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December 17, 2016

Baked French Toast with Blueberries

Maple Baked French Toast with Blueberries via | @forkknifeswoon

In a cruel twist of food blogger fate, I’m sharing this wonderful maple blueberry baked French toast while we’re currently dealing with an oven (and microwave) that are sadly out of commission.

It probably goes without saying, but as an avid baker/recipe developer/human, who loves Christmas cookies beyond measure, this has been… the worst.

BUT, if you do happen to have a working oven, this baked French toast is a lovely treat to bake up for breakfast or brunch during the holidays, as it’s not only incredibly decadent and delicious, but is also – especially if serving a crowd – much easier than cooking each piece of brioche to order.
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December 7, 2016

Aunt Marie’s Molasses Cookies

The very best chewy molasses cookies via | @forkknifeswoon

For Christmas a few years ago, my Grandma gave me a copy of a family cookbook that several of my second cousins had put together, highlighting many of the favorite dishes that have been passed down over the generations.

The recipes, for things like fluffy buttermilk biscuits, the “perfect” turkey gravy, and split pea soup (with a ham hock thrown in for good measure), tell a story not only of great Southern food, but of memories and love shared around our family tables.

These chewy, flavorful molasses cookies come from my great Aunt Marie – a woman who, every morning, made those aforementioned biscuits from scratch. Yes, really.
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November 24, 2016

Chai Spiced Apple Pie, Two Ways

Chai Spiced Apple Pie, Two Ways. With a braided lattice crust or an oat crumble topping. via | @forkknifeswoon

You’ve undoubtedly settled on your Thanksgiving menu by now, but I’m of the mind that there is always room for another pie, especially if it’s a sweet and complex, chai spiced apple pie in flaky, buttery pastry.

My Grandma Ruth would have celebrated her ninety-fifth birthday today. Firmly rooted in my memory is the image of her, with her big glasses, and yellow apron, at home in her cheerful kitchen, happily fussing about, prepping family Thanksgiving recipes. Candied yams, and oyster dressing, roast turkey and fluffy rolls, homemade cranberry sauce, and her stellar gravy…

She reigned over the kitchen all year round, but was the queen of Thanksgiving, and especially in her element preparing the family holiday dinner each year. She loved being in the thick of it.
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