Bilbo’s Seed Cakes

“Come along in, and have some tea!” he managed to say after taking a deep breath. ‘A little beer would suit me better, if it is all the same to you,

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Banana Bread

Banana bread has been a fixture of American cookbooks since the 1930’s, probably as a by product of the Great Depression when innovative housewives in struggling families wanted to avoid

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Tacos have historically been considered a kind of  street food, that came out of the taquerías in working class Mexican neighborhoods.  Having come to the US in early in the

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Champagne Tarragon Salad with Chicken and Toasted Almonds

Last night I dreamed of tarragon again.  Really.  But I also just finished reading Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, so in my mind tarragon and Manderley are intertwined and together they inspired

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Buttermilk Ricotta Pancakes and Bacon

Morning sunlight streaming bright through the windows.  Dust particles glinting slowly in the rays onto clean, white sheets.  The decadence of Sunday morning.  It is almost iconic in this country

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Coconut Flour Cheese Bread

I have the unlucky genetics to be a borderline diabetic. Fortunately, I have never been obese and I am able to control my blood sugar completely through diet and exercise,

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White Chocolate Cheesecake with Glazed Strawberries

Cheesecake is one of my favorite things to bake and my recipe file contains some 180+ variants of it.  It is a dessert with a history and may have dated

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Tre Formaggi Manicotti

  We have been binge watching The Sopranos On Demand.  One of the most entertaining things about this show is that food is almost a character in the series.  They eat

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Pan Seared Scallops and Shrimp in White Wine Cream Sauce

Today is my husband’s birthday, so he got to plan his own birthday dinner.  He chose staying home and he chose the menu.  Having lived for decades on the Outer

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