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early morning Cinnamon Toffee Banana Bread
"I love the abstract, delicate, profound, vague, voluptuously wordless sensation of living ecstatically." ~ Anaïs Nin, from a letter to Henry Miller, in A Literate Passion: Letters of Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller, 1932-1953 This banana bread is my love letter...
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Pineapple Carrot Cake with Honey-Cinnamon Swiss Meringue Buttercream
"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, fo...
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Cranberry Clementine Shortbread Cake
I don't always acknowledge happiness as it wisps and curtsies in front of me on a daily basis. My distracted mind keeps a wary eye on the cloud inside the silver lining. It's me. I worry, I over-analyze, I talk myself out of beautiful happenings and cling t...
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Salted Honey Pie
Manifest Mornings here, I put my French on: underthings, white blouse, a tight skirt. I dress letter by letter, I wear my accent comme ci . To the fleuriste , I am charming with my child-language-syntax, the way I knock over with my draped elbows glass shel...
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Dark Chocolate Baileys Mud Cake
It seemed those seasons swirled Into each other, as if icicles dripped An April rain, or a blown dandelion Became the snow. In unsown, dew-sharpened fields I'd blink and be -- a glittering instant -- stilled In the smells and shimmery whispers of the ripe A...
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Chocolate Mocha Cake
"There is no exquisite beauty...without some strangeness in the proportion." ~ Edgar Allan Poe  I'm completely aware that my blog is prone to impromptu meanderings (its arbitrary author often finds herself reaching for wild strawberries only to draw back ha...
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Spiced Cocoa Ginger Brownies
"I want something else. I'm not even sure what to call it anymore except I know it feels roomy and it's drenched in sunlight and it's weightless..."  ~ Mark Z. Danielewki, from House of Leaves March, despite your dramatic mud-stained footprints and temperam...
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Boston Cream Pie
"I was reading a book about pleasure, how you have to glide through it without clinging like an arrow passing through a target, coming out the other side and going on." ~ Tony Hoagland, from "What Narcissism Means to Me," in Impossible Dream   Chocolate, I'...
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Meyer Lemon Pound Cake
Winter, in classic curmudgeonly style, felt we were becoming too comfortable, too... almost-warm for its liking. After about two weeks of normal weather, the mercury is falling. Again. When temperatures plummet into the single digits (and below!), I reignit...
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Dark Chocolate Ginger Molasses Crackle Cookies
Burning the Old Year Letters swallow themselves in seconds. Notes friends tied to the doorknob, transparent scarlet paper, sizzle like moth wings, marry the air. So much of any year is flammable, lists of vegetables, partial poems. Orange swirling flame of ...
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