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Rigatoni Pie Alla Vodka: a Terrifying Challenge Conquered

  I love taking on challenges in the kitchen, and they usually involve baking. But for at least two years I’ve been curious about the process of making a Rigatoni Pie.

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When Inspiration Strikes: The Story of the Cannoli Cake

  Have you ever had the urge to create a new and different dish but didn't have the foggiest idea of what to make? Or have you ever wondered how to put the seemingly random ingredients in your ...

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5 Minute Mug Cakes

The holidays are synonymous with lots of delicious freshly baked goods. Pies, cakes, brownies, and of course, cookies all taste even more delicious when it's cold out and you want to just sit around ...

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Pumpkin: More than just a Pie Filling

Pie? Sigh. Humans have been growing pumpkins for thousands of years, and we’ve been figuring out how to use them in our cooking for just as long. So why, I ask, WHY, is the pie the way that we most ...

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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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Found in Translation

It’s interesting how family stories change in telling (and sometimes meaning) over time.

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Tea Time: An Intermission for the Holiday Season

  If you're like me, this time of year can get a little bit stressful. The hustle and bustle of cooking, baking, traveling, shopping, and working a full-time job can take a toll on one’s sanity. I ...

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Mexican Chocoflan: the Impossible Chocolate Cake

  It's been called “The Impossible Chocolate Cake” and “Magic Mexican Chocolate Flan Cake,” but I prefer calling it “Chocoflan!”  Chocoflan is a combination of chocolate cake on the bottom with a ...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

  One of the biggest sources of inspiration in the kitchen for me are old and classic recipes. One of my most formative kitchen experiences was working in a innovative diner. It specialized in making ...

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Don't Waste a Cake Mistake

  I don’t know about you, but I always seem to have some sort of cake frozen in my freezer. It works wonders for those times when I want to put something together, but don’t have the time for the ...

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