November 2011

Chocolate Cream Pie

by Janelle 11.28.2011
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If you are looking for the perfect chocolate pie to bake this holiday season, look no further than my Chocolate Cream Pie. A family-favorite, this deliciously creamy and chocolately pie is a guaranteed hit. Start out by baking a homemade pie crust made with Wondra for a more tender, flakier crust than regular flour. Then, […]

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Apple Flognarde… A Light French Clafoutis Dessert

by Janelle 11.24.2011
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Apple Flognarde is a delicious traditional French specialty hailing from the Limousin and Auvergne region in the southwest of France. A flognarde, similar to a Clafoutis which is made with cherries, is essentially a puffed “soufflé” baked with fresh fruit. Although you can make it with blackberries, peaches, figs, or blueberries, just to name a few, […]

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Mini Chocolate Meringues

by Janelle 11.22.2011
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Although making meringues seems daunting, I set out to make homemade meringues and prove how easy they are to make! Meringues are one of my favorite traditional French desserts, their light-as-air, puffed texture and beautifully piped design makes them an elegant and delicious treat. With only egg whites and sugar, meringues are a low-fat dessert […]

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Apple Bran Muffins

by Janelle 11.14.2011
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Continuing with the apple theme, I set out to make hearty apple bran muffins. I love bran muffins in general so I was excited to try making them with fresh-picked apples. For this recipe I used both shredded apple and small apple chunks, which bring a lot of texture and moistness to the muffins. With […]

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A Guide to Istanbul

by Janelle 11.08.2011
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My boyfriend and I just got back from a memorable trip to Europe. Our travels brought us to Istanbul, Turkey, a bustling city famous for seamlessly merging cultures of the East and West. Istanbul is a hot travel destination – and for good reason. The contrast between the magical lit-up skyline of centuries-old mosques and […]

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Cinnamon Applesauce

by Janelle 11.03.2011
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My boyfriend and I went apple picking at Stuart’s Farm in Westchester County, NY, and ever since I have been thinking of creative ways to use the bushels of apples we brought home. With almost 200 acres of trees, we were able to pick a variety of apples — Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Empire, Mutsu, […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

by Janelle 11.01.2011
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There is nothing like butternut squash soup on a cool autumn day. This recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup is my grandmother’s and it has been one of my favorites for years. The best part about this soup is the addition of zesty apples to add a bit of tang to the soup. […]

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