'Dessert Recipes'

Patriotic cupcakes

Photo: Real Mom Kitchen

Around this time of the year, people show their patriotism by wanting to celebrate the 4th of July and eat red, white, and blue foods.

Here are some last minute food ideas:

–Red salsa, white bean dip and blue tortilla chips

–Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting topped with fresh blueberries and sprinkles

–Angel food …


So is difficulty, for that matter.

Crepes are something usually reserved for special occasions, Sunday brunch, or times you want to impress. To the uninitiated, they seem terribly complex when, if anything, they’re a little tedious but not at all difficult. Want to make it even easier on yourself? Buy the crepes pre-made and just whip up this scrumptious Banana …


Chocolate Mousse Tartlet

Yesterday I attended (and helped judge) a Mini-Burger Challenge with our local foodie group. In addition to the burger challenge there was also a pie-off (determined by popular vote only), and I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring.

Each pie was supposed to be cut into 16 slices but I knew that was a disaster in the making …


Our Anjou Pears: 07-07-07

Anjou Pears

This Pear-Cranberry Crisp was the grand finale to our 2011 annual LAFF Gal Pals holiday feast (see the entire menu).  It’s a sweetie, literally.  Everyone loved it.  Don’t forget the cinnamon ice cream.  My favorite!

  • 3 pounds ripe Anjou pears (about 5), peeled, cored, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 c. fresh cranberries or frozen, thawed
  • 3/4 c. sugar

Babbo Rosemary and Olive Oil Cake with Sugared...

Image by ulterior epicure via Flickr

Butter/Margarine   –    Olive Oil

1 teaspoon  –  3/4 teaspoon
1 tablespoon –  2 1/4 teaspoons
2 tablespoons –  1 1/2 tablespoons
1/4 cup –  3 tablespoons
1/3 cup –  1/4 cup
1/2 cup –   1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
2/3 cup –  1/2 cup
3/4 cup –  1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon
1 cup …


Chocolate brownie in detail.

Image via Wikipedia

Recipe: Brownies Made with Black Beans

The people from MS Active Wellness sent this recipe. It’s odd enough that I thought what the heck?
The black bean brownie recipe was created by Amanda Freitag, celebrity chef and recurring judge on Food Network’s competition show “Chopped,” and registered nutritionist Julie Barto for the MS Active Wellness Nutrition Program. …


dark and rich

Chocolate is a year round food but certain times of the year scream more chocolate than others. February is one of those times.

Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate offers 13 chocolate flavors, ranging from light to dark chocolate.  Traditional varieties include Milk, Dark 70%, Dark 85%, and White, while the more unique flavors are Maya Gold, Hazelnut …


I don’t usually post recipes, here, but today I’m making an exception. Strawberries have started to appear in stores and, while it’s still early in the season, the temptation is there to make something of them. This recipe would be a nice in-between step between now and when spring and summer shortcakes come around.


Hidden Strawberry Cake

Hidden Strawberry Cake

Company was …


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