Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

‘Tis the season for pumpkin products in the stores and displays of mini pumpkins and squash at the store entrance.  I love pumpkin, so this is a welcome time, though I have been amazed at the growing diversity of pumpkin products.  It seems like there are more this year than ever before.  It’s exciting to […]

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Farewell to Fresh Peaches

With Labor Day having come and gone, it is now time to say goodbye to the delicious fresh peaches of summer. I always have a hard time with the end of peach season, since they are one of my favorite things to bake with. I’m also allergic to apples, so fall baking is a bit […]

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Zucchini and Yellow Squash Chocolate Chip Cookies

What to do with all the zucchini and yellow squash that the end of summer brings?  Make chocolate chip cookies, of course!  Not only are you eating sweets and getting some vegetables at the same time, but the cookies freeze well too. You can experiment with the ratio of zucchini and yellow squash, though I […]

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A Sweet for a Sergeant

The finished cake I recently made this cake for the husband of a dear friend who is about to deploy.  The cake is based on the Air Force roundel symbol. Ingredients: Cake (two 9” rounds, one 13×9 – your choice of flavor) Filling (I used this raspberry filling recipe – it’s seedless!) Buttercream frosting Blueberries […]

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Cupcake ATM Coming to Georgetown

Though it might already be old news to some, I just had to mention that cupcake shop Sprinkles is bringing its famous Cupcake ATM to Georgetown.  The Washington Post reports that it is expected to open sometime in August. I am curious how many cupcakes will sell through the ATM per day.  Georgetown is the perfect […]

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The Amazing Blueberry Puffin Muffin (TM)

Part moist blueberry muffin, part flaky puff pastry – the Blueberry Puffin Muffin is an absolutely delicious breakfast treat.  The only place I know of where you can buy this muffin is the Lewes Bake Shoppe and Notting Hill Coffee Roastery in Lewes, Delaware.  They’ve trademarked this scrumptious muffin, which is drizzled with just a […]

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My New Cookbook: Rustic Fruit Desserts

I was just given a copy of Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson, and I can’t wait to give their recipes a try.  (Thanks to my wonderful boyfriend who found the book!) The cookbook is conveniently organized by season, with spring featuring a number of great rhubarb desserts.  I plan to get […]

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All-Natural Elmo Cake

A dear friend recently asked me to make a cake for her daughter’s two-year-old birthday party.  Who is the most popular monster around when you are two?  Elmo! I figured Elmo would be a good choice, because not only is he universally popular among the two-year-old crowd, but he is relatively simple.  An odd-shaped head, […]

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My First Taste of Hummingbird Cake

I recently had the need to make a dessert that is specifically Southern.  I’ve always wanted to try Hummingbird Cake.  Initally published in Southern Living in February 1978, it is the magazine’s most-requested recipe.   There’s no consensus online about how the cake got its name, but it is likely something to do with hummingbirds liking […]

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Oreo-Stuffed Valentine Kisses

Recipe courtesy of Bakerella. I was intrigued to try this cute, no-bake recipe for a Valentine’s Day party.  It turned out to be easy, made a lot of kisses, and was quite popular. I bought the family-size Oreo box since it was on sale, and was immediately confused about the number of Oreos I needed.  I […]

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