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We’ve rounded the corner on summer when everything hits at once – the last holiday of the season, first days of school, work schedules pick up, garden produce is almost too much to handle and unfortunately, fall is in the air. I’ve been cooking quite a lot these last few weeks, making old favorites a few times over and searching recipes to deal with an overachieving garden. Nearly everything I’ve made has been from a published recipe, executed as written, and they’ve been good. Really good. Good enough that you might want to make some of these things too. So let’s chat.

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Sugar.  Butter.  Vanilla.  These are my favorite flavors and the stalwarts in my pastry toolbox.  My trusted go-to’s.  Sure, chocolate is great but for me it always plays second fiddle to the holy trinity of sugar, butter, and vanilla.  Think of the possibilities.  Buttery rich shortbread.  A crisp warm sugar cookie with a cold glass of milk.  Moist gooey pineapple upside down cake.  Butterscotch pudding.  And my favorite of all time favorites, caramel in any way, shape or form.  Ummmmm.  Not to say I don’t like chocolate it’s just when given the choice, I tend to veer in the opposite direction.  These are the desserts that pique my interest and the ones I tend to make more than others.

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