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You know the expression, “Necessity is the Mother of invention”? In this case, my Bread Pudding invention turned out to be simply divine.

April 27, 2016
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Chocolate Prune Croissant Bread Pudding

I figured dessert would be simple and easy and I headed out to the freezer to the cookie stash, but someone had gotten to it before me. It was then I vaguely remembered invading the cookie stash for several tea and cookie afternoons. I kept searching the freezer, looking for hidden treasure, and I found […]

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January 11, 2016
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Espresso Brownies with Espresso Ganache

These brownies should be marked “For Adults Only”. They are deep, rich, dark chocolate with an intense hit of espresso. There is espresso powder in the brownie and in the ganache frosting. You don’t usually think about a chocolate dessert at Thanksgiving but this is the perfect last bite to follow those traditional Thanksgiving flavors […]

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October 19, 2015
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Mocha Pot de Crème with Whipped Cream

I have always loved pot de crème, crème brûlée or any type of baked custard dessert. There is something about the rich, luscious, creamy texture, combined with the intense flavor that brings a smile to my face with the first spoonful. I tried to sort out the difference between crème brûlée and pot de crème. […]

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August 24, 2015
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Nutella Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

I know when you have last minute company or you get really busy, when it comes to dessert, it’s easier to stop by the bakery or pull out those homemade cookies you stashed in the freezer last month. But sometimes, it’s nice to bake a cake, especially if it’s really simple, made from things that […]

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July 20, 2015
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Ginger Mascarpone Cheesecake

There are a lot of no-bake cheesecake recipes out there, but I haven’t found any this good, and in the interest of research, I’ve tried lots and lots. This one has an unusual blend of cream cheese, low fat yoghurt, mascarpone and heavy cream. Yes, there is sugar in the cookie crust as well as […]

June 3, 2015
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Lightly Sweetened Whipped Cream

LIGHTLY SWEETENED WHIPPED CREAM YIELDS: 2-2 ½ Cups Ingredients 1 cup heavy cream, chilled ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons sugar Directions 1. Put beaters or whisk and mixing bowl in refrigerator, for at least 15 minutes. 2. In chilled mixing bowl of electric stand mixer or hand held mixer, beat cream and vanilla extract […]

Crinkled Pears with Whipped Cream.

June 3, 2015
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Crinkled Pears with Whipped Cream

Warning: These pears are kind of ugly and yet you will hope that there are leftovers that you can eat for breakfast with a dollop of thick Greek yoghurt. I admit that they are time consuming but I make them the day before. They cook at a very low temperature and require frequent basting. I […]

Cherry Walnut Chocolate Hermit Cookies

May 22, 2015
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Cherry Walnut Chocolate Hermit Cookies

You might want to make this recipe first and immediately get the cookies into your freezer, just in case of a party emergency. This is a very sophisticated cookie. It has a dense chocolate cake like texture with walnuts, dried cherries and a kiss of Vandermint liqueur. You can serve it after a very elegant meal, […]

March 16, 2015
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Boneless Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese

When I was growing up, my mom made chicken that we lovingly called “crummy chicken”. She cut up a whole chicken, bathed each piece in melted butter and coated it with a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. I later saw recipes that called this Parmesan Chicken but I will […]

July 16, 2014
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Cold Minted Pea Soup

When I was growing up, we only had soup when we were sick. Then, of course, it was chicken soup. Since then, I learned to love simple pureed vegetable based creamy soups. This is one of my all time favorites because it’s simple to make, very versatile and freezes beautifully. Another make-ahead dish. For this […]