Spiced Pumpkin Layer Cake with Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting and Toasted Coconut, and a Where Women Cook: Celebrate! Giveaway

Spiced Pumpkin Layer Cake with Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting - Andrea Meyers

2012 has already started off as a busy year. On January 1st I took a big leap of faith and did something I’ve been thinking about for a long time; I officially started my own business, a photography business. So while I’ve been busy wrapping up one project I’ve also been doing all the things… 

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Renee’s Garden Giveaway

A couple years ago I spotted seeds from Renee’s Garden in a local nursery. I was drawn to the herbs, particularly the slow-bolt cilantro, a variety that holds its leaves longer when the heat of summer sets in. As I’ve tried more of their seeds—haricot verts, dwarf cucumbers, Thai Queenette basil—I’ve been very pleased with… 

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Bourbon Praline Pecans (Where Women Cook Giveaway)

Bourbon Praline Pecans Candy Recipe - Andrea Meyers

If you asked me to choose my favorite pecan dessert, I would have a really difficult time because I love pecan pie, but these praline pecanss would be in the running. Crunchy pralines may technically be more authentic New Orleans style, but I can’t resist the creamy version. I use real cream—no evaporated milk—because I… 

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Speculaas (Molded Ginger Cookies)

Speculaas (Molded Ginger Cookies) Recipe - Andrea Meyers

This is my final cookie in the Saveur Cookies We Love event, a spiced molded cookie from the Netherlands. Molded cookies are common in Europe and the tradition is often passed down through families along with the old wooden cookie molds. If you are fortunate you may even have an heirloom mold that’s been in… 

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Cheese Torta with Basil, Olives, and Sundried Tomatoes and a Giveaway

Cheese Torta with Basil, Olives, and Sundried Tomatoes - Andrea Meyers

We are very fortunate to live near DeBaggio’s, a truly wonderful herb farm and nursery that’s been growing beautiful healthy plants since 1975. One of the ladies in the neighborhood told me about them the first year we lived here, specifically mentioning their wonderful tomatoes, so I made a point to check it out and… 

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