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. 

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondie Closeup

Apr 19, 2015

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies

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

Ruby Smoothie

Feb 24, 2015

Goodbye Ruby Smoothie

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

Strawberry Meringue Cup

Feb 12, 2015

Strawberry Meringue Cups Two Ways

I recently became obsessed with meringue. First, our book club had a holiday potluck where an incredibly delicious meringue dessert was served. Then daughter #2 left for a semester in Ireland– where I spent some of my own student days stuffing myself with cream meringues. Finally, Valentine’s Day is coming–doesn’t that cry out for Strawberry Meringue Cups? The meringue cup … Continue reading


Dec 23, 2014

Vanilla Cranberry Cream Dessert

Is it wrong to make the same Christmas dessert two years in a row?  Does it help if you have a dessert buffet with a variety of options?   I served these Vanilla Cranberry Creams last Christmas where they were definitely a hit.  Every year I try something new, but this year’s new recipes have failed repeatedly (that is two … Continue reading