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Shamefully Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins

I happened to catch some of Nigella Lawson’s TV show the other day and the theme was comfort food. While she explained that comfort food should not only be comfort eating, it should be comfort cooking, I furiously jotted down the recipe for this shamefully comforting double chocolate chip muffins. I happen to love this []

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Shamefully Easy Series II: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

There’s something oddly comforting about cooking from Nigella Lawson’s book – not only because the recipes are converted to express mode which makes life a lot easier or because no matter what you pick from her book, its extremely high on the show-off scale but its definitely because there is a sure shot way of []

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{DIY}: How To Make Filled Cupcakes

Did you ever play dress-up as a kid? Rummaged through your mom’s closet and mixed and matched till you found the perfect combination to admire yourself in? Today, I played dress-up with cupcakes. See, I love cupcakes. Sincerely, ardently and loyally. But I love making them more than I love eating them. It sounds strange []

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Drunken Monkey Cupcakes

Remember the super simple technique I wrote about yesterday to make filled cupcakes? You can finally put it to good, over indulgent use. These cupcakes are a mix and match of an old but favorite cupcake recipe with spiked cream and reliable ganache.  I love cupcake recipes that do not use butter – they remain []

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Shamefully Easy Yogurt Cream Sauce

Happy Halloween! Now I’m not big on Halloween but do I have a treat for you! While the rest of them are busy with ghouls and haunted houses, you can tuck in and eat this spooned over some blueberries – or any fruit actually, it’s a pretty versatile sauce. I’m also glad to be finally []

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Lemon-Pineapple Pound Cake

There isn’t anything much to say about this beauty – except that if you have last minute guests coming in for tea, it will take all of 15 minutes to make this pound cake. It’s a rehash of this recipe, originally adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home To Yours. I didn’t get a []

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

This pudding has been the most weather appropriate thing I’ve made lately. I spent the weekend drinking soup (I know) because I had a sore throat and before that I must have drank my weight in cold ginger ale. So today, while it has been cozy inside and the sound of the rain outside, I []

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Perfect Party Pound Cake

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s a very early (but not the last) of the Christmas gifts from my kitchen. I’ve been browsing and furiously browsing through websites to help prepare for our annual Christmas feast. Needless to say, I’m feeling the Christmas spirit already and that’s why I’m generously sharing this amazing-oh-so-good-will-knock-your-socks-off pound cake. Believe me []

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Black, White and Orange Banana Loaf

I’m pretty sure your timeline has been flooded with updates about the first rain shower in our blessed but so-hot city. Don’t worry – this isn’t a superfluous rant. I genuinely love the rains – I always have. What I love most is that somehow, everything seems to slow down a little. Have you ever []

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Shamefully Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Welcome to 2012 everyone! I hope this year brings you everything you want!   So far, its been good. Its been a whole slew of night outs and a much deserved night in with some comfort food. Because there was so much detoxing to be done, we decided to make some pho-ga and this beautiful []

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Super Simple Chocolate Cake

“Cake. I like it on my tongue, the word – not just the stuff itself – but even better in my throat, my stomach. Cake. It can only mean something good.” Oh, Molly Wizenberg. You know my heart. Cake is very, very special to me. It marks the beginning of something significant – like a []

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Tres Leches Cake!

I distinctly remember the first time I tasted the tres leches cake. I distinctly remember it because it was love at first bite. I remember the play of flavors and textures in my mouth and I remember just how moist it was; each and every crumb was drenched with flavor. I’ve been wanting to make []

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Quadruple Chocolate Loaf

You already know I *love* cake. Let’s move on. Don’t feel bad cookies, I love you too. It’s just that when I’m down and out, I’d rather have a mouthful of cake. Cookie crumbs leave too much evidence and I’m pretty sure brownie thieves walk among us (they’re gone far too quickly for me to []

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Plain Jane Cake

You know, I believe, being the cake fanatic that I am, that when you want cake – it shouldn’t necessarily involve a dolled up glam cake. It can be un-iced and simple with tremendous flavor. It should be fun to make (because, lets face it cleaning up can harsh your buzz) and fun to eat. []

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