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Spinach & Feta 4 Leaf Clover Bread

This Saint Patrick's Day, I thought I would try something fun and make a four-leaf clover loaf stuffed with spinach and feta. I really have my mother-in-law to blame for putting the idea in my head. About a year ago she sent me a link to a Nutella filled star bread.  Ever since I saw it, I thought a spinach filled savory star would rock and I was right. But I can't leave well enough alone, once I made the star bread I thought – boy wouldn't a four-leaf clover be fun with the green fil...
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Review of the Chocolate Expo 2016 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, NY

I was so excited for this event. I love chocolate; no, that's not strong enough, I adore chocolate. It is an essential part of my life. Chocolate, wine - I'm good. So when I saw the signs go up for a whole expo on chocolate and right in my back yard, I bought tickets right away. I have been to one expo before - a few years ago in Manhattan - and it was so cool. Chocolate everywhere; makers, creators, even a sculpture of Times Square made entirely out of chocolate. I was in love and I wanted to r...
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Chocolate Fudge cake with Honey Mascarpone Frosting and Chocolate Ganache

My husband's birthday was last week and even though we went away for vacation to celebrate - I was determined to still make him a cake. I'm pretty serious about birthdays and I make it a goal of mine to always make a cake for whomever I can to celebrate. First 'cause, well, cake. I don't need very much of a reason to eat cake. Second, I'll take any excuse to celebrate and for me, that usually involves food. I especially love good cake. I say good cake because bad cake is almost not wo...
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Chia Oatmeal

I can't remember when exactly, but sometime a few years ago I heard about the benefits of chia seeds. I'm sure it was something on TV, but the idea got stuck in my head and I started looking for ways to add chia to my diet. I tried the usual things – I added it to yogurt and baked goods – but the one thing that really stuck was chia oatmeal. It is a staple in my house now, in no small part aided by the fact that my girls gobble it up. (I know, I was surprised too). They love...
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Guava Butter

​Even though I have only been writing this blog for a short time, I think I have already mentioned how picky my girls are about food. As a baker, this has been a tough pill for me to swallow.  Occasionally, we hit the jackpot and the girls find something that they love. Of course, it's usually not the same food for both girls and rarely is it something I can just grab at the store. That would be too easy. A perfect example of this phenomenon is guava butter. We had ...
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"Pink lady" vanilla mini-cupcakes

​ I'm new to having a kid in school. My eldest daughter is in Kindergarten this year and we are getting used to the frequent requests for volunteers or chaperones or whatever. So I should have seen this coming - it's a classic after all. My daughter came home and told me there was going to be a bake sale on Friday and she wanted to have money that day so she could buy something. Sure, that seemed fine. In my head I wondered though why they didn't ask for donations of baked goods. Maybe since it ...
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Double Chocolate Custard Cups

​This one was just too good, I had to share.  My daughter loves to bake with me. If she gets to crack an egg or stir something she wants to be a part of it, especially if she also gets to taste. So when she suggested that we make something the other day, something chocolate, I was all for it. She said the magic word, after all, chocolate. There are days when chocolate is required and this was one of those days. I had been dreaming about this chocolate cream pie I made a little while back fo...
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Honey White Sandwich Bread

Bread. I owe a lot to bread. Bread started me on my journey. I was baking before but bread brought me to a new level. Well, bread and Swiss Meringue Buttercream, but that is another post. It all started because I couldn't find a loaf of really good sandwich bread without milk, at least not reliably. My husband and I are lactose intolerant so it was really bumming me out. Don't get me wrong, we aren't allergic and still eat dairy, but reducing our consumption helps a lot. I decided that sinc...
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Buttermilk Banana Muffins

​ Living with toddlers can be a tricky thing. I'm never really sure what my two little ones will eat. This is especially true of bananas, they either love them or hate them. One week they will eat so many we will run out and they will glare at me like I broke their favorite toy. The next week bananas will be their least favorite food. "Seriously mom, maybe you should offer me Brussel sprouts for breakfast" type of situation. Or maybe the banana is past the perfect ripeness and is ...
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Gluten-free puffed millet granola

I enjoy baking for my friends. It gives me a chance to bake without overwhelming my family with mountains of baked goods. My girls aren't exactly adventurous eaters, so it also allows me to try new things that would never make it past my children's sensibilities. I love making cupcakes and cookies, but I like a little variety too. My friends know this so occasionally they present me with a challenge. My favorite so far has been a request for a duck a l'orange birthday ca...
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Groaning Cake/New Mom Cake

A little while back, a friend asked me to make her a "Groaning Cake" and she sent me a recipe. My first thought was "What the heck is a Groaning Cake?" Then I thought "Sure, its cake!" I'll make cake on the flimsiest of excuses. My friend wanted the cake for one of her friends, who was about to give birth. The cake itself is full of nutritious foods and spices meant to help a new mother with recovery after childbirth and to aid her body with breast-feeding. An herb ...
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Foods of NY Tours - Original Greenwich Village

​Sometimes you don't get the true feeling of a city just from wandering around. Since we live in New York City, friends that visit are always asking me what's the best thing to see or do. I have the usual suggestions, but I would love to have some better or more creative ideas. My friend, Cindy, is a tour guide for Foods of NY Tours and has been bugging me to take one of her tours. It was only a matter of time before I took her up on it. The weather was beautiful the day we finally worked it int...
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1 Hour Bolognese

​A little more than three years ago now, my husband and I took a dream vacation to Italy. We toured around Venice, Florence, and Rome and had an absolutely fabulous time. While we were in Florence, we took a touristy cooking class at the Food & Wine Academy of Florence with some slightly sarcastic but totally fantastic Italian chefs. The class was called "Wanna Be Italiano Cooking Class". I'm not even kidding, how could I make that up? We made fresh pasta, ravioli, and a hearty Bolognese tha...
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An Ode to Pan Grease

​ There are some times when a small discovery completely changes how you bake, changes the results you achieve.  Just a minor adjustment, but viola!  Where have you been all my life?  Pan grease was one of these discoveries for me. It's such a simple thing, just a slight change to the way I was greasing my pans. But the results, amazing, there's no other word for it. With pan grease - anything I bake just falls out of the pan. I use it for everything; breads, cakes, I even greased...
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Twinkie Feast Cake

Sometimes an event comes up and you find yourself making a bunch of huge Twinkies.  At least, that is where I found myself a couple weeks ago.  November 17th marked the 24th Anniversary of the Blue Man Group production at the Astor Place Theatre.  (I work there as part of the stage management team, my day job.)  I wanted to do something special to help commemorate the anniversary and a Twinkie cake seemed the obvious choice. If you are familiar with the show,...
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Chocolate Cashew Crunch Granola Bars

Here's to new beginnings!  Welcome to my new blog where I explore the art of baking from my little kitchen in Queens, NY.  I'm Rosie and I'm on a journey to discover really delicious food, practice technique, and have some fun.  I love making people happy with food and to that end, most of what I make is sweet, but occasionally I will mix it up with a savory dish or two. My husband might also make a guest post here or there – he is the cook to my baker in our culinary relationship...
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