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Improbable Chocolate Coconut Pie

If you grew up in the 1970s you probably remember the flood of “impossible” pie recipes that started with one published by Bisquick and that cascaded into impossible-everything variations on the theme.  The basic idea is that you toss some ingredients into a blender, pour it into a pie tin, and then you bake yourself […]

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Vanilla Bean Truffles

My new nickname is “The Truffle Queen,” and I think there are worse things to be known for.  Why so many truffles?  Well, they are really easy to adapt to all sorts of dietary restrictions.  They are rich and they convey a sense of special occasion.  They don’t have to be super-sweet to be amazing.  […]

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Pannukakku (grain free)

My graduate school years in the U.P. included an introduction to a lot of new-to-me foods, most of them of Finnish origin.  Pannukakku was one of my favorite Keewenaw breakfasts–warm, puffy, and custard-like, this baked pancake is a perfect way to start your day during the cold days of winter.  Traditional recipes call for a […]

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Black Walnut Tassies (grain free)

Well I caved and had to do one more sweet for the season.  I’m going to blame my cooking friend Lucy, over at A Cook and Her Books, for posting her Macadamia-Rum Tassies.  They looked irresistible, so I promptly started working on a grain-free version.  It took a few batches (yeah, we have been eating […]

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Vanilla Almond Fudge

I associate fudge with the holidays and with tourist traps, and honestly, regular fudge is not my favorite thing.  Having sampled a lot of “famous” fudge around tourist areas, I pretty much always find it unbelievably, cloyingly sweet.  Then I discovered “fudge” made from coconut butter, and I make six or seven variations of this […]

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Vanilla Bean Sweet Potatoes with Buttered Black Walnuts

In my ongoing quest to create real-food Thanksgiving dishes, I have done a number of different variations on a theme with sweet potatoes–honey and orange glazed chunks, my baked version with Cranberry Butter, and any number of varieties of whipped, mashed, and riced dishes.  Marshmallows never enter the picture.  However, this newest version, using Vermont […]

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