scarborough fair shortbread sables

my work recently had a cookie contest. because i have an offbeat sense of humor and/or a love for obscure puns and references, i thought it would be a great idea to make “simon + garfunkel shortbread sables.” you know, with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. so i did. they didn’t win any prizes, but…

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dream job

dear God, can my spiritual gift be butter? i’m sort of joking, but i’m also sort of serious. when it comes to expressing care and affection, i’m not always good with words. this is why i have a love-hate relationship with greeting cards. but i am pretty good at cooking and baking. a hug and…

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too much muesli no-bake cookies

when it’s warm and springy or summery outside i like to breakfast on greek yogurt topped with homemade granola and a banana (or blueberries, or both). around the time mom and i started our training program for the 5k we’re running on mothers day, i made a batch of granola/muesli freely adapted from this recipe…

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oh hapless pie, and other thoughts

i try to do everything. but i don’t always do it well or the most efficiently. i take the long way ’round by accident. i get lost in too many thoughts at once and forget what my hands are supposed to be doing or my eyes are supposed to be watching. i choose the obscure…

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the best not-pies in kansas

“what’s your favorite kind of sweets/baked goods, ladies?” i asked two of my friends the other day. “cookies are good,” replied friend jess. “anything not pie,” said friend roberta (who i always want to call “robbie” and never do). restrictions were no coconut, mint, fruit or mixed-in peanut butter. suggestions were chocolate chips. hmm. hmm.…

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cherry cookie

adapted from joy the baker’s toasted marshmallow squares. i made these for a friend’s graduation party last night. they were yummy, so i’ll have to make them again before cherry season is over. although i’ll have to prevent myself from eating the cherry preserves by the spoonful. 2 sticks softened unsalted butter 1 cup granulated…

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seedy bars

made you curious, yes? good. — ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt ground cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and mace to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon each) 1 (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (i suggest dark for a stronger flavor) 1 cup granulated…

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