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17 December, 2011

Cranberry Cookie Bars: what to do with that leftover cranberry sauce

Cranberry Cookie Bars:  what to do with that leftover cranberry sauce
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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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7 December, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Pecan and Cherry Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Pecan and Cherry Cookies
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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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27 October, 2011

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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6 July, 2011

5 minute dessert – no bake chocolate cake

5 minute dessert – no bake chocolate cake
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dessert, Quick and Simple, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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I absolutely love Heidi Swanson’s blog 101 Cookbooks.  Her recipes are wonderful but even more, her pictures are gorgeous and inspiring.  I decided to try her No Bake Chocolate Cake.  This is so simple and quick and the family gave it the thumbs up.  I will definitely make it again! Basically just cream and chocolate, it
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13 March, 2011

Lime Cream

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I love lime, even more than lemon and use it often.  This recipe is kind of  a cross between lime curd and key lime pie filling.  It is essentially a lime custard but with lots of butter and whipped up until it is creamy, inspired by a recipe for Lemon Cream from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking
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7 February, 2011

Maraschino Jelly makes everything better

Comments : 4 Posted in : Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert, Food photography, gifts, Photography, Quick and Simple, Recipes on by : salernos
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Some things just seem too good to give up even when you get older.  Maraschino cherries are one of those things.  Every kid loves them, they make a soda turn into a Shirley Temple and you just can’t have ice cream sundaes without one.  This recipe has been around forever I’m sure, but is still
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5 February, 2011

It’s World Nutella Day – Nutella Brownies

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It’s World Nutella Day  sponsored by Ms Adventures in Italy, Bleeding Espresso, and World Nutella Day – there really is a day for everything!  In honor of Nutella, here is my nutella brownie recipe. My daughter is also away at college and since she didn’t come home for spring break this year she was feeling
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2 February, 2011

Girlie Birthday cupcakes: Part II chocolate/maraschino cherry regular and minis

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As promised, here is the second half of the Girlie Birthday Cupcakes – the chocolate/maraschino cherry cupcakes and minis.  As I mentioned in Part I I  modified and combined several recipes.  For these, I used the Martha Stuart’s Strawberry Buttercream modified into Maraschino Cherry Buttercream and  Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes from Betty Crocker.  The minis
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