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Chocolate Florentine

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One year when Ben and I were visiting my parents in Michigan, my whole family spent a winter afternoon in the Gaslight Village of downtown East Grand Rapids. There were quaint little shops, ice cream parlors, luxury condos, and then we happened upon a small little bakery. Because we were full from ice cream, no […]

Pizzelle

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This year I haven’t had much time to bake for my Christmas tins, so I had to limit the kind of cookies and limit the number of recipients. There are two delicate cookies, though, that I make sure I include because I want them to become a tradition. First, is pizzelle which are Italian waffle […]

Green Chile Chicken Empanadas

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Thanks to my friend, Emily (who just started a food blog titled Joy of Cooking), dinner tonight was very easy! I used a recipe from her site called Green Chile Beef Empanadas and made a few changes to my tastes. Instead of beef, I used taco flavored shredded chicken (store bought in a tub). It […]

Cranberry Sauce

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My sister, Angie, also made this cranberry sauce for our Thanksgiving dinner. With mixed fruit included, it’s extremely good!! Ingredients • 1 cup water • 1 cup white sugar • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries • 1 orange, peeled and pureed • 1 apple – peeled, cored and diced • 1 pear – peeled, […]

Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches and Other Party Food

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We had our 3rd Annual BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) Party yesterday afternoon. It started in 2005 a few months after we got married. I was asking Ben how he would like to celebrate his birthday with his friends, and he said he just wanted everyone to get together for a Fall party because he […]