Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt

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Hot days require cold things to eat.  That is the law in my house.  I decreed it.  And so it was written. There is nothing quite like ice cream to relieve the heat from the inside out, but The Evil Genius is still on his crazy “I want to be healthy!” kick.  And so, loving…

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Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers and S’Mores Bars

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Oftentimes, the ordinary things are the ones that bring the most pleasure; a cool breeze on a hot day, sitting quietly next to your kids on the couch, studying puffy white clouds in a cerulean sky, eating the first sun-warmed berry of the season or curling up to sleep at night between cool, clean sheets….

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Celery Soda

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I have to admit that Celery Soda is not exactly a normal sounding recipe.  While watching Alton Brown whip together this recipe on Good Eats, my first thought was, “Celery WHAT?”  My incredulity notwithstanding, the idea took hold. And boy did it ever take hold.  My brain kept trying to imagine how a syrup steeped…

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Vanilla Bean Cardamom Pound Cake with Apples in Caramel Sauce

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I’m going to warn you right now.  The cake is made with a pound (A POUND, PEOPLE!) of butter, nine eggs, a pound of sugar and a pound of flour. Then the cake is sliced, spread with yet more butter and griddle fried. It’s addictive.  And it’s swimming in caramel.  And it’s topped with crème…

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Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

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The following is a partial re-print of my column that appeared in today’s Record-Eagle. ~~~   ~~~ The Evil Genius oftentimes has been asked, frequently in my presence, how he avoids weighing 500 pounds eating my cooking. His response has been to grab his belly, moan a little bit, and say “I could easily!” He slid…

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Amish Cookies

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This is the face of a monster. Merciless. This is a face that destroys on a whim. Unyielding. This is a face that -without pause- devastates the entire population… Of cookie jars. This is my cookie monster baby. Allow me to illustrate.  The Evil Genius and I went to Houston before Christmas and the boys’…

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Blueberry Tiramisu

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Truthfully, this dessert should be called ‘Why I almost ceased being a dog-owner’. But I’ll start at the beginning… A good friend -who shall remain unnamed since she played hooky from work to come play in the kitchen with me- and I spent a couple hours working on this masterpiece. We made the ladyfingers from…

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick

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Now that I have the attention of the entire state of Minnesota, please allow me to expound. This is one of the most clever ideas I’ve seen out of the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Circle lately.  (And they’re no creative slouches over at King Arthur.)  In the most recent e-newsletter* from their test kitchen they…

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Peanut Butter Pebble Pie

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This is the story of a pie.  A pie made by a woman who calls herself a “utilitarian, church pot-luck cook”.  She says it like an apology.  Like the soul-satisfying, hearty fare that she creates to nourish every stray  -both human and animal- that crosses her path is anything less than wonderful.  As though the…

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