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Holiday Recipe Exchange: Cranberry Bliss Bars

Do you ever becoming obsessed with making something, but it just never actually transpires into the finished product? Last year, I became slightly enthralled with the Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks. I’m fairly certain that they are a holiday selection, but let me tell you they are amazingly delicious. After my first bite, I knew …

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Chewy Chocolate Almond Cookies

The combination of chocolate and almonds will forever remind me of my dad. He loves chocolate almond everything, but especially chocolate covered almonds from the local chocolatier. These were always a supplemental gift for him on all occasions and to this day remain one of his favorite treats. While dabbling around in the kitchen last …

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Lemon Cheesecake with Fresh Berries

Cheesecake. I love cheesecake. It is truly one of those desserts that I simply cannot resist. I’m guessing it’s the combination of the crisp, slightly salty graham crust paired with the sweet creamy texture of the cream cheese filling. Regardless of the reason, cheesecake equals bliss in my book. Although we will pretty much nosh …

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Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler Ingredients 2 cups peeled, sliced peaches (this was 5 medium peaches for me) 1 cup sugar, divided use 1/4 cup water 4 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup self-rising flour* 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3/4 cup milk Ground cinnamon, optional Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Combine …

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Strawberry Lemon Granita

Strawberry Lemon Granita Ingredients 1 cup water 3/4 cup sugar 2 lemons; juiced (about 4 tablespoons) *see not below 3 cups sliced hulled strawberries (about 1 pound whole berries) Directions 1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and heat until the …

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Lemon Blueberry Crumb Bars

Blueberry Crumb Bars Ingredients 1 cup white granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup unsalted butter 1 egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt zest of two lemons 4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries 1/2 cup white sugar 3 teaspoons cornstarch Method 1.Preheat the oven to 375 …

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Espresso Shortbread Brownie Bars

I subscribe to quite a few culinary magazines; however, I don’t have a lot of free time, so they usually get filed into magazine organizers without much use. Sure I thumb through them and randomly mark pages with post-it notes, but inevitably the sit around and collect dust. For some reason, I just can’t bring …

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