German Baumkuchen (Tree Cake)

I wanted to recreate this extraordinary gazillion-layer, apricot-laced, chocolate-glazed torte for my son’s birthday.  I made it in my single years, when I had a lot more time on my hands.   I remember it being divine. The flavors and textures in this cake take you to a heavenly place.  It’s a 30 layer “layer […]

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Lemon Celebration Cake

When a birthday rolls around and it’s time to bake a cake, I am usually on pins and needles.  Will it turn out?  After all, a birthday cake isn’t an everyday dessert.  I’m usually baking the birthday cake the night before, or even the day of, so if it–dare I say–flops, then I am in […]

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Country-Style Bread (No-Knead)

Bread, the staff of life.  When growing up, there always had to be bread in the house.  Bread accessible to most families at that time was more like cotton balls formed into loaves.  Simply put, good bread was hard to find.  Coming from Poland where bad bread was hard to find, the absence of good […]

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Toffee Bars

I had an amazing treat at an office potluck many, many years ago, which was described to me as toffee bark.  The bottom layer was made up of crackers (graham crackers or even saltines), on top of which was a butter/brown sugar layer, and then on top of that layer was a lovely chocolate layer.  […]

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Cranberry-Apple Chicken (Slow Cooker)

On my continual quest for healthy, potluck-worthy chicken dishes, I stumbled upon this slow cooker/crock pot dish. It’s accented with fall/winter-worthy cranberries and apples.  As with all of the slow cooker main courses I’ve come across, it is something like a stew.  Meaning—the chicken pieces are sort of flaky and there is quite a bit […]

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