Challenges, trials and the Pineapple Trend

Hello my culinary friends! I bet you thought I had abandoned you, or worse - stopped baking. Well don't fret, neither of those things are true. This summer I actually baked my butt off. And the reason for that was because last January I applied to a certain baking television program...
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Challah is the best

Ok, it's really hard to say anything is the best. How about bread is awesome. And this is definitely in the top 10% of the bread category; somewhere up there with other favorites like crusty sourdough, flavorful foccacia and French baguettes. That sounds a little more reasonable. Not convinced yet? Let...
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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cloud Cookies

It's chilly outside, I have made soup twice in the past week and there are some great flicks at the movie theaters. It must be the holidays! One of the best things about the holiday season is cookies. I LOVE how everyone really steps up their cookie game this time of year....
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Dirty Whisky Nut Pie from the KCRW Contest

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I am still reeling from the excitement of the KCRW pie contest. It is nothing short of a glorious tribute to one of the most amazing and versatile foods that you can bake in your oven: pie! With 350+ entries...
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S’mores Cookies

It's pie season!! I know, I know, this post is supposed to be about a cookie. But I can't stop thinking about PIE. The annual KCRW contest is nearing and I have been anticipating that day for many moons now.  I was digging for some inspiration for a cream pie to...
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Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I'm back! It must feel like I have abandoned you. Rest assured, through the craziness of the past few months, Preheat-350 has been on my mind. As I was sitting in little boulangeries, sampling the best breads and pastries France had to offer, all I wanted to do was bake. I wish I...
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Honey Cornbread Muffins

Today is Memorial Day, a.k.a the official start of grilling season. Some folks have a passionate love affair with their grills. So many satisfying meals come from standing in front of a BBQ, outdoors, maybe with some kids swimming in the pool in the background. In those cases, it's best...
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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Bright, sunny, lemony cookies are just the thing for spring. These are light, fluffy and have plenty of lemon zing.  If those soft cookies in the grocery store that are usually coated in thick frosting are a guilty pleasure of yours, look no further for a healthier, home made alternative! The dough...
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Irish Soda Bread

Novelty foods are so appealing. Weather it is eating peanuts at a baseball game or popcorn at the movies, eating a novelty food at that specific place and time feels right and magically makes it taste better somehow. That is definitely how I was motivated to start making soda bread...
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Italian Pasta Bake

Let's talk simple dinners for a moment. I usually consider something simple if my oven does most of the work for me. This pasta bake is a superb example, and it has an added bonus of feeding an army or creating lovely leftovers.        All you need are some quality ingredients and...
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