Lemon Thyme Cookies (3 of 8)

Lemon Thyme Sugar Cookies

Lately, I spend my Wednesday nights searching for cookie recipes. It’s become something of a ritual. I pull cookbooks off the shelves, pile them up on the table, or around the couch, or on the bed, and then begin flipping. There are a lot of requirements. It has to be different from the ones I…

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Strawberry Cake (9 of 10)

Strawberry Cake

I could have also called this one “the process of recipe development.” It’s one of the most frequent questions I get; how do I come up with recipes? Well this one was a doozy and it was also a great way to explain how ideas move from my brain to my plate, which is not…

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Biscotti

Let’s say that you are going out of town and need to thank a friend for looking after your cat. Or perhaps you’re visiting people over the holidays and want to have a gift for your hosts. Or it could be that you want a treat for the people who are visiting you. Or maybe…

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Sugar Cookies

In the category of foods that only get made once a year we’re going to have to include Sugar Cookies. They show up at holiday parties cut into cute shapes and decorated in festive colors and often they are the last cookie to go. Sugar cookies don’t have the same overdose problem as latkes although…

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Lavender Buttermilk Cake

Recipes provide a great jumping off point for innovation. Perhaps the best example of that is what you can do with an ordinary – or not so ordinary – pound cake. At its core there are some basic ingredients but from there you can build on extra flavors. Without the lavender and buttermilk, this is…

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Cranberry Blueberry Cobbler

Alright, I know I boasted about being on top of the month’s posting but we’re cutting it a little close tonight. But it’s still the 21st, everywhere in the U.S. at least, and if you’re still looking for something to get excited about on your Thanksgiving table, this might be it: Cranberry Blueberry Cobbler. There…

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Cornbread

There are two basic types of cornbread: Southern and non-Southern. True Southern cornbread is dense and unsweetened –so I’ve been told – and is made to be eaten ‘with things’ (gravy, honey, take your pick). Non-Southern cornbread is generally sweet and sort of cake-like, meant to be enjoyed on its own. Both have their merits…

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

Unlike most people, I actually kind of enjoyed the meal plan food I ate in college. Not everything was a slam dunk but a good 90% of it was better than just ‘edible’ and there are some things I’m still kind of nostalgic for. In terms of desserts, there were two winners. One was what…

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