Desserts and Something Sweet

 
Spiced Earl Grey Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Earl Grey Cranberry Sauce -
I’m reposting this from last holiday–it’s a favorite for the Thanksgiving table and a great gift for guests. As much as I have a place in my heart (and a space on my plate) for canned cranberry sauce, preferably still in…

The Power of Whole Grains

Whole Grain, Nut, and Fruit Bars -
As is, this is vegan-friendly and can also be gluten-free if you choose gluten-free versions of some of the ingredients below. For a more cake-like texture, stir in two eggs* once the applesauce has been added. I really like the…

strawberrydreamcake

Strawberry Dream Cake -
This recipe, adapted from Cook’s Country, is for a cake that I am often asked to make for fundraisers and auctions, birthdays and summer holidays.  It feels like a special occasion confection, but without all the hassle.  I modified the…

Key Lime Pie: A Mouthful of Stars

Key Lime Pie: A Mouthful of Stars -
There’s something dizzying and delightful about grating enough citrus zest so that its heady scent fills up the entire kitchen with a pleasant punch, the taste buds standing at attention. Whether incorporated into a curd to dollop onto pancakes and…

Almond Yogurt Cake with Citrus Glaze

Almond Yogurt Cake with Citrus Glaze -
I love this time of year for the fat, juicy citrus it yields.  Because I live in colder climes, I’m always at the ready to toss citrus into everything–a squeeze of fresh orange to brighten up a pot of black…

King Cake Season

King Cake -
It’s carnival time and the season, starting January 6th, when people gather to eat, drink, and offer up king cakes.  In New Orleans, we eat thousands of these cakes during the season leading up to Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras. When…

Orange Blossom Sugared Cranberries

Orange Blossom Sugared Cranberries -
I love coming across recipes for new ways to feature fresh cranberries.  This one, by food blogger, Cozy Delicious posted on Food52, is one of my favorite ways to serve cranberries.  A fragrant overnight soak in orange blossom water and…

Sour Cream Pumpkin Pancakes

Sour Cream Pumpkin Pancakes -
Even after I’ve fed a crowd of twenty or so (like this past Thanksgiving) and packed up goodie bags for all my guests, I still seem to have an abundance of food, including those wayward bits and pieces that don’t…

Roasted Grapes

Roasted Grapes -
  This is one of the easiest and most versatile little bites you can make.  Start with fresh, plump (preferably organic) grapes.  Drizzle with some olive oil, salt, and maybe a bit of good Balsamic vinegar.  You can make them…

Cutting Rhubarb

Rhubarb-Peach Crumble Pie -
I recently came across a short story that I started years ago, with the title “Cutting Aspen”….It’s a strange compilation of characters in Colorado who are all searching for love but often find themselves cooking for one another when faced…

Super Moist Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread -
I used to have banana bread envy; every time I tasted someone’s homemade banana bread I would always wish mine were as moist, as delicious, or as banana-y.  I’ve tried so many recipes over the years, many included buttermilk or…

Apple-Calvados Fruit Gelée Recipe

Apple-Calvados Fruit Gelée Recipe -
A hint of Calvados elevates these fruit candies from child’s play to adult treats.  We used unsweetened applesauce in place of fresh fruit concentrate for both texture and flavor.  These are much easier than they look.  Once you get the…

Comfort Me with Rice

Golden Carrot Rice Pudding -
This Indian-inspired rice pudding (kheer) is a delicate and comforting sweet bite. I like adding carrot and orange zest for color and freshness as well as the garnish of fresh pomegranate arils, but try adding any fresh fruit you…

darkchocolatebrownies

Dark Chocolate Brownies -
With pop-in guests, especially during the summer, it’s nice to have a quick go-to chocolate something to bake up at a moment’s notice.  This is a thicker, chewier, cake-like brownie recipe that I’ve come up with over many years of…