Bacon Cheddar Scones

Bacon. Cheddar. Scones. Those three little words tell you all you really need to know about this savory breakfast pastry. During my many years as a vegetarian, I heard many many meat-eaters wax on about the wonders of bacon and claim that they could never endure life without it. To be honest, it was one […]

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

It was 70° on Saturday. Then on Sunday it turned cold and misty. And today it was colder still with a forecast for snow. It’s springtime in Chicago. A season that always seems intent on doubling back on itself a few times before it settles in for good. It’s a good day for simple comforting […]

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Rosemary Pine Nut Cookies

These cookies are so delicate. They are crisp and buttery and nutty with complex sweetness from the honey and subtle herbaceousness from the rosemary. They are cookies for grown ups. And I suppose Dan and I are something like grown ups now. After ten years (!) together, four of them married, we’re looking at real […]

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Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

Who wants cake? This isn’t just any old cake. It’s a special occasion cake. It’s a takes-three-days-to-make cake. It’s a hunt-down-three-or-four-kinds-of-chocolate cake. It’s a reorganize-the-freezer-to-make-this-thing-sit-level-overnight cake. It’s, let me just say, a totally-worth-it cake. I made this for my sister Erin’s birthday. She was having a low key party at her place, and I offered […]

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