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Following the Yellow Brick Road: Dorothy’s Second Cake

Cake #2: Brown Butter Praline Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel Drizzle The Brown Butter Praline Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel Drizzle was my kid, Pan’s, favorite. I found it slightly on the dry side and, if I make it again, would … Continue reading

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Definitely Not in Kansas Anymore : My adventures with Dorothy and Toto

I was fortunate to be able to participate in a wonderful group, the Peoplehood of the Traveling Swirly Pan, a community of bakers who are passing on a swirly bundt pan, Dorothy, accompanied by a journal filled with tales of … Continue reading

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The Cookies of Insanity, or Warren Buffett’s Shortbread

  What, you mean you haven’t seen The Princess Bride? What has this world come to? In determining the degree of insanity involved in this cookie recipe, I wanted to be able to make a comparison to some other well-known … Continue reading

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Memory Lane

Continuing back down Memory Lane, I am lucky enough to have an amazing mother, and, earlier this year, she reached an amazing birthday. And what did I do, you ask? (or not) I baked! I made: Citrus poundcake; Chocolate orange … Continue reading

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Truthfully?

Truthfully? Not a lot of baking this year. When you’re a freelance costume designer and have 5 shows, 3 of them period costume, teach almost full-time and have a challenging teenager, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for baking. … Continue reading

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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

How would it have been possible to resist this? I wouldn’t know, I didn’t even try to resist! At this point, I don’t even remember where I heard about it. But nothing spurs me to ambitious feats of baking more … Continue reading

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Trying to spend a Sunday with Joy

I’ve been missing in action from the Sundays with Joy baking group but am at least getting around to posting what I baked almost a month ago: Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting.   Since I’m apparently incapable … Continue reading

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plum passion

No, really, it was just a tart. O.k., there were three or four of them. In a moment of madness, I purchased a 25 pound box of tiny french plums. I had only the vaguest plans for them, but, faced … Continue reading

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An Eponymous Confection

It’s not really a confection. But how many times does a person get to use the word “eponymous” in a blog post? I didn’t even know what it meant for most of my life.* This week’s recipe for Sundays with … Continue reading

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Who needs a pool boy?

What does this have to do with Joy the Baker’s honey and toasted walnut ice cream, not to mention Joy the Baker’s almost burnt salted caramel sauce? I’ll get to that later… I’ve been far, far away from Sundays with … Continue reading

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