped with a light dusting of powder sugar to finish. Having a few recipes that are easy to prepare, use ingredients that you always have on hand, that are quick to bake, and tasted really good is important to […]

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Double Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes; Celebrates the idea of “more is better.” I start with a decadent chocolate cupcake and then fill it with a rich pastry cream, then dipped the top of the cupcake in ganache, next comes a piped swirl of the pastry cream on top the the ganache, and the top is dunk into the […]

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Deep, Dark, Rich, and Chewy Brownies!

The Brownie.  A true American baked good.  Did you know the first recipe developed in 1896 as Brownies didn’t have any chocolate?  Most people couldn’t imagine a brownie without the ubiquitous chocolate.  But, by 1904, chocolate found its way into the revised Brownie recipe.  Fast becoming a favorite treat to share with friends and family.  Everyone has a favorite type of brownie they like.  […]

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Sweet Dough Disguised as Cinnamon Rolls

What if there was a yeasted sweet dough that could be made ahead, frozen, thawed, filled, shaped into sweet or savory baked goods, and then freshly baked off.  All, without waking up at 4 am to complete when hosting friends or family this holiday season.  Guess what there is and I have the recipe for […]

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Betty Crocker’s New Picture Cookbook: Thumbprint Cookies

  With Thanksgiving leftovers in the refrigerator and Christmas lights and decorations going up around the house.  It is time to turn to the season of holiday baking and cooking. Instead of trying to figure out what gift to buy for someone.  How about making homemade gifts instead?  This coming month I’ll give you hints, […]

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