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Spiced Apple Blondies

Have you ever tried to locate a bag of cinnamon baking chips in September in the Greater Boston Area? If not, don’t bother — been there, tried that, failed miserably. I even had my coworker go on a hunt of her own for me, to no avail. Who knew it would be so hard to track down one single ingredient? I even checked Amazon, but at over $4 for a tiny bag, I just couldn’t justify the purchase. So I made my own rendition of these blondies instead.
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Blueberry Peach Pie Bars

Peach season is undoubtedly one of my favorites. There is little as wonderful as biting into a fragrant, juicy peach, and feeling the juice dribble down your chin and arms as you enjoy the true flavor of summer. I hate getting messy when I eat, but I love peaches, so I’ve learned to just let it slide. Last fall I went apple picking, and can remember sneaking into the cordoned off peach part of the orchard, plucking the last of the plump orange fruits from the trees. Those peaches were incredible — so fragile and tender I had to carry them oh-so-gently back to the car, carefully giving them their own space on the car seat for the ride home. But they were worth it — rule breaking and all. (more…)


Chocolate Peanut Butter ‘Brookies,’ and an Epic Tale

I’m gonna let you guys in on a little secret today, or maybe a big secret, a sort of giant life lesson I’ve recently learned… and write you an epically long blog post, so if you’re not in the mood, I won’t be offended if you bow out now (or scroll all the way to the very end, because this recipe is seriously ridiculous). Usually this blog is all rainbows and unicorns and happy things, but that’s not real life, at least not all the time. There is a lot beyond what happens in the kitchen, or on a special night out to dinner. The in between moments are real life, and that’s what this secret is all about. Before you go getting excited, it’s not one of those kinds of secrets. It’s the kind that slowly comes over you, that settles into your bones, and sets up shop deep down in your soul. It won’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but once you know it, it definitely changes your perspective on life. Are you ready? (more…)


Caramel Bars

After a long break for the holidays, it feels like forever since I last posted a Secret Recipe Club recipe. As usual, I’m so grateful for the monthly assignment, because it keeps me in the kitchen when life otherwise seems too busy to allow it. This month I was assigned Heather’s blog It’s Yummy to My Tummy. What a fitting name! I found plenty of recipes I was interested in making, but was in a pinch the evening I decided to bake these, so I picked a recipe that seemed simple and quick. (more…)


Triple Layer Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Holiday baking is coming a touch late in my world this year, after just having taken on a new part time job that in practice takes up a lot more time than it did in theory. I’m really loving it, so can’t complain much, but working full-time during the day and then an after-hours job definitely doesn’t leave time for a whole lot extra. All I can say is, thank goodness for weekends!

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Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

How I start a blog post is largely dictated by my mood when I sit down to write it, and today that mood is decidedly cranky. I have my first cold of the season, and generally I only get one a season, so when it arrives I tend to be a bit of a grouch. I apologize in advance! The good news is I’m writing about something I love, chocolate! Double chocolate. And it’s goooood. (more…)


Lemon Cheesecake Bars

I’ve said it before  but I’ll say it again – I love springtime desserts. They’re so bright and zesty, and they usher in a certain hopefulness that we didn’t allow ourselves to feel through those bitterly cold months when it seemed like  the warmth would never return. Lemon is a prominent flavor and ingredient in many of those recipes that I love so much, so it was no wonder that I settled on a lemony recipe for Easter (again) this year. No need to remind me that Easter was a month ago now… I’m playing some serious catch-up around here! As usual, I hope you’ll bear with me. This recipe is worth it! (more…)


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