Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Strawberries

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“PURITY AND SIMPLICITY ARE THE TWO WINGS WITH WHICH MAN SOARS ABOVE THE EARTH AND ALL TEMPORARY NATURE.”  Thomas Kempis. I am a purist at heart.  And I firmly believe that vanilla is under rated.  Would I turn away a piece of oreo snickers triple chocolate mousse turtle pecan double caramel chocolate chip pumpkin dulce…

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Honey Almond Panna Cotta with Lemon Thyme Peaches

Honey Almond Panna Cotta with Lemon Thyme Peaches

“SHALL I PART MY HAIR BEHIND?  DO I DARE TO EAT A PEACH?”  T.S. Eliot. Shall I put herbs in my dessert? I must!  Because Kristen of The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker, and leader of The Improv Cooking Challenge has compelled us to create something using peaches and herbs!  And before you know…

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Summer Berry Terrine with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Summer Berry Terrine

“IT’S AS IF WE SPEND OUR ENTIRE LIVES AVOIDING JELLO BUT IT IS ALWAYS THERE AT THE END, WAITING.”  John Grisham. It’s BERRY WEEK which means the Theme Weavers are at it again, celebrating all week long with all things berrylicious! I haven’t spent a lifetime avoiding jello.  But it definitely isn’t my first choice…

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Mango Coconut Cream Puffs with Mango Mojito Sauce

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“THERE SHALL BE ETERNAL SUMMER IN THE GRATEFUL HEART.”  Celia Thaxter. Well it is that time of year.  Though it is not technically autumn, September 1st always feels like the beginning of fall to me, no matter what the weather.  In my mind, I just know that summer is over.  So The Baking Group (not…

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Parmesan Tuiles with Heirloom Tomatoes

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“APPETIZERS ARE THE LITTLE THINGS YOU KEEP EATING UNTIL YOU LOSE YOUR APPETITE.”  Joe Moore. Come share in the tomato love at the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange, hosted by Gimme Some Oven & Bake Your Day, sponsored this week by KitchenAid.  Also visit Recipe for Change to learn more about how to support tomato farmers. Well, temperatures here in the nation’s…

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Sunflower Seed Cookies

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“EVERY FRIEND TO THE OTHER IS A SUN, AND A SUNFLOWER ALSO.  HE ATTRACTS AND FOLLOWS.”  Jean Paul Richter. Some days we could all use a little self imposed sunshine.  Such was my day today!  And while I didn’t intend on baking and posting today, a quick trip to the market had me gazing upon…

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