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Baked Apples

As soon as summer turns into autumn, my favorite dessert to celebrate the change of seasons is Baked Apples…and I’ll tell you why. I was remembering back on a trip we took one autumn to western Washington State several years ago. Coming from ...

Blog: Mama's Gotta Bake
Posted on: Oct 01, 2015 |  Original Post

Fruity Smoothies for a Fun and Nutritious Afternoon Snack and a Hamilton Beach Wave Blender Review

There’s power in new beginnings. This fall, I’m using our back to school fresh start to blitz the kids with healthy food. I’m hoping that after a few weeks, they’ll take the tiny tupperware containers overflowing with fruits ...

Blog: chefdruck.com
Posted on: Sep 01, 2015 |  Original Post

Savor Summertime with Fruttare® Bars #FruttareLife

It’s summertime and quite hot out these days, but that doesn’t mean we’re not enjoying it!  Our days are filled with bike rides, picnics, lawn darts, and more.  When we need to stop and take a break we like to enjoy a ...

Blog: Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms
Posted on: Aug 14, 2015 |  Original Post

a Blueberry Lemon Ice Worthy of Pinkalicious

We are a dairy loving family through and through. Our fridge shelves and lined with yogurts, butters, and cheese. Dairy is my go to comfort food, and the same goes for most of my children. But when Sophie was born, we discovered that she ...

Blog: chefdruck.com
Posted on: Jul 28, 2015 |  Original Post

Chilled Nectarine Soup with Caramelized Croutons

My husband and I had only been dating for a few months, when I brought him to the South of France to meet my extended family. It was a curious time in my life. I was fresh out of college. New to the work world. And wildly in love. Straddling two ...

Blog: chefdruck.com
Posted on: Jul 07, 2015 |  Original Post

Kids in the Kitchen: How to Cut Mangoes and Make Mango Chicken Quesadillas

Our table is always set with a lot of choices, many bowls filled with fresh fruits and vegetables to complement the main course. It’s an easy way to add color and fun to dinner, and ensures that all the kids will eat more fruits and veggies, ...

Blog: chefdruck.com
Posted on: Apr 28, 2015 |  Original Post

Apple Jelly and a Nebulous Sense of Home

Our suburb is near Chicago, less than a 20 minute drive without traffic, but it has the feel of a small town, with many families who have lived here for generations. It’s the kind of place that beckons people home after college, and many of my ...

Blog: chefdruck.com
Posted on: Sep 29, 2014 |  Original Post

Blueberry Muffins

The craziest thing happened the other day, true story… My son, son #2 that is, who is home from school on spring break, brought packaged blueberry muffins into my house. You know the kind that are filled with all kinds of preservatives, calories, ...

Blog: Mama's Gotta Bake
Posted on: Mar 25, 2014 |  Original Post

Apple Loaf Cake with Pine Nuts

I love”homey” food, but you already knew that, didn’t you. Some people like to curl up with a warm blanket and a book, I myself, like to curl up with a hot cup of tea and a piece of cake. When curling up, it’s always best not ...

Blog: Mama's Gotta Bake
Posted on: Feb 06, 2014 |  Original Post

Apple Loaf Cake with Pine Nuts

I love”homey” food, but you already knew that, didn’t you. Some people like to curl up with a warm blanket and a book, I myself, like to curl up with a hot cup of tea and a piece of cake. When curling up, it’s always best not ...

Blog: Mama's Gotta Bake
Posted on: Feb 06, 2014 |  Original Post

Caramel Pear and Walnut Cake

The creation of this cake resulted from two things:  First and foremost, a massive craving for something sweet (ever experience that?) and secondly, I had two pears on the verge of death that were pleading to be used.  What goes well with pears? ...

Blog: The Daring Gourmet
Posted on: Dec 22, 2013 |  Original Post

Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

If you had to choose between pie and cake for dessert, what would you choose? I always find it hard to choose. I love cake, especially a good layer cake slathered with thick frosting. But I also love pie, especially pie with fruit and a crumbly ...

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: Nov 19, 2013 |  Original Post

Apple Pie in a Bag

It’s getting closer to the big day, you know what day I’m talking about, right? Thanksgiving, of course. It’s my most special meal, well it seems every meal is my most special meal, but this one definitely is. In fact, I am so ...

Blog: Mama's Gotta Bake
Posted on: Nov 14, 2013 |  Original Post

Grilled Brie & Pear Sandwich

Ooooh mama, look what I got in the mail today!  If you follow my blog then you know I recently featured a posting for an almond pear cake.  Apparently someone at Frog Hollow Farm saw that posting and realized that I must be a serious pear lover, ...

Blog: Mama's Gotta Bake
Posted on: Oct 09, 2013 |  Original Post

Almond Pear Cake – Gluten Free

My favorite time of the year is the end of September when summertime evaporates into a fond memory and leaves turn golden and the air turns crisp.  Oh wait, that was my former life growing up on the east coast.  As Jimmy Kimmel said in his ...

Blog: Mama's Gotta Bake
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 |  Original Post

Strawberry Ricotta Crostini

Around this time last year, I went to Spain for a vacation. It was fantastic and delicious, and I vividly remember the wonderful meals we enjoyed. I was looking through the pictures and I came upon the plate of pintxos I had in Sevilla. Pintxos ...

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: Aug 20, 2013 |  Original Post

White Wine Kiwi-Apple Sangria

T’aint nothing better on a scorching summer’s day here in the San Fernando Valley than a couple of your closest girlfriends and a big pitcher of sangria. Because what else do women like to do but talk and drink lots of wine. We will, of ...

Blog: Mama's Gotta Bake
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 |  Original Post

White Wine Kiwi-Apple Sangria

T’aint nothing better on a scorching summer’s day here in the San Fernando Valley than a couple of your closest girlfriends and a big pitcher of sangria. Because what else do women like to do but talk and drink lots of wine. We will, of ...

Blog: Mama's Gotta Bake
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 |  Original Post

Mango Coconut Bread

Mangoes always make me think of home. Home, the Philippines, yes. But also, home, my family. Ever since I can remember, my entire family - my immediate family and relatives from both my mother's and father's side - would always clamor for mangoes ...

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: Jul 13, 2013 |  Original Post

Creamy Homemade Lemon Curd

Fresh, creamy, citrusy, Summery lemon curd!  Put some on your tongue and experience a delightfully sweet zing!  I first fell in love with lemon curd when I when lived in England.  I lived near Cambridge for six years and enjoyed lemon curd on a ...

Blog: The Daring Gourmet
Posted on: Jul 08, 2013 |  Original Post

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