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Mini Zucchini Bread Three Ways

I have fond memories of zucchini bread that my “summer” grandma made me. I had one grandma that lived with us, and the “summer” grandma lived in Virginia. To this day whenever I cut into a ...

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Everyone Needs Friends with Figs

I'm lucky enough to have a couple of friends who have a fig tree that produces an abundance of fruit right on schedule every June. Each summer, they are generous enough to give me more than my fair ...

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Recalling a Few Cookie Memories of My Youth

I’ve touched on some of the fondest food memories of my youth in a number of my blogs.  Those memories for me, like a lot of us, begin with meals and desserts prepared by our mothers and ...

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Sweet Phyllo Dough Bundles

 It took awhile this year, but Summer is finally here and for me, that means easy, breezy everything! I like to cook outside more, heat up the inside less, eat with minimal preparation – and so much ...

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A Royal Recipe: Meghan & Harry’s Lemon Elderflower Petit Fours

  I’m obsessed with the upcoming Royal Wedding. As an L.A. girl who studied in London and always dreamed of bumping into some secret royal at the local Tesco and being swept off my feet, this is my ...

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Sugared Flowers for Mother’s Day

My wedding anniversary was a couple of weeks ago, and as my husband and I found ourselves looking through our wedding album we found a photo of our wedding cake. It made me smile, because I remember ...

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Anywhere Brownies

  Who doesn’t like brownies? Okay, maybe there’s someone out there who doesn’t, but I prefer to believe they’ve just never had a really great homemade brownie baked from scratch. Maybe they’ve only ...

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How to Make Apple Cider Syrup and Turn It Into Pie

Close to 20 years ago, one of our former chef instructors Lisa Futterman came to work with a recipe she clipped out of a newspaper for an Apple Cider Pie. It was the craziest pie I had seen. She took ...

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Paczki Day: A Delicious Fat Tuesday Tradition 

  Paczkis (Poonch-Keys), the yeast raised, fried donuts often filled with jams and creams, are a Fat Tuesday tradition that are enjoyed before pre-Easter fasting begins. They are a Polish tradition, ...

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Sticky Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

I know I’ve divulged some of my mom’s secrets including her turkey soup and braised short ribs with chili biscuits in past blogs, and while those are both really delicious, I’m finally breaking down ...

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