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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Butter Rolls | No-Knead Method

Let the smell of these warm, buttery, soft and fluffy pillows of deliciousness greet your guest for dinner or your holiday meals. Your friends and family will love these rich and tender Butter Rolls so much you might as well make a second batch. The best part is there isn’t any kneading involved! REALLY, NO KNEADING? This dough […]

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Spiced Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Rum Butter Glaze

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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A Yule Log to get you in the Spirit!

The pleasure of cooking and baking during the holiday season is that we get to indulge  ourselves.  Celebrating the holidays with those you love and sharing the wonderfully decadent and full flavored food of all sorts is what makes this time of year extra special. What could be more special that a Yule Log (Bûche de Noel) […]

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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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Thanksgiving Prep Begins with a “To Do List”

I have been asked many times by my students, “How do you get everything to the table, hot and ready at the same time?”  “How do you not, get overwhelmed and stressed out?”  “How can I enjoy the hosting the holiday and still have time with the family?” Well, it all begins with with a “To Do […]

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New School Pumpkin Pie Filling

“Don’t mess with a good thing!”  Well sometimes messing with a tried and true recipe can be good!  The Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe is one of those recipes that has become the standard in the American home and professional kitchens for Thanksgiving.  When family and friends gather together in homes, hotels, and restaurants on this holiday, it is expected […]

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