Spring Frittata for One

The rush of the morning is over.  My daughter has been delivered safety to school.  My husband, long gone to work at an early hour.  I sit at the kitchen table and take in the quiet of the morning.  My house is silent except for the sound of our neighborhood sparrows and wrens softly chirping…

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Adventures in Ice Cream Making – Curdling Custard

It started with a craving for chocolate.  One of those cravings that sits in the back of your consciousness all day saying, “You know you want it.  Just a little.  Just a bite.”  If you read my last post you would know I am trying to lose about 10 lbs.  As much as I would…

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Back on Track Granola

I stepped onto the scale for a bi-weekly weigh in. Oh crap. Do my eyes deceive me? Is it true? I groan and step off. “Tom, somehow I gained ten pounds in the last few weeks!” Tom smiles and crosses the room to hug me from behind. We both look into the bathroom mirror. “You…

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Pull Apart Cinnamon Bread

This bread was incredible and gone in under 15 minutes. Recipe I used: Joy the Baker Other recipes like this one… Annie’s Eats La Mia Vita Shop Cook Make The Eclectic Girl Or new twists. Lemon Blueberry Pull Apart Bread from Le Petit Brioche Marbled Pull Apart with Orange Sugar from CaffeIna Lemon Scented Pull…

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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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Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

Its early Spring 2021.  I am in the veggie garden of my new home, a blue and white Victorian that has been my dream home since childhood.  Tom and I saved up for years to buy it, but the reality of it hasn’t sunk in yet.  That this home is ours.  I thought it would…

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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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A Working Man’s Granola Bar

“I am starving!  I haven’t eaten for hours.” I walk in the living room to find Tom sitting on a chair by the door kicking off his muddy boots and peeling back layers of dusty clothes.  He casually drops them at his feet and heads straight for the kitchen. As he passes me I glance…

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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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