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  • Grilled Peaches with Lavender Honey Glaze

    Grilled Peaches with Lavender Honey Glaze

    We’ve already talked about how hot this summer has been, and it doesn’t look like things will be cooling down anytime soon. Much as we love spending time in the kitchen baking cookies or other delectable desserts, sometimes the last thing we want to do is turn on the oven and heat up the house. Fortunately, there’s a solution that’s likely been hanging out in your yard this entire time: the grill. Most people associate grilling with burgers, brats, and other meats, but grills are versatile tools that can be used to cook just about anything, including some sensational sweets. These grilled peaches with lavender honey glaze are the perfect ending to your summer cookout.

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  • Chocolate Crackle Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Chocolate Crackle Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

    The weather outside is frightful! And we don’t mean that in a festive, Christmassy way. This summer has been a scorcher, and everyone is looking for ways to cool off in the sweltering heat. Maybe it’s time to take a cue from your childhood and indulge in a nice, cold ice cream sandwich. Don’t go chasing down that ice cream truck just yet, though. These chocolate crackle ice cream sandwiches will beat any treat you can buy on the street.

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  • Strawberry Milkshake Waffles

    Strawberry Malt Waffles

    The weekend is almost here, and with it, the chance to slow things down a bit. There are few greater pleasures in life than a leisurely morning spent sipping coffee, listening to music, and cooking up a delicious breakfast. Sure, you could easily pour a bowl of cereal, or toss a bagel in the toaster. But why not take your time to make something a little more special? These Strawberry Milkshake Waffles are at once light, fluffy, and decadent. They’re the perfect way to ease into a relaxing weekend.

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  • Fresh Fruit Salad with Lemon Coconut Dressing

    Fruit Salad with Lemon Coconut Dressing

    Summer is finally upon us! Here in Michigan, that can mean a lot of things. Long days spent hiking through the woods or relaxing at the beach. Venturing out onto the lake in your boat or kayak. Gathering around a bonfire to while away the evening with friends and family. And one of the best things about summer: fresh fruit from one of the many local farmers markets.

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  • How To Make Vanilla Extract (Homemade Vanilla)

    Vanilla Extract How to Make

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to make vanilla extract? Homemade Vanilla Extract is prized for its rich, complex flavor and incredibly smooth aroma. There simply is no substitute. Enhance your baking to a whole new level with this easy to follow recipe on how to make vanilla extract with a just few simple ingredients.

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  • Raspberry Vanilla Farro Porridge

    Raspberry Vanilla Farro Porridge

    Farro! Though it’s often confused with barley, spelt and wheat berries, this ancient grain is decidedly in a league of its own. Farro is incredibly versatile: it is perfectly suited to savory salads filled with feta, cucumbers, olives and light vinaigrette. It can also be cooked to a softer consistency, with sweet vanilla yogurt or heavy cream gently swirled in to create a nutty, pleasantly chewy farro porridge.

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  • Strawberry Vanilla Shortbread Bars

    Strawberry Shortbread Bars

    Here in Michigan, aside from some lovely weather, the month of May means it’s almost time to head out to the fields or visit the local farm stand and partake of some truly exceptional fruit. Michigan is known for a variety of apples, and its bountiful wild blueberries, but fruit season usually kicks off with the arrival of sweet, succulent strawberries. Sadly, strawberry season always seems far too short, but there are a number of ways you can enjoy your harvest year-round, such as this recipe for shortbread with strawberry preserves

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  • Blood Orange Vanilla Smoothie

    Blood Orange Vanilla Smoothie

    One of our favorite ways to start the day is with a smoothie. Easy to make, nutritious, and delicious, all you have to do is toss some ingredients in a blender, press a button, and voila: the perfect breakfast for the person on the go. You can use pretty much any combination of fruits and vegetables you desire, but one of our go-to ingredients is one you may not be familiar with: the blood orange.

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  • Banana Cream Cupcakes

    Banana Cream Cupcakes

    These cupcakes are bananas! Bananas are one of the most versatile foods in your culinary arsenal. Banana bread, banana cake, banana pudding, banana cream pie, banana pancakes, banana smoothies. They even work well in a variety of savory applications, such as salsas, chutneys, and curries. We’re going to keep things on the sweet side for now, but before we do, how much do you really know about one of the most popular fruits in the world?

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  • Homemade Vanilla Peanut Butter

    Homemade Vanilla Peanut Butter

    Peanut butter. Unless you’re allergic, odds are you have fond memories of growing up with this sweet, salty, scrumptious spread. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter cookies, ants on a log; the list goes on and on. Have you ever wondered how this unassuming paste became such an essential part of the American experience? Better yet, have you ever wondered how to make peanut butter yourself? If so, you'll love this homemade vanilla peanut butter recipe. But first, what's the story behind this creamy treat?

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  • Pastel Éclairs

    How to Make Eclairs

    Spring tends to get off to a slow start here in Michigan. A beautiful, sunny day will be followed by a week of rain (or even worse, snow). That doesn’t mean you can’t add a little brightness of your own to any day, and this éclair recipe is the perfect way to do exactly that!

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  • Easter Cupcake Ideas: The Chicken Or The Egg?

    Easter Cupcake Ideas

    What came first: the chicken or the egg? It’s an age-old question, which has been pondered by philosophers for millennia. There is a scientific response, of course, as well as a metaphorical one. But with Easter nearly upon us, we have come up with an answer of our own: it doesn’t matter which came first when you can use both to create some delightfully adorable Easter cupcake.

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  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Marshmallow Peep S'mores

    Marshmallow Peeps Chocolate Chip Cookie Smores

    Easter is just around the corner! The bright red and white displays of Valentine’s Day are long gone, and the Kelly green of St. Patrick’s day has given way to the pastels of pink, yellow, blue and green. Easter baskets, egg-dying kits, and of course a variety of Easter treats have taken over store shelves.

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  • Five-Layer Cookie Bars

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Recipe

    Five-layer cookie bars bring me back to my childhood. Memories of our tiny kitchen, cornflower blue cabinets, and butcher block counter tops perfect for rolling out homemade pie dough. One lone electrical appliance - a kitchen aid mixer - graced the corner of the counter. Plug-in kitchen appliances were not a part of our kitchen. “Hands and hand-tools are a cook’s best friend,” I distinctly remember my mother saying.

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  • Chocolate Pear Crisps

    Crisp Recipe

    There are many varieties of pears, most commonly divided in two categories: European and Asian. The soft skin and interior of the European ripened pears are distinctly opposite of the crisp and round Asian pear. Both are useful in many different ways. The tree-ripened European variety is sweet and soft suitable for cakes, tarts, and sauces when cooked down to a mouth pleasing texture. Any variety of pear will work well for this recipe.

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