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Homemade Strawberry Jam (No Cooking Necessary!)

If you know me in real life, you’ve undoubtedly heard me rave about my wonderful in-laws. Many in-law relationships are civil at best, but my mother- and father-in-law are like second parents to me. I could say a lot about how great they are, but one example will probably suffice: I voluntarily (and happily) spend … Continue reading

Finnish Pancake

It’s been crazy busy (in a good way) around here, what with all the food to prepare for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, but I wanted to pop in to share a delightful, somewhat unusual breakfast option that’s perfect for the holidays. This Finnish pancake recipe comes courtesy of Kris Baker, a close family friend … Continue reading

Amazingly Addictive Sugar Cookies

I’ve tried any number of sugar cookie recipes over the years, but have been disappointed in every one (and I’ve used many — dozens! — of recipes). I have high expectations of a sugar cookie: It can’t be too mealy or chewy, or too sweet and cloying. I need to taste butter, eggs and a … Continue reading

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

I’m a fairly competent baker, turning out pie crusts, quick breads, cookies, muffins, tarts, quiches and more with aplomb, but the art of making yeast breads eludes me. There are a number of reasons — yeast can be quite temperamental (sometimes frothing properly; other times not), the dough requires a long time to rise, and, … Continue reading

Brie and Chive Biscuits

Last Christmas, I found a recipe for brie and chive biscuits in Real Simple, one of my favorite magazines. Creamy cheese plus bread? What’s not to love? They quickly became a favorite in the family, impressing even my brother-in-law, Chris, who is quite the gourmet chef. If Chris says he likes something, then I know … Continue reading

Let’s Do Lunch: Frosty the Snowman

For this year’s last Christmas-themed school lunch (starting next Monday, Jack’s on winter break from preschool for two weeks), I made a snowman-themed bento box. We promised Jack that we would drive to Big Bear so he could see snow sometime during the break, and since then, he’s been talking nonstop about how he’s going … Continue reading

Santa Hat Brownie Bites

Last week, my friends Jolene and Emily independently sent me this recipe for Santa hat brownie bites — literally, I received their emails within minutes of each other. I love it when my friends think of me upon seeing cute food! Anyway, both lovely ladies were right — as soon as I saw the adorable … Continue reading

Edible Gifts Round-Up: Gift Baskets!

So the reason I’ve been publishing a torrent of edible gift posts is because, for most parents, the last day of preschool before winter break is Friday, December 16, and I wanted to give people plenty of time to consider ideas, purchase ingredients and make the gifts. After a whirlwind of making all the goodies … Continue reading

Banana Bread

After I published my friend Ann’s phenomenally successful guest post on pumpkin bread (seriously, it’s the second most viewed entry on this site!), I asked her for a simple banana bread recipe. I wanted something that had the same moist, tender feel as the pumpkin bread, but without the spices that are associated with pumpkin-flavored … Continue reading

Christmas Cake Pops (Plus An Exciting Discovery)

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably remember my love/hate relationship with cake pops (love the aesthetics and the “wow” factor; hate the time and effort). But, alas, once I saw a picture of them, I just had to make Bakerella’s reindeer cake pops. They turned out pretty well! Just in … Continue reading

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