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Blueberry Buckle

Early in my career in the Boston area, I worked with a lovely woman named Jane. One day, Jane announced that she would be bringing in some of her Blueberry Buckle the following morning. The Blueberry Buckle was originally Jane’s grandmother’s recipe, and I soon learned from my co-workers that this was considered a Very […]

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

Like many people these days, I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict! It’s such a great place to find inspiration for new recipes, party or decorating ideas, activities to do with my six-year-old – pretty much anything in which you might have an interest. I’m constantly amazed at and inspired by the creativity that I […]

Nanny’s Black Midnight Cake

In honor of Mother’s Day this coming weekend, we’re sharing this family recipe for Nanny’s Black Midnight Cake! My husband Jack and his brothers and sisters all have really fond memories of their mother (Nanny to us) baking this delicious cake – a dark, chocolate layer cake with a rich dark chocolate frosting.  It’s perfectly […]

Prosciutto and Cheese Biscuits

My husband Jack has been experimenting with making breakfast biscuits over the last few weeks, and these Prosciutto and Cheese Biscuits are our newest family favorite!  This is actually another one of what we call an “A.I.” recipe – where Jack takes some “available ingredients” from the refrigerator and creates a terrific new meal! After […]

Cranberry Apple Clafoutis

At our house, I am usually the one making dessert.  But the other day, I was pleasantly surprised by some wonderful smells coming from the kitchen.  I followed my nose and found my husband baking this Cranberry Apple Clafoutis!  Jack had been to the dentist earlier in the week and while reading a magazine as […]

Dinner Party Series – Part 4: Almond Orange Cake

We’re wrapping up our Dinner Party Series today with this recipe for Almond Orange Cake.  Our friends Sandi and David ended a perfect meal with this moist and delicious cake infused with almonds and both orange and lemon zest for an intensely good citrus flavor.  And some gorgeous candied orange slices make a beautiful garnish […]

Lemon Iced Tea Loaf

Today we’re sharing a recipe that has been one of my personal favorites for a long time – a delicious and moist Lemon Iced Tea Loaf!  It’s now one of my family’s favorites (even my picky six-year-old loves it), and we think you and your family will love it too! As you can probably tell […]

Sweet Buttermilk Biscuits

Biscuit recipes are often passed down from generation to generation – and this recipe for Sweet Buttermilk Biscuits is our family’s go-to recipe.  It’s a fairly basic recipe, and in our opinion, simple is best when it comes to buttermilk biscuits as long as the results are light, moist and flakey like ours! Our recipe […]

Pane Siciliano (Sesame Seed Sicilian bread)

A few years back, my husband Jack decided that he wanted to perfect his bread-baking skills, so he started trying many different recipes in search of the perfect bread. As part of that project, Jack came across the awesome cookbook, The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread, a really great, informative book […]


You can’t have chili without a delicious Cornbread to go along with it, and this is the best cornbread we’ve had! The ideal cornbread is golden on the outside, moist but not too dense on the inside, and just lightly sweetened to complement the spiciness of your chili.  This cornbread is so good thanks to […]

Orange Almond Biscotti

This recipe for Orange Almond Biscotti is another favorite that we came home with after our honeymoon to the Tuscany region of Italy.  These lightly sweetened biscotti are perfectly flavored with a generous amount of fresh orange zest, and blanched almonds add a bit of crunch as well as almond flavor to the cookie.  These […]