Banana Sugar Cookies – A Test of your Generosity

I accidentally invented this recipe for banana sugar cookies and I am so excited to finally share it. One Christmas, I made Granny a few batches of cookies. She said that she loved them and shared them with her friends. But she couldn’t share the beach cookies from www.chefchloe.com because, as she put it “there is…

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Pesto Pasta-A Summer Flavored Pasta Salad

Picnic season is right around the corner! For some people, anyway. My New England picnic would have to include layering up, wearing knee socks, hot chocolate, and a thermos full of soup. Or I can keep making and devouring Granny’s pesto pasta. Despite my love of winter, when it is still cold and windy in…

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Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake – Life’s Little Reward

I’ve never bothered to attempt making a Coffee cake.  One reason is that there are some really great pre-packaged coffee cakes out there already. Also, If I’m going to spend the time to make a cake, I’m not going to waste it on a breakfast. I’m going to make it for dessert as a reward…

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Stir Fry Salad – The Best Salad ‘Overall’

Who even knew you could stir fry salad? Granny had a binder of recipes in addition to her main recipe box. This recipe was on the very last page of the binder, and I initially thought that was a good place for it. I thought a cooked salad was a last page kind of idea.…

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Chocolate Strawberry Tart – Because Guilt is Always in Season

This Chocolate Strawberry Tart is bittersweet for me. Not the actual flavor, mind you – that is pure sweetness. But the memory of this recipe is bittersweet. I have a very vivid memory of visiting Granny one summer and she was so excited to make us Chocolate Chip Pizza. The bratty and ungrateful child in…

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Hamburger a la Charlotte – My Favorite Meal-in-Law

This week we are doing a fun twist at Granny’s Recipe Box! My mother-in-law, Betsy and my sister-in-law, Sarah were in town for Easter, and we thought it would be so fun to do a recipe from their side of the family. So this week, we present to you an original recipe by my husband’s grandmother (Mémère),…

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Ambrosia-Fit for the Gods and Your Dinner Table

The first time I had Ambrosia salad was at an all-you-can-eat buffet with Granny. It was probably an early bird special kind of buffet. And, I’m wondering why people make jokes about these early bird buffets. All the food you want, including dessert, before 6 pm, someone else cleans up, and you’re home well before…

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Lightning Cake Cake Pops and a Mailman Themed Birthday Party

Making cake pops was never on my bucket list. Nor was throwing a mailman themed birthday party, but I can now kick the bucket a little happier knowing I have done and loved both. When Silas asked for a mailman party, I had no idea what to do, but was impressed with what his little…

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Deviled Eggs with Bacon and Avocado – Because Everything is Better with Bacon

Deviled eggs with bacon and avocado are now potentially my favorite springtime appetizer. Growing up, I thought they were called “doubled eggs” because you split them in half. Which, now that I think about it, actually makes more sense then calling them deviled eggs. I feel as though I should have been consulted by the…

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Easter Bonnet Cookies – Not Simple, But Very Special

Granny’s Easter Bonnet Cookies bring back so many memories for both of us. When we were very little, we often got new dresses for Easter. Or, in Maddy’s case of being an extreme tomboy, a new blazer and matching skort. But by the 80s, it seems the tradition of girls and women getting new Easter…

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