Category: Recipes

My Favorite Christmas Cut Out Cookies

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.” – Buddy the Elf
One of my favorite things to do at Christmastime is baking. I love to hunker down in my kitchen with some festive tunes and make a big mess in the process.
Christmas Cutout Cookie Tips

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Chocolate Cinnamon Ice Cream

This adventure in ice cream came about as a lack of pantry goods. Since we were going away for the weekend, I wanted to use up our dairy items before they went bad. (Naturally, MAKE MORE ICE CREAM!)

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I’ve yet to make a simple chocolate ice cream, but upon getting out the cocoa powder I realized I didn’t have enough. Instead I decided to add a heaping spoonful of cinnamon. The result was a deliciously light-flavored chocolate ice cream – the effect was a Wendy’s frosty with a twist.

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Blueberries for Sal (the Best Blueberry Pie Ever!)

Whenever I am in western New York, blueberry picking is on my priority list. I love the peacefulness of picking blueberries – it’s a quiet, mindless activity and you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors, all while enjoying nature’s candy. Last year we picked 40 pounds of blueberries!
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The bulk of the berries we pick go into the freezer, but I always make this blueberry cream pie.

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Recipe: Watermelon Lime Mint Ice

I don’t know what the weather has been like near you this week, but in Boston Mother Nature has made it clear that summer ain’t over. Which is good news for me – more time for ice cream!

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This time around I wanted to try making a relatively “healthy” sweet treat and this ice has no added sugars. In fact it’s only 3 ingredients!

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Pucker Up: Lemon Ice Cream

Lemon Ice Cream Recipe from DesignLively

On a trip down to the Cape earlier this summer I discovered a new AMAZING ice cream place. The Ice Cream Sandwich, in Sandwich, MA. (FYI: the perfect plate to stop when there’s Sunday evening traffic due to the exodus of tourists crossing the bridge.) Ice Cream Sandwich is all homemade flavors and I tried the Lemon Mousse Shortcake – and oh-my-icecream – it was fantastic.

What to Know if You Want to Start Juicing?

Our CSA is officially back for the seasons. (Hip-hip-hooray!) Because of the harsh winter we had last year, the vegetables this year came late. Nothing makes me happier than having a bowl of fresh and locally grown strawberries on my kitchen counter.

This week I got lots of greens – kale, arugula, romaine. And at the store we got turnip greens and spinach.

Why so many greens? Well, we’ve started juicing!

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What to Make with 25 Pounds of Concord Grapes?

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Two years ago I was in the Finger Lakes over Labor Day Weekend, and picked ten pounds of concord grapes. Soon after our love for grape ice cream was born.

Last year, we knew we wouldn’t be able to make it back there during grape season, and my parents were kind enough to pick some and bring them to us. Well, I think they got a little carried away. Because they brought me 25 pounds of concord grapes! My favorite way to eat them is fresh – although it’s messy and turns your lips and fingernails purple. But they only last so long – so when I couldn’t possible eat another – into the freezer they went.

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Everyday I’m Wafflin’

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Earlier in the fall my husband got my a waffle maker for my birthday (I think a little bird told him).


I love waffles. Waffles with maple syrup. Waffles with whipped cream and fresh blueberries. Waffles with peanut butter. Waffles with waffles on top. You. Name. It.

However, it had never occurred to me to use a waffle maker for something OTHER than waffles. Thanks to the glorious invention known as the internet, I’ve discovered a plethora of non-waffle waffle maker ideas.

Like waffle-maker chocolate chip cookies!

or homemade mac ‘n cheese! genius!

or waffle-maker brownies! (For extra crispy edges)

or homemade soft pretzels!

or hash browns – brilliant!

That’s it! No more kitchen renovations. We’re getting rid of everything except the waffle maker and the kitchen sink.

How do you like to eat your waffles?