Month: January 2012


Brioche French Toast with Caramelized Apples

I know you’ve been waiting for this recipe!  Trust me, it is AMAZING.  Simple, yet amazing.  How can that be?  It’s the beauty of French cooking!  Somehow, it just happens.  If you make this dish for yourself, you will see what I mean. There is a wonderful description of the concept of pain perdu (literally

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Simple Brioche

I studied French all through high school, then majored in French Language and Literature in college.  Sadly, I don’t get to use it nearly as much as I would like.  I do, however, enjoy cooking from my French Farmhouse Cookbook.  The author, Susan Hermann Loomis, truly captures the authenticity of farmhouse cooking that is the basis

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Secret Ingredient Triple-Chocolate Brownies

I love making brownies.  So rich and chocolatey, served warm with a little ice cream on top.  I have tried low-fat brownie recipes through the years but have never stumbled upon one that I just loved.  They were either too dry or too cake-like (which a brownie shouldn’t be, in my opinion).  Then, my issue

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Apple and Oat Scones with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

I love scones!  I don’t know how it happened, really.  It was probably when I had one of those decadent orange scones from Panera several years ago…and I’ve been hooked ever since. I also love apples.  Usually eat two a day.  And oatmeal?  Every morning for breakfast!  So, when I saw this recipe in the

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Flat Apple Pie

This recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman.  Did any of you catch her show this past Saturday on the Food Network?  She makes everything look so effortless and easy!  How does she do that? This is a basic, straightforward recipe.  Not complicated.  Simple, even.  Yet somehow, my attempt at baking this pie turned into a

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Blueberry-Yogurt Muffins

Last week was not so great.  Not bad, but not so great.  Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was away from home for two days and unable to bake or blog.  I have been itching to get back at it all weekend, so today I made these muffins from The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook!

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The Fluffiest Pancakes You Will Ever Eat!

My daughter loves chocolate chip pancakes.  She gets it from me. She eats them practically every morning!  Usually I make a big batch to freeze, then just pull one or two out as I need them.  This time I decided to try a new recipe.  I am ashamed to say that I can’t remember where

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Almost Nutri-Grain Bars

This recipe comes from Carrie’s Cooking (, a website I found when I was looking for a good homemade cereal bar recipe – you know, like the Nutri-grain bars?  My kids love those things, but they also happen to be full of high-fructose corn syrup! Time to find a better alternative.  I really like this

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Peanut Butter Blondies

Blondies?  Love ’em!  In fact, my husband’s aunt makes some that are out of this world.  She always brings them to our family gatherings and, if you’re lucky, you might get one before they are all gone. Then, last Friday, I saw this post on Sweet & Crumby.  They were called TGIF Peanut Butter Blondies.

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