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Skip Banana Bread and Make Banana Cheesecake

  When my counter fruit bowl overflows with bananas, as it often does, my taste buds urge me to make a banana pudding. Or a banana pie. Or, best of all, a combination of the two - a banana pudding ...

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When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Frozen Lemon Mousse

  It’s been a pretty tough year. We went from winter to hot summer with barely a notice of spring in Chicagoland, all the while sheltering in place. But to use a very worn saying, “When life gives ...

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Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Pie

It's no secret that I am a rather lazy baker. When I do make the effort to bake, it is mostly for other people’s enjoyment, not necessarily my own. The first thing I baked all on my own was a pan of ...

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5 Easy Desserts to Master This Fall

  I can already feel the comments flooding in, so let me just get this out of the way: I am very aware that, officially, we are still in the throes of a Midwestern summer (new band name; I call it!). ...

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Food Comics: Chocolate Lava Cake

We are pleased to introduce Food Comics from The Chopping Block where our resident Cartoonist Tom O'Brien illustrates his cooking adventures. He shows you how to make a quick and easy Chocolate Lava ...

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A Tale of Two Cobblers

  Some of my favorite food blogs I’ve written have originated from dinner parties I’ve hosted. It might be somewhat selfish of me, but I will use the occasion as the perfect vehicle for a blog topic. ...

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Transform Lemon Curd to Elegant Mousse

  Whenever we have a dinner party, I'm typically in charge of preparing the dessert. Sometimes when I'm feeling really ambitious, I'll make a pie or cake, but time wasn't on my side recently so I ...

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5 Dreamy Ice Cream Hacks for Summer

  When the weather gets this hot, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it. Not a lot, that is, except for resorting to a diet made up of ice cream. There are very few who will complain about this ...

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Kids Can Make Coconut Cupcakes with Pineapple Frosting and So Can You

  To be honest, I find it fairly difficult to read coconut cupcakes with pineapple frosting without smiling. This recipe is packed with toasted coconut and juicy pineapple frosting that comes ...

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Heritage Bundt Pan: Why Can’t I Quit You?

    For the past six months, I’ve had a love affair with my new Bundt pan. I love baking Bundt cakes! It might be a form of baking laziness on my part, partly because the cake is made in a single ...

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