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Review: “Fika” (cookbook), Brones & Kindvall

Pros: Sooo delicious! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.   Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break is an absolutely delicious cookbook! It explains that

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Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Pie

We found a bunch of really good strawberries on sale this weekend, and some gorgeous farm-fresh heavy cream. I decided to improvise the following: Two pie crusts, prebaked and cooled* Two one-pound packages of ripe strawberries Two tablespoons sugar Two

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Recipe: Minimalist Blueberry Crumble

I can’t give up dessert entirely, but I’m working on making it higher in fruit and lower in carbs & fats. Here’s my minimalist blueberry crumble, designed to be lean(er) but have the texture and taste of the good stuff.

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Strawberries & Cream Bars

After the creamsicle cloud pudding, I was asked by someone to try to replicate a Strawberry Jello Salad with Pretzel Crust recipe using all-natural ingredients. There are several ways I could have approached it, but here are the criteria I

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Creamsicle Cloud Pudding

I’ve been playing around with gelatin-based desserts lately. They’re easy, they’re cold, and they’re yummy. I don’t like all the artificial stuff and super-sugary nature of the pre-packaged Jell-o mixes, however. So when I found an orange sherbet Jello “salad”

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"Whoopie Pies," Billingsley & Treadwell

Pros: WONDERFUL results; fantastic mix-and-match ideas Cons: One or two small mistakes—but the recipes are simple enough that if you know your way around a kitchen, you can figure them out Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book (published 2010)

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"All Cakes Considered," Melissa Gray

Pros: Hilarious, incredibly useful, and soooooooooo delicious Cons: NONE Rating: 6 out of 5 Review book (published 2009) courtesy of Chronicle Books.   Actual quotes uttered during the testing of this cookbook by me, my husband, and friends: “Is it

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"The Ice Cream Deck," Lou Seibert Pappas

Pros: Delicious!! Versatility of card deck format Cons: Small mistakes; clumsiness of card deck format Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book (published 2009) courtesy of Chronicle Books.   I find card deck-format cookbooks to be both a positive and

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"Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey," Jill O’Connor

Pros: Gorgeous photos; tempting recipes; wonderful flavors; sugar levels that could kill you! Cons: Some flavors aren’t as expected; O the excess pounds! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Chronicle Books. This is my fifth review in

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"The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook," Elinor Klivans

Pros: Gorgeous photos; tempting recipes; wonderful flavors Cons: Structural problems; imbalanced flavors Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Chronicle Books. I’m counting this as my first review in the Soup’s On [dead link removed] challenge!   I’m

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