Mary's Making

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German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

I have mentioned before that I don't have a large repertoire of "my" recipes because I like to experiment a lot, although this has changed slightly. This quest became more important when I neared motherhood as cooking for others is one way I show love and also food is a tangible way to transport you home or somewhere pleasant throughout life. I want those memories for Hen and one area that I need to focus are Christmas cookies, mostly because this is still a fond memory that I have with my grandma....

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Mary Kay

06 Nov 2017

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Caramel Stuffed Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

My cooking and baking interests these days generally follow two paths - a challenge or educational endeavor where I am consulting textbooks and working with formulas, science, etc. to create a recipe or my weekly ambition of devising plans and recipes that are extremely productive and create as many meals with the least amount of work possible. This recipe is of the former and ended up being quite the labor of "love." The funny part is that I have never really been a snickerdoodle person...

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Mary Kay

19 Sept 2017

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Raspberry Currant Mousse Brownie

Since becoming a mama, my lunch hour at work has become sacred time to work on things like this site, read, knit (WHATEVER I WANT - YESSSS). I have become a master at utilizing my time very efficiently out of necessity like most other moms or heck just "busy" people - it is the key to keeping life moving in any sane fashion...

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Mary Kay

12 Sept 2017

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Ginger Apple Whoopie Pies

While we were in Maine this summer, we discovered that whoopie pies are a thing there and had the most perfect classic chocolate whoopie pie at Two Fat Cats Bakery in Portland. They had quite an array of other treats, but the hubs had to reel me in once I started asking him how many pies (as in whole fruit pies) we could transport back on the plane later that evening. Everything looked amazing, so if you find yourself in Maine, head to Portland, which is a foodie paradise and try ALL THE PIE...

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Mary Kay

5 Sept 2017

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Chocolate Cinder Toffee Tart

This creation was a by-product of some left over ingredients from recipe experimenting and I had been wanting an excuse to make cinder toffee, so here you have it. If you are unfamiliar with cinder toffee (also known as sponge candy and honeycomb), it is a crunchy, stick to your teeth toffee candy.

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Mary Kay

21 Aug 2017

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Banoffee Mini Tarts

This banoffee (banana + toffee) tart is the first of many. Banana and peanut butter are probably one of my favorite combos and banana and chocolate are a close second, which I have been craving lately. Banoffee is traditionally a pie and was dreamed up at The Hungry Monk Restaurant in England. There are many variations now, but the general combo is banana, toffee and chocolate. This is similar to many of my other longer dessert recipes, in that you can make pieces parts over one or two days to make it easier. No one thing is complicated, just a little more involved when it comes to length.

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Mary Kay

18 Aug 2017

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Fig St. Honoree

We are coming off the heels of our first family vacation as 3 from a week in and about coastal Maine. It is difficult to express just how much I needed to not have an agenda for the day and be in awe of something beautiful, Maine delivered that and then some. Also, much more, I needed time with my boys to just be. Life moves so fast and being a person with a rather sensitive constitution, I don't believe I will ever enjoy it (although I will try to try).

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Mary Kay

2 Aug 2017

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Rhubarb Strawberry Vanilla Bourbon Curd & Cinnamon Angel Food

Here, it is the golden hour of warmth; summer is officially all around us. To me it always slips away far too fast, like sand through my fingers. Old habits and such. Instead I try to revel in each ruby-kissed cheek, a garden thick with the scent of lilies and garden roses, and fresh produce that tastes like the sun. I don't have an edible garden of my own yet, so the next best thing is the "pick-your-own" farms.

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Mary Kay

2 July 2017

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Rainier Cherry Frangipane Tart

I am teaching (I use this term loosely) myself how to knit. Ah, the wonderful joy and frustration of blindly finding your way in a new skill. I have a very hard time being a beginner and I mostly attribute this to the Ira Glass quote about creative folk - that we have good taste, but when you are a beginner your skills aren't producing your level of taste, thus leading to frustration and for many the end of the creative pursuit.

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Mary Kay

15 June 2017

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Honey Pie Bars

Lately, I have been craving this simple old-fashioned sugar custard pie that I had when I was younger (go ahead and get the "that's what she said" jokes out now). I can't remember if my grandma made it or she just bought it at the grocery, but I don't recall seeing at a restaurant or store since then.

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Mary Kay

25 March 2017

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Black Bean Quinoa Chili

We have officially entered the Spring transition time...yessssss. It is amazing to me how one day it is suddenly lighter in the morning earlier and there are little tiny buds beginning to unfurl everywhere. I saw Forsynthia peeking out of a bush at the end of our street and somewhere deep down there was a sigh of relief.

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Mary Kay

20 March 2017

RECIPE

Mini Princess Cakes

I have been admiring these sweet little cakes for a while and finally got the guts to try them. The princess cake or prinsesstårta as it is called in Sweden got its name from three princesses around the 1930's that called it a favorite (at the time called green cake). I have a version of the recipe in a cookbook from Miette bakery and this attempt is modeled after those assembly instructions, but with some alterations.

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Mary Kay

16 March 2017

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