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Baking, a Love Story


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Leftover Cranberry Sauce-d Bread Pudding {With Dark Chocolate and Brandy}

I know, if you have read my last post, then you may be wondering, “Just how much leftover cranberry sauce does this girl have?” and “Why?”. But truth be told my Left-Over Cranberry Sauce Muffins’  post was last year’s after Thanksgiving post and this year I happen to have a new leftover cranberry sauce recipe and it is a doozy.

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An Almost Grasshopper Pie Parfait

Life has its share of epic fails, and so does my kitchen unfortunately.  Cakes can just flat out refuse to come out of their pans, omelets will stage a sit-in and end up as scrambled cheesy eggs, and sometimes, Grasshopper Pies turn into parfaits.

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Easy Peasy Cream Puffs

If you’re anything like me, you are taking a look at these pretty little cream puffs and thinking, “Yum, but way too much work.” The truth is you were half correct in your thinking. They are definitely yum but they are actually fairly easy, with a very short list of ingredients that you likely have in the house.

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Balsamic Dark Cherry Sauce Over Fallen Chocolate Cake

A Sweet and Crumby Instant Replay because sometimes Life happens.

Have you ever fallen…

crazily in love?

down, way down, with no glimpse of the sky?

literally, into a mud puddle, or down a flight of stairs or simply between the cracks?…

This devastatingly rich, chocolate cake, too, has fallen, but it was designed to fall. Cakes are one of those few things that can be meant to fall.  Unlike people, this cake falls perfectly into a rich and soulful plate of splendor. Continue reading


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If Han Solo Were a Doughnut…{Maple Glazed Doughnuts with Bacon Crumbles}

Over the weekend, I woke up with one clear thought, “I MUST make doughnuts.” And if you are going to bother with the the huge vat of oil, wait for the dough to rise and eat a ginormous amount of calories, then you may as well jump in with both feet and make Maple Glazed Doughnuts topped with Applewood Smoked Bacon crumbles.  Don’t you agree?

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Black Cocoa Perfection and Evil Awesomeness {Chocolate Malted Cupcakes with Whipped Chocolate Malted Frosting}

Few things are perfect but these things come to mind:

Black Cocoa Powder which was used in these dark, dark, moist and chocolatey malted cupcakes.
Calorie FREE chocolate malted cupcakes which these are NOT…one can certainly dream can’t she?
And my daughter’s smile when opening her fifteenth birthday present which was a first edition copy of her favorite book with author’s signature.

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My words are few today because life is going at its usual lightning speed right now. So what’s new? But life is good and birthdays are super good. And watching your daughter open presents and having your husband make her dreams come true are all beautiful things. He was the mastermind behind finding a signed first edition of Night Circus and surprising her with it yesterday morning. Continue reading


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Misrepresentations and My Espresso BROWNIES

These deep, dark and devilish Espresso Brownies are exactly the thing you need on your Super Bowl table, or your kitchen table, or your nightstand by your bed when everything has gone awry. Basically these guys are rich, sooooo chocolate-y, are chewy but cake-like and have a definite hit of Espresso flavor. All good things, right?

You can NOT go wrong making or eating these. Ever.

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A Tunnel of Fudge Cake Happy Birthday Toast to My Dad

I was sixteen and running late for my first date with a boy whom I really liked and I made the cataclysmic mistake of telling my dad to “entertain” him for a few minutes. After I sprayed my last bit of Aqua Net onto my two inch high bangs, glossed over my lips and slipped on my “pumps”, I walked into our family room to find my dad, six foot three inches tall, and my date tap dancing on our wood floors while my dad whistled and sang, “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

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Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chocolate Cookies from “Milk”, Los Angeles

Times spent around my kitchen table are honestly the best. I think that’s one of the reasons I love cooking and baking so much. The process is wonderful to me, but the outcome is immeasurable. It’s a rare week at my house when we don’t sit down together each night for dinner.

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A Little Tipsy Cherry Chocolate Brownies {Low-Cal/Low-Fat …ish}

I was more than honored that Raymund from Ang Sarap asked me to guest post on his blog. If you haven’t met Raymund or his tantalizing array of food, then you have sadly missed out. It took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to make to feature on his blog, but I finally landed on these Cherry Chocolate Brownies with bit of Brandy. They are lower in calories and fat than your typical brownies but still crazy rich and chocolatey and they definitely have an added zing from the brandy. And like any good brandy, these sweet treats actually get better with age. Let them sit in their gooey splendor, brandy adequately getting to permeate throughout it, and you will be one very happy camper.

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