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Traditional Raspberry Jam – no pectin added

Homemade Jam
Traditional Homemade Raspberry Jam

Oh, the treat of homemade Raspberry Jam! This is a traditional cooked Raspberry Jam with no pectin added. This method of jam making is sometimes referred to as “long boil jam” because it is cooked on the stovetop until the jam has cooked down and thickened. Continue reading Traditional Raspberry Jam – no pectin added

Double Decker Chocolate and Coconut Brownies

Double-Decker Chocolate and Coconut Brownies

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat that can be made with just basic standard pantry ingredients and not require a shopping trip to the supermarket for supplies. These Double-Decker Chocolate and Coconut Brownies are just that kind of treat! Continue reading Double Decker Chocolate and Coconut Brownies

Oatmeal Raisin Drop Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Drop Cookies

These old-fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Drop Cookies are a cookie jar favorite. Filled with plump raisins and pecans, the cookies have a delicious flavor profile owing to the combination of warm spices. The cookies have a lovely soft texture with a short, tender crumb and the key to keeping them soft is not to overbake them. Continue reading Oatmeal Raisin Drop Cookies

Luscious Lemon Layer Dessert

Lemon Lush Dessert
Luscious Lemon Layer Dessert

If you are a lemon lover, you will love this Luscious Lemon Layer Dessert. This four-layer dessert starts with a shortbread type base, topped with a cream cheese layer, followed by a lemon layer, and topped off with fresh whipped cream. This decadent refrigerator dessert is absolutely sublime and a lemon lover’s dream! Continue reading Luscious Lemon Layer Dessert

Buttery Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Basket of Homemade Biscuits
Buttermilk Biscuits

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits, still slightly warm from the oven, are indeed a treat, especially when slathered with good butter. With their soft and tender texture and buttery flavor, these biscuits complement many meals. Continue reading Buttery Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread

Chances are you have heard of Irish Soda Bread. Perhaps you have even made it yourself. Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread leavened with baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) that is activated by acidic buttermilk. Easy and quick to make because there is no yeast and no waiting for the dough to rise, this bread can be pulled together as easily as making tea biscuits or scones though the baking time will be longer. Continue reading Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Orange, Date, and Spice Loaf

Date Bread
Orange, Date, and Spice Loaf

Date lovers will love this Orange, Date, and Spice Loaf. Moist and delicious, this quick bread is made with Medjool dates, orange peel and zest, and warm spices. An old-fashioned flavorful tea loaf, it is delicious served perfectly plain or with a slather of butter. Continue reading Orange, Date, and Spice Loaf

Classic Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction


Bruschetta is simply an appetizer that consists of a tomato-basil topping served on crostini toasts. It is best made with the freshest tomatoes possible (i.e., from the garden) but can certainly be made year-round with good quality supermarket tomatoes. Continue reading Classic Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction

Panettone Scones Recipe

Homemade Scones
Panettone Scones

Inspired by the famous Italian sweet fruit bread/cake, these Panettone Scones (or, perhaps, more aptly “Panescone”) are divine served with clotted cream or English double cream, and your favorite fruit jam or curd. They are particularly tasty served with any of my homemade jams or jellies and either my clementine curd or cranberry curd. Continue reading Panettone Scones Recipe