Lavender Creme Brulee Closeup

Apr 8, 2016

Lavender Crème Brulee (No Torch Needed)

I admit it.  I am obsessed.  What can I say.  Crème Brulee # 3 is here—this time Lavender Crème Brulee.  Hey, I posted some healthy recipes in between.   Lavender Crème Brulee brings together two wonderful food sensations: the crunchy melted sugar topped custard of a standard crème brulee along with the subtly floral, spring-like flavor of lavender.  Mother’s Day brunch … Continue reading

Irish Coffee Creme Brulee Served

Mar 16, 2016

Irish Coffee Creme Brulee

You can tell an obsessed blogger by the repetitive posts.  Yes, today I’m making an Irish Coffee Crème Brulee for St Patrick’s Day–right after my basic vanilla creme brulee.  Would it help if I told you I feel guilty about double desserts?  Fish or vegetables next time, cross my heart!   But this dessert is a testament to just how easy … Continue reading

No torch creme brulee trio

Mar 13, 2016

No Torch Creme Brulee

Most dessert isn’t exactly health food.  But sometimes a girl’s got to indulge.  So when I learned you can make crème brulee without a torch, I couldn’t resist.  At least my no torch crème brulee is organic.  And it’s under 300 calories!   I have a new food philosophy.  Eat great healthy local food.  Most of the time.  Then slip in … Continue reading

Lavender Pear Mascarpone Tart, cut

Feb 17, 2016

Lavender Pear Mascarpone Tart

Winter has its beauty—snow draped boughs, crisp landscapes. But over time even the loveliest winter can challenge a positive attitude. As winter drags on, doesn’t life call for a touch of spring?  Perhaps in the form of a Lavender Pear Mascarpone Tart?  This winter-into-spring dessert is really a light pear cheesecake, adorned with a touch of lavender and resting on … Continue reading

Fudgiest Whole Wheat Brownies

Feb 12, 2016

Fudgiest Whole Wheat Brownies

Aren’t fudge brownies beautiful?  Gooey, chocolaty, sweet.  Even the box mixes are good—enough to make this organic girl cave. Until I tried this recipe for Fudgiest Whole Wheat Brownies. Now I’m a convert to homemade!  The recipe came from King Arthur with just a few small changes (including reducing the batch size by half).  To make them extra special for … Continue reading

Jan 28, 2016

Carrot Pie -Formerly Known as Sweet Potato Pie

The past week I have been engaged in an experiment.  I have been baking carrot pie… sweet, creamy and delicious.  Really!  As we speak, there are… sooooo many carrots in our basement refrigerator!  Yes, the CSAs had a VERY good year!  Which means that, while I love traditional carrot dishes, I really need to get creative. This year I am … Continue reading

Pavlova Wreath decorated with sugared cranberries

Dec 20, 2015

Pavlova Wreath Meringue Dessert

I am seriously obsessed with meringue.  There is something special about a dessert that is sweet and crisp and light as air.  Who would have thought that beating egg whites and sugar could be so magical?  Pair it with fruit and/or whipped cream and it’s over the top.  When I saw a picture of this Pavlova Wreath at She Wears … Continue reading

pumpkin-donuts

Oct 18, 2015

Maple Glazed Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts

Is there any such thing as too many pumpkin recipes?   Given pumpkin’s great flavor—and super nutritional value, I’d say no!  It even comes dressed for fall!  My latest recipe is for Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts and I’ve done them two ways—first with a simple cinnamon sugar coating and then with a maple glaze.  I have to give credit where credit … Continue reading

horizontal-poached-pears

Aug 23, 2015

Spiced Wine Poached Pears

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. 

A Piece of Vanilla Berry Cake

Aug 20, 2015

Sugar-Kissed Vanilla Berry Cake

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

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