Category Archives: Dessert

Gingerbread Cookies

A holiday classic, as a kid I actually really disliked the taste of gingerbread.  It was the combination of sweet molasses and tangy ginger that was what probably turned off my young and unexperienced tastebuds.  Of course, like most children,

Gingerbread Cookies

A holiday classic, as a kid I actually really disliked the taste of gingerbread.  It was the combination of sweet molasses and tangy ginger that was what probably turned off my young and unexperienced tastebuds.  Of course, like most children,

Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is an American invention that came about in the 1950’s, a response to the advent of pre-packaged foods which heralded an easier job and lifestyle for all the Sally Homemakers and Domestic Debbies of the world. The formula

Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is an American invention that came about in the 1950’s, a response to the advent of pre-packaged foods which heralded an easier job and lifestyle for all the Sally Homemakers and Domestic Debbies of the world. The formula

Fourth of July (Independence Day) Cake

This is a festive and easy cake to make for any occasion, but since it’s red, white, and blue… sure why not go ahead and call it an Independence Day Cake! 1 pound strawberries 1 pint blueberries 2 cups heavy

Fourth of July (Independence Day) Cake

This is a festive and easy cake to make for any occasion, but since it’s red, white, and blue… sure why not go ahead and call it an Independence Day Cake! 1 pound strawberries 1 pint blueberries 2 cups heavy

Sencha Green Tea Panna Cotta

A while back, I made a simple Panna Cotta. It is one of my go-to desserts to make whenever the hankering for something light and creamy takes hold, especially when the days are warm. I recently had a couple dinners

Sencha Green Tea Panna Cotta

A while back, I made a simple Panna Cotta. It is one of my go-to desserts to make whenever the hankering for something light and creamy takes hold, especially when the days are warm. I recently had a couple dinners

Flan

My friend Rudy recently hosted a little taco dinner night and of course when I asked what I could bring, his immediate response was, “DESSERT!” So in keeping with the Latin inspiration, I tried my hand at making one of

Flan

My friend Rudy recently hosted a little taco dinner night and of course when I asked what I could bring, his immediate response was, “DESSERT!” So in keeping with the Latin inspiration, I tried my hand at making one of

Hot Chocolate

Ah…. There has always been a little debate over whether hot chocolate and hot cocoa are two different things, or one and the same. Well, I’m a bit of a Type-A personality so if you ask me, I would have

Hot Chocolate

Ah…. There has always been a little debate over whether hot chocolate and hot cocoa are two different things, or one and the same. Well, I’m a bit of a Type-A personality so if you ask me, I would have

Pineapple Sorbet

I don’t know if it is just my taste buds, but for me, the pineapple is simultaneously contrasting in being sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, and even salty. The pineapple’s distinct flavor really packs a punch and can be sometimes overwhelming.

Pineapple Sorbet

I don’t know if it is just my taste buds, but for me, the pineapple is simultaneously contrasting in being sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, and even salty. The pineapple’s distinct flavor really packs a punch and can be sometimes overwhelming.

Sweet Egg Soup

This sweet soup is from my mother’s kitchen. She doesn’t have a sweet tooth, nor is she much of a baker, so sweets were not very common in our household growing up. I remember it being a real treat whenever

Sweet Egg Soup

This sweet soup is from my mother’s kitchen. She doesn’t have a sweet tooth, nor is she much of a baker, so sweets were not very common in our household growing up. I remember it being a real treat whenever

Red Velvet Cupcakes

These mini-cakes are easy to make, quick to decorate, and always put a smile on one’s face. Not to mention: if you bring these to a party, some of those smiles will be for you! Makes 24 cupcakes For the

Red Velvet Cupcakes

These mini-cakes are easy to make, quick to decorate, and always put a smile on one’s face. Not to mention: if you bring these to a party, some of those smiles will be for you! Makes 24 cupcakes For the

Pumpkin Ice Cream

I love my ice creams and will take any seasonal opportunity to keep my freezer stocked with a quart (or three!) of this creamy treat. Pumpkin is one of those flavors that comes with so many associations of Autumnal weather

Pumpkin Ice Cream

I love my ice creams and will take any seasonal opportunity to keep my freezer stocked with a quart (or three!) of this creamy treat. Pumpkin is one of those flavors that comes with so many associations of Autumnal weather

Apple Pie

This is probably the most iconic, classic American dessert in our country’s edible lexicon. Every family has their own recipe and tradition in making this pie. For some, like my friend Dan, it is his way of signaling the arrival

Apple Pie

This is probably the most iconic, classic American dessert in our country’s edible lexicon. Every family has their own recipe and tradition in making this pie. For some, like my friend Dan, it is his way of signaling the arrival

Chocolate Bread Pudding

This bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts because it brings together two of my most beloved food groups: bread and chocolate! The great thing about this recipe is its versatility; the pudding can become sweeter, richer, or milder

Chocolate Bread Pudding

This bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts because it brings together two of my most beloved food groups: bread and chocolate! The great thing about this recipe is its versatility; the pudding can become sweeter, richer, or milder

Melon Mint Salad

There are many tricks of the trade when it comes to selecting a good melon. For me this is how I go about it for each one – WATERMELON: look for a large stem-end which indicates it was on the

Melon Mint Salad

There are many tricks of the trade when it comes to selecting a good melon. For me this is how I go about it for each one – WATERMELON: look for a large stem-end which indicates it was on the

Plum Sorbet

Ah, plums… one of those refreshing fruits that can’t be beat. They are the perfect size to snack on, with that great combination of being simultaneously both tart and sweet. And as the season ends, while most people will start

Plum Sorbet

Ah, plums… one of those refreshing fruits that can’t be beat. They are the perfect size to snack on, with that great combination of being simultaneously both tart and sweet. And as the season ends, while most people will start

Honey Lavender Ice-Cream

This aromatic ice cream boasts a subtle and complex flavor that tastes so luxe, it belies the ease of its making. Using my vanilla recipe as a starting point, all it took was a few ingredient tweaks and method changes

Honey Lavender Ice-Cream

This aromatic ice cream boasts a subtle and complex flavor that tastes so luxe, it belies the ease of its making. Using my vanilla recipe as a starting point, all it took was a few ingredient tweaks and method changes

Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

These muffins came about with a good friend of mine, who recently became a mother. Well, maybe not recently, seeing as how her daughter is a year and a half now. We got together to bake baby’s first cake, a

Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

These muffins came about with a good friend of mine, who recently became a mother. Well, maybe not recently, seeing as how her daughter is a year and a half now. We got together to bake baby’s first cake, a

Panna Cotta with Macerated Strawberries

This Italian dessert is one of my favorite things to eat. Of course, there is no coincidence that it is basically a culinary cousin to one of my other favorite foods: ice cream. The two share similar cooking methods: a

Panna Cotta with Macerated Strawberries

This Italian dessert is one of my favorite things to eat. Of course, there is no coincidence that it is basically a culinary cousin to one of my other favorite foods: ice cream. The two share similar cooking methods: a

Rocky Road Marshmallow Bars

I’m not a confectioner by any means, so I did have to follow another recipe for the marshmallows. Though, I did change it just a bit to suit my needs and with what I thought would make it a little

Rocky Road Marshmallow Bars

I’m not a confectioner by any means, so I did have to follow another recipe for the marshmallows. Though, I did change it just a bit to suit my needs and with what I thought would make it a little

Strawberry Sorbet

While I do love the creamy tang of Strawberry Ice Cream, the pure and crisp bite of this berry shines even brighter as a sorbet. When in this icy form, it is beautifully bright red and is wonderfully sweet, with

Strawberry Sorbet

While I do love the creamy tang of Strawberry Ice Cream, the pure and crisp bite of this berry shines even brighter as a sorbet. When in this icy form, it is beautifully bright red and is wonderfully sweet, with

Strawberry Ice-Cream

Spring is in full swing, and summer is just around the corner. And that means one of my favorite fruits are coming into season: the strawberry. I love the crisp and sweet, with just a little tang, bite they have.

Strawberry Ice-Cream

Spring is in full swing, and summer is just around the corner. And that means one of my favorite fruits are coming into season: the strawberry. I love the crisp and sweet, with just a little tang, bite they have.

Chocolate Mousse Coffee Cups

A while back I shared a recipe for making chocolate mousse. It was made using raw egg whites, which gave the mousse its light and airy structure. But for some, the idea of having raw eggs can be less than

Chocolate Mousse Coffee Cups

A while back I shared a recipe for making chocolate mousse. It was made using raw egg whites, which gave the mousse its light and airy structure. But for some, the idea of having raw eggs can be less than

French Vanilla Ice-Cream

I’ve said before (in a previous recipe post) that my favorite flavor is vanilla – so classic, but oh so subtle in its variations. While I generally gravitate toward the lighter, crisper taste of a vanilla bean ice-cream, there are

French Vanilla Ice-Cream

I’ve said before (in a previous recipe post) that my favorite flavor is vanilla – so classic, but oh so subtle in its variations. While I generally gravitate toward the lighter, crisper taste of a vanilla bean ice-cream, there are

Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream

Is it me, or has ice-cream seen a resurgence in popularity recently? For a while, it seemed all the rage was for fancy frozen yogurt shops, and their infinite number of topping combinations. I was never a fan of frozen

Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream

Is it me, or has ice-cream seen a resurgence in popularity recently? For a while, it seemed all the rage was for fancy frozen yogurt shops, and their infinite number of topping combinations. I was never a fan of frozen

Chocolate Mousse

Ah, it is that time of year again…there is a still a slight winter chill in the air, and in our hearts there beats a warmth for that special someone in our lives. Valentine’s Day approaches and as usual, restaurants

Chocolate Mousse

Ah, it is that time of year again…there is a still a slight winter chill in the air, and in our hearts there beats a warmth for that special someone in our lives. Valentine’s Day approaches and as usual, restaurants