Candied Kumquats

February 19, 2014
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Well it appears to be kumquat season around here again. My parents’ kumquat tree has sagging branches from the hundreds of pounds of kumquats just waiting to be picked. I am the one who is always tasked with turning the bounty into delicious kumquat treats (but I also always seem eat so many of them my […]

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Kumquat Bourbon Sour

February 17, 2014
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I often say I wish I had more friends who drink cocktails. When we have people over they tend to be wine or beer drinkers, or like my husband they enjoy scotch, neat. There is nothing wrong with that but I would love to have more opportunities to play around with making fun interesting cocktails. […]

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Blood Orange Marshmallows

February 7, 2014
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My family doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day but I have to admit this time of year I find myself getting caught up in the fun of all the heart shaped treats and the pink and red everything. There is something about it that just makes me smile, and I find myself reaching for my heart cookie […]

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Not So Plain Vanilla Ice Cream

February 5, 2014
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I have never understood the use of the term “plain vanilla” to describe something boring. I happen to love vanilla and nothing comes close to the fragrance of a fresh vanilla bean. That being said, there are not so many “plain vanilla” recipes on this blog. That is because vanilla is one of the most […]

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Peppermint Patty Footballs

January 29, 2014
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For someone who is not much of a football lover it feels a bit strange to be posting not one but two football shaped desserts, but I have to say that this year I am very excited about the football food. (And my family is very excited about the Superbowl. The three year old asks […]

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Apple Cider Concentrate

January 23, 2014
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I love the feeling of coming in from the cold and wrapping your hands around a steaming hot mug of something delicious. This winter (or the little of it that we have had here in California) my treat of choice has been steaming hot apple cider. I love the crisp sweetness of the apple paired […]

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Peanut Butter Football Dip

January 20, 2014
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I have to admit I am not much of a football person. If a game is on I might watch it for a few minutes, but usually I just do other things while the rest of my family shouts at the tv. The exception is the superbowl. I absolutely adore superbowl parties! Truth be told […]

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Fig, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt Challah

January 14, 2014
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This Thursday is Tu B’shevat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees. It is traditional to celebrate Tu B’shevat by planting trees and enjoying the seven species of fruits and grains of the Land of Israel mentioned in the Bible. This year our synagogue has a bunch of fun Tu B’shevat activities planned throughout shabbat, […]

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Healthy Sour Gummy Candy

January 3, 2014
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Although you might not know it from the fact that I run a dessert blog, full of sugar, I am actually pretty health conscience in my everyday life  My kids always have a homemade healthy lunch for school that doesn’t have any of the packaged treats they would love to have. I try to compensate […]

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Cranberry Pear Tart

December 31, 2013
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Whenever I walk into a bakery and see the glistening beauty of a French fruit tart I always think of my mom. Our birthday tradition when I was growing up was to serve breakfast in bed to the person who has having the birthday. We would all pile into the bed an enjoy breakfast together […]

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Candy Cane Jo-Jo Brownies

December 26, 2013
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I absolutely adore grocery shopping. That is not to say that every trip to the store with kids in tow is a pleasure, but when I do manage to take a “store-cataion” (a store vacation, ie a trip to the store with only the baby so that no one is begging me for everything they […]

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