Do you love fruit as much as I do? Fruit topped desserts, fruit pies, fruit in yogurt or all by itself… Yes, I love fruit in pretty much any form–and for a special treat, I’ll take my fruit boozy. Bourbon peaches. Plums preserved in brandy. Cider mulled wine. Wine poached pears.
Autumn is coming… Nooooooo! But berries, harbingers of summer, are still abundant in woodlands, farms and supermarkets. After waiting so long for real summer (it feels like YEARS!), I can’t even think about giving it up. So I’m making a Vanilla Berry Cake. The original recipe came from the blog 101 Cookbooks. Prepared with raspberries and whole wheat pastry flour, … Continue reading
How can you beat a 6 inch blueberry cheesecake that is light and fresh and perfect for a small gathering? This lovely dessert started out as a cheesecake for ten at the blog Bakeaway with Me. It looked so appealing that I vowed to make it when the blueberry harvest came in—even though I am not a big cheesecake eater.
I just got word from my CSA—the strawberry harvest is in! This means that for the next two weeks, I will be eating strawberries in every conceivable form, then preserving more to last out the winter. One of my favorite super-easy treats is strawberries in cream. Simply slice the berries, top with cream or half & half, then sprinkle with … Continue reading
Spring is the season for rhubarb. The plants send out their rosy shoots in backyards everywhere, then strawberries, their BFF, begin to flood the market (at sale prices even). The rest is history. While most years I combine the two in a crisp, this year I decided to try a strawberry rhubarb pie. The inspiration for this came from the … Continue reading
Can you think of a better excuse for (multiple) desserts than a holiday brunch? I can’t. But after making (somewhat indulgent) mini mocha cheesecakes for Mother’s Day, I decided I should do something a little healthier too. So I made a Scandinavian Apple Cake. Even though apple season is over, I have a tub of frozen, sliced apples in my … Continue reading
Did you have a good Mother’s Day? It is a fun holiday but somehow, more than half of the time, I end up hosting a brunch. Aren’t people supposed to be serving me? Of course I love entertaining and this year I got smart with a number of make-ahead dishes, including these mini mocha cheesecakes.
I saw a picture of these Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies in an Eating Well Magazine. And, I must admit, their picture looked even better than mine. Not that I didn’t wouldn’t gobble mine down in a heartbeat mind you. When our local market had no oysters for this afternoon’s planned recipe, these blondies just called out to me. What better … Continue reading
I don’t even remember life before cool whip. I do know it topped probably half of the desserts I ate growing up. I also remember how I much I liked it. And how, unlike real whipped cream, which tended to go runny, you could make something that would never fall apart. Like never. Ever. Okay maybe not as long as … Continue reading
I discovered today’s smoothie in my new Coconut Cookbook. The recipe seemed perfect–simple and healthful–and it even used leftover local foods from last summer. But I did have one concern. There was no way I was going to call a fun drink like this, a Strawberry Beet Smoothie. Not even to myself. When I poured it out of the blender … Continue reading