Category Archives: sweet stuff

The Cookie Swap is coming…

This is a tease. I’m not giving you any recipes — yet; you have to check back in on Monday. The folks at Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen have created what they hope will be an annual … Continue reading

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Cranberry-orange muffins

When I have a hankering for muffins, I pull out a tiny cookbook, a brochure really. It’s called “New England Muffins,” and was written by Nancy Berzinec in 1987. It has simple, unfussy muffin recipes that are completely reliable. These … Continue reading

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Macaroon vs. macaron

Macarons are the new cupcakes, it seems. They’re made with beaten egg whites, powdered sugar, and ground almonds or almond flour. They’re a bit finicky to make, what with grinding the almonds, resting and piping the batter, and drying the … Continue reading

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The best of fall: pear-apple crisp

I’m still having an issue with autumn. Granted, it’s nice to retire the tank tops and bring out the cozy sweaters. But this is Wisconsin; once we reach mid-October, it’s only a matter of time until the snow arrives. And … Continue reading

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Drinkable berries: homemade strawberry sorbet soda

Strawberry season — finally! There’s nothing on this green earth like the scent of a strawberry still warm from the field. And that color, that glowing ruby red right through to the center — now that’s a perfect strawberry. The … Continue reading

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A frozen treat for steamy days

Although I’m definitely in possession of a serious sweet tooth, I’m generally not a big fan of fruit. Veggies fill my requirements for that slot on the ole food pyramid; give me a ruby red pepper or a fresh bunch … Continue reading

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In the swim with bananas and chocolate

Since we seem to have gone from early spring straight into steamy summer, Tom decided it was time to introduce our dogs to our best real estate asset: the river in our backyard. After all, Libby’s half Lab and Cleo … Continue reading

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Anytime biscotti

A few summers ago, two of our dearest friends got married. We hosted a few pre-  and post-wedding gatherings, and many other impromptu dinners on the deck. My idea of a great summer. I’m not much of a pastry chef … Continue reading

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Not your grandma’s molasses cookies

I brought these cookies to my son’s piano recital several years ago. People would look at these humble brown circles doubtfully: What were they? Too light to be chocolate, too dark for peanut butter. But then an intrepid soul picked … Continue reading

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