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Orange Hazelnut Cake & Feast Portland 2014!

September 15, 2014
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This orange hazelnut cake is a winning combination of flavors in this insanely moist easy-to-make recipe with a lovely nutty texture. I always say that being a food writer, photographer and recipe developer is both a blessing and a curse. The ability to eat tons of fabulous food, photograph gorgeous meals and learn so much […]

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Red Plum Jam Swirled Caramelized White Chocolate Brownie Sundae [Sponsored Post]

August 1, 2014
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I don’t watch a lot of reality TV but I was thrilled to team up with the folks at Cake Boss to create a recipe using their new line of bakeware, which features more than 250 baking products. The resulting Red Plum Jam Swirled Caramelized White Chocolate Brownie Sundae is definitely ready for it’s close […]

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Kahlúa Chocolate Banana Bread [Sponsored Post]

July 11, 2014
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This moist and delicious twist on the same old chocolate banana bread shines when shared at a picnic or with friends. July is here and that means warm weather, lounging around the pool and outdoor picnics. Unless, of course, you live in San Francisco where the weather is notoriously cold during the summer months and […]

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Blackberry Jam Cake, otherwise known as Woodford Pudding

April 28, 2014
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This blackberry jam cake, otherwise known as a Woodford Pudding, is made from scratch but is super easy and served with a fast bourbon butterscotch sauce! I have little to no connection with Kentucky. I’m not a huge fan of the derby, much less horse racing in general. I certainly don’t drink mint juleps (as […]

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Pear Cake with Honey, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

March 17, 2014
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If you’re looking for a sophisticated dinner party dessert, check out this gorgeous upside-down pear cake made with honey, walnuts and optional blue cheese! The winter months can be a bit hard for someone who loves fruit as much as I do. With spring just around the corner and early strawberries starting to appear at […]

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Apple Pear Cobbler

January 6, 2014
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This Apple Pear Cobbler is an easy and simple dessert, perfect for a cozy winter dinner! “So you’re on dessert duty, I hope that’s OK.” AJ told me, as we were going over our holiday itinerary back in Indiana. This was not a surprise to me as I’m pretty much always on dessert duty where […]

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Raspberry Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Chunks
[Sponsored Post]

December 3, 2013
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An easy and beautiful raspberry cookie bars recipe, perfect for the holidays to enjoy at home or to give as a gift! I was thrilled when Driscoll’s reached out to me to see if I wanted to partner together this holiday season for their Made with Love campaign, that includes an awesome sweepstakes to win […]

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Blackberry Muffin Recipe made with Whole Wheat, Honey and Fresh Mint (and going up to Portland For Feast Portland!)

September 9, 2013
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The last time I was in Portland, Oregon was two years ago. My partner AJ and I roadtripped up to Oregon, through Ashland where we saw their awesome Shakespeare Festival, visited Crater Lake and finally ended up in Portland to hang out with my college friend Sue and her husband Tony. I haven’t been up […]

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Apricot & Berry Cobbler

August 26, 2013
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I’m holding on to summer just a bit longer. As the days seem to be shortening a bit, as I start to see everyone on Facebook talking about their kids getting ready for school, and as I see the Asian pears and Gravenstein apples pop up at my local market I still refuse to believe […]

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Cherry Buckle with Cocoa Cinnamon Crumb Topping

August 19, 2013
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“I can’t stop eating this!” exclaimed AJ as he took another bite of my Cherry Buckle with Cocoa Cinnamon Crumb Topping. I looked inquisitively at him as he sat at the round wooden table in his parent’s tiny kitchen. He explained himself, with his mouth half full and crumbs in his beard “You KNOW I […]

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Peach & Blueberry Cream Crumble Pie and the 18 Reasons DIY Dessert Pie Event!

July 15, 2013
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“So don’t tell anyone, but your pie was totally the best…” whispered my friend Stephanie, conspiratorially into my ear. I was at the 18 Reasons DIY Dessert: Pie! event that I cohost with my partner-in-crime Melanie. I had brought a Peach and Blueberry Cream Crumble Pie which was a total experimental pie for me and […]

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Buttermilk Biscuit Muffins with Ginger Plum Jam and my final day in Ohio Amish Country at Murphin Ridge Inn

September 10, 2012
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A good buttermilk biscuit is a thing of beauty, light, flaky and buttery. Add a spoonful of homemade ginger plum jam and you’ve got a country breakfast on a plate. Of course, some people seem super scared of making biscuits, thinking they’ll make them hard, tough or misshapen. Thankfully there is an easy solutions to […]

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Late Spring (almost Summer) Fruit Nutty Crumble, Gluten Free

May 28, 2012
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It is a constant struggle for me to use up the produce and perishable goods in my fridge and counter before they give up the ghost and end up in the compost bin. I loathe to throw anything food related away (ask AJ – it’s the most frustrating thing for him) but that was how […]

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Banana Coconut Cream Pie and a trip to Los Angeles

April 23, 2012
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I was first introduced to Banana Cream Pie years ago when I visited Los Angeles years ago and was hanging out with my friend Emmie. Emmie had moved to California a few years before I had made the move west, to pursuing acting (though she got sidetracked and eventually ended up launching an awesome and successful […]

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Banana & Green Tea Milk Chocolate Chunk Muffins and my entry into the Nuts About Oats contest

March 8, 2012

Every now and then I have friends ask me how I come up with the recipes that I do. They assume that I have tons of time on my hands to be constantly baking and that I spend loads of money on groceries tracking down the fancy ridiculous ingredients I have in the pantry. However […]

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Cherry Pistachio Meyer Lemon Cornmeal Muffins with Streusel Topping & a dream of penguins

February 20, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I had one of those random dreams where everything seemed to make sense in dreamworld logic, only upon awakening, to discover that it was complete nonsense. I’m not sure if it was the NyQuil I had taken to get myself to sleep (just as I was finally getting better from […]

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Apple Cookie Recipe – Caramel Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies & a trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art

January 23, 2012

I’ve had this terrible cold that morphed into a cough that morphed into sinus infection that’s morphed back into a cough. Or, at least, that’s what I think is happening to me. AJ has told me I should go to the doctor since it’s been so long since I’ve been hacking up nasty stuff, and […]

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