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Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel

Sunday, November 18, 2018
pumpkin and cream cheese muffins with struesel

I’m posting again (two days in a row!) because I received a lovely new cookbook from Fanny Lam of Oh Sweet Day, and these pumpkin and cream cheese muffins spoke to me immediately from amongst the pages. Then after making them and inhaling most of them (and sharing with my neighbors who also devoured them) I decided you might just want this recipe as well for your upcoming…

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parsnip-cardamom cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Parsnips are often overlooked when it comes to baking. I’ll admit I’ve walked straight past them in the produce section, their pale white exterior ignored for other, flashier vegetables. The bold-colored flesh and feathery tops of the parsnip’s neighbor is more familiar, and the root that one associates with muffins and quick bread. So it’s the carrot that is placed in my shopping cart, and then ends up…

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grand marnier orange cake + a giveaway

Monday, January 12, 2015

“Gathering around the dinner table has been and still is the highlight of our day… We believe that eating together is more than just everyone sitting down at the table; it’s about the communal meal, which at its best is the ritual of sharing food, of cooking together, eating together, and laughing together. Our recipes return families to the idea of a common pot.” A few weeks ago…

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raspberry cacao nib sugar buns + a giveaway!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hello! I come to you today with raspberry cacao nib sugar buns and a giveaway, both of which I’m terribly excited about. I’ve been baking up a storm lately;  this extended winter Minneapolis refuses to let go of is making us all stir-crazy, literally. So we’ve been kneading and rolling and folding and repeating too often for this little family of four. But! these tasty raspberry circles were…

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a carrot cake with cream cheese; a parsnip cake with cardamom cream.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I have named you queen. There are taller than you, taller. There are purer than you, purer. There are lovelier than you, lovelier. But you are the queen. -Pablo Neruda Perhaps pumpkin is more traditional and chocolate more sexy, perhaps pie is expected and tarts would turn heads. But somehow this bundt cake with root vegetables baked into tall towers; this cake with cream cheese hiding in swirls…

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maple oatmeal bread with cacao nibs and raspberry cream cheese

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lately I’ve been rocking a well-worn copy of Molly Katzen‘s The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. I’ve loved this cookbook for a long time; it was a staple at my beloved Blue Heron Coffeehouse, and Larry and Colleen were frequently seen thumbing through it, shocking the sleepy town of Winona with Chinese mushroom soup and eggplant salads and all kinds of other goodness that were found handwritten on it’s beautiful…

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cream cheese coffee cake

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I love getting that phone call. ‘Could you bring something? Something sweet?’ I try not to sound too eager as I accept, excited to be baking with a purpose, for someone near and dear. I brought this coffee cake to a baby shower; a room filled with good friends and joyful hearts. While there was food and gifts overflowing, there was also the expectation of someone so little…

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red wine chocolate cake

Friday, December 9, 2011

I don’t think I’ve ever finished a bottle of red wine. I’m one of those fruity-white-wine-spritzer kind of girls, and to the horror of some I have been known to ‘brighten up’ my dark reds with a little 7up [should I be admitting this? Probably not]. So thankfully, this wonderful genius came up with red wine chocolate cake. Because now instead of stashing that half finished bottle on…

pies + tarts

plum walnut crumb tart

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I couldn’t resist these little plums. They jumped out at me as I walked through the store, and my daughter squealed with delight as something so tiny and so purple was put into our cart. I came home to find the Smitten Kitchen had posted a recipe for a Hazelnut Plum Crumb Tart. It was meant to be. Except I didn’t have hazelnuts. So I did some tweaking,…