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Corn Spoon Pudding

Every once in a while, inspiration strikes, and I’ll act on it without thinking. I am generally a very thorough thinker, so this kind of behavior is a bit unsettling, and often doesn’t result in a situation I anticipated. A month or so ago when I was home visiting my family, they bought a box of cornbread mix to make corn spoon pudding with for dinner that night, and it sounded good so I bought a box too. Later that week I bought a big container of sour cream and a bunch of scallions, but as soon as I got home realized I had NO use for a giant pan of cornbread in my life. (more…)


Banana Zucchini Bread with a Cream Cheese Swirl

Is it just me, or has this winter been really bad on waistlines across New England? We’ve now had four weeks straight of massive once-a-week snow storms, and I know I’m not the only one who is ready to head south and never come back. Since that isn’t exactly an option, and going outdoors when it’s -10 and/or there are snow drifts up to my forehead isn’t exactly appealing, that leaves few options for how to pass the time. Read, work, eat, watch TV, work, bake, eat, read more, eat more, watch a movie, work, bake, eat, repeat. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? SO MUCH FOOD. And lazyness. And couch time. And kitty cuddles (my personal favorite). (more…)


Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake

Last weekend was one of those times when nothing was going my way. I had a really fun couple of days planned and was super psyched come Friday evening, but by midday Sunday I found myself moping in bed with a great pout going. By no fault of mine, or anyone else’s really, all of my carefully laid plans dissolved, and I ended up spending hours curled up in bed with my kitties and a new book. In many instances that’d have been a great use of a day, but last weekend it just felt like a waste. (more…)


Multigrain Pumpkin Clover Rolls

Happy, Happy New Year, friends! Here’s hoping 2015 is a great year — I have a feeling it’s going to be. I had meant to share this yummy recipe with you weeks ago, but… that didn’t happen, now did it? I was busy working (LOVE my new job), gift shopping, Christmas-movie-watching, spending the holidays with my family (and not touching a computer for days), attempting to figure out the secret sauce for online dating (still don’t have a clue), and otherwise enjoying the holiday season. So, now Christmas AND New Years have passed, and pumpkin season is definitely behind us, but I say, so what! Maybe you, like me, have an extra can or two of pumpkin still hanging around that needs using up. (more…)


Pumpkin Apple Streusel Bread

The first pumpkin recipe of the season is always a big one for me. Embracing pumpkin means embracing fall wholeheartedly, bringing cold-weather clothes out of storage, wearing slippers around the house, and contemplating a switch back to hot coffee in the mornings (don’t worry, that one still hasn’t happened yet… Dunkin iced all the way!). But honestly, this pumpkin recipe made the transition a breeze — this is easily one of the best quick bread recipes I have ever made. I realize that as a baking blogger, I rarely post a recipe that I don’t really enjoy, but this bread just takes things to a whole new level. It’s truly fall magic. (more…)


Whole Wheat Bagels

Sometimes I am not the best planner when it comes to baking. I can plan out my life for weeks in advance, but time in the kitchen? Not so much. Often on a whim, I’ll decide I need something sweet immediately, so I’ll rummage through the pantry and throw something together. In those instances, I am limited by what I have on hand, but usually I can come up with something plenty delicious. It’s much less frequently that I actually plan ahead of time to make something specific, though I do have my monthly Secret Recipe Club challenge to keep my on track. Or at least I should… (more…)


Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Raisin Bread

I was recently told by someone that “pumpkin is acceptable [only] until December 1st” – which means I’m in trouble because December 1st has come and gone, and I still have some pumpkin recipes to share with you! The problem with getting so backed up with this blog is that I have an arsenal of recipes to share, but they are fast becoming irrelevant! I know the official pumpkin season has mostly passed, but I am still dying to share these last couple of recipes with you – so bear with me, please?! I promise, it’ll be worth it. Plus – who of us doesn’t still have a can or two of pumpkin laying around? (more…)


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