• Hazelnut Layer Brownies

    Hazelnut Triple-Decker Brownies

    July 30th, 2016

    The Husband and I were watching a documentary about prison, like we seem to end up doing every three weeks or so, and I was inspired by these triple-decker bunks they stuff convicts into now in order to save space.  Double-decker bunks are apparently old-school, relics of a time before the whole overcrowding problem, when […]

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  • Gooey Great Stuff Pie

    Gooey Great Stuff Pie

    July 2nd, 2016

    It’s so freaking hot out, so this weather calls for an easy dessert that delivers a powerful insulin spike with ridiculously limited effort.  (You’d think I’d have made a no-bake dessert, or frozen concoction of some sort- but no, I’m not that planful.  I’ll make sundaes soon, I promise.  They’re in the queue.) I’m on […]

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  • Pudding Bundt Cake

    Insane Pudding Bundt Cake

    March 19th, 2016

    Marilyn sent me this recipe, and it got bumped around the queue I keep of Recipes I’ll Probably Maybe Make One Day.  The ingredients didn’t… speak to me.  Like a homeless lady with a diagnosable mental illness, I wait for recipe ingredients to speak to me, and usually out loud. (True non-sequitur homeless lady story: […]

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  • Rum Butter Chewy Bars

    Rum Butter Pecan Chewy Bars

    February 27th, 2016

    Rum- you either love it or you hate it.  If you hate it, click here or here, or go have a nap.  If you love it, stick with me, drinking buddy.  We’re going to have a good time. (Full disclosure: rum and I are still unsure of our relationship.  I have a scarring memory from 1994 […]

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  • Brownie Caramel Nut Tart

    Brownie Caramel Nut Tarts

    February 13th, 2016

    What have I been thinking? I looked back on the recipes I’ve been making lately and they’re as white as the Oscars. It’s time to bring back the chocolate, folks, because- wait.  I don’t even need to explain the rationale on this.  Chocolate speaks for itself. I commit that I will never go more than five […]

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  • White Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

    White Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

    January 2nd, 2016

    It’s been too long since I’ve put white chocolate and pistachio together (one year, five months, and fourteen days, but who’s obsessing about it or anything?).  For this inexplicably long amount of inexcusable time, I am sorry.  But I know I’ll redeem myself with this reunion-party-in-a-cookie. I’m a people-pleaser so I’ll do what it takes to […]

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  • Almond Butterscotch Biscotti

    Almond Butterscotch Biscotti

    October 24th, 2015

    It’s been a long time since I’ve made biscotti, so this is what you’re getting this week. I’ve had the tube of almond paste burning a hole in the Miscellaneous Baking Drawer (the one with the pomegranate molasses, yeast, gelatin, and weird flours that I’ll probably never use again) for a few months now, possibly perilously […]

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  • Milk Chocolate Pecan Toffee

    Milk Chocolate Pecan Toffee

    September 12th, 2015

    This is the recipe that will make you an instant celebrity in your circle of family and friends.  (You might already be a celebrity to these insulin-spiked folks if you’ve been making my World’s Greatest Fudge Brownies, so just get ready for your celeb status to skyrocket into Kardashian territory.) This toffee candy has been […]

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  • Lemon Pistachio Ginger Brittle

    Lemon Ginger Pistachio Brittle

    September 5th, 2015

    Two essential words, my baker friends: FROOT LOOPS. It’s inexplicable, I know, but somehow this incredible concoction of cooked sugar, lemon, pistachio and candied ginger cracked the code of what Froot Loops cereal tastes like. Exactly. So I don’t know about you, but I’m getting my candy thermometer ready to make another batch, because any […]

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  • Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Tart

    Chocolate Macadamia Cookie Tart

    July 25th, 2015

    Nod with me. Chocolate, nod. Macadamia nuts, nod. Cookie baked into a tart shell, nod. Chocolate sauce?  Really?  Nod! It doesn’t take that much to make a desserts fiend happy, but I’ve gotta tell ya- this one makes it embarrassingly easy to love.  There’s something about the texture of macadamia nuts in the midst of […]

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  • Cashew White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

    Cashew White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

    May 10th, 2015

    Have you seen ‘Still Alice’?  Yeah well, I might have early onset Alzheimers like that character with the red hair who won the Academy Award.  (I’m not even joking- I can’t remember her name right now.  Reinforcing my point.) I was at the store yesterday morning and bought cashews and a bar of white chocolate […]

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  • Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

    Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

    April 25th, 2015

    So fast.  So easy.  So good. I’ve had a thing lately for toasted pecans, so this dessert works JUST FINE.  (Really- I have even been adding them to my morning yogurt snack with raisins and strawberries and cinnamon.  Can’t.  Get.  Enough.  But don’t even think of skipping the 7 minute step of toasting them, or […]

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  • Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies

    Hazelnut Double Chocolate Cookies

    March 18th, 2015

    Dear Hazelnuts, Oh, how I’ve missed you.  Where have you been? I let us grow apart, and I take responsibility for that.  I have to admit that I let pecans and walnuts rule the nut roost ’round these parts, and I forgot about how freaking good you can be- all toasted and fragrant and nutty […]

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  • Greek Yogurt with Pomegranate Syrup

    Pomegranate Syrup with Yogurt & Honey

    February 25th, 2015

    Flashback to 2006, Rhodes, Greece. Imagine being served a cool bowl of Greek yogurt- drizzled in honey with walnuts sprinkled on top- on a scorching hot morning as a mere part of a massive breakfast that your impossibly generous innkeeper host will serve to you each day.  (If you ever go to Rhodes, which I […]

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  • Pomegranate Orange Almond Cake

    Pomegranate Orange Almond Cake

    February 7th, 2015

    I stumbled upon this recipe in the Wall Street Journal one morning while in professional mode- reading articles about mergers and acquisitions and takeovers and other riveting topics.  I must have ‘accidentally’ clicked on the food section and a picture of a cake sprinkled with pomegranate seeds slapped me out of my working-mode stupor. I […]

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  • Chocolate Pecan Fudge

    Classic Chocolate Fudge

    December 31st, 2014

    A few weeks back when The Husband and I were moving into our new place (yes, the place where our glorious new oven decided not to work from Day 1, even though our inspector didn’t pick up on it and then the Fisher & Paykel guy who came out and said “it works just fine!” […]

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  • Buttery Peanut Brittle

    Buttery Peanut Brittle

    December 17th, 2014

    This post is dangerous. I’m telling you now, so consider yourself warned. You might have forgotten how freaking amazing peanut brittle is, and even if you haven’t forgotten, you haven’t tasted this.  And I speak from unfortunate experience that you simply cannot eat one piece of this brittle in one sitting.  (Or one ‘standing’, which […]

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  • Toasted Almond Brownies

    Toasted Almond Brownies

    October 15th, 2014

    Toasted almonds and milk chocolate just work. Don’t try to argue about it, because you’ll lose the fight all night long. Take a perfectly good sliced almond, improve it 750% by toasting it (really- if you don’t toast your almonds then you are living in a hazy, cloudy, sad, bland place), and throw it into […]

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