Mini Clementine Cream Tartlets

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  Something about Manhattan only being three and a half short hours away from Boston made me sure I wasn’t moving far away from home. It wasn’t Seattle, like last time. It wasn’t even Philadelphia, like the time before. Or Rome, like that other time.   In November, when I hammered my thumb to the…

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Cranberry Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

cranberry bread pudding with caramel sauce

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray. Since moving to Manhattan, I’ve realized three things: 1) food is so expensive, and by expensive I mean, I’m thinking of selling my eggs; 2) New Yorkers have to be fitter than most. The amount of walking, lugging, and upstairs-climbing-out-of-the-subway…

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Fourth of July Red, White, and Blue Salad

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I would love to say that I was feeling especially patriotic while making this salad, but really? I was thinking about Panera. My friend and I ate there a few days ago, following our usual business meetings: TJ Maxx, coffee, Target, Nordstrom Rack…you get the idea. It’s vigorous—not for the faint of blood sugar. By…

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A Christmas Party

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Considering all of the recent heartache, all of the tragedy, I’m feeling especially grateful to be home with my loves right now.   Today, all seventy-eight thousand members of my family are coming over to celebrate Christmas. And that makes it acceptable for me to bake myself manic, to wear something other than yoga pants,…

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Delicious Holiday Desserts to Give as Gifts

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Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies c-h-e-w-y. Browned butter meets caramel. Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies My mother has made this rich recipe for at least 26 years so you’ll likely understand that I am 3/4 Irish and 1/4 fudge. Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake with Milk Chocolate Sauce Cheesecake came to mind. And then a roasted peanut…

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The Best 4th of July Dessert: S’Mores Brownies

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S’Mores Brownies. Rich and intense chocolate fudge brownies. Gently salted and buttery graham cracker crumb crust. Billowy toasted marshmallows. I mean Come on Because like You know? 4th of July S’Mores Brownies Ingredients: Graham Cracker Crust 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (15 cracker sheets) 1/4  cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter,…

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Irish Soda Muffins

  Truth: I am ethnically ambiguous. If I had a nickel for every time someone has asked me what my nationality is, what race I am, where my family is from, or why my skin is milk chocolate in the summer and a translucent white in the winter…well, I’d have at least four paper-rolled stacks…

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Shortbread Valentine Cookies

  I thought long and hard about the list of sweets I wanted to bake for Valentine’s Day. In fact, I spent a good portion of Saturday considering Cupid. The one problem I ran into was that the list began and ended with chocolates. Chocolates oozing and gooey with cream and caramel centers. Chocolates tucked…

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