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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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March 10, 2016
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Blueberry Muffin Cake

I really love blueberry muffins, freshly baked and overloaded with berries. I’ve been saving this Blueberry Muffin Cake recipe I found in the Fine Cooking Magazine for 2 years. It’s supposed to be made in the summer when blueberries are fresh but I couldn’t resist making it for New Year’s Day, especially when I discovered […]

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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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December 17, 2015
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Dried Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

No matter how lavish and enticing my desserts are, I find there is always room for a cookie. I think cookies remind us of our childhood: Cookies and milk, the cookies that were tucked into our lunch box, the cookies made by the school cafeteria, the smell of homemade cookies baking in the kitchen. So, […]

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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 6, 2015
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One-Bite Cherry Pies

I knew we had ordered a very rich chocolate vanilla cake for dessert and I wanted to make some one-bite treats to accompany the cake. I wanted something fruity and I came up with these one-bite cherry pies. The great thing about this recipe is that you can substitute any type of dried berry and […]

July 9, 2014
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Ice Cream Sandwiches

Remember the way ice cream sandwiches used to be? Two cake-like chocolate cookies sandwiching creamy dreamy vanilla yumminess. All that and wrapped in paper so they were easy to eat. What a perfect dessert! Sadly they are not like that anymore and I miss that. So I decided to create my own.  Since I could […]