Recipes

A Cake Fit For a King… Galette des Rois

by Janelle 01.10.2012
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The French are smart. After Christmas, once the endless Bûche de Noëls and truffles au chocolat are devoured and forgotten till next year, the French fill the newly formed dessert void with a brilliant confection, Galette des Rois. In Paris, bakeries reopen on January 2nd with their shelves full of these much-awaited cakes. Traditionally eaten […]

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Apricot Glazed Chicken with Dried Plums and Sage

by Janelle 01.06.2012
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I am thrilled to share a fantastic dinner recipe for Apricot Glazed Chicken with Dried Plums and Sage. This dish is so easy to make and so impressive at the same time, you won’t believe it. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or the main dish at your next dinner party, this recipe is gourmet and […]

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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

by Janelle 12.24.2011
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Ever since I saw pictures of Martha Stewart’s scrumptious Chocolate Crackle Cookies, I had to make them. As any chocolate-lover would agree, the flaky texture and beautiful cracked tops, oozing with light-as-air powdered sugar, is irresistible. This recipe uses high quality bittersweet chocolate, melted over a double boiler, in addition to dutch cocoa powder to […]

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Saltine Toffee

by Janelle 12.21.2011
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One of my favorite holidays treats is homemade Saltine Toffee. This recipe uses Saltine crackers as a base to make a delicious and easy candy that’s crunchy, salty, sweet and full of rich chocolate. You can be as creative or gourmet as you wish by adding chopped nuts, crushed candy canes, colored sprinkles, dried fruit […]

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Butterballs

by Janelle 12.16.2011
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This delicious recipe for butterballs is another fantastic Christmas classic. Sometimes called “Snowballs,” these rich, crumbly butter cookies are rolled and covered in a generous layer of powdered sugar. The cookies are made of butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, flour and finely ground walnuts. The walnuts give the cookies their subtle, signature crunch. Butterballs are very […]

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Peanut Butter Balls

by Janelle 12.13.2011
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My Mom’s recipe for Peanut Butter Balls is huge hit every Christmas. Of all of the desserts and candies baked for the holidays, these delicious creamy Peanut Butter Balls really stand out for their exceptional flavor and fun, bite-sized shape. The filling is made of butter, peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar and Rice Krispies for crunch. […]

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Christmas Cutout Sugar Cookies

by Janelle 12.06.2011
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To kick off my Christmas baking, I set out to make the very best Christmas Cutout Sugar Cookies. Everyone loves a rolled sugar cookie — a light, crispy and buttery treat that can be decorated in dozens of creative ways. After hearing rave reviews, I started out by using Alton Brown’s revered Sugar Cookies recipe […]

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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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