Tagged: ‘vanilla extract’

Chocolate Velvet: Chocolate Cake of the Month

If you love cheesecake and also love chocolate, this recipe is for you. This is one of the finest cheesecakes I have ever made and the name says it all…chocolate velvet..smooth and creamy all the way down from your lips to your tummy. It sits in a yummy pecan-enhanced graham cracker crust.

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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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Chocolate Chip Cookie-Cake Heart

This chocolate chip cookie-cake heart is the handiwork of my friend and incredibly versatile cook Jacquie McMahan. Jacquie’s daughter-in-law fell in love with a cookie-cake with her name written on it available by mail order from a bakery in San…

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The Microwave: Glorious Black and White Fudge for Giving with Love

Fudge making has a bad rap. Making it is messy, you need a thermometer, the stove heat can’t be too hot to burn the chocolate, and there is a big chance it will turn out grainy. Its easier to head over to See’s candy and buy a box of ultra sweet fudge.

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English Pudding with Cranberries and Walnuts and English Custard Sauce

This is one of my favorite steamed puddings and it couldn’t be easier. The cranberry and molasses combination is a great flavor. This is an Americanized version of the very traditional, very beloved English pudding called Spotted Dick, which originally…

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Holiday Baking: Christmas Butter Cookies



Butter cookies are good for company, for Christmas Eve, after mass, after dinner.  They are a gloriously simple rolled cookie. And this recipe is the one perfect recipe to have in your stash of Christmas cookies for giving and sharing,…

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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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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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Maple Pecan Pie

Preheat the oven to 350º. In a large bowl with a whisk or electric mixer, beat the eggs, then add the sugar, melted butter, syrups, vanilla, and salt. Stir in the pecans. Pour into the prepared pie shells. Bake in the center of the preheated for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown, and center is puffed and firm, but still a dash wiggly. A thin knife inserted into the center will come out clean. Place on a rack to cool completely; it takes about 3 to 4 hours.

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Pumpkin Apple Bread

With the myriad of pumpkin recipes that get circulated this time of year, one thing is consistent–recipes call for canned pumpkin puree. Of course with the back to the local and sustainable movement, using a canned product might be passed over as too 1950s. But there is a reason canned pumpkin is so popular–its fantastic.

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