Tag Archives: desserts

Pistachio Crunch Cookies

If you’re like me and bake mountains of goodies as gifts for the holidays, then maybe the last thing on your mind right now is hearing about another cookie recipe.  But in my world, there is no such thing as … Continue reading

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Scrumptious Spring Flowers: Hibiscus Pistachio Meringues

As I was leaving work last Friday, I felt even more compelled than usual to bake over the weekend. There was no particular event to bring dessert to, and no one was expecting any treats from me. My desire to … Continue reading

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A Sweet Slice of Egg Nog (Cake)

Here is a cake I created as a tribute to one of my favorite seasonal treats.  As the holidays near, I find myself anxiously awaiting the arrival of egg nog — anticipating its rich, creamy sweetness and the way it … Continue reading

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Three Lemons: A Pie In Reverse (Crisp Meringue Crust Filled With Lemon Custard)

A little over a year ago, my husband gave me a potted lemon tree for my birthday.  He’d long known how much I’d loved lemons.  (He’d also seen how jealous I’d been of our neighbors, whose prolific trees I’d pass … Continue reading

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Party Cakes

Cake signals celebration.  This is one of the most powerful reasons I enjoy baking so much.  Not only does the making process feel as creative as my bygone ceramics class did; the result makes life feel decorated and, of course, … Continue reading

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From Cup to Cookie: Fruit, Flowers, and Rooibos

One of my favorite evening drinks is a hot cup of rooibos (“roy-bus”), also known as red tea or African honeybush tea.  It has a soft, naturally vanilla-y flavor that reminds me a bit of my grandpa’s tobacco pipe and … Continue reading

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Herbal Apricot Bars

When we got back from our trip a few weeks ago, I was quick to head to one of my favorite produce stores and pick up some colorful, ripe treats.  Having been gone for a week, our cupboards offered nothing … Continue reading

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