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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

  I’ve learned in the past year or so that I am Sugar Addict. Not something I’m proud of. I tried once before to give up sugar and failed, but one of my goals this year was to try again. I want to at least cut down the amount of sugar ingested, because let’s face it – cutting it out completely is nearly impossible because sugar is incorporated into to so many foods these days. Cooking from scratch often helps. Baking for birthdays does not. Not that I can blame  ...

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Homemade Twix bars

  Remember the old adage “What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemonade!”  Well, that happened this last week.  I started my annual Christmas homemade caramels baking only to have them come out super-soft.  So soft that they were sticking to the parchment paper and difficult to get off.  I just didn’t get it.  I’ve made them for years and never had a problem. When I was making a second batch later, Papa realized it was his mistake.  In the middle  ...

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Kransekake (Norwegian Wedding Cake)

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation when you click and/or purchase through these links. This is a post I’ve wanted to write for quite a while, and with my niece’s wedding this past weekend, it was a good time to revisit the topic.     Kransekake (literally translated as “wreath cake”) is an almond-based cake used in Norway for special occasions. It’s more like a cookie than a cake and is baked in concentric rings  ...

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Churro ice cream bowls

  This week you get a 2-fer in the recipe department. Because on the same day that we spotted the video for the salt-encrusted beef tenderloin, we saw another one for Churro Ice Cream Bowls.     I have to confess, I don’t believe I have ever had a real churro in my life. But something that looks like doughnut dough, deep fried and coated with cinnamon sugar?! I’m all in! Now in all reality, I drooled over this recipe and was ready to mentally filed it into the  ...

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