Recipes by Cristina

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Homemade Mascarpone

Homemade Mascarpone by Cristina

Homemade MascarponeHomemade MascarponeMascarpone (mahs-car-PO-nay) is probably best known as an ingredient used in tiramisu. It’s also sometimes used in lieu of butter to thicken rissoto.I hadn’t made anything with mascarpone before, but I have tasted it in tiramisu I’ve enjoyed in restaurants for dessert. For the February 2010…

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Homemade Savoiardi Biscuits - Ladyfingers

Homemade Savoiardi Biscuits - Ladyfingers by Cristina

Ladyfingers are called savoiardi in Italian, derived “from savoy”. The French call them biscuits à la cuillère and are a common ingredient in many French desserts. You may be familiar with ladyfinger like biscuits in tiramisu, charlottes and trifles.The recipe to these biscuits makes a delicate and perfect accompaniment to your coffee…

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Banana Nut Muffins - In Honor of Banana Bread Day

Banana Nut Muffins - In Honor of Banana Bread Day by Cristina

Today is National Banana Bread Day!Sad for the person who has not experienced good homemade banana bread (or muffins in this case). The undeniable aroma of baking banana bread and that just-out-of-the-oven goodness. "Did you know you have rotten bananas in your fridge?"The thing about baking banana bread is that the bananas need…

2 votes
German Chocolate Cupcakes

German Chocolate Cupcakes by Cristina

Do you recall the German Chocolate frosting by Betty Crocker that came in a box? All you had to do was add milk and butter to the powdery boxed mixture and voila! Delicious German Chocolate frosting. Really, it was good. Then, already made, jarred frostings came out and that boxed German Chocolate frosting became history.…

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Ultra-Rich Corn Muffins

Ultra-Rich Corn Muffins by Cristina

This is a versatile muffin – have it for breakfast, serve it with dinner or drizzle some honey on it and have it for dessert with some coffee or tea. As Carole Walter describes them, "velvety crumb" is accurate. These delicious little "teenie cake" muffins are moist due to the sour cream and cream-style corn.The real treat to this…

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Beef Chili with Masa Harina

Beef Chili with Masa Harina by Cristina

My late father-n-law loved to make chili…and he was good at it! It was a cooking project that pretty much lasted the weekend because he boiled his own beans and took a lot of tender, lovin’ care in the assembly of a very large pot of chow. One thing he was always sure to omit was the spice cumin. He didn’t care for it…

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Feta and Thyme Muffins

Feta and Thyme Muffins by Cristina

When I think of muffins, my mind races to visions of fruit-type muffins like banana or blueberry (with walnuts!). Muffins are, in a sense, “teenie cakes”, and not only are they a joy to make and eat, I appreciate their portion control size.During these chillier days, I’ve been making comfort food, soups, and serving with homemade…

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Raisin & Macadamia Oatmeal Cookies

Raisin & Macadamia Oatmeal Cookies by Cristina

I made some tasty modifications to a Carole Walter's chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe. I've made these cookies many times and have even sent them as part of food gifts and baskets. They ship and hold their form well. This cookie has great body. What I mean by that is it's a hearty cookie that doesn't get mushy and spread out…

2 votes
Corn and Potato Chowder

Corn and Potato Chowder by Cristina

Corn and Potato ChowderWhat dish is more befitting on a cold and blustery day than a comforting bowl of soup, stew or chowder with some warm biscuits served on the side?I tried this recipe years ago and ended up with what looked like corn floating in milk. It was all my bad, as I obviously didn’t allow the milk to thicken enough.…

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Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits by Cristina

Cheddar Cheese BiscuitsIt’s a cold and blustery winter day. My comfort food is soup or stews with some kind of bread accompaniment. I’ve made these Cheddar Cheese Biscuits many times and I can attest to the great flavor and quick and easy preparation. It’s a keeper!I’ve also considered making this a bit larger and making…

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