Category Archives: Lovin’ from the Oven

Cream Cheese Apple Cake

This apple cake certainly isn’t much to look at, but in the taste department, it’s Miss Universe! It’s studded with apples with a fine crumb, moist – thanks to the cream cheese, crowned with the perfect amount of brown sugar and … Continue reading

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Coconut Cream Pie

I wanted to make dessert for Valentine’s Day dinner last night. Being short on time, I skipped the traditional pie crust for a store bought graham cracker crust, and frozen whipped topping instead of whipping heavy cream. Despite the shortcuts, … Continue reading

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I can’t think of a better way to say “I dig you”, than baking a batch of these big, soft, chocolate chip cherry cookies for your significant other. No significant other? No problem! … Continue reading

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Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

Sunday is kind of a “get ready for the upcoming week” day. There’s grocery shopping, laundry, and baking something in case someone lingers in bed a little too long to have a proper breakfast. The addition of buttermilk along with the … Continue reading

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Eggplant Parmesan and Polenta

Polenta and eggplant parmesan is cold weather comfort food at it’s finest. Creamy polenta paired with meaty eggplant topped with a spicy tomato gravy and mozzarella – it’s good stuff! Any leftover eggplant can be layered in a small baking … Continue reading

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Apple-Pear Braided Bread

Making braided breads is my Sunday morning hobby. Mix up the dough, drink coffee and catch up on the news while waiting for the it to rise. By the time the caffeine has kicked in, it’s assembly time, 30 minutes later there’s a fruit … Continue reading

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Apple Bars

These are more like bars than a cake, they’re dense and chewy. Almost like an apple blondie, they’re sturdy – perfect for packing in a lunch box. 

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Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi was on the menu for New Year’s Eve. It had been a busy day, and I wanted to make something that was special and out of the ordinary, but easy. This fit the bill. In the time it takes to cook … Continue reading

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Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Coffee and chocolate – one of my favorite combos! This shortbread gets tastier with age, and makes an unexpected addition to a holiday cookie box. This is a great do-ahead cookie dough to make, since it’s rolled out inside of … Continue reading

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M&M Bars

  I’m in a baking frenzy right now – but I thought I’d throw this up because when pressed for time – these bar cookies are fabulous! Easy to throw together, they travel well, and who on the planet doesn’t … Continue reading

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Cranberry Bread

This is a beautiful holiday bread. Wrapped in a tea towel it would make a lovely gift for a teacher or neighbor. 

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Cranberry Cake

This is the cake I made for Joe’s birthday. It starts with a box mix – but once you add milk, extra eggs, sour cream, orange zest, and chopped cranberries – you could win over any gourmand. This cake would be a … Continue reading

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Turkey Soup

The great thing about roasting a turkey are the leftovers. In our house, after the open face sandwiches, crêpes, and a pan of tetrazzini, there’s soup! Nothing’s better on a chilly Sunday afternoon than the smell of a simmering pot of … Continue reading

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Cranberry Cheesecake Tart

Thanksgiving is almost here, and my annual quandary of “What shall I make for dessert?” has been settled with this beautiful tart. 

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