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White Chocolate Strawberry Blondies

Oh fair berries of straw… how I love thee, with thine ruby skins and flesh so sweet. If only thou didn’t upseteth my stomach so. Indeed, I think I may be allergic to strawberries. Granted, it’s not bad enough to get me to stop eating them entirely, but maybe I won’t go quite as straw-crazy...

Homemade Pixie Sticks

Pixie sticks. aka kiddie crack. I couldn’t say how many of these sugar shots I downed as a child… oblivious, of course, to the fact that their cheerful fruity flavors probably contained a laundry list of ingredients, not one of them fruit. But, hey. Kids don’t care about that stuff. As long as they have...

Strawberry Vanilla and Strawberry Balsamic Jam

I’ve been (not-so-patiently) waiting two years to make strawberry jam. The year I learned how to can I didn’t start until June or July, well after the last luscious red berries had been plucked. And last year, well, I’ve already lamented about missing strawberry season last year. This year, we were lucky enough to catch...

Blood Orange Marmalade, Three Ways

Shades of red: marmalade edition. Actually, I discovered, plain blood orange marmalade isn’t all that red; rather it’s a lovely shade of rich orange with the slightest pinkish hue. Like a sunset, really. But additions like extra ripe strawberries and deep red Chianti wine enhance the color, creating a marmalade gradient that is really quite...

Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie

“It could solve all the problems of the world, that pie… it’s a thing of beauty — how each flavor opens itself one by one, like a chapter in a book. First the flavor of an exotic spice hits you, just the hint of it. And then you’re flooded with chocolate, dark and bittersweet, like...

Win a Signed Copy of The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook!

Yes, you read that right. I just so happen to have two extra copies of my book. Sitting in front of me. And I’ve decided to give them away. Not some ethereal concept of a book floating in cyberspace. Not an advance copy. An actual, physical copy. Two lucky (very lucky!) folks will win them,...