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Artichoke Cheddar Squares

Artichoke Cheddar Squares are an easy and delicious classic appetizer made with canned artichoke hearts and shredded cheddar cheese. pinchmysalt.com

I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, craving comfort foods, making lots of casseroles, and thinking about recipes that were popular during my adolescence– those fabulous decades known as the eighties and nineties.

It was in this spirit of reminiscence that I was drawn to a familiar recipe called Artichoke Squares that I found while flipping through one of those spiral-bound fundraising cookbooks that someone left in the kitchen at our cabin. I can’t remember my mom ever making artichoke squares and it’s not something I’ve ever made myself, but I can certainly remember eating plenty of those delicious little bites at parties and potlucks. Reading the recipe instantly transported me back to my youth when all things were improved with the addition of marinated artichoke hearts (or sun-dried tomatoes, of course). Continue reading →

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Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones at Pinch My Salt

Bursting with cranberries and bright orange flavor, these sweet buttery little scones are my new favorite winter treat. They are easy to put together and perfect to share with friends and family. Continue reading →

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Non-Pie Thanksgiving Desserts

Pumpkin Praline Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

While it’s honestly a little hard for me to imagine, I know there are some of you out there who don’t really care for pie.  I may not agree with that sentiment, but I can accept it.  And I can agree that there should always be room for delicious, seasonal, non-pie desserts on the Thanksgiving table.  As long as there is also pie.  Here are some ideas: Continue reading →

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Silent Sunday: Baking a Fuyu Persimmon Bundt Cake

Baking a Fuyu Persimmon Bundt Cake

I’ll be adding a thick cream cheese glaze to this and delivering it to a friend as a belated birthday gift later today.   I started with a recipe I found through The Food Librarian but made some changes to the ingredients and process.  Assuming this cake tastes as delicious as I think it will, I’ll share my version of the recipe later in the week.  Meanwhile, if you have access to Fuyu persimmons and have never used them in a cake, check out the original recipe and give it a try.  Happy baking!

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Gluten-Free Brioche Rolls

Gluten-Free Brioche

Today I gave myself permission to let go of responsibilities and deadlines and just play in the kitchen.  I started the day thinking I would pull out my sourdough starters and give them some love but I ended up going a different direction entirely.  At some point this morning I was reminded of a gluten-free brioche roll recipe I had seen on the Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Flour website.  Since I still had most of a bag of the Cup4Cup flour (I first talked about and used this flour in this Sweet Potato Bread) and a fresh supply of my favorite Kerrygold butter, I decided to go ahead and try the brioche roll recipe.  Just because. Continue reading →

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Throwback Thursday: Pumpkin Roll Revisited

Pumpkin Roll

I decided to reach way back into the archives today and pull up a favorite recipe from November of 2006 – Pumpkin Roll!  I’m sure most of you have tasted some version of this delightful Autumn creation, but if not, you’re in for a treat.  Pumpkin Roll is a spiced pumpkin sponge cake that is spread with sweetened cream cheese and rolled up into a pinwheel.  It’s fairly easy to make, impressive-looking when sliced, and absolutely delicious.  But you’ll have to travel way back to 2006 if you want to learn how to make it:  Pumpkin Roll Recipe

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Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Bread with Pecans and Tart Cherries

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Bread with Pecans and Cherries

I love quick breads.  They’re easy to make, the recipes can easily be changed up to fit your mood, and pretty much everyone loves them.  I know I haven’t met a quick bread I didn’t like.  So when I saw a recipe for a Sweet Potato Cranberry Quick Bread pop up on Facebook yesterday from a new-to-me food blog called Beard & Bonnet, I had to investigate a little further. Continue reading →

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Baking with Almond Flour: Snickerdoodles

Grain-Free Snickerdoodles

As we’re transitioning from the Whole30 diet that we followed last month, I thought it might be fun to experiment with some grain-free baking.  We have added small amounts of natural sweeteners, butter, and cheese back to our diet this week but won’t be adding any wheat back for a little while yet.  This Snickerdoodle recipe from Deliciously Organic works perfectly for us at this stage because it uses almond and coconut flours in place of all-purpose wheat flour and is sweetened with a combination of honey and coconut sugar.  I followed Carrie’s recipe exactly and these were simple to make and they turned out perfectly.  The only real difference between mine and hers was that I used the convection setting on my oven when baking them.  Even though I turned the temperature down and shortened the baking time, the coconut sugar browned faster than I was expecting.  They didn’t burn, but they definitely have a delicious though unintentional caramel flavor.  Next time I’ll bake them without convection and then see which I prefer. Continue reading →

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