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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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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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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Pineapple Upside Down Cake – A Cake with no Downside

Adults always thought Granny’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake was a dessert of elegance and taste. But we kids were on the other side of that opinion. A cake with the crispy edges and no creamy frosting just didn’t make sense. We are not even sure we ever tried it. Pineapple juice was okay, but we…

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Crispy Easter Nests – A Whimsical Springtime Treat

These magical little Crispy Easter Nests make me so excited for an Easter table full of kids. Now that I am a mom, Easter is one of my favorite holidays . And this year, we are having a house full of out of town company – my parents-in-law, sister/brother-in-law and their two young boys. I…

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Mashed Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie – More Flavor, Less Calories

Shepherd’s pie, I now realize, is the food equivalent of the cliché “he’s not especially good looking, but he’s got a great personality.”  And if this version – Mashed Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie – were in high school, it would definitely be voted best personality. It won’t be the prettiest dish you’ll ever put on the…

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Double-Decker Knox Blox – Let’s Bring This Snack Back

Remember Jell-O Jigglers? Maybe you called them Knox Blox? They were something that I had completely forgotten about, but were a significant piece of my childhood. Recently I came across this recipe in Granny’s Recipe Box and thought they’d be perfect for Spring. Knox Blox were always a staple in our fridge, and a perfect…

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Easy Roasted Veggie Pasta – Get Ready for a New Go-To Meal

Does anyone else need a cure for the Sunday Scaries? This Easy Roasted Vegetable Pasta just might be it. My husband loves his job and claims he does not get the Sunday Scaries, but I sure do. Staring in the face of five days of me vs. the home team – a toddler, a baby, and…

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Chocolate Truffles – A Sweet Yet Sad Association 

Many people associate chocolate truffles with something sweet and romantic. My association is a bit different. Six years ago I was on a flight from Zurich to Boston and was sitting next to a lovely older woman who passed away mid-flight. I never got her name, but we had chatted for a bit over People…

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