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Square apple slice on serving knife above pan of apple slices.

Apple Slices

Chicago-style bakery apple slices.  Apple filling between two crusts in a sheet pan, topped with vanilla glaze and cut into squares. These slices are very portable and travel well for your potluck or next get-together! I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and as an adult I lived in the city.  I love Chicago neighborhood …

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Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry pie in bar form!  Cherry pie bars made with pie filling, homemade crust and drizzled with vanilla-almond glaze. A portable crowd pleaser perfect for summer get togethers. At the farm stand I worked at this past summer, we had jars of Amish pie filling for sale from a local farm in Illinois.  I grabbed …

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Pumpkin bar on plate with fork.

Prize-Winning Pumpkin Bars

Prize-winning pumpkin bars recipe for homemade pumpkin sheet cake topped with cream cheese frosting.  A fall favorite that feeds a crowd! It’s October and that means birthdays, Halloween and pumpkin bars in my house.  I have shared two of my pumpkin recipes so far, but I think I saved the best for last.  These really …

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Sliced loaf on blue serving platter with powdered sugar.

Pumpkin Praline Bread

Pumpkin Praline Bread, delicious pumpkin bread with a sweet and crunchy praline topping, a perfect treat to usher in autumn.  Great for breakfast, snacking or dessert. Fall has officially arrived and that means I can start making pumpkin stuff.  You all know I’m not the best baker but I make a great pumpkin bread and …

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Red, White & Blue Fruit Pizza

Red, white and blue patriotic fruit dessert pizza squares with fresh berries on an almond cream cheese crust, perfect for all the summer holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Fourth is almost here.  Wow, July already.  Summer goes by fast!  This past weekend, my youngest and her boyfriend were in for a quick …

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Lemon Squares, three bars stacked on marble board.

Lemon Squares

Lemon squares, luscious lemon bar recipe with a buttery shortbread crust topped with a tart, yet sweet, lemon filling.  Spring is in the air very early this year.  I think that’s what triggered my recent lemon bar craving.  I have a recipe a friend gave me years ago that I made a few times and …

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Gingerbread, on serving plate with whipped cream


Old-fashioned gingerbread with lemon glaze. Humble and comforting, the perfect dessert for holiday entertaining. Serve with ginger whipped cream. I made gingerbread yesterday, with a lemon glaze and ginger whipped cream.  Say Christmassy. Quintessential dessert this time of year.  Years and years ago, back when I had holiday dinner parties, I served gingerbread for dessert.  It …

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Classic all-American apple pie with a perfectly flaky and crispy yet tender crust, the quintessential fall pie. Fall is finally here, although I keep having to turn the A/C on here in St. Louis.  What is the deal??  Anyway, I have managed to make an apple pie with the beautiful apples from the orchard down …

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