Meyer Lemon Curd

I can’t post today without first mentioning Japan & the earthquake.  I have lived 2 miles from the San Andreas Fault in California my entire life living with the fear of the “Big One”.  Japan’s devastation is so terrifying to me not only because it is too horrible to describe, but because it will one…

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Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monday morning felt calm.  Perhaps it was because the sun was shining again after a week of rain and the wind was finally silent.  Sparrows chirped quietly in the trees happy for the warmth of the sun, but still sleepy from the long cool night.  Maybe it was because I didn’t need to take my…

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Salted Caramels

When I told Tom I wanted to try making caramels his first response was typical of many non cooks. “Why would you want to make them when you can buy a bag from the store.  Why don’t I just pick some up today?” I couldn’t answer his question.  Why did I want to make caramels…

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Chocolate Truffle Cake or the From the Bottom of My Heart Cake

My Dearest Husband, Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  You are amazing and you prove it everyday.  We made this cake just to say how much we appreciate everything you have done for us. Love, Us With my note finished I could now deliver what would be my 5th From the…

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Deep Chocolate Brownies for Big Boys

It is almost dinner time and I am chopping carrots for stir fry when Tom walks though the garage door chattering away on his bluetooth.  He waves and blows me a kiss as he heads into the backyard with a falcon.  Another work phone call.  Or so I thought.  A few minutes later he is…

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Disappearing Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Rice Treats

Tom arrived home from a 12 hour work day with his partner right behind him.  Both guys were exhausted and hungry from spending the day walking through hills and searching the sky for birds.  As they headed into the kitchen to clean up Tom spotted a plate of Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Rice Treats cut…

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Thanksgiving Cranberry Upside Down Cake

It is a miracle this cake made it.  I started baking early in the afternoon, just after lunch.  First the butter and brown sugar were brought to a rich and creamy dark brown in my cast iron pan.  Cranberries were cooked in orange juice until they popped out of their skins.  The cake batter called…

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No Bake Chocolate Tart for a Happy Husband

While rolling out the dough for this tart my husband called from work for our ritual lunchtime chat.  I could tell right away that he was not in the brightest mood.  As I rubbed flour across the rolling pin and began to flatten the round of dough on the table he vented his frustrations about…

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