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Stress Baking: recipes for the days ahead of us

When you’re stuck at home, there’s little that’s more soothing and rewarding than engaging in some stress baking. Baking is predictable. If you follow the instructions things turn out pretty well. There’s nothing scary about it. The stakes are low. No one will die if you screw this up. And, unless you have a major …

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Holiday Cookie Recipes, delicious inspiration

It’s cookie baking season! The holidays are coming. December’s whirl of office parties, school events, family gatherings, friendly visits is nearly upon us. These are some of my favorite holiday cookie recipes–the treats that I love to share with friends and family and coworkers (back when I worked in an office). They go beyond the …

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Frozen Dessert Recipes, inspiration to beat the heat

Summer is more fun with a frozen treat in your hand (or your glass or your bowl). Here are 12 of my favorite frozen dessert recipes. They include a range of treats from ice cream to popsicles to milkshakes. Some require an ice cream maker. Some require popsicle molds. Some require a blender. And they …

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Almond Shortbread Brownies, a textural wonder

These brownies, oh, these brownies. These almond shortbread brownies are something special. They might be the dessert I’ve made the most frequently in the last ten years. They are rich fudgy brownies baked on a buttery shortbread crust. Before the first time I made them, it never occurred to me that brownies would benefit from …

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Nibby Buckwheat Cookies, crisp and buttery

Like so many other people, I like to attempt to start the year on a health kick, but sometimes, even when I’m attempting to be responsible and moderate and grown-up, I just want cookies. Especially these nibby buckwheat cookies. I’ve been making these cookies for the holidays every year for, oh, I don’t know, something …

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Halvah Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge

I’ve spent the afternoon curled up with my dog on the couch, basking in the gentle glow of the lights of the Christmas tree, with my “Mopy Holiday” playlist featuring some of my favorites like The Pretenders “2000 Miles,” Joni Mitchell’s “River,”  The Pogues’s “Fairytale of New York,” and Laura Marling’s “Goodbye England (Covered in …

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