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Italian Recipes

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Italian Recipes

Dessert Recipes

Dessert Recipes
Dessert Recipes

Chocolate Hazelnut Kiss Cookies and a Double Holiday Giveaway!

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Christmas day is in 26 days and that means the Cake Duchess kitchen is busy! There is chocolate every where!  Recipes are strewn across my counter. We do make an exorbitant amount of cakes here…but we also LOVE cookies.
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Pumpkin Pie and Maple Whipped Cream

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This is the last dessert I made on Thanksgiving. I swear, I won’t bother you any more with Thanksgiving sweets. But this pie is a simple recipe. One I don’t want to lose. If I add it my blog, it will be in a safe place.
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The Daring Bakers' Challenge: Crostata alla Nutella

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Some of you may still be recovering from the cooking and eating at the delicious Thanksgiving feasts. I didn’t have to cook a thing this Thanksgiving. But I sure did eat! And I baked this year. I baked some pies. I baked two pies. I baked a cake.  I also baked this gorgeous crostata. This was my first time participating with The Daring Bakers.
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Chocolate Espresso Pecan Pie


Yesterday I gave you a glimpse of my childhood. If you want to see me when I was little, take a look and you will also get my no-fail pie crust recipe. Today I just made Chocolate Espresso Pecan Pie. I baked mine for tomorrow and I just pulled it out of the oven.
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Butter and Shortening Pie Crust Recipe


If you need a great pie crust recipe, I bet you could ask your mom and she will pull out a wrinkled and faded recipe from the past. Maybe your mom isn’t a hoarder. Maybe she tossed that priceless recipe. Look no further for that perfect pie crust recipe!
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Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies and a Little Thanks


Starting a Monday with chocolate just seems right. It is the way things are supposed to be. I had made these brownies once before, but I had misplaced the recipe and I completely forgot about how good this brownie is. When I saw my friend Brian post this luscious brownie last week…memories of sweet pumpkin swirled with rich chocolate came flooding back. I had to make these again.
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The Ina Garten Giveaway Winner is...

Thank you all so much for entering the Ina Garten How Easy is That? Cookbook Giveaway! I really enjoyed reading all the positive comments about Ina.  I also want to thank you again for reading my blog! There will be another very special holiday giveaway coming up soon!!

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Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

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Later on tonight  I will announce the winner of the fabulous Ina Garten giveaway! In the meantime, I have a present for all of you: a delicious recipe from “How Easy is that?” I had to get a copy of the book for myself and I have been busy exploring her wonderful recipes. The first recipe I was drawn to was an amazing apple cake with cranberries.
My sweet friend Lindsey made the same cake this week and made a delicious twist of the recipe…you should check it out!
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Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce and a Giveaway!!!

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I have a slight crush on cranberries. I go a little crazy when they come out in season and I put them in almost every thing I bake. I mentioned in my last post that my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the cranberry sauce (tied in first place with the stuffing…ehem…I cannot lie!)

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Upside-Down Cranberry Cake

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When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of the cranberry sauce. I know. It’s about the turkey. The pies. I have a soft spot for cranberries. I’m not going to lie, I think a lot about the stuffing too. When I started blogging this summer, I posted one or two upside-down cakes. Actually, three. I just reminded myself about how good the third one was. Ok, back to the cranberries!
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French Fridays with Dorie: Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux


When I scanned the ingredients for Dorie Greenspan’s roast chicken recipe, I thought it seemed similar to the way I make it. The rosemary, the garlic, the onion. Some white wine.  Roasted potatoes and carrots. I had never made my chicken atop French bread slices. That part was intriguing.


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Caramel Apple Bundt Cake with Nutella Ganache

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What do you do with six leftover caramel apples from Halloween. You eat two of them. By yourself. Without telling anyone (shhh!). Then you start thinking.
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Sour Cherry Scones with White Chocolate Chips

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Happy Monday. Have a scone! I like scones because they are easy to make. Uncomplicated. Reliable. Versatile. Scones are high on my list of baking favorites.

I love cherries. I found these fabulous sour cherries at the Middle Eastern Market the other day. I made a cake with them. I had just enough leftover to make these simple scones. I started to make the first batch a different way than I normally do. I tried to roll out the batter and I was going to cut them into wedges.
Rolling dough with sour cherries makes a squished up sour cherry scone.
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Caramel-Topped Semolina Cake

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This week I had a choice of which recipe I would try for French Fridays with Dorie. I was talking with my dear friend Lindsey from the yummy Gingerbread Bagels , and we both decided on something sweet (of course!Smile).
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Lemon-Lime Cupcakes with Lemon-Lime Mascarpone Frosting


What day is this? Is it already Christmas? This Halloween was fun and exhausting.

Hubs hid the 40 lbs of candy the kids got trick- or- treating yesterday. Daughter thought he threw it all away and exclaimed, "I did all that hard work for nothing?!?"

I am already dreaming of sugar plums and humming Christmas songs. Planning my Thanksgiving menu.
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One Lovely Blog Award


There are many reasons to blog. To many people, it is a hobby. To some others, this is their job. Some bloggers are artistic; they are amazing photographers and creative writers. I have recently had the pleasure of meeting through my blog great talent in the kitchen, behind a camera, and at the keypad. People that inspire me and many others.
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