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Buttermilk Rhubarb Muffins

A recent invitation to join our neighbors, Bud and Billie Herman, for coffee at their home shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday resulted in the creation of this both fluffy and crisp, sweet and tart muffin that we served to them with freshly brewed coffee just yesterday in our home!  During the course of our conversation […]

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Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Fresh Rhubarb, Strawberry and Tarragon Sauce

The only thing that is traditional during the holidays when it comes to food is that we know that our traditional  meals are always going to be non-traditional…!  When it was time to give thought to the Thanksgiving dinner coming from our kitchen this year neither roast turkey nor pumpkin pie even crossed our minds… a delicious […]

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Pastel de Tres Leches

   Have you ever had one of those sweet tooth urges that is so overwhelming that it simply MUST be satisfied?  I suspect that that is the case for most of us!  One day last week I preheated the oven to 350°, hoping that that very act would be the springboard for a baker’s inspiration.  Well, […]

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Cherry Clafoutis

Two canning seasons ago Dayton purchased a book entitled “Well-Preserved”  by Eugenia Bone when I became interested in the arts of home canning and food preservation, something both of our moms had done for years when we were youngsters.  Subtitled “Recipes and Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods,”  Eugenia’s book  is a […]

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Ruby Red Grapefruit Semifreddo with Cranberry and Plum Sauce

The traditional pumpkin pie was absent from our dessert table this Thanksgiving.  We chose instead to do a Ruby Red Grapefruit Semifreddo, a refreshing dessert that we thought would be the perfect ending, accompanied with a cup of tea, to a meal that had showcased the exquisite flavors and spices of a number of regions […]

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Buttered Rum Baked Apples

This past Sunday afternoon we received a call from a dear friend of ours who invited us to join her and her husband for a late Monday morning brunch in Mill Valley.  We could, of course, not go empty handed!  What would be a quick, easy and delicious dessert that could be prepared with a minimum of effort?  […]

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Peach and Ginger Cobbler with Marzipan-Biscuit Topping

Luscious flavorful fruits are now plentiful!  Mother Nature in her abundance is providing our markets with bushels of beautiful peaches, plums, apricots and cherries.  What a joy it is to spend time perusing the aisles of the local markets if for no other reason than to take in the visual array of colors and hues […]

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Key Lime Semifreddo with Blackberry Coulis

There are two widely held misconceptions regarding the Key lime.  The first is that it is simply a reference to those limes used for making pies… and the second is that it grows only in the Florida Keys.   The journey of the Key lime across the globe is a circuitous one.  It made its way to […]

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Granny Smith and Caramelized Fuji Apple Butter Pastry

One late summer when the trees in the orchard were heavy with ripe fruit Mom challenged me to an apple pie baking marathon.  “If you’ll make and roll the crusts, I’ll peel, core and slice the apples,” she said, to which I replied “You’re on…!”  With the challenge before us we heading off to the […]

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Gentleness and Patience: The Keys to a Perfect Pastry and Pie Crust

Cranberries are not only a traditional accompaniment to the Thanksgiving turkey but can also be an ingredient for a luscious palate pleasing dessert to end your holiday meal.  There’s nothing better than a scrumptious slice of Cranberry Walnut Tart topped with a generous dollop of homemade whipped cream served while comfortably sitting in the living […]

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