Cinnamon Spice Kringel Beautiful Braided Bread: Recipe & Photo Tutorial

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This lovely, traditional Finnish, spice bread is easy on the eyes and equally as pleasing to the palate. This beautiful kringel is perfect for a weekend morning breakfast or to make for friends during a quiet afternoon tea. The technique is really simple so please don’t become intimidated–it’s much easier to make than you think. Not to mention how impressive it looks when you present it to guests.

Also, think savory! Add chopped kalamata olives and or sun-dried tomatoes to the dough and substitute extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs and various, aged, grated cheeses for the filling…talk about “beautiful!”


2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup lukewarm milk

1 envelope active dry yeast

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 egg yolk

1 tbsp sugar


1/4 cup softened butter

4-5 tbsp sugar

3 tsp cinnamon

1/2-1 tsp cardamom

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg


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“Eat Pray Love” Pizza Napolatena—“Something Beautiful” Official Recipe

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“I think I deserve something beautiful.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Pizza Napolatena, is a type of pizza that originated in Naples, Italy. Neapolitan pizza is traditionally made from simple, fresh ingredients: a basic dough, raw tomatoes or fresh sauce, basic mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil–no fancy toppings here. One of its defining characteristics is there is often more sauce than cheese, leaving the middle of the pie wet or soggy and not favorable being served by the slice. Because of this, Neapolitan pizzas are generally pretty small (about 10-12 inches), making them closer to the size of a personal pizza. These saucy, piquant pies are baked at very high temperatures (800°F-900°F) for no more than 90 seconds. Since conventional ovens only reach 500* the below recipe was converted for the modern oven. Having said the above, this pizza is no slouch and every bit as luscious…

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Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Glazed Spiced Raisin Apple Squares

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I found this recipe in my mother’s old recipe box and revised it slightly, mostly so it could be understood. My mother came to the US, from northern Italy, in her late teens. While she was fluent in both languages, her American writing and spelling was a little lacking. Yet, her intermingled English and Italian words were quite charming and I wouldn’t trade the worn, yellowed recipe cards for all the espresso in Italia :-)

These lightly spiced raisin apple squares are reminiscent of cookies, cake and pie, but with far less prep and equally superior results. The aroma, while baking, evokes fall time warm and fuzzies too.  These scrumptious squares are a prefect anytime snack, but preferably in the early mornings with a creamy, steamy “cuppa.”  Mmmmm :-)



1 c raisins

2 c water

1/2 c butter

1 large apple, cored and chopped fine

1 large egg


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Guest Chef Wednesday! Jenny’s Excellent “To Die For” 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Beef Roast

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Pot Roast photo source: Jenny :-)

For those that know me, I am somewhat pedantic about prepackaged items. Yes, I’m finicky, and a bit of a purist, but I have found some very good and healthy quick to prepare items lately that I’m not ashamed to say that I use; sometimes ;-) With all of the Whole Foods, Trader Joes and the like cropping up everywhere, it’s become relatively simple to find wholesome goodies sans a list of unpronounceable ingredients a mile-long.

In fact Jenny, my friend who initially gave me this recipe, suggested that I visit my local health food store for the prepackaged salad dressings and gravy mix—she’s sort of a snob too :-) The blend of mixes just simply “work.” I consider them one fine combination that ends up serving as an extremely tasty gravy, combined with the juices of the slow-simmered roast and fresh veggies. Also, when it…

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Sweet Treats–Play with Your Food! Zebra Cake & Chocolate Art Bowls

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food-hacks-2 “The Zebra Cake” Two flavors of cake mixes, chocolate & vanilla. Why not add bright pink food color to the vanilla? Fun? Yes!! This is a “scoop of chocolate & scoop of vanilla” literally! Start with 1/2 C vanilla in the middle, allow to spread a bit, on top add a 1/2 C scoop of chocolate…repeat! Don’t mix batter just allow to spread until pan is 2/3 full. Bake, Cool & Frost! Genius!

food-hacks-3 “The Chocolate Art Bowl” Hints: Use cooler, but melted chocolate or BOOM! Layer layer layer! Fill with COOL foods :-)

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Frozen Concoctions!

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gummy pops Gummy Bears in Sprite or other clear citrus beverages

Remember Ice Pops as a kid? Even still? These frosty gadgets place a curve into ice twists as we once knew them. You can make your own personalized versions with these clever doodads; adding all sorts of ingredients to you liking. Juices, sodas, spirits, fruit, herbs and spices, even candies. Place them in drinks to create different flavors or simply not to dilute your favorite beverages.

Suggestions: How about Strawberry Margarita pops with slices of strawberry and lime? Apple juice with thin wedges of apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon? Vanilla yogurt with fresh blueberries and mini chocolate chips?  The list is as endless as your creativity!  Here are what some of the companies have to say about their ingenious products.

Sim1 Ice Pops with Reusable Silicone Jackets

Silicone Design’s

Silicone Popsicle Molds, Ice Pop Molds and Ice Pop Maker, Set of…

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Stuffed Pizza Monkey Bread; Fast Easy & Delish

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Pizza Bread 1 2 Tubes of Your Favorite Biscuits, Prep & Dice Toppings, Slice Down Center of Each Biscuit–Leave about 1/4″ Around Bottom & Sides. Fill. Pinch Top Together

Pizza Bread 2 Sprinkle Bottom of Pan with Grated Parmesan, Salt & Pepper To Taste. Place Pinched Side Down in Pre-Greased Tube or Bundt Pan. Sprinkle with Salt & Pepper. Bake @ 400* for 30-35 minutes. Cool Pan on Wire Rack for 10 Minutes. Invert Onto Serving Plate.Pull Apart. Plate, Add Sauce & Enjoy!!

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