Sun-Dried Tomato Bread

This is one of those recipes that took ages to perfect. Each experiment yielded beautiful bread that was delicate, aromatic and savory-sweet. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the tops to rise to perfection and stay there.

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Extra Peanutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crunchy peanut butter, puffed brown rice, rolled oats, whole wheat flour and peanuts add an adventurous twist—as well as extra fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals—to this version of chocolate chip cookies. These have more butter and sugar than my typical “savvy” cookies, but less than most traditional recipes.

Extra Peanutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Apple Cinnamon Swirls

The first iteration of this dough was used for bagels, and it has since been formed into miniature cinnamon “snails” and raisin-stuffed loaves. My favorite variation—and that of our children—is this one. Loaded with apples, cinnamon and whole grains, these breakfast rolls are often requested at other times throughout the day.

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Country Oat Bread

Here’s another creation from Matt, the master of hand-formed loaves at our house. The bread machine version is a snap to make, but the braided loaf looks ten times better. Wholesome and slightly sweet, this mild bread is great for showcasing preserves or sandwich toppings.

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Cherry Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

We’re fortunate to have access to dried cherries in bulk here in Michigan, and we take advantage of that on a regular basis, using them in everything from oatmeal to turkey stuffing. Since dried cherries go so well with almonds and with chocolate, it makes sense to bring all three together in one cookie.

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Cranberry Butternut Scones

Though I’m referring to these as scones—indeed, they require that butter be cut into the dry ingredients like traditional scones—I must admit that they seem to be closely related to muffins. That’s because they are a little more sweet and moist than what you might expect from conventional scones. In this case, the moisture [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

90-Minute Egg Bread

As if refusing to eat peanut butter weren’t bad enough, our son has decided he doesn’t like cheese or deli meats either. That makes lunch prep a challenge to say the least. Because of the eggs and oats in this bread, I know he’s at least getting some protein before he leaves the table. While [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Multigrain Confetti Cookies

After perfecting a recipe and getting a good photo, I usually move on to the next experiment. Not with these cookies! They’re so addictive that I’ve baked three batches in less than two weeks.

I love that these gems not only taste scrumptious and have an appealing crunchy-chewy texture, but they are also nutritious. With [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]


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