All-in-One Cake (with Edible Flowers!)

March 18, 2014

As someone who is known for being a bit of a tornado in the kitchen (ask my husband how many dishes are teetering in the sink after I’ve been cooking!), I was drawn to a C&H Sugar recipe for an All-in-One Cake that I saw in a magazine ad. “One recipe makes cake and frosting”, […]

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Vanilla Beignet Bites

March 3, 2014
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“Warm little pillows of love” is the best way I know to describe these Vanilla Beignet Bites with Vanilla-Lemon Raspberry Jam. Lots and lots of love to share…look at the state of my kitchen counter by the time I was through: I’d never made beignets before — or any fried doughnuts, now that I think […]

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Lollipops

February 11, 2014
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I love making treats for people — it truly makes me happy, not only to see the delight on their faces but also to let them know that they are special to me. I had the chance to take a fun chocolate class last week where I learned how to make Valentine’s Day Chocolate Lollipops […]

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IDEA: Christmas Cookie Place Cards

December 23, 2013
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Looking for fun, festive (and edible!) place cards to set your holiday table? Allow me to suggest Christmas Cookie Place Cards! I found this terrific idea — and so many more — in my friend Julie Hession’s new cookbook, 100 Best Decorated Cookies. All you need is a cookie shape that offers space to include […]

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Mexican Chocolate Crackled Cookies

December 11, 2013
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I’ve come to look forward to the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap at this time every year. I get to decide on a great cookie recipe (this year, I went with Mexican Chocolate Crackled Cookies!), make a huge batch of them, and mail them around the country to three other food bloggers (usually people I […]

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10 Holiday Cookies, Candy and Treats

December 4, 2013
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Even though I share treats with friends throughout the year (as happens when you cook and bake as often as I do!), there’s nothing like cooking and sharing during the holidays. I’ve rounded up my 10 Favorite Cookies, Candies and Treats from Cooking On the Side – ten delicious ways to make someone’s holidays a […]

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Apple Frangipane Galettes

September 25, 2013
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I have a 5-year old little girl at home, which means we read a whole lot of Fancy Nancy. If you haven’t heard of Fancy Nancy it’s actually a fun series. Nancy is an imaginative, flamboyant girl who relishes the fancier things in life. For her, apple tarts with almond filling taste way better if […]

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Dark Chocolate Cake…and a Shake

September 4, 2013
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Someone in this house is turning 39 this week! All right, it’s me. And I’m celebrating with Dark Chocolate Cake…and a Shake. It’s my rendition of the best dessert I’ve had in San Diego (so far), which they make at D Bar in Hillcrest. It’s good old-fashioned chocolate layer cake, with some of the softest […]

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Chocolate Pudding Pie

July 9, 2013
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I was slicing and passing this Chocolate Pudding Pie at our friends’ beach rental when Stephanie re-appeared in the kitchen with an untouched plate: “Ed says he needs a bigger piece.” Oh yes, a chocolate pie was completely decimated by 4 adults and 5 little kids at Mission Bay last weekend. Ever since 7th grade […]

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Avocado Icebox Pie

May 6, 2013
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I hope you didn’t use up all of your avocados for Cinco de Mayo guacamole…if you did, you’re gonna want to get some more! Even the non-avocado fans in my house (which would be everyone except myself) loved this Avocado Icebox Pie. Think cool, creamy lemon pie…with a gentle floral note that you can’t quite […]

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