Strawberry Peach Crumble

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I adore summer fruit.  Bring on the berries, the peaches, the apricots and cherries and nectarines.  When each arrives at the market, I buy them in massive amounts.  Twenty dollars disappears into a giant paper bag of blueberries, and the blueberries themselves disappear nearly as quickly as the twenty dollars. Early in every summer, I think that summer fruit is just so delicious raw.  I can’t bring myself to make blueberry pancakes or strawberry shortcake or anything that actually requires heating something that is so sweet and perfect in its natural state.  I read a recipe a month ago that … Continue reading

Cannoli Ice Cream Cones

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When I saw these cannoli ice cream cones on Emily’s blog last week, I quickly bookmarked them.  They were cute, but also seemed like they’d be easy to put together while still looking impressive. I heated up 1/3 cup of this chocolate & sea salt caramel sauce in a small saucepan.  You could just as easily use hot fudge or caramel sauce.  Honestly, I just wanted an excuse to have this in the house.  I pulled the chocolate caramel sauce off the heat when it was warm and moved easily when I tilted the pan.  I dipped each cone briefly … Continue reading

Adonia Greek Frozen Yogurt Giveaway!

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It’s time for a new blog mile stone: the first giveaway!  I’ve never hosted a giveaway here on the blog before.  Mostly when I get product pitches, they are for products I wouldn’t use myself, so I decline them.  When I was first contacted by the Ciao Bella team, though, I was thrilled.  I may have done a happy dance at my desk.  I’ve been buying Ciao Bella gelato for myself for years.  The blackberry cabernet and the key lime graham are two of my personal favorite flavors. Their gelato and sorbet is flavorful and intense while still having a … Continue reading

Grandma’s Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie

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My grandmother passed away yesterday morning.  She was in her nineties and had the privilege of being entirely herself right up until the end.  She outlived every expectation of her doctors (stubborn to the end!) and got to die at home surrounded by family.  We should all be so lucky. Grandma was a smart cookie.  I got such joy out of telling Grandma stories.  “My ninety year old Grandma has gmail, and she gchats and reads my blog!” was a sentence I often uttered.  I’ve met many wonderful people thanks to this blog, but I’m extra grateful for how the … Continue reading

Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

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Some foods inspire an instant an intense reaction.  No one “kind of likes” chia seeds.  With chia seeds, and certainly chia drinks like the Synergy or Mama Chia drink, the love/hate reaction is instantaneous.  My camp describes these drinks as “refreshing” and “delicious.”  The other camp might choose words like “slimy” and “disgusting.”  Chia seeds are slimy in liquid, but that doesn’t put me off them in the slightest.  If you land solidly in the “slimy” and “disgusting” camp, then this is NOT the dessert for you.  Might I point you towards my mini molten chocolate cakes instead? Chia seeds … Continue reading

Everyday Buttermilk Skillet Cake

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I found my everyday cake!  While paging through the Joy the Baker cookbook, I was instantly taken by this simple recipe.  Sadly though, I don’t really need an everyday cake.  People are not constantly dropping by my house for tea, and while cake is always welcome in this house, I don’t really need cake on my kitchen table every day.  Still, it’s nice to think of life in an alternate universe where I would always need to have cake in the house.  Where my kitchen staples might be eggs, kale, cheddar and buttermilk cake.  That seems like an excellent alternate … Continue reading

Apple Cranberry Turnovers

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I had some pie crust leftover from the Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Tarts I made.  The pie crust recipe came together so easily, and was so flaky, I knew that I couldn’t let the rest of it go to waste.  I thought about using it to make these mini apple pies, which are my current dessert obsession, but I had a fair amount of dough and decided to try my hand at apple turnovers instead.  I seem to have decided that the calories in any dessert are exactly equal to the amount of calories burned while making said dessert.  … Continue reading

Individual Apple Pies with Puff Pastry

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Here’s that simple apple pie recipe I was talking about to use up your extra puff pastry.  I adore apple pie.  My grandmother in Vermont makes the very best apple pie. (I’m not biased at all.  I’ve eaten a LOT of apple pie!)  In elementary school, we had to write spelling sentences , one for each spelling word.  I remember the week that “best” was a spelling word because my sentence was “My grandmother makes the best apple pie in the whole world.”  My teacher wrote on my paper “No, my mother makes the BEST apple pie.”  That started an … Continue reading

Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes (with Zucchini)

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Shortly after I declared zucchini week, Victoria let me know via twitter that she was hosting a Zucchini and Chocolate Blog Party.  So I decided it was time to bring out the big guns and invite chocolate to the zucchini week party.  Since my sister also keeps a gluten free diet, I wanted to come up with a dessert that she could make too.  Plus, we’d recently been looking at gluten-free recipes for her, and they haven’t been totally accessible since her pantry is lacking in things like agar agar and xantham gum.  I wanted this dessert recipe to be … Continue reading

Rustic Plum Tart

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The plum trees in our back yard have been positively prolific (and inspiring of alliteration).  We’ve made plum jam (lots and lots) which is worthy of a post all its own.  Frankly, the immensely self-satisfied feeling you get from canning your own jam and hearing the lids vacuum shut could probably make up for the most horrible mistake-filled day at work.  Or maybe that’s just me. Anyways, we had a lot of plums.  They were literally littering our backyard.  After some searching, I came across this Orangette recipe.  I’m always thrilled when I go recipe searching and one of the … Continue reading