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Maple Herb Roasted Almonds

This recipe takes almonds to a whole new level, with all the sweet, salty, and spicy flavors blending beautifully.  The almonds are lightly roasted in a mixture of maple syrup and melted butter with a pinch of cayenne pepper, then mixed with fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme.  If you are looking for an inspiring appetizer or an appealing and healthy snack, these maple herb roasted almonds are the answer.  The herbs blend so wonderfully with the maple taste, and the pinch of cayenne adds the perfect amount of heat.

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

Warm up a chilly evening with this luxurious cheesy chicken pasta bake.  Sautéed chicken and tender pasta are baked together in a delicious cheesy sauce imbued  with a hint of garlic and paprika.  Simple and wonderful, this dish is a comforting crowd-pleaser.

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Deliciously Simple Apple Cake

This is one of the easiest cakes I have ever made.  With just a few ingredients, you can create a simple, delicious apple cake that lets the flavor of apple really shine.  Moist and full of apple and vanilla flavor, this lovely little cake comes together in no time.

I adapted the recipe from one of my many favorite cookbooks, Savor, by Ilona Oppenheim.  I love the recipes in this book because they are centered around pure, seasonal ingredients.  I am someone who really enjoys baking, but there are points in life when the time factor discourages me from it.  This cake does not take much time at all to whip up, and let me tell you, the house smells sooo good while it is baking! Though I usually make this apple cake to be eaten as a snack or simple dessert, I can imagine it would be great as part of a weekend breakfast too.

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Generous Red Raspberry Muffins

Chock-full of fresh raspberry flavor and so comforting, these moist raspberry muffins are great for breakfast or a snack.  I call them ‘generous’ because so much about them is plentiful and bountiful–the size of them, the portion of juicy raspberries, the richness of the batter, and the cozy, abundant flavor when you take a bite.  And there’s enough extra batter to make a mini loaf of raspberry bread, perfect to give to someone who might need a homemade treat.

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Summer Berry Parfaits

These summer berry parfaits are a light and refreshing dessert, filled with fresh blueberries swirled in strawberry jam, a creamy Greek yogurt-melted marshmallow filling, and a homemade crumble topping.  When it’s hot outside, a chilled, fruity dessert is the perfect way to cool off.  I especially love this dessert because it encompasses so many different textures, all in one cup.  The tender burst of flavor from the blueberries, the thick creaminess of the sweet-tart filling, and the sweet crunch of the topping all combine to make a very pleasant treat.

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