Month: July 2012

Mini Hazelnut Torte Cupcakes

Decision made! Coffee and Raspberry Mini Hazelnut Torte Cupcakes won.  Have you ever looked at a hazelnut? I mean really looked. The paper like husk surrounding the nut makes the nut looks like it was carved from wood. It’s actually quite beautiful.  There are so many amazing treats that you can create with this beautiful …

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Decisions

I need to bake, but can’t seem to get motivated or decide what to make. Do I turn very ripe bananas into banana bread or banana walnut cupcakes with maple frosting. Or do I make a mini hazelnut torte cupcakes, half with espresso frosting and half with raspberry frosting. Do I throw all caution to …

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Almond Strawberry Shortcake

Almonds and strawberries are delicious by themselves, but you combine the two and you get something downright delightful.  So, the other day after I bought 2 pounds of strawberries, I decided they would be perfect for strawberry shortcake.  Traditional strawberry shortcake is made with a sweet biscuit, but I have come to prefer pound cake …

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Maple Banana Walnut Cake

My daughter LOVES bananas. The first thing she does when she comes downstairs in the morning is ask for a banana. More often than not, she has more than one banana a day.  We typically have an abundance of bananas in the house.  Madeleine usually ends up eating them all, but we occasionally have a …

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What Should A Host Do?

Yesterday, on Hoda and Kathy Lee, they posed the question “should a host cater to a guest with dietary restrictions?”.  Obviously, that struck a chord with me. I know that some of what Hoda and Kathy Lee say on their show can be exaggeration for drama, but come on.  For those of us with food …

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