Bacon Cheddar Scones

Bacon Cheddar Scones! From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious

Bacon. Cheddar. Scones. Those three little words tell you all you really need to know about this savory breakfast pastry. During my many years as a vegetarian, I heard many many meat-eaters wax on about the wonders of bacon and claim that they could never endure life without it. To be honest, it was one […]

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread. Speaks for itself. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious

It was 70° on Saturday. Then on Sunday it turned cold and misty. And today it was colder still with a forecast for snow. It’s springtime in Chicago. A season that always seems intent on doubling back on itself a few times before it settles in for good. It’s a good day for simple comforting […]

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Rosemary Pine Nut Cookies

Rosemary Pine Nut Cookies. Nutty, buttery, herbaceous, sophisticated. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious

These cookies are so delicate. They are crisp and buttery and nutty with complex sweetness from the honey and subtle herbaceousness from the rosemary. They are cookies for grown ups. And I suppose Dan and I are something like grown ups now. After ten years (!) together, four of them married, we’re looking at real […]

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Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake. Ethereally light and intensely chocolatey. Takes three days to make, but totally worth it. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious

Who wants cake? This isn’t just any old cake. It’s a special occasion cake. It’s a takes-three-days-to-make cake. It’s a hunt-down-three-or-four-kinds-of-chocolate cake. It’s a reorganize-the-freezer-to-make-this-thing-sit-level-overnight cake. It’s, let me just say, a totally-worth-it cake. I made this for my sister Erin’s birthday. She was having a low key party at her place, and I offered […]

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Chocolate Olive Oil Buckwheat Cakes

Chocolate Olive Oil Buckwheat Cakes. Chocolate cake grows up. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious

When I was  a kid, I couldn’t get enough chocolate. It was,  easily, my favorite flavor. Death by chocolate, molten lava cakes, chocolate ice cream topped with hot fudge sauce: they were the desserts I dreamed about. In my mind chocolate plus chocolate plus chocolate could only be improved with more chocolate. Now I tend […]

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