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chocolate dipped fresh fruit

I’ve dipped a multitude of goodies in chocolate.  My favorite is fresh fruit.  Not just strawberries, but blueberries and raspberries and especially pomegranates.  I might be alone here since whenever I make them I seem to be the only one standing over that platter insisting that “you need to try these!!”   That feeling of…
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apple pan tart (simple)

Soooo easy, so simple, so apple-y, so flakey (the crust) so moist… just scrumptious.  Served this tart the other evening and friends Jason and Trent were ecstatic.  Well, that may be too strong of a word, but for grown men, they were all smiles.  I’m so happy I finally made an apple tart worth posting….
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banoffee pie (just a really good banana pie!!)

AMAZING Jason exclaimed, eyes wide the other night after he had a bite of this pie.  He was so excited!  And today I got a text from him asking for the recipe because “that was so insanely good and I want to try to make it for Thanksgiving.”  So…I figured many of you may be…
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caramel apple jam

Thanks mom for sending me this recipe! MMMMmmmm….so delicious and warm and soothing and inviting.  Funny for a “jam” to be all that but it is!  Caramel, vanilla, and apples delightfully and simply combined.  Warm this up and pour over some vanilla ice cream and you have a winner.  Equally good on the savory side…
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steel cut oats (the very best) don’t skip

Never ever ate any kind of hot cereal as a child, wanted to like it in my 30’s, enjoyed it in my 40’s but wow…at 47 I have found the exact hot cereal (n my case steel cut oats) that I craved (and didn’t even know I was craving it!)   I didn’t know that…
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chocolate covered pretzels

Another love – the chocolate covered pretzels from Enjou Chocolate.  These are my favorites because the chocolate is sooooo good and the pretzels are firm and fresh.  And although dipped generously, it is not overdone.  As usual, pricey – but def worth it! You can find them here.     Pin It

popcorn brittle

Yum.  Crunchy, sweet, salty and then chocolaty!  I made these treats and they were a hit with mostly me, Mark and Jack (Andy’s friends) and my sis in law Linda.  She kept telling Patrick that they were good “Patrick this is good!”  but sadly he refuses to enjoy popcorn in any form.  I happen to…
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ice box zebra delight

This is a very old fashioned dessert – but it has never ever lost its appeal.  Mark said “This is slice number four…I’m going to have to ride (my bike) 100 miles tomorrow morning!”  And Mike was lamenting the absence of my ginger cookies but sang a different tune when he sampled this treat.  He…
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Toll House kookie brittle

Yummy!!!  Crunchy, buttery, chocolaty, salty and nutty – well, that says it all!  A shortbread version of a Toll House Cookie.  Without eggs and a bit less sweet this is a great alternative to the classic cookie.  So VERY easy to make, and pretty to look at – another great choice for a cookie platter…
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seven-layer bars

Serious scrumptiousness.  Rich, sweet and addictive.  Seven layers of delight. I can’t stop picking at them.  I keep talking to myself, oh, I’ll just have a nibble even though it is 10 AM, then oh, what’s another little sliver at noon (before lunch is big for me), then another sliver around 4 and before I…
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coffee brownie crackle swirl ice cream (using store bought ice cream)

I cheated with this ice cream.  I did.  Didn’t have time to make home-made but wanted something special and different.  You can really be creative at home with mix ins and ice cream.  Use your mixer to help you incorporate the extras.  I loved loved loved this treat.  Not too much coffee flavor since I…
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healthy 5 grain breakfast bowl

Sylvie thinks it’s weird for me to post my breakfast bowl.  She might be right, so just skip over if not for you.  I tend to eat the same breakfast for a while – until I can’t look at it any more…but I’m on a record of probably 10 weeks of this particular mixture of…
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oatmeal cherry coconutty cookies

First bite tastes like a simple delicious oatmeal butter cookie, not a bad thing…but as you savor that first bite (if you can) you will notice the tart cherries, and then most likely exclaim (as most did) “hmmm…what’s in these?”  Coconut I say.  “wow they are really good!”  And they really are.  They are.  I…
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chocolate covered strawberries

heartland turtle bars (amazing)

The best reviews so far!  True love.  Crazy love. Rob said really good.  Then about 5 minutes later turned to me and said “I really like those bars.”  (And this means that he was thinking about them for 5 whole minutes.)  Sylvie said OMG I love these!  Alisa followed my lead and mixed them with…
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buttermilk chocolate cookies (that melt in your mouth!)

I know I have many a chocolate cookie and brownie on this blog – but I think you can never have enough chocolate choices!  I read about these in Nicole Weston’s BakingBites blog and her write-up was so compelling that I had to bake them.  Another success.  “Incredible” Greg’s friend Matt said as he and…
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red berry soup (with peaches, nectarines and currants)

I love fruit soups.  I really do.  After a delicious summer meal – it is nice to (sometimes) forfeit that heavy dessert and go for something light, refreshing and healthy.  Well, this is it.  Friends enjoyed this the other night.  Everyone just so excited by fruit!  As I’ve said before, Deborah Madison’s Seasonal Fruit Desserts…
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pomegranate grapefruit sorbet

Refreshingly cool.  The first bite is pomegranate, lemon and a little lime; the aftertaste is grapefruit.  YUM.  I love this.  I grew up eating tons of pomegranates and tons of grapefruit – so together in this light dessert, well…happiness!  Greg and Andy liked this a lot too.  Sadly, Rob is not a grapefruit guy –…
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summer fruit crumble (with a ton of different fruits!)

Plums, apricots, pluots, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, nectarines, peaches (and more) – this crisp has everything in it!  I wanted to take full advantage of all the fruits I saw and love at my local farmers market.   And I did!  Grown-up friends loved this…Amy, Judy, Marco and Michael all had verrry nice things to say although didn’t speak…
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nectarine, cherry, and berry crisp

Yes, another fruit crisp.  I just love love love them.  So much easier than a pie and really (to me) just as good! Made this for Father’s Day – Rob’s family was in and I thought they would enjoy this.  (Served favorite fudgy brownies too for my chocolate lovers.)  Here the nectarine, raspberries and cherries…
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peach blueberry crisp with pecan topping

This was so beautiful, but really, more importantly, scrumptious!  I brought this crisp with two other fruit desserts to a dinner party and this one was probably the most universally loved.  Fine Cooking Magazine featured this recipe months ago – it was the colors in the photo that propelled me to pull it, save it and eventually…
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blackberry sour cream pie

What a truly pretty pretty pie!  Major hit. And just in time for summer entertaining (or just for you or your family).  Sylvie LOVED it – especially the graham cracker crust.  Lauren ate only the crust (oye).  But Andy – my chocolate loving son – was starving and asked for a bite which was surprising since…
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doughnut topping (for muffins)

This donut topping is just delicious.  Really simple…just cinnamon and sugar – on top of melted butter.  What is not to like?  Sadly, the muffin I tried was not too terrific, but I needed to share the topping.  Great for blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, apple or pear muffin…this is decadent and an nice change from a…
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matzoh bark and chocolate covered matzohk

Chocolate matzoh bark.  So delicious and tasty.  I’m not supposed to eat or drink chocolate, caffeine or alcohol (so sad, advice for vertigo)…but I know this is good (I confess, I had to nibble!)  The salty matzoh, the chocolate, fruit and nuts, it is all so seriously good.  Same thing goes for chocolate dipped matzoh.  Different…
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(seriously delicious) dried fruit compote with greek yogurt

The subject line in my friend Suzanne’s email read OMG!!! after she tasted this dessert.  “Such a treat,” she said.  “I savored every bite and didn’t want it to end.  One of my overall favorites!”  It really is delicious.  Do not skip this even if you think it isn’t for you.  It’s like that dress that you…
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jeweled winter fruit soup (delicious!)

Oh, I LOVED this.  Make this!  I served it to a few friends on Saturday and it was a huge success.  Very special – especially for a fruit salad (although I do love fruit).  The marinating syrup is delightfully refreshing – with fresh vanilla, ginger and citrus flavors.  It also presents beautifully.  This calls for some…
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chocolate chip rice krispie treats

OK, yes we all know how to make these – but my kids (or their friends) sometimes mention that mine taste better than those they buy at the bake-sale.  I often say it’s because I bake with looove and give them a big smile.  Truthfully though, the love comes from a little kosher salt and vanilla – and the added…
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caramel shorties w/sea salt

Ohmygoodness these bars are really tasty!  They are great for a party;  just so pretty to look at.  Everyone loved these – but especially Alisa – who loved the almond version.  The little specs of sea salt bring out the best in caramel and make these very addictive.  I wrapped most of the bars up and popped…
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chocolate popcorn

In my teens I loved go to the movies with my (then) new friend Pam (now old friend).  We both loved the movie theater popcorn and we both loved peanut and plain m&m’s – and we usually got it all and shared.  One day as we sat down, Pam turned to me, giggled and dumped the extra large packs…
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dark chocolate sorbet

Years and years ago – Rob and I had our first meal at Picholine in NYC.  The meal was awesome, but the chocolate sorbet was sublime.  We became somewhat friendly with the chef, Terrance Brennan, because my mom is terrifically chatty and loves discussing food and meeting new people.  By our 5th visit, she told the…
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peppermint stick ice cream

This is my old friend Dani’s all time favorite.  We were lucky growing up – in that both of our families went to Vermont during the winter weekends.  Dani from NJ, me originally from MA, these were very special times.  But oh, it wasn’t just me and “Eight is Enough” that made her smile – it was the holiday season…
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coffee ice cream (Philadelphia style)

I love coffee – coffee with milk and sugar.  This ice cream is just that – but cold.  (There is coffee ice cream hiding in this photo.)  The ice cream has a great mellow coffee taste that is perfect.  In addition, for those of you who don’t want to go through the trouble and time to make a…
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cranberry apple crisp

This is a great dessert for Thanksgiving – the cranberries make it festive and the red color throughout is visually appealing.  Oh, and it tastes great.  Forgot that nugget of information.  I really love crisps and cobblers because they are so easy to make.  One of my goals with this blog was to branch out and…
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vanilla ice cream (custard base)

Home-made vanilla ice cream is sooo very good.  The vanilla beans, cream and milk freshly churned make for an extra special treat.  Vanilla ice cream pairs well with most desserts – cookies, crisps, cobblers and pies…with chocolate cake, loaf cakes, brownies and fruits – it is one of my favorite things!  (My family is really…
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caramelized bananas

I love these bananas.  I’m not even a fan of a raw banana – but oh…a sprinkling of sugar, a blow torch – and voila – magic banana.  These are great in addition to most any dessert.  Really and truly.  I absolutely love them in an ice cream sundae.  My favorite.  The crisp topping is like…
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(moms) candied bacon

OK, so this isn’t dessert – I know, I do know…but I just had to put it in here because this bacon is scrumptious!  There is sugar in it – a lot of sugar so maybe it qualifies just a little bit for this baking blog.  My friend Melissa asked me to show her how to…
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