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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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 …

BOO!

Wednesday, October 31, 20124 Comments

Did these spooky little guys scare you?  I hope not!  I think they’re as cute as can be!   I made them to take into my office as a little Halloween treat, and you can too.  They couldn’t be easier to make.   They’re just mini brownie bites with vanilla buttercream …

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 …

Macaron Madness with the Daring Bakers

Tuesday, October 27, 200974 Comments

(Matcha Macarons with White Chocolate-Passion Fruit Ganache and Blackberry Swiss Buttercream)
For years, I’ve been absolutely mad about French macarons.  Something about biting into one of those delicate little round disks with their frilly “feet” and crispy outer shells yielding to soft, almost chewy, centers beneath and filled with …

Daring Bakers:  Dobos Torte (and a Big Flop)

Thursday, August 27, 200960 Comments

I had planned to have this post ready to go earlier this morning. But, as it often happens, life got in my way!  Mini SGCC has been under the weather for several days. She informed me late last night that two of her good friends had been diagnosed 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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