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Chocolate Cherry Muffins

It’s the first day of the new year. I should be posting something wholesome and healthy, but one of my boys asked me to make scones for breakfast. Our butter supply has been completely depleted by Christmas cookie baking, so we opted for muffins instead. The fact that muffins are simpler to make than scones […]

10 Tips for Baking Holiday Cookies

http://tallgrasskitch.wpengine.com/chocolate-peppermint-thumbprints We are well into the holiday baking season over here. Any time between Thanksgiving and January 1 I don’t need any excuses to grab some butter and dust the kitchen floor with flour. The smell of spicy gingerbread, the silky softness of melted chocolate, the pleasant bite of peppermint–it’s all wonderful and the season gives us […]

Mint Chip Ice Cream

This may be my favorite week of the year. According to the calendar, summer ended several weeks ago. But this early October week was glorious and golden. Mornings are chilly enough to layer on a zippered sweatshirt and enjoy a warm drink, but by mid-afternoon the sweatshirts have been abandoned in a pile on the […]

Honey Oatmeal Cookies and Easy School Lunches

I only cried a little bit. I dropped my baby off at kindergarten last week. I wasn’t feeling sad until I wrote this column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. There are a lot of giant kindergartners out there. Mine is small for his age anyway, plus he’s a fresh five. So many parents seem to […]

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Jam

Our fingers are permanently stained pink. So are our mouths. Strawberry season is drawing to a close here in southern Wisconsin. What looked to be a fantastic season was hampered by days and days of soaking rains. While farmers were able to pick a fair amount to sell, the season was shortened and the u-pick […]