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I’m a wife, mother, pastry chef and amatuer gardner. I travel as much as possible, can what I grow, and taste as many new things as possible.

Pablano Ranch

You might know that I have worked in the restaurant community in the not so distant past.  Unfortunately one of the fine dinning restaurants that I worked at was bought out by a corporation and wasn’t keeping a pastry chef…me, and  buying the desserts from food vendors instead.  I could have stayed with the company…

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Summer…still

My peach tree usually ripens about the beginning of August. This year for some reason, it decided to ripen in the beginning of September. So even though kids are going back to school, we are celebrating summer. Because nothing says summer like grilled corn and ripe peaches off the tree.

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Eggless Cookie Dough

So don’t get me wrong, salmonella is very scary, but who can resist chocolate chip cookie dough? I am not advocating eating cookie dough with raw eggs, but I have done it since childhood and there have been no side effects; except weight gain.  Nowadays though, you have to be more careful.  So I have…

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Tis the Season

Tis the season for weddings, showers, and graduation parties and that means cake! Here is a taste of some cakes I have made for such occasions, and maybe a couple of birthday cakes as well. I am also including the recipe for cream cheese mints that inevitably make their way to the party. This is…

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Sausage Biscuits and Gravy

John Cameron          In order to make good gravy, you need the right ratio of fats, flavor and “flour” or thickener. In this recipe, and I use that term very loosely, I start by frying the breakfast sausage. Mine was very lean and didn’t give off very much fat, so I also…

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Irish Bomb Cup Cakes!

Modifying cake recipes.  This St. Patricks Day I made these cupcakes for my work.  They are called Car Bomb Cupcakes after the drink. It is a chocolate cupcake made with Guinness stout, filled with ganache that is infused with Jameson whiskey and topped with chocolate buttercream flavored with Bailey’s Irish Cream.  The amount of alcohol…

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The Versatile Cookie

A dessert that works for every occasion except a wedding, and perhaps even then?  The sugar cookie fits the bill.  Who doesn’t like a sugar cookie? They have cookie cutters of every shape and size.  So you can customize them for whatever holiday or occasion.  They do not require refrigeration or special packaging. Sugar cookies…

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