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>Orange Curd Tart with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Candied Orange Slices

> Growing up, my idea of dessert was pretty much limited to the occasional bowl of ice cream; or, if I was really lucky, a chocolate-fudge cake from our neighborhood Kroger grocery store. At holidays, we would bake special treats – pies, red velvet cake, the occasional caramel cake.   When it snowed, which didn’t happen […]

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>Holiday gift ideas: Pink Peppercorn Sea Salt Caramels

Holiday gift ideas: Pink Peppercorn Sea Salt Caramels

Every year, I try to come up with interesting and flavorful homemade holiday gifts to give my friends, colleagues and family.  I usually bake a variety of cookies, cakes, shortbread and crackers, package them up and give them away in decorative tins and boxes. This year, I wanted to try something new.   Don’t get […]

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>Marshmallows for Toasting, and a Reminder to Vote

> The days are getting shorter, and the air has that distinct clarity to it that can only mean that Fall has arrived.  The temperature outside is growing cooler, so now’s the perfect time to build a fire in your outdoor fireplace, chimenea, or fire pit and toast marshmallows with the family.  For a few […]

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>How to make candied orange peel

> I used to love those candy orange slices you could get in the Brach’s candy section of most grocery stores (what ever happened to the Brach’s candy section?). You know the ones I’m talking about – the neon orange, sticky sweet, rolled in sugar, orange-segment shaped, jelly-like candies? Well, this is like the grown-up […]

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>A Treat for your Sweet!

> For the last few years at Christmas, I have made homemade marshmallows and given them as gifts to friends and co-workers along with a specialty hot-cocoa mix.  This past Christmas my time was taken up by a very hungry one-month-old, and I didn’t get my marshmallow-y fix in for the holidays. I thought it […]

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