Sweet Black Cherry Pie Filling

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I used to think I despised cherries. This was some high-heresy for a girl raised awfully close to ‘The Cherry Capital of the World’.*  Why I thought cherries were gross I can attribute to two reasons: A) I didn’t like the whole spit-the-pit thing.  I was a tidy child. B) The only way to eat…

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Black Forest Truffle Tart

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I’m just going to go ahead and say it now because I’ve been biting my tongue for nearly a month now; I don’t like hot weather. It makes me sweat.  And sweating makes me cranky.  Ergo, heat makes me cranky. I don’t mean the lovely warmth of a kitchen where bread is baking on a…

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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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Homemade Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Yogurt Salsa (Raita)

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Welcome to part II of the series of component dishes (Part I, Candied Jalapenos, can be read here!)  to make the transcendent ‘Second to Naanwich’ that still has me obsessed almost two weeks after eating it. While you can definitely buy Greek yogurt from the store to complete this dish, the homemade variety is so…

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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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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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Pumpkin Pots de Crème

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I’m exceptionally fond of combining my obsessions. Sometimes it’s not so great.  Take Homer Simpson’s fabled “Nuts and Gum”,  par example… Sometimes, however, it works great. When you put together dark chocolate ganache and pie crust you get Dark Chocolate Truffle Tarts.  A happy accident if ever there was one… I might’ve mentioned that I’m…

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