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Chocolate Take Two: Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake

While the chocolate laden Valentine’s holiday may be over, no reason to stop indulging in the occasional dessert! My birthday is 4 days after Valentine’s day, and my husband’s follows 5 days after that so February is a month of celebration and sweets.  I am not one of those people that doesn’t want to be reminded of their birthday.  Yes, I may now be exactly in the middle of my 30s, but oh well.  I love birthdays: presents, cake and well wishes from friends and family.  What is not to like?

I actually enjoy making my own birthday cake.  This year I decided to revamp a recipe my mom used when I was a kid.  We called it Wacky Cocoa Cake, and it was chocolatey heaven!  The wacky part came from the addition of vinegar, which seems like a strange ingredient for cake.  But the vinegar would react with the baking soda in the recipe and give the cake some volume.

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Holiday Baking Series Part 3: Cheese Straws

Looking for a little savory relief from all the sweets?  These cheese straws are perfect for parties, gifts or just sitting down and enjoying at the end of a long day.  I was able to really put the Ankarsrum to work with this recipe, utilizing the grater attachment, the whisking bowl and the cookie press.  This recipe is very easy and quick to throw together; perfect for this busy holiday season!

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Holiday Baking Series Part One: Thora’s Pink Christmas Cookies

Welcome to the kickoff of our holiday baking series!  I absolutely adore Christmas.  It is the one holiday that I will unabashedly decorate my house for, drag my family to holiday events around town, and bake enough cookies to feed an army.  I created a cookie this year just for my daughter, Thora, who loves all things pink and strawberry flavored.  I am not a fan of food coloring, so I am always looking for creative ways to add color to her cookies.  Inspiration hit when I was tossing a couple bags of freeze-dried strawberries into the grocery cart.

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