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


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


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


Jul 29, 2015

Blueberry Cheesecake for 4-6

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.  

Strawberry Schaum Torte from Above

Jun 28, 2015

Strawberry Schaum Torte (Meringue, Ice Cream & Berries)

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

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie out of oven

May 19, 2015

Star Studded Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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

Scandinavian Apple Cake, Served

May 17, 2015

Scandinavian Apple Cake

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


May 13, 2015

Mini Mocha Cheesecakes

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.