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Strawberry jam cupcakes

We spent a wonderful time late this afternoon celebrating the recent retirement of a wine blogger friend. I wanted to bring something a little out of the ordinary, so I made strawberry jam cupcakes. Jam cake is an old Appalachian favorite that my Appalachian grandmother would prepare using blackberry jam that she’d made herself. This past Christmas, one of my gifts was Victuals, Ronni Lundy’s marvelous book of folkways and recipes from the Appalachians, one of the richest foodways in the world.


And in it was a recipe for blackberry jam cake. For the party, I decided to Continue reading


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Chicken Marsala

Well, winter finally arrived in the Washington DC area with a bang this week — wet icy snow that turned into rock-hard chunks with the below-freezing temperatures over the past couple of days. Perfect time, though, for comfort food dishes, right?

I recently made Chicken Marsala for Continue reading

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Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Now for the cookies in the other half of this photo: Chocolate Snickerdoodles. My venerable Joy of Cooking cookbook says that the name Snickerdoodles is German in origin, possibly a corruption of Schneckennudeln, or crinkly noodles, maybe from the crinkles that form on top of the cookie. All I know is that I love the cinnamon-y taste of both the regular and chocolate versions.


You’ll need: 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick); 1 cup of Continue reading


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