White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

December 12, 2014
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Gingerbread is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday flavor.  I love the combination of spices and rich, sweet molasses, which seems to become more intense a day or two after baking (if, in fact, whatever I have baked lasts that long.) It’s fun to come up with new uses for gingerbread, other than the standard.. read more →

Hazelnut Apple Crisp Doughnuts

September 15, 2014
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I’ve been thinking about doughnuts quite a bit, lately.  Doughnuts have always occupied at least a portion of my mind, but their territory has been rapidly expanding over the past few months. Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve been very lucky — no bouts with morning sickness, little fatigue and minimal aches and pains.  I also have not.. read more →

Peach Shortcakes with Lemony Blueberry-Cornmeal Biscuits

July 2, 2014
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When I was growing up, we used to spend some time every summer in New Hampshire, right by crystal-clear Lake Sunapee.  In that area of the country, blueberries grow in abundance, so every morning before my brother and I started our trek down to the beach armed with towels and picnic lunches, my mom would.. read more →

Heart Shaped Cinna-Monkey Pie Pops in Whole Wheat Crusts

February 12, 2014
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So, yes…..It has been a few months–and a few major holidays–since my last post.  But I see no reason to dwell on that, especially when there are pie pops to discuss.  Agreed?  Good.  Onward! When I owned Julie Anne’s, a small bakery/cafe here in Las Vegas, we had a popular sandwich called the Cinna-Monkey on.. read more →

Mummy Trick-or-Treater Maple Sugar Cookies

October 21, 2013
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So….. my second cookbook, 100 Best Decorated Cookies came out a few weeks ago (woo-hoo!), and I’m obviously a bit tardy posting about it on this blog.  Fall, 2013 has shaped up to be one heckuva busy season, and there is no sign of it slowing down any time soon.  I have become Starbucks’ best.. read more →

Caramelized Apple Cupcakes with Spiced Cider Buttercream

September 25, 2013
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For this post, I am going to take a cue from what is now being called “The Best Emmy Speech of All Time.”  Even if you didn’t watch the telecast (which was somewhat depressing–not only because of the excessive time spent remembering deceased celebrities but because neither Aaron Paul nor Bryan Cranston won awards for.. read more →

Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cranberries, Dates and Walnuts

September 4, 2013
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When you are a super-organized type-A personality (like yours truly), you have a tough time dealing with unexpected events that completely throw your meticulously scheduled day out of whack. Take yesterday, for example. This recipe–this perfectly moist spiced loaf of pumpkin bread, loaded with tart cranberries, sweet dates and crunchy walnuts–was all ready to be.. read more →

Whole Wheat Huckleberry Banana Muffins

August 23, 2013
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Why yes, those are blueberries in the photos.  Thanks for noticing.  Here’s the thing: I ran out of huckleberries making the muffins, so I had to find a suitable substitute to serve as a model for the photo.  For the record, blueberries work wonderfully in this recipe, too. Huckleberries are like gold here in Wyoming… read more →

Toasted Coconut Scones with Mango Curd

August 15, 2013
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When I owned a bakery, the staff and I tried our best to remember the names of our regular customers, not only because it was good customer service to greet someone by name but because it facilitated back of the house communication when discussing a particular order. Sometimes, however, it was hard to figure out.. read more →

Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Sandwich Cookies

August 8, 2013
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I’m up in Jackson Hole, Wy again, this time for the entire month of August (an ideal month to skedaddle from the Las Vegas heat.)  Eric and I drove up with the dogs on Saturday, a drive that makes you realize just how big the state of Utah is.   On the positive side, I got a.. read more →

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pocket Pies with Whole Wheat Crusts

August 2, 2013
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I went to Target the other day–no breaking news there, since I go to Target every week (or multiple times per week.)  I don’t remember what I went there for, but let’s be honest, does it really matter?  I mean, who actually goes to Target and comes out with exactly and only (“only” being the key word here).. read more →

Savory Interlude: The Best Maple-Rum Baked Beans

July 29, 2013
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Those Junior Leaguers of Denver?  They really know their stuff when it comes to recipes. When I first started to really get into cooking, my reference materials consisted of the following: my mom’s cookbook collection or her hand-written recipe cards, which were neatly categorized–along with a few newspaper clipped recipes–in a plastic brown box.  We of.. read more →

Peach Pecan Ice Cream in Gingersnap Waffle Cones

July 24, 2013
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Well, I told you that I just might have one more peach recipe up my sleeve before I close out this series.  And wouldn’t ya know it??  I do. Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?  It’s true.  On July 21, 1984, President Ronald Reagan recognized the popularity of ice cream in America by.. read more →

Peach-a Colada Cupcakes

July 21, 2013
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This is my very last post of my fresh peaches series.  Well……maybe my second to last.  I just came up with one more idea, and I still have some peaches sitting on the counter, so I’ll likely sneak the recipe in as a bonus-peach-post over the next few days. And THEN, that’s it!  I’m finished-fini!-finito!-with.. read more →

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 →

Key Lime Pie Doughnuts with Coconut Glaze

June 24, 2013
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For someone who writes a baking blog, I don’t eat as many sweets as you might think.  Oh, sure, I sample along the way as I create (don’t worry–I’m not just “winging it” with my recipes!), but it pretty much stops there.  Maybe it’s because I used to own a bakery, where I got used.. read more →