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Frosting for the Cause

Please take a look at my guest post today on Frosting for the Cause, a 365 project where cookie/cupcake makers & bloggers are baking away to help make a difference. Join the cause to raise funds and awareness for research into women’s cancers today because together we can bake a difference!
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Noodle Kugel

Noodle Kugel

A little bit pudding, a little bit casserole, Kugel is a centuries-old Jewish dish traditionally served as a side sometimes a dessert that has undergone many transformations. Most commonly made from egg noodles or potatoes combined with eggs and/or milk, cream or soft cheese, a Kugel can be sweet or savory, maybe even a little bit of both. The other day, my eye caught some Greek egg noodles (hilopites or χυλοπίτες) idly hanging around in a kitchen canister and I swear the first thing I thought to make with them was Kugel.
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Kheer, Rizogalo, Rice Pudding … Creamy Cardamom-Scented Basmati Rice Pudding

Kheer, Rizogalo, Rice Pudding … Creamy Cardamom-Scented Basmati Rice Pudding

My grandmother’s rizogalo (rice pudding) is ingrained in my memory for ages to come; she made it so often and always sent up half a dozen or so bowls for us to devour. When the smell of cinnamon would waft up the stairs from her apartment to ours, we knew what was coming! Her recipe was simplicity at its best: milk, rice, sugar and a dash of cinnamon. I’ve made it often and rarely veered from her always-delectable version. Until now.
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Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon Buns

Disclaimer: I previously said I’d be cooking healthier–I am, seriously I am–and I know these cinnamon buns are far from that. But I’m not the only one who lives in our home. I’ve got to indulge the husband and the kids once in a while don’t I?
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Healthy Lime and Olive Oil Cake

Healthy Lime and Olive Oil Cake

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I feel like I probably ate an entire cow over the holiday season. Not to mention a whole pig, most of a goat and much of a plump turkey. Forget about the potatoes, pastas, cheeses, phyllo-wrapped pies and syrup-drenched Greek confections I also consumed. Believe me, I’ve got the spare tire and double-chin to prove it.
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Christmas Cheer Cake

Christmas Cheer Cake

Sending a little Christmas cheer your way …   to brighten your day … and lift your spirits … with a heartfelt wish … for a joyous holiday! This was a winter-themed cake I made for a bright-eyed little girl’s 5th birthday.

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