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Boxing Day and Leftover Love

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My friend Amy wrote, "Ah, December 26, my favorite holiday of the year." It made me chuckle, but also confirmed a truth about what...
crock pot apple butter

Easy Peasy Crockpot Apple Butter

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Apple butter on the stove is a sure sign of full-throttle autumn activities around here. With boxes and bags of apples begging to be...

Peach Melba Pie Takes Center Stage

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French chef and restaurateur Auguste Escoffier created the original Peach Melba dessert in honor of 1890s songbird Nellie Melba. (Melba toast is another story.) The simple,...
orange peel caviar flavor enhancer

Make Delicious Orange Peel Caviar

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Orange peels and rinds are oft ignored flavor salvos just too good to toss or compost. These spongy fruit overcoats hold concentrated essential oils and chewy...
lots of lemons

Preserving Lemons: A Sweet Way to Save a Sour Fruit

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Preserving lemons never looked or tasted so good. Last month my friend Myra gave me some Meyer Lemons from her mother's tree in California. I think...
sesame crunch waffles and real maple syrup

Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles

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Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles light up any morning! Since I showed off my vintage Griswold waffle iron in the last post, I felt it...

Rainier Cherries Crown This Cake

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In far-off Minnesota, my favorite blogging baker and bon vivant, Eileen of Passions to Pastry, posted a recipe that called to me: rustic rhubarb - almond cake....
salted peanut honey sundae

Honey of a Dessert – Sweet, Salty and Simple

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I'm all about dessert. In fact, anyone who asks me to bring a salad to a potluck misses out on my better efforts. My love...
quince marmalade jam

Quince Marmalade Is a Gem of a Jam

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Quince (Cydonia oblonga) are the unsung stars of my autumn larder, each resting like an artful still life awaiting a transformative trip to the kitchen. The beefy little orbs...

Peach Macaroon Crisp: Man Does Not Live by Pie Alone

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Peach Macaroon Crisp begins with great peaches As a man who is partial to pie, I must admit my eyes have been wandering lately, gazing at the crisps,...