Desserts

Nutella and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

Nutella and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re a regular reader of food blogs then you’ve likely noticed that the whole world seems mad for Nutella™. For those of you who’ve been living in a cave or otherwise missed this trend, let me explain. Nutella™ is an alluring, proprietary spread that combines ground roasted hazelnuts, skim […]

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Chocolate Chip Date Nut Cake

Chocolate Chip Date Nut Cake

This simple and old-fashioned cake, a slightly updated version of one my mother has been baking for decades, is my favorite cake, hands-down, no question about it. Several attributes make it a winner in my eyes: It doesn’t need frosting and to me tastes better without it. It’s very moist […]

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Tangerine Cheesecake Ice Cream

Tangerine Cheesecake Ice Cream

When life gives me tangerines, as it does every year from December through February in my garden, I make … well, all sort of things. Juice, juice concentrate, smoothies, fruit salads, preserves, citrus flavored main courses, muffins, and the list just goes on and on. But this week, with my […]

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Key Lime Pie Magic Cookie Bars

Key Lime Pie Magic Cookie Bars

OK, there are two unusual things about this post. First, this is a recipe for Christmas cookies, which I’ve only baked once in the past 20 years. Don’t get me wrong. I love the holiday season and am fully engaged when it comes to making Christmas dinner, decorating the tree, […]

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Carrot Cake with Pecan Coconut Frosting

Carrot Cake with Pecan Coconut Frosting

Do readers ever wonder how food bloggers develop the recipes they publish? In my case, new recipe ideas sometimes come in a flash of inspiration and work out exactly as envisioned on the first try or after a couple rounds of experimentation. And sometimes they don’t work out at all. […]

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Simple, Decadent Chocolate Bourbon Tart

Simple, Decadent Chocolate Bourbon Tart

Years ago, when it was my turn to cook a holiday dinner for my extended family, I realized I’d gotten myself in over my head. In fit of poor planning, I’d settled on a menu involving a great deal of fussy preparation and last-minute tending that would stretch my cooking […]

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Sangria Upside Down Cake

Sangria Upside Down Cake

Each member of my family has a different notion of the perfect cake. My husband adores dark chocolate cake with matching buttercream frosting. My adult son favors banana cake with thick penuche icing. And my own longstanding preference is for unfrosted, not too sweet, fruit flavored cakes, such as the […]

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Four Fruit Smoothie Popsicles: Mango, Raspberry Cheesecake, Blueberry/Coconut, and Avocado

Four Fruit Smoothie Popsicles: Mango, Raspberry Cheesecake, Blueberry/Coconut, and Avocado

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy….” That line from Ira and George Gershwin’s classic song keeps running through my head. Although “livin’” is supposed to be easy in summer, figuring out how to keep cool during the seasonal swelter can be quite a challenge where I live. Heating up the […]

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Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

We Floridians don’t get serious about many things; witness our casual approach to the 2000 U.S. Presidential election. However, we and our sunstruck politicians can be roused by the important matter of key lime pie. In 2006, for example, after several months of vigorous debate in the Florida State Senate […]

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Blueberry Cheese Danish Cake

Blueberry Cheese Danish Cake

The blueberry season has just arrived where I live, and I’ve been happily working my way through my list of favorite uses for this wonderfully flavorful, vitamin-rich native American fruit. I’ve been eating fresh blueberries with cereal for breakfast, having them in liquid form as smoothies for lunch, and serving […]

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