Tagged: ‘cinnamon’

A Peach of A Cobbler

Good summer desserts should be able to be made with little fuss: a pile of fragrant, ripe fresh fruit and a few staples from the everyday pantry. After eating your fill out of hand, a lightly sweetened stewed fruit filling can be topped with a roughly-shaped layer of biscuit dough and made into a homey cobbler.

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Sonoma Mission Inn Apple Oatcakes

This inventive low-fat recipe (the liquid is water) comes from the Sonoma Mission Inn spa restaurant, where I had them for breakfast paired with chicken apple sausage. I am glad I asked for the recipe, for I have never seen it anywhere.

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The Slow Cooker: Moroccan-Spiced Tomato Chicken with Almonds

Here is a totally different flavored chicken laced with some subtle spices, currants, and honey in a tomato based sauce that uses cooked salsa. It is a brilliantly simple recipe that tastes like a whole lot more…

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The Bread Machine: Sweet Rolls to Die For Delicious

Even the simplest loaf of homemade bread is special, but the realm of sweet breads is almost a genre of baking unto itself. Sweet breads just reek of “something special.” Whether you have a holiday or family gathering, your own delectable creation is a welcome gift or personalized addition to a meal. Having yeast sweet rolls for breakfast adds some WOW factor to the meal…

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The Bread Machine: Potato Cinnamon Rolls


Cinnamon rolls are the touch that turns a cranky riser into a purely good-natured, civilized human ready to meet the day.  This recipe is made by placing the separate rolls in an oversized Texas muffin tin; they rise up into…

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Cream Sherry Pumpkin Bread

Its the winter holidays upon us now that Halloween is in the can and pumpkin, now considered a super food, is on the menu in both savory and sweet cooking. So it is time to crank up the oven and bake some quick breads with the fall flavors of winter squash, dates, nuts, sweet spices, persimmon, apple, pears, and citrus.

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Country Gourmet’s Whole Wheat Pancakes

Country Gourmet is one of my local hometown restaurants and place to get really great homemade-like food. I was one of their first customers when they opened over 25 years ago. Some of the original staff is still there, which is always a good sign for a restaurant. So I was thrilled to see this recipe for whole wheat pancakes run in the newspaper, from all the way down in southern California. Good pancakes have a state wide following.

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Classic Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie. A tradition. I used to think heavy cream too rich an addition to the custard, having grown up on using the old Libby’s recipe calling for evaporated milk, but the cream stabilizes the custard perfectly for…

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Holiday Baking: My Winter Fruit-and-Nut Cake


Fruitcakes usually call for lots of butter to be creamed with the sugar and flour.  Imagine my delight to find that just as good a fruitcake can be made without any added fat other than the nuts.  In place of…

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Pears: The Aromatic Fruit

I adore fresh pears. Next to apples, oranges, and bananas, pears are the most common winter fruit. A delicate fruit with a short harvest period, we can enjoy fresh pears from Washington and Oregon all winter due to the convenience of cold storage that slows the delicate off-the-tree ripening process. Pears are easily eaten out of hand, sliced in fruit salads, or paired fresh with cheese for dessert, but the baked desserts they make are positively ethereal, even a bit exotic.

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