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Purple Potato Cupcakes with Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting

I love the idea of purple potatoes. I know, I know: they’ve been around forever and are far from uncommon — but they bring a welcome whimsy to a menu, in my view. Maybe it’s their unexpected burst of color, … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Banana Skillet Cake (Vegan)

Over the past several weeks, it seemed some culinary stars were aligning in my life (or at least that’s how I interpreted a few food coincidences). First, vibrant stalks of rhubarb started to appear at the market: an elusive and … Continue reading

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Orange and Black (Olive) Cake: A Dark Chocolate Delight

Like many kids, I was known to stick black olives on my fingertips at holiday gatherings, joyously waving my hands until I popped them into my mouth one by one.  I loved the way the olives transformed my hands into … Continue reading

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Fresh Figs and Mascarpone: A Cardamom Custard Pie

This recipe is inspired by my fellow blogger-friend, Diane.  A few weeks ago she wrote about the delectable food and festivities on the north end of Boston (a place I’ve never been but now would love to visit).  As usual, … Continue reading

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Sweet Sesame Matzah Bars

You don’t have to be Jewish or even to have participated in a Passover seder to be familiar with matzah. Also spelled matzoh, mazto, or matza, it’s technically bread, despite its similarity to crackers (which I can’t help calling them). … Continue reading

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Oatmeal Raisin Hazelnut Pie: Fabulous and Filling

When I first decided to make an oatmeal-cookie-like pie crust, I couldn’t imagine a finer filling than creamy, plump raisins.  What a better way to emulate the classic cookie that’d inspired me?  But something was missing.  For one, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Orange Cardamom Cookies

While planning my annual holiday baking menu several years ago, I found myself pondering the exquisite versatility of cardamom: an ingredient I’d tasted as it splendidly sang in both savory and sweet treats alike.  Before I knew it, I added … Continue reading

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