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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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lemon bliss cake

I realize that this photo is terrible and I’m sorry about that.  The cake looks messy and dry, but it is not!!  And all those crumbs were sooooo good. I use the words yum and yummy a lot.  Delicious and scrumptious.  I try to look up some thoughtful and eloquent synonyms but I can’t help…
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fruit galettes

Yum – summertime fun and goodness all wrapped up in dough.  These galettes or rustic tarts are extremely easy to make and just delightful on the tongue.  I like them warm out of the oven but even more cold the next day (weird I know).  Made these for a dinner party and they were a…
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banana cake and roll

I loved this.  I really loved it.  I gave it all away…and the scraps that I saved sat in my fridge because my family is really weird about “filling”.  But just trust me here.  This is a fun dessert to serve and make.  The light sour cream flavored filling is the perfect compliment to the…
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chocolate pudding alice medrich (no eggs)

Oh, this pudding is DELICIOUS.  I absolutely LOVE it.  Really really good and quite easy to make! It is so thoroughly chocolatey and not at all cloying like some puddings seem to be.  This one is different from the other chocolate pudding recipe on the blog in many ways, but most importantly, there are no…
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white cake with raspberry filling

Scrumptious white-ish cake, glorious raspberries, delicious icing…happy birthday to me!  This was one of two cakes that I made for myself (and shared!)  Loved it.  My mom, Marco, and Andy agree.  Others wouldn’t try it because well, I made a ridiculous ice cream cake that called to them instead and I guess hard to have both…
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chocolate cake

Eric really loved this cake!  And that worked out perfectly because I made it for him.  For his 50th!  I took a chance (well, not really because Ina Garten is never too a risky choice).  She loves this cake, said it was one of her favorites, and it seemed fairly easy to whip it up…
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ice cream cake

If you make a cake that falls apart, save it. If you make a cake and it is undercooked in the middle, save the edges. If you make a cake that isn’t fabulously moist, save. If you make cookies or brownies that are dry, save If you have left over meringues, save as well. (You can…
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cranberry streusal pie

Ignore the lousy photo – forgot to take and this is just the messy leftover! This has to be one of my favorite desserts.  I mean really and truly.  First, the color!  Wow.  Gotta love that bright red pie.  Second is the flaky buttery crust.  Really mouth-watering.  Next is the filling – I know, I…
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caramel apple cake

Make sure you check out a good photo of this cake on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe as this photo does not do it justice at all. Different from other apple cakes, this one has a terrific cream cheese layer laced throughout as well as a yummy glaze on top.  I made it around Thanksgiving and I keep…
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triple chocolate chip cookie

I really really really like these cookies.  A lot a lot a lot.  Right up my alley with milk, white and semisweet chocolate – these, in my vanilla ice cream…well, my mouth is watering right now as I think about it.  I’m not sure what the others thought because honestly, I wasn’t listening because I…
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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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bittersweet decadence cookies

“This is the most amazing cookie I’ve ever had.” “Lisi, you are the best” (obi my favorite comment :)) “The chocolate!” “I’ve never had anything so delicious.” “Lisi – please make these again.” “Mom, where did all the cookies go?” “Oh My God!” “No more cookies???” Do I need to say more?  I mean – seriously no other…
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peach streusel coffee cake

Deeeelicious!   So good, so summery, so delightful to much on when the sun is out and you know summer is coming!  I’m lucky to have found such good peaches this early – and although Greg really wanted cobbler, I took the easy way out and made an easy cake.  And wow, good decision.  Although…
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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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flour-less chocolate cake (la bete noire)

The black beast lives up to its name.  Great for Passover – or really anytime (I made it for Rob’s birthday).  This cake is delicious, rich and satisfying.  It may seem daunting for a second (the water bath and layers of foil) but it is really easy.  Don’t be afraid and try.  I followed the…
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warm double chocolate brownie cakes

I’ve been meaning to bake these for 5 years.  Clipped from the February 2009 issue of Food & Wine magazine — Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect occasion.  Made with milk chocolate and cocoa powder, butter and eggs – these are fairly simple and quite delicious.  If the milk chocolate bums you out, you should…
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peanut cookie ice cream with choc crackle

Oh Ohmygoodness.  This was fantastic.  I loved it and dinner goers did too!  Lots of oohing and ahhing.  As mentioned in the peanut cookie post, I thought ice cream would be good.  And it wasn’t good, it was GREAT.  Phenomenal. To assemble: I used Turkey Hill Original Vanilla.  I like their vanilla  because it isn’t…
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Mixed Berry Pavlova
mixed berry pavlova

This was so good that I completely forgot to take a photo!  But not to worry, photos on the Smitten Kitchen site for you to enjoy.  I made this a while ago – and kept thinking I would make again to photograph and share – but the summer is almost over and I don’t want…
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matzoh candy (caramel, salty goodness)

Re-posting this from 2 years ago.  So good! Many of my friends (and kids friends) keep Passover, so I wanted to try this recipe that I’ve heard about throughout the years.  I like the idea of a handy treat for those who celebrate.  My friend Stephanie happily shared the recipe from her “Passover Stuff” book and I must…
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lemon curd cake

Loved this cake!  Like an angel food that has been compressed and moistened and bathed in luscious lemony goodness.  Rob and I both loved this – and our company did too.  Served it with macerated raspberries and freshly whipped cream, well, delightful.  This takes a little bit more effort since you have to make the…
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bittersweet chocolate flourless cake

This flourless chocolate cake is so good – moist, light, rich (I know that doesn’t make sense, but it is oddly true) and chocolatey.  Intensely chocolatey.  The lightness comes from the egg whites that are folded in at the end, and the chocolate, from the bittersweet chocolate.  Just a few ingredients but the result is wow. …
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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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banana caramel cream pie

Lousy photo I know!  Forgot to take picture and this is on a plate, mostly eaten, with berry ice cream. This is part of an email I received in the morning after serving this pie the night before: Gregg just came in from a run, opened the fridge and asked if there was any more…
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matzoh candy again!

I’m re-posting this from a year ago.  Sorry to repeat, but just so good…Happy Passover! Many of my friends (and kids friends) keep Passover, so I wanted to try this recipe that I’ve heard about throughout the years.  I like the idea of a handy treat for those who celebrate.  My friend Stephanie happily shared the recipe…
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bittersweet chocolate soufflé (you can make in advance!) and flourless for passover

Big hit.  Big Big hit.  Sooo delicious.  Pure chocolate, pure happiness.  Rob ate one, and said – you know, I could easily eat the whole tray and I mean it.  Sylvie, Andy and Greg all said so good mom…so so good.  I gobbled mine up fast – as if someone was trying to steal it…
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salted caramel pie (don’t miss this one)

Although my memory is hazy  from a night or day (?) a few weeks ago, I do remember Jason (my non chocolate loving friend) standing up and exclaiming “Lisi, hands down the BEST thing you ever made!”  (Kind of like I won the game!)  Everyone else agreed by mmmm…ing and eating as he made this…
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chocolate decadence cake

Chocolate chocolate decadence.  Delicious, delightful and rich.  Rob loved it and was thankful for a chocolate dessert in the midst of summer crisps and cobblers.  The kids too I think, unless I’m making that up.  (Made this a long time ago and lost my notes!)  I was a bit lazy this summer…my vertigo was mostly…
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berry summer pudding

Scrumptious berries with very little adornment, cold and tasty, pure and simple surrounded by a layer of white bread – now sweet red bread.  This one really intrigued people.  “What is that?”  “What’s on the outside.”  “What’s on the inside.”  I said well, the outside is bread.  “That’s bread, white bread?” Debbie exclaimed.  Shari and…
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delicious iced coffee

Refreshing and full of flavor this iced coffee is GREAT.  Really and truly tasty.  Every winter I think I’ll never need to switch to iced coffee again, and then suddenly the heat is upon us and it’s all I want first thing in the AM.  The way I made iced coffee was good, but it…
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peach peeling

My peach raspberry crisp was a failure.  Too soupy and the once crisp topping (now soggy) was laced throughout like cereal in milk.  Bummer.  I managed to eat some of it – but it was not blog-worthy.  Peeling peaches, however, is a blog-worthy skill.  Sorry no other real sweet to discuss.  I did make an interesting raspberry…
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ice cream cake (using a failure)

What a megaflop (Sylvie’s word)!  But no worries…you can easily turn a calamity into a triumph (again, she’s using the thesaurus).  On Sunday, Sylvie and I decided to bake together.  I directed, she executed, and we were happy with the scents and smells of rich chocolate filling the kitchen.  We were all smiles until the little brownie…
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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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hamantaschen

I know I’m late.  Too late!  But I did make these festive cookies and figure that you can save the recipe for next year – or make them anytime since they are so yummy.  I cannot stop nibbling.  I’ve never really tried to make or eat hamantaschen.  Always thought they looked dry and unappealing.  But…
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banana surprise

Had to re-post these again.  Had to – and renamed them too.  Greg actually came up with this name.  One night he asked – “can you make bananas surprise please?”  I said sure but told him they are called caramelized bananas.  He said no – banana surprise (he’s almost 15 btw).  I asked why the…
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chocolate malted sauce & milkshake

This chocolate sauce is DEE-licious.  So so good.  So easy to make.  Milk chocolate and Ovaltine make this special and different from your regular hot fudge sauce.  It is not too thick and no – not too sweet despite the fact that it is milk chocolate.  I promise. Try it next time you are serving…
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valentine Peeps

So I know, I did Valentine chocolates last year, but last year I didn’t have Valentine Peeps!!  And this year I do, and my family is happy.  As I’ve said before, Peeps and chocolate are ridiculously good.  Seriously one of my favorite confections.  Marshmallows are similar, but there is something special about the sugary texture of…
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chocolate molten cake

Don’t look at the photo and judge poorly.  The ice cream kind of squished the cake down.  Also, my cakes were a little undercooked (but yummy) and Zach ate the perfect one before I could photograph it!  Anyway, in my opinion, nothing can beat a chocolate molten cake that is rich, dark, decadent, and oozing…
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coconut tart with chocolate smear (non dairy, flourless and also butter-less))

Rob loved this.  Loved it.  A lot.  He ate slice after slice as it sat on our counter throughout the weekend.  He thought it tasted very rich and creamy despite the lack of butter or cream.  Ali and family too thought delicious – like a Mounds bar.  I’m not a coconut fan, so honestly very…
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banana streusel cake

I had to post this again.  Sorry for the repetition but made this last weekend and everyone raved.  It is my kids favorite.  I urge you to try it.  Now back to the original post:  This banana cake is scrumptious.  In the midst dealing with a flat tire, trying to fix the TV volume that was (and still…
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cranberry shortbread cake

So I really wasn’t sure how this would come out, but good news….yummy!  A somewhat sweet, but more tart and refreshing cranberry filling nestled between two layers of soft and moist vanilla shortbread cake – so verrry tasty.  I happen to love cranberries and here mixed with orange zest and fresh orange juice just made…
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pumpkin whoopie pies

Moist little pumpkin cakes sandwiched with a cream filling…truly yummy and so perfect for Thanksgiving or really anytime this fall.  My friend Ali wanted to try and taste these before her guests did, and thought a dry run was a good idea.  She does this with her whole Thanksgiving meal (save for the turkey!)  I…
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apple upside-down cake (walnuts optional)

Soooo very pretty.  Glistening and scrumptious looking.  This apple cake is really delicious.  Full of lovely cinnamon scents and seasonal apple flavor it is a beauty for your holiday table.  I brought this cake to Amy’s family and they at it up. My family too.  Everyone loved the top (originally the bottom) that is full…
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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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double fudge frosted brownies

Wow.  Really really good.  Really delicious! Everyone LOVED these.  I know, I know, I really do know, another brownie!  I couldn’t help it.  I can’t.  I needed a special treat for a family in need – and decided that the double fudge frosted brownies from my new book, Diner Desserts, looked like a match.  My…
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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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brownie pudding

This is heaven.  Serious chocolate heaven.  I know I say that a lot – but I REALLY mean it (not that I haven’t before!)  And this photo does not do it justice.  It was taken at the end of the night after one glass of wine too many.  Oh well, unimportant because this will make…
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lemony lime bars

Tangy an sour – with a crisp buttery base – these citrus bars are delicious!  Deeelicious. True love for me.  Alice Medrich warns readers that these have a serious pucker and bite and wow, they really do.  You can make these with lemon juice or lime juice, or as I did, with both.  In the…
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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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apricot raspberry tart (with easy press in crust)

The apricots and raspberries together in this sweet make for a truly sensational bite.  This is my favorite of the three fruit desserts that I baked for friends recently. Jen’s too if I’m remembering right.  I meant to take notes, but just couldn’t manage to stuff myself and write about it at the same time….
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golden fudge cake

“Really good” and “really really really good” and “oh my this is really delicious Lisi!” were the varied comments (actually not varied – but overall great accolades) for this cake!  My father visited this past weekend and I wanted to make him a cake he would love for his birthday.  True love – ate it…
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cherry almond cobbler

If you like cherries and marzipan, then this is for you. I brought this cobbler along with few other treats to a dinner party.  This one was either LOVED and ADORED by people, or really not loved at all. Comments ranged from “this is my absolute favorite” and “hands down, this is amazing”…to “oh, this…
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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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1-2-3-4 cake (yellow cake)

This easy, tasty and delicious traditional yellow cake is better than any you can buy in a box.  All you need are the basics in your pantry and you’ve got good cake.  This one is filled with layers of lemon curd and has an easy sweet buttercream icing – but you can do any thing…
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(delicious) date nut bread

This date nut bread is delicious.  Reader Heidi requested a date nut bread a while back, and I must say that it took a few tries to find a blogworthy one.  I made a sticky chewy gross one, a cake-y not enough date-y one, then some date nut cookies because I was frustrated…and then finally…
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chocolate covered Peeps

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…there is something truly joyful about a chocolate covered Peep!  Plain Peeps, nothing special, but dipped delectably in milk or dark (Rob’s favorite) chocolate — they transform into something spectacular.  I played around this time and planted the dipped peep on a bed of mini m&m’s and wow…
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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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chocolate/caramel matzoh candy with sea salt

Many of my friends (and kids friends) keep Passover, so I wanted to try this recipe that I’ve heard about throughout the years.  I like the idea of a handy treat for those who celebrate.  My friend Stephanie happily shared the recipe from her “Passover Stuff” book and I must tell you that this is really good…
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burnt caramel pots de creme (with a little chocolate!)

Delicious.  Scrumptious.  Soothing.  These little pots de creme are worth your time and effort!  I made a healthy lunch for my friend Lori and after, I offered her a bite and she said “OhMyGod.  This is seriously Amazing!  Really.”  She proceeded to eat about half and happily exclaimed that her workout allowed this indulgence.  Alisa too –…
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mendiants (chocolate rounds of goodness)

Be creative and have fun!  Little chocolate pools covered with nuts, fruits, seeds and berries.  Bite sized treats for your friends and family.  These are GREAT for a party – you can make weeks prior and they present so well.  And most everyone loves a bit sized morsel of goodness.  I happen to LOVE pretzels and…
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crystal almond pound cake w/citrus glaze

Truly one of the best cakes – my family loves loves loves this.  Rob said “every little bite has great flavor.  Sylvie said, ” It’s fanmazing!!” and the boys agree.   A hit with friends too – Amy said, “you will put this on the blog, right?”   This cake is moist and delicious – a melt in your mouth…
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valentine chocolates (kid style)

I love dipped stuff.  Soon I’ll make more grown up chocolates – and dipped dried fruits and nuts, but oh, there is nothing like a chocolate covered Oreo, potato chip, pretzel, marshmallow or graham cracker… I love it all.  So do my kids, their friends and my friends and anyone who came over last week. …
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oreo chocolate drizzle & graham cracker white chocolate drizzle ice cream

So if you read this regularly you know that for dessert I generally eat a small amount of ice cream later in the evening in one of my little mugs.  Magic in a mug.  My little baby magic mugs (given to Greg when he was a baby) are pictured today.  Time to share.  Now it can’t be…
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(delicious) devils food cake

It was Dani’s and Melissa’s birthday so I asked…what can I make for you?  Melissa said your meringues please and Dani said anything chocolate!  So I made the meringues easily enough – then found this devils food cake in Rose’s Heavenly Cakes that looked perfect.  (Funnily enough Rose adapted it from chef Joanna Chang who owns Flour in Boston and worked…
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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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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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blue corn biscotti

I must admit I’m not the biggest biscotti fan – but I often see many eyes light up over biscotti (Val, Kathy, Mike), so I decided to make these again – since it’s been about 13 years.  And ohmygoodness…I’m getting sooo much crazy good feedback!  Melissa called to report that both she and her mom loved…
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banana rum trifle (or cake)

I should start by mentioning that this lovely trifle started out as a severely under-cooked cake.  I think it was the worst I’ve done … in terms if timing.  The first day of school break Sylvie really wanted to bake from a new book titled Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey (great title, right?)  We picked this yummy sounding…
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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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(luscious) lemon pound cake

Back in September, my friend Amy said…OK…the  lemon cake?  Ever since then it’s been on my “to do” list but I was all over the place with my posts.  But when Amy invited our family for dinner…it was done.  Penciled in and on the updated list.  This cake is really so good and so lemony.  People…
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eggnog pound cake (w/rum glaze)

I wanted to make this cake ever since I saw it on the cover of Flo Braker’s new cookbook Baking For All Occasions.  I thought perfect for the holidays, and oh, it really is!  Filled with rummy raisins (currents if you can find them) and a terrific crystallized glaze that looks like way more work than…
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(transcendent) brown butter cookies

Transcendent – meaning extending beyond the limits of ordinary experience.  The December 2005 write up and recipe of these cookies, by Celia Barbour, started out with…”Once a year, at Christmastime, I make the best cookies in the world.  It very nearly kills me.”  The article was beautifully written and it was so very clear how much she loves…
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chocolate pudding pie

It was Alisa’s birthday – she is what we like to call our “young friend who is a student who lives with us and helps out now and then” – long title, but she is no longer an au pair and she is not just a student, she is truly part of our family.  So…anyway…it was her…
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(my favorite) brownie sundae with carmalized bananas

OK, so you’ve seen this photo when I wrote about the coffee ice cream, and the caramelized bananas…but you haven’t heard me talk about the sundae itself.  Well, pretty self explanatory really.  Right?  Just look at the picture.  What is better?  Ice cream of your choice atop the glazed nutty brownie…with freshly whipped cream and…
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gingerbread pudding cake

I really wanted to sneak this one in before Thanksgiving because it is so easy to make yet really delivers.  This moist pudding like cake is full of ginger flavor and when paired with freshly whipped cream or ice cream…oh so very good.  While it bakes – the top turns cakey while the bottom creates a sticky…
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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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frosted espresso brownies

These are incredible.  They are very very strong in coffee flavor – made with ground espresso beans that give them great chewy/crunchy texture.  Lauren – a 10 year old exclaimed that “they taste like Starbucks.”  I love them – the icing is sweet and delicious and although the brownies are very rich, they are addictive.  I nibbled…
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danish pancakes

If you read this regularly, you know that Andy, my 10 year old, is a huge fan of chocolate in the morning.  Last year he came home very happy and full after a sleepover with his twin friends Zach and Davis.  He excitedly told me that their father made these Danish pancakes – and that they…
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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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chocolate chip meringue bars

These bars were my favorite childhood dessert.  I recently asked my mom for the recipe – but being that she is so neat and tidy (which is great), she often throws things away (not so great).  I suffer the same affliction at times.  Anyway, luckily my very good friend Michelle also loved these as a…
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halloween peeps

A plain Peep is not something that I love.  However…a chocolate covered Peep is divine.  Seriously.  I did a short stint at Chocolations (a local chocolate shop) last year and Maria, the owner, was dipping Easter Peeps in chocolate.  Well, that was it.  Done. Count me in.  My early resistance to Peeps was no more.  I…
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rocky road cookie bark

This stuff is heaven.  I really truly mean it.  Moist, very chocolaty cookies, filled with various chips, nuts and marshmallows all creating a mouthwatering texture and taste that seriously rivals most cookies I’ve eaten.  The free form shape adds to my delight (for reasons I can’t explain).  I made these for the last school fair…
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nutella-swirl pound cake

Daniel, my nephew,  loves Nutella.  His eyes light up when he sees that jar.  So when I saw a write-up for a new cookbook that featured Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake, I knew I had to make it for him!   I decided to double the recipe so I could keep one and also give one  to Gilda’s…
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