Kiss Cookies

Aidan has been begging for me to make these.  The problem is that I'm not eating sugar, so I'm really working to avoid anything I absolutely love.  These fall in that category.  But when I looked in the cupboard this morning and saw 1.  that I had half a bag of Hershey's kisses, and 2. that we're out of lunch treats, I decided to surprise the boy.  He gave me a kiss for each one he ate.  A more than decent consolation for no sugar.

I've had many versions of peanut butter cookies topped with Hershey's kisses.  I'm always partial, but I have to say this recipe is my favorite.  Many others end up crumbly and dry.  These do not.  Just be careful not to overcook!

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Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:13PM by Registered CommenterAmy in | Comments1 Comment | References10 References

Cranberry Cake with Warm Vanilla Butter Sauce

The name says it all.  Warm vanilla butter sauce?  I'm in!  The boys thought this was delightful.  One bonus of the recipe is that both the cake and the sauce can be made a day ahead.  Simply warm the sauce before serving.  This would make a great holiday party treat, especially trimmed with candied cranberries (recipe included for that below).

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Posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 12:36PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , , | Comments2 Comments | References9 References

Potato Soup

This is my sister-in-law's recipe, and definitely one of the best potato soups I've tried.  We served it in pumpkin-colored breadbowls on Halloween.  Topped with bacon, cheddar and chives, there's nothing that beats potato soup on a chilly night. 

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Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 06:22PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , , | CommentsPost a Comment | References7 References

Donuts

I've never had a better food model than my little friend Henry.  And he was thrilled to be modeling donuts last Sunday.  This recipe comes from the kitchen of my mother-in-law.  She is a great baker, and I never even thought of making my own donuts until I saw her do these.  She happily shared her recipe.  So I'll happily pass it along to you. 

They are great glazed (powdered sugar and milk) or with cinnamon sugar or with chocolate icing - whatever you like. 

 

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Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 06:05PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , | CommentsPost a Comment

Glace Icing

I love this recipe from Recipe Girl.  It's easy to mix up, and hard to mess up.  This is what I use on all of my fancy party favor cookies.  It does take a while to set up on cookies, so be sure to give them plenty of time to dry (I usually do it overnight because it can take up to 12 hours).  Once they do dry, you can bag or stack them without ruining the icing. 

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Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 11:13AM by Registered CommenterAmy in , | CommentsPost a Comment | References7 References

Delicious Grape Salad

The recipe and picture come from my friend Emily.  Check her site out because her food never disappoints!  We served this salad at a baby shower brunch, and I've had so many e-mails requesting the recipe.  It was a definite hit. 

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Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 11:08AM by Registered CommenterAmy in , | CommentsPost a Comment | References6 References

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

A quick, fun treat.  I posted a how-to for these cookies on my family blog two years ago, but thought I'd transfer it here for anyone needing a last minute Halloweenish cookie.  These are so simple and fun to make.  The kids loved them.  

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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 03:21PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , , | Comments1 Comment | References1 Reference

Sour Cream Poppy Seed Muffins

This recipe comes from Emily, and I've had it marked to try for a while.  So, of course, they were on the menu for the shower last week.  My boys went crazy over them.  And I definitely ate my fair share, as well. 

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Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 01:01PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Bruschetta with Ricotta and Marmalade

This was another brunch menu recipe I tried out for last week's baby shower.  I initially raised my eyebrows at the thought of ricotta on the bread, but loved how it tasted.  This is something I will definitely treat myself to again. 

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Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 12:07PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , , , | CommentsPost a Comment

Mini Frittatas

Photograph from Food Network.  Recipe originally from Giada De Laurentiis.

These are simple to make and a tasty twist on regular breakfast.  I first tried them out on my family a few weeks ago and then made them for a brunch this weekend.  They were a hit with both the family and the brunch crowd. 

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Posted on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 08:34PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , | CommentsPost a Comment