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Strawberry Peach Bread and Strawberry Lavender Jam

Strawberry Peach Bread and Strawberry Lavender Jam
Comments : 3 Posted in : Breads and muffins, Breakfast/Brunch, gifts, Recipes on by : salernos
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I know it’s been a long time, I’ve moved to a new job in Dallas so I’ve been mostly without my kitchen (or any kitchen at all for a while) and suffering some serious withdrawal symptoms.  I really miss my big kitchen and all my cooking supplies that just don’t fit in my apartment here.  I’m going back and forth though, so
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Easter Egg Cake Balls

Easter Egg Cake Balls
Comments : 4 Posted in : candy, Dessert, gifts, Recipes on by : salernos
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Easter Egg Cake Balls Since I’ve been quite busy lately, I’m taking advantage of timing and reposting one of my favorites for Easter.  These were a big hit and I’m sure I’ll be making them again this year! Although I don’t quite get it as I guess I’m just not that much of a cake
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Cranberry Cookie Bars: what to do with that leftover cranberry sauce

Cranberry Cookie Bars:  what to do with that leftover cranberry sauce
Comments : 14 Posted in : Dessert, gifts, Recipes on by : salernos
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I always have left over cranberry sauce and never know what to do with it.  Due to my preference for sweets and distinct lack of interest in turkey (or any other kind) of sandwiches that only use a teaspoon or two at a time anyway, it is always a challenge to use up.  I’ve finally
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Chocolate Dipped Pecan and Cherry Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Pecan and Cherry Cookies
Comments : 5 Posted in : Dessert, gifts, Recipes on by : salernos
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These are wonderful holiday cookies and is one of five recipes chosen to be published in the Las Vegas Review Journal .  Starting with a basic sugar cookie dough I added two of my favorites, pecans and cherries and of course for the rest of the family they had to have chocolate.  I’ll be posting
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Chocolate Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Roses

Comments : 3 Posted in : candy, Dessert, Food photography, gifts, Photography, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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I love the things that can be done with fondant, but although nobody seems to acknowledge it, the stuff doesn’t really taste very good.  Years ago I saw the recipe for white chocolate (which I adore) plastic but had forgotten about it until I saw it again recently and thought I’d give it a try.
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The Daring Bakers' Challenge: Povitica (really great nut swirl sweet bread)

The Daring Bakers' Challenge:  Povitica (really great nut swirl sweet bread)
Comments : 8 Posted in : Breads and muffins, Dessert, gifts, Recipes on by : salernos
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This was another challenge I could totally appreciate – a great sweet bread with nuts, cinnamon and sugar swirled throughout!  As a special bonus, this one is pretty good for a workout – lots of kneading and rolling but totally worth it.    Thanks so much to Jenni of The Gingered Whisk where you can find her beautifully photographed
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Citrus cream parfaits

Citrus cream parfaits
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dessert, Food photography, gifts, Recipes, Sauces on by : salernos
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While I was visiting the LA Times test kitchen, Noelle Carter was gracious enough to share a great trick with me.  Instead of whipping cream with a whisk or mixer, try doing it in the food processor.  The cream has less air and is more substantial so it holds better and tastes amazing, a little
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The Daring Baker's Challenge: Baklava with homemade dough

The Daring Baker's Challenge: Baklava with homemade dough
Comments : 2 Posted in : Breads and muffins, Dessert, gifts, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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This month’s Daring Baker’s Challenge was one I was looking forward to but unfortunately, due to an unexpected but exciting event (my sliders were chosen as one of the top 5 in the LA Times Battle of the Burgers so I was invited for photos and a visit to the test kitchen in Los Angeles)
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