This recipe was born in an act of desperation.  I made it up after discovering I had forgotten to buy pasta sauce at the store, and had planned on spaghetti and my homemade french bread for dinner.  After contemplating takeout, I decided to instead Read More

HOMEMADE CANNED MARINARA SAUCE

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This Strawberries and Cream Cake is one of those desserts that after you try it for the first time, you can get it out of your head.  I have dreams about this cake.  It’s that good.  I first tried it at my best friend’s family party several years Read More

STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM CAKE

Bread is one of my favorite things to bake.  There is just something about the aroma filling your home and eating a slice of soft, warm bread straight out of oven with butter than is the ultimate comfort food for me. Making bread can be complicated Read More

FAST, FUSS-FREE FRENCH BREAD

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Let’s face it, coffee cake is not only for coffee drinkers. Yes, the moist cake goes well with a hot beverage, but it is equally as tasty as a dessert or after school snack. This recipe won me over because of the generous amount of crumb topping on Read More

NEW YORK STYLE COFFEE CAKE

Lemon bars are the perfect treat on a crisp autumn day to invoke the feeling of summer. But a really cold lemon bar in the heat of the summer is the perfect way to cool down. And I guarantee, this isn’t the lemon bar you’re used to making.  To make Read More

LEMON BARS ON BROWN BUTTER SHORTBREAD

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Yep, I used the word darn because I love this recipe that much.  And here is why… I love fish but I HATE the smell that is left lingering in my house after I cook it.  It just ruins the whole fish-cooking experience.  A few years ago, I figured Read More

BEST DARN TERIYAKI SALMON

If I could eat at one restaurant every.single.day. it would be Tartine in San Francisco. My family and I discovered Tartine a few years back during a visit to San Francisco and we have been hooked ever since. Tartine is a bakery with a decidedly french Read More

CROQUE MONSIEUR

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If you love lemon like I do, these cookies are a must!  As we head into summer, I whipped up a batch of my favorite lemon cookies. These cookies are dense and soft with a light, tangy, glaze-like frosting. The only problem with these cookies is that Read More

SOFT LEMON DROP COOKIES

With their chewy interior, crisp, crunchy exterior and craggy, dimpled texture that is the perfect resting place for butter and jam, English muffins are the perfect bread for the morning. This recipe is the best of English muffins without the hassle, Read More

ENGLISH MUFFIN BREAD

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I love pound cake and I love chocolate cake.  So, what could be better than chocolate pound cake?  I dare say nothing. This is a moist, buttery, and mildly sweet bread with a tight crumb and deep chocolate flavor. I love the english custom of a beverage Read More

CHOCOLATE POUND CAKE

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