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Hurricane Bagels

Hurricane Bagels

When I woke up yesterday and realized that I would be stuck inside for a few days because of Hurricane Lane, my mind went immediately to bagels. On holiday mornings, our family indulges in eating bagels with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, fresh tomato, and […]

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Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting and Fresh Raspberries

Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting and Fresh Raspberries

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday, and because summertime is in full-swing, I wanted to do something decadent with berries. Our family doesn’t care much for the store-bought bakery cakes that are thick with waxy frosting or a dull tasting fondant. Eww. No, we like things […]

Eggnog Pound Cake

Eggnog Pound Cake

What to do with leftover eggnog? Bake an eggnog pound cake with a bourbon glaze, of course! This holiday season, I bought some “light” eggnog that tasted pretty subpar to me, so I wondered what I should do with it instead of dumping it out. […]

Yule Dessert Wreath

Yule Dessert Wreath

A yummy, new tradition for the Winter Solstice. This has the perfect amount of sweetness and can be modified to suit a vegan/dairy-free diet by using egg substitute and vegan butter. This recipe is a “keeper”, for sure.

Whole Wheat Bread Bowl

Whole Wheat Bread Bowl

One of my favorite indulgences is Broccoli Cheddar Soup with a Whole Wheat Bread Bowl. Broccoli Cheddar Soup tastes rich and yummy on its own, but there’s something so unbelievably comforting about ripping off pieces of bread and dunking them into the piping hot soup. […]

Thanksgiving Mango Tart

Thanksgiving Mango Tart

In addition to pumpkin pie, I wanted to do a dessert with fresh, local ingredients this year for Thanksgiving. Mangos are pretty amazing in my book, and I happened to find two, huge, juicy mangoes at the Hilo Farmer’s Market. Lucky for me, I came […]


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