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Pumpkin Muffins

Every autumn, as the temperatures drop, we are drawn to all things pumpkin and butternut squash. But is it really all about the squash or

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Buche de Noel

Although the French name for this beautiful dessert means Christmas Log, the origins of the custom of bringing in a Yule log, building a blazing

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Russian Tea Cakes

Whenever I think about holiday baking, Russian Tea Cakes (aka Mexican Wedding Cookies) are at the forefront of my mind. What’s not to love about

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Ginger Spice Cookies

If you are a ginger snap or spicy cookie fan, look no further. A wonderful contribution to holiday platters, these cookies make great gifts and

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Hot Fudge

This decadent Hot Fudge recipe, from Gourmet Magazine, is everything you’d expect from this traditional favorite dessert topping. Chewy and gooey, smooth and shiny, it’ll

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Saffron Bread

Saffron has been a coveted spice used by people across many cultures for roughly 3,500 years. A little more than 200 years ago England was

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Mushrooms Bourguignon

While perusing Food 52’s weekly recipes for inspiration recently, there was a post for Mushrooms Bourguignon.  I was planning a New Year’s Eve dinner for

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Gougeres

Gougeres are a French comfort food. Not a mac ‘n cheese kind of comfort food, but the kind that’s served fresh from the oven with

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Cream Puffs and Profiteroles

Cream puffs and eclairs aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of versatile desserts. But in reality they’re wonderful edible containers

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Thanksgiving Sides

            Vanilla-Scented Butternut Squash Risotto             Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Ruttabega and Sweet Potatoes with

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