The Comeback Kid and the Neapolitan Rose Cake

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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So, you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been around here in a while – a long while. A very long while, actually. In case you were wondering, no one died (thank God). I didn’t move to Mars or decide to kayak around the world. The thing is, that somewhere along the way I lost my groove. I spent several frustrating months trying to find it. And when that didn’t work, I realized that maybe I needed to step back for a while. Let me explain… read more >>

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Choco-Rum Buttermilk Banana Bread

Monday, January 7, 20138 Comments

I’m not much of a banana bread girl.  Banana cake, on the other hand, is a whole different story.  Banana bread is breakfast, while banana cake is dessert.  I’d much rather have dessert than breakfast, unless of course, I’m having dessert for breakfast.  And while this Choco-Rum Buttermilk Banana …

Red Velvet Snowflake Cake Recipe

Thursday, January 3, 201311 Comments

It’s always hard for me to switch gears after the Holidays.  Just when I really start to get in the groove – they’re over.  I hate taking down all of the festive decorations and packing them away.  And, boxing up the tree ornaments is even worse.  I hate doing …

Spiced Eggnog Cupcakes with Vanilla-Rum Swiss Buttercream

Tuesday, November 20, 201220 Comments

When most people think of Thanksgiving desserts, the first thing that usually comes to mind is pumpkin.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake,  pumpkin flan, pumpkin cheesecake – the list goes on.  Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when pumpkin lovers unite and unabashedly share their mutual adoration for …

Key Lime Cheesecake Minis with Macadamia Graham Cracker Crusts

Thursday, August 30, 201212 Comments

Mr. SGCC is a caveman.  He loves meat.  And, he doesn’t care for sweets.  I know!  Crazy, right?   There are a few exceptions to this, though.  He does enjoy a good cheesecake now and then.  He’s also been known to sneak bites of Key lime pie right out of …

Almost-Summer Strawberry Cake

Tuesday, May 8, 201222 Comments

After living in  South Florida for more years than I care to remember, I’ve gotten used to the subtle clues that signify the  change in seasons.  They’re hard to define, but over time one gets better at identifying them.  Some years, however, it seems like Mother Nature is downright …

Sinfully Good: Devils Food Cupcakes with Roasted Strawberry-Balsamic Buttercream

Wednesday, February 15, 201218 Comments

You know, I wasn’t even planning to write about these cupcakes. They were just a quickie Valentine’s Day treat I whipped up at the last minute when my original plans went awry.  But, they turned out so well, that I just had to share them with you.  Isn’t it …

Chocolate Pavlova Torte with Raspberry Dream Cream: Perfect Imperfection

Monday, February 13, 201215 Comments

As a teen, I remember having lots of conversations with my mother about dating and relationships.  Of her many “isms”, the one I heard most was “Looks aren’t everything.  It’s what’s on the inside that matters.”    Of course, she was right, but my superficial 16 year old brain didn’t …

Black Forest Cake Recipe

Tuesday, January 17, 20126 Comments

On New Year’s Eve we celebrated Mini SGCC’s 18th birthday.  That’s right.  My baby is now legally an adult.

Of course, that means nothing to me. In my mind, she will always be my little curly-haired cherub.

One would think that Mr. SGCC and I can now …

New York Crumb Cake Recipe

Wednesday, November 9, 201138 Comments

My father wasn’t much of a dessert kind of guy, but there were certain sweets that he really enjoyed, like Carvel ice cream cones, sfogiatelle, and crumb cake.  Not any old kind of crumb cake, mind you. It had to be New York crumb cake – the kind with …

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Hello and welcome to SGCC! I’m Susan, a professional writer, food columnist, recipe developer, wife, mother, daughter and sister, who used to be a lawyer in a previous life. My love of food comes from a long line of wonderful and creative Italian home cooks who didn’t always have a lot, but knew how to make a lot out of what they had. I hope that you enjoy yourself while you’re here, and visit often! read more >>

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