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Cranberry Christmas Bread or Wanna Be Panettone (URS: Christmas)

Homemade Christmas bread, full of cranberries and baked in a paper pan is reminiscent of store bought panettone, but the dough features whole wheat pastry flour and is prepared in a bread machine. I was first introduced to panettone the year I lived in France almost twenty years ago. My French family lived in the […]

10 Frugal Snacks for Hungry Kids (Recipe: Spiced Pear Cake)

It would seem that kids are always hungry: breakfast, 2nd breakfast, elevensies, luncheon…. Oh wait! Is that hobbits or kids? Same thing, really. While three (or more) good meals are a great base, a healthy afternoon snack can be just the ticket to help kids — and adults — make it through the 3:00 slump. […]

Braided Cinnamon Sugar Rounds (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Breads)

Maybe it’s the fast paced society we live in. Maybe it’s that I like to get the biggest bang for my buck. Maybe it’s that I’m just lazy. But, I love things that are multi-purpose. I love a gadget that can serve lots of purposes, like the Night Vision Spy Goggles that I got for […]

Cinnamon Zucchini Waffles (URS: Zucchini)

Zucchini Bread, Zucchini Muffins, Chocolate Zucchini Cake — these are the stuff that summer is made of! Particularly when my parents let the zucchini stay on the vine too long and grow into these gargantuan beasts. One year Dad’s garden produced a zucchini as big as my 7-month old niece! This year, while I will […]

Whole Grain Shortcakes with Berries & Cream (URS: Easter)

I love inviting people over for Easter. Last year we had my mom, my brothers, a family friend, and an earthquake. Hopefully, this year we’ll have family and friends — without the rocking and the rolling. And while I love all the savory foods that comprise a big dinner, I really look forward to a […]

Buttermilk Cornbread that Even Southerners Like

This Buttermilk Cornbread is so easy to make, super delicious — and it even passes muster with my Southern friends — even if it’s sweet cornbread. I love cornbread. It’s a perfect accompaniment to chili or soup. It’s a great breakfast when you want something warm and filling. It pinch hits at snacktime, with a dab […]

Cranberry Orange Muffins & Other Dishes That Travel Well (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Usually when one is heading to a potluck, one hopes that her meal arrives there in good shape. Admittedly, some dishes travel better than others. And sometimes how you package the food makes a world of difference. When I was a child, we made a Black Forest Cake to take to a holiday event at […]

Apple Cinnamon Muffins (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Apples)

Apples are a year-round staple at our house. They are a quick-prep snack and easily portable. And, apples in Fall, fresh from a local tree, are the best. Last year I bought 3 huge boxes of apples on killer sale and then processed them in different ways: Nanna’s Apple Pie, Slab Apple Pie, Crockpot Applesauce, […]