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Month: October 2008

Rich Chocolate Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

 Frosted and decorated two ways: Pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns (above) and plainly piped (below).  Happy Halloween!    Rich Chocolate Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting: 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/3 cup unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped (or just use morsels) 1 cup boiling water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract […]

Orange White Chip Cookies

I first saw the recipe for these cookies last week and I have been thinking about them ever since.  There isn’t anything fancy about them, but for some reason, the combination of flavors spoke to me.  I rarely bake with white chocolate or citrus flavors and […]

Salmon Burgers

              These salmon burgers were really delicious and so easy!  I served these burgers on soft fresh wheat rolls along side a bowl of gyoza (dumpling) soup. I really love fresh, quick dinners like this.  Most of the time,  I prefer meals like […]

Buffalo Chicken Salad

There’s something about Buffalo Chicken that makes it feel like junk food.  Maybe it’s because of the frequency of buffalo tenders on bar menus.  But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be bad for you.  You can enjoy the delicious flavor without lots of fat and […]

Chicken, Ziti, and Broccoli

    Strangely, after cooking for so many years, I think this was the first time I have ever made chicken, ziti, and broccoli.  I think I have put it off because every time I have eaten it (usually at a catered event, not by choice) I have […]

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (with or without mini chocolate chips)

I am loving all things pumpkin these days–I just can’t get enough.  Pumpkin candy, pumpkin cake, actual pumpkins in the natural state.  Nothing says October like bright beautiful orange pumpkins and all of the spices that go along with them.  Cloves. Nutmeg. Cinnamon.  So delicious! […]

Bittersweet Molten Chocolate Cupcakes

It happens sometimes.  OK–I’ll be honest.  It happens a lot.  It doesn’t matter what time it is, how tired I am, whether we have to be somewhere or I have all the time in the world.  Sometimes I get an urge to bake–an urge that […]

Banana Nut Tart

This tart is fantastic!  I almost want to call it “Bananas Foster Tart.”  It is rich and caramelly–yes–caramelly.  (I am making up that word!)  Make sure not to skip the step of roasting the nuts.  Roasting for just a few minutes really bumps up the […]

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I wanted to make something sweet and “fall-esque” for our family picnic/apple picking excursion.  I found this whoopie pie recipe, and it peaked my curiosity.  What an interesting spin on an old-fashioned treat!  Who doesn’t love whoopie pies!?  You can’t help but feel like a […]

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe

I have had this recipe printed out and awaiting execution for a while now.  I finally made it!  One of the best parts of this dish is the wonderful shape of the macaroni.  How couldn’t you love eating something that translates as “little ears?”  These little discs (orecchiette) are nuggets of chewy deliciousness.  […]