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). Strawberries and rhubarb together–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 … 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
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
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
You have to love the bounty of fall. Especially if you are graced with cases of peaches and some new peach recipes! Today I made Glazed Peach Streusel Muffins for the third time–they disappear like magic. Of course baking with peaches has its own fringe benefit. You are forced to eat any odd bruised slices–it wouldn’t do to bake with … Continue reading
Remember the old saying about the hammer & nail? It goes like this: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Well I have a seasonal food version: If you have two big cases of peaches, everything looks like a peach recipe.