Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Layer Cake with Ganache

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It’s birthday season around here, as I may have already mentioned once (or twice)… With the exception of the one child who requested shepherd’s pie for his birthday dessert until I informed him he could have it for dinner AND have a proper cake or pie, everyone has asked for something spectacular. Last week was…

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Best Basic Cheesecake

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DON’T CLOSE THIS WINDOW. I know, fear of cheesecake is strong, but I’m here to tell you it is one of the easiest things you’ll ever make. Easier than a no-bake box number from the store. Easier than a brownie mix. Easier than falling off a cliff. Easier than, well… look. I’ll just show you….

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Baked Cider Pumpkin Doughnuts

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When I promise an all desserts week I mean it. Here’s installment #2! There are foods that I will beat down the door and jump over an old lady to get. Doughnuts are not usually one of them. I don’t really have much of a sweet tooth (contrary to what you might think considering the…

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Homemade Larabars

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I was a little late to the energy bar party.  It was a matter of semantics. Energy bars. That’s really not a very appetizing name. In fact, it sounds like some futuristic food substitute (i.e. Soylent Green. F.Y.I. That’s people, people.) Ew. There’s another little wrinkle. You see, energy bars sound like healthy food for…

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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  It is no secret that I am a big proponent of making things that many folks buy at the store. From the common (potato chips, bread, ice cream, laundry detergent) to the hard-or-impossible-to-find (furikake, candied jalapenos, game stock), home kitchen alchemy can do it if it’s worth having or doing. Sometimes my efforts earn…

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Coffee Milkshakes

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I have been a wee bit obsessed with milkshakes lately. And no. I’m not pregnant.  I just can’t get enough of the wonderful world of creamy, sweet, thick, milkshakes. I can’t quite figure out why. What is this sudden need for the ultimate comfort food? It couldn’t possibly be because… … my two eldest sons…

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Grandma Val’s Hot Fudge Sauce

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First of all, you know this is going to be good; it’s hot fudge sauce. What you may not know, though, is just how good this particular hot fudge sauce is. It is, in fact, the best hot fudge sauce ever of all time Amen pass the beer nuts. This hot fudge sauce is not…

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S’Mores Brownies and Homemade Marshmallow Fluff

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Hot on the heels of my Deep-Frying Trilogy (Parts I, II, and III) I bring you yet another uber-healthy offering; S’Mores Brownies. I know. I hear you. Please don’t hate me. I’m sorry. Not.* *I’m also a mature adult. Not. Sweets are a requirement on all birthdays, but I believe that big birthdays require sugarbomb…

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Cinnamon Rolls on a Stick

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Why is it that when you put food on a stick it tastes better? This isn’t just a Minnesota/Midwest thing. This is worldwide. Every country on earth has a favorite food-on-a-stick. Is it that we all secretly want to be Paul Bunyan, able to uproot pine trees and use them as toothpicks? Do we all…

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