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A Gluten-Free Holiday III: Gifts of Good Taste

Welcome to Week 3 of A Gluten Free Holiday 2011, the holiday event created by Amy and shared each week by yours truly (and four others–check below for all the participating blogs)! This week’s topic, Gifts of Good Taste, is hosted by Alta of Tasty Eats at Home. Hop on over […]

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Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Easter Ovoids

[Perhaps imperfect, but recognizably egg-like in shape, right?]

One of my first paying jobs was working as a cashier at the local drugstore in a strip mall near my house, where, as it happened, three of my closest friends and I all got jobs. It wasn’t unusual […]

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On (Not) Eating in Restaurants, Videos and Virtual Friendships

[My cookbook, Sweet Freedom, will be on sale until mid-August! For more information or to order, click here. :)]

[A sweet treat to celebrate the firsts: sunflower butter cups–recipe below]

I hope everyone here in Canada had a great Victoria Day weekend!

It […]

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Audacious Celebrity Stalking, Free Cookbooks, and Truffles

One night when I was sixteen, I watched Marvin Hamlisch (composer of A Chorus Line, etc.) on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The previous guest was Adrienne Barbeau, the buxom actress who played Bea Arthur’s daughter on the sitcom Maude. I was appalled as I witnessed Hamlisch, seated on the […]

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Love Bites* for Valentine’s Day

* that’s “bites” in the sense of, “little tidbits that can be eaten in one mouthful,” rather than the sense of, “really sucks” (as in, “reality bites”) or even “little nibbles on the flesh of the one you love” (though, to paraphrase our most famous Prime Minister, DDD has no business in the kitchens of […]

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A Matcha Made in Heaven*: Chocolate and Green Tea Truffles for Everyone (and More!)

* Sorry, couldn’t resist. Please feel free to groan.

[A cuppa matcha, pure and straightforward. . . a warm, comforting, health-boosting sip to enjoy daily!]

* * * * For details and to enter the Matcha giveaway, see the end of this post! * * * […]

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Flash in the Pan: I See Faux Chocolate in Your Future

[Sometimes, you just want to eat something now. I’ve decided to offer a mini-post every once in a while, for a dish that comes together incredibly quickly or else is so easy to make that no recipe is required. Here’s today’s “Flash in the Pan.” (For other FitP recipes, see “Categories” at right).]

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Sweet Potato for My Sweetheart: Spiked Sweet Potato Truffles or Truffle Cups

Are you looking forward to V-Day next week? Seems most people either love it or hate it. Being from the “never too much schmaltz” school of romance, I love Valentine’s Day. Even during all those years before I met the HH, I’d always endeavor to celebrate somehow. I’d send […]

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Gastronomic Gifts V: Tutti Fruiti Christmas Cookies, circa 2008*

* Or, Ricki Finally Decides to Get Political

[There’s just nothing like a homemade gift for the holidays. This year, with the purse strings a little tighter than usual, I’m determined to make at least a few in my kitchen–and thought I’d share my ideas in case you’d like to partake, […]

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Gastronomic Gifts I: Fudge Two Ways

[There’s just nothing like a homemade gift for the holidays. This year, with the purse strings a little tighter than usual, I’m determined to make at least a few in my kitchen–and thought I’d share my ideas in case you’d like to partake, too. ]

Back in the day […]

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