Bananas for Bananas! Banana Streusel Coffee Cakes

These are ordinary banana muffins, or coffee cakes, made extraordinary with a crispy sugary cinnamon streusel topping that simply melts in your mouth. Wonderful with a “cuppa,” be it tea, coffee or milk, on an early weekend morning watching the leaves change their color. Also makes a delicious and nutritious after school or work snack….

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Vermont Maple Cinnamon Swirl Bread

This beautiful spicy bread was inspired by my neighbor Darren. We were chatting in the warm summer Arizona air one evening and he was reminiscing about his days growing up in Connecticut and about bread his family used to use when making French toast. The sparkle in his eyes warmed my heart and I simply…

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Spices:  The Mystical Magic Potions, Top 10 Kitchen Essentials & More!

If the appearance of spices were to reflect their real importance in the history of the world, the bottles of spices would be filled with brilliant sparkling substances such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds and gold. When you open each bottle, a whiff of vibrantly colored, mystically fragrant, magical smoke would slowly billow softly throughout the…

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