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The Best Sweet Potato Pie

This is seriously the best sweet potato pie recipe in the entire world.  When I think of Thanksgiving and sweet potatoes, I think of the overly sweet canned yams and marshmallow casserole, and for years I stayed far away from any sweet potato recipe.  Too sweet.  Then one year my sister showed up with my brother-in-laws Aunt Normas sweet potato pie, and everything changed.
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Delicious Pecan Apple Crisp

Nothing says fall to me as much as warm apple crisp.  The aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg give me all the cozy feels and make me so happy.  I love the colors of fall too, and we’ve been lucky to have a warm and sunny fall so far out here in the Pacific Northwest.  All the sunshine has the leaves still on the trees so we can enjoy their splendor.  It makes for delightful mornings at the farmers market picking out all the beautiful apples.  Okay, I’ve not been to the farmers market, but I think about how much fun that would be.  I’ve had the time, however, to go to our local produce market in town and their apples from Hood River have been amazing, and I wanted to make something with them right away! (more…)

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Champagne Cherry Gelatin Mold

I love old cookbooks and get many an inspiration from the recipes of the 50’s and 60’s.  The Joy of Cooking is my favorite and I especially love the “mold” section.  So many of the dishes crack me up. I can’t seriously believe someone would want to make and then actually eat molded cream fish.  I’m so glad that’s out of fashion.  Still, the recipes take me back to when I was little and in my grandma’s kitchen.  We almost always had Christmas dinner at her house and there was a beautiful fruit-filled gelatin mold on the table every year. (more…)

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Creamy and Delicious Wineshakes

The dessert opportunities during the holidays are fantastic, aren’t they? I mean, there’s fudge, fruit cake, and endless cookies. I was looking for something a little different, and I had to look no further than a wineshake!  Yes, I said a wineshake, a blend of ice cream and wine.  I’m a fan of wine slushies during the summer, but they don’t have the richness I was looking for in a wintertime dessert.  That’s when I thought to use ice cream and believe me, I’m glad I did! (more…)

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