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Fresh Peach Crumb Cake with Vanilla Glaze

July 17, 2013
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The person who invented crumb cake?  Kind of a genius. He or she figured out a way to make it acceptable to eat cake for breakfast AND, should it please you, enjoy a second piece of that same cake with afternoon coffee.  Only in that case, would the cake be considered coffee cake instead of crumb cake?.. read more →

Baked Brie and Spiced Peach Strudels

July 15, 2013
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For many cooks, “phyllo” is a scary word.  When the list of ingredients for a recipe includes the thinner-than-paper-thin rectangular sheets of dough, the common inclination is to: A. Skip it and move on to plan B B. Wonder, “Hmmm….. Can I use puff pastry instead?” Phyllo, also spelled “fillo”, is notoriously unforgiving to work with… read more →

Peach and White Chocolate S’mores with Ginger Grahams

July 10, 2013
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Eric and I returned from our week-long trip to Jackson Hole a few days ago, a trip that we could not have timed better from a weather perspective since Las Vegas saw temperatures in the 117F range for several of those days.  Although long, our 12-hour drives back and forth were fairly uneventful, except for.. read more →

Flaky Cinnamon-Sugar Pie Crust “Chips” and Strawberry Peach Salsa

July 2, 2013
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My family lived in New Jersey until I was thirteen, when we moved to Texas.  Thanks to the powerhouse T.V. series The Jersey Shore and The Sopranos (R.I.P., Tony), we all know about New Jersey’s abundance of hair gel, turnpike exits and Italian food.  I don’t think, however, that many are aware that the third state also boasts fantastic produce………although.. read more →

Fourth of July Decorated Sugar Cookies

June 28, 2013
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It’s hard to believe that July is just around the corner.  What the heck happened to June?   I’m pretty sure that it was just May a few days ago, wasn’t it? To commemorate the onset of the seventh month, Las Vegas has decided to call in some record breaking temperatures.  Today is predicted to be.. read more →