Dessert

A Valentine’s Day Chocolate Nemesis Cake

February 14, 2012
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Gourmand has taken it upon himself to treat me to a home made, mystery Valentine’s dinner tonight (please no fish balls!). As lovely as that is, I’ve still got dessert covered. Chocolate, sugar, eggs, and butter. Leave that flour in the pantry. The Chocolate Nemesis Cake is one of the richest, densest and most stomach […]

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Bitter Chocolate Truffles

January 4, 2012
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An elegant yet simple way to present a mignardise or accompany a light dessert is a dark, bitter chocolate truffle. We looked to one of our favorite cookbooks, The Cafe Cookbook by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray, for a basic yet delicious accompaniment to serve with a tart, creamy, frozen lemon soufflé on New Year’s Eve. […]

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Poached Pears with Cardamom Lemon Syrup

September 27, 2011
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There’s nothing like a juicy, succulent pear to put a smile on my face. Unless it’s a crispy, crunchy pear covered in blue cheese. Oh, or a dense, sweet Pear Tart Tatin. Or maybe even a thick pear preserve stockpiled for the winter. Ok, so when it comes to pears, I have more then a little […]

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Pavlova with Lime Curd and Strawberries

September 20, 2011
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Pavlovas topped with fluffy whipped cream and sweet berries are a popular dessert in Norway. When baked properly they boast a crispy, crunchy melt in your mouth exterior and a soft almost marshmallow like interior. While we enjoyed a few this summer during out travels, I have only managed to make one lone Pavlova. It […]

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Mixed Berry Mascarpone Slump

September 8, 2011
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Eat those late summer berries while you still can. Blueberries may be disappearing from the farmers markets but you should still be able to find ample portions of blackberries and raspberries. If your looking for a different way of using them, look no further than a Berry Slump. What is a Slump you ask? It […]

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Vanilla Custard Ice Cream with Pine Nut Brittle

September 6, 2011
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It should be pretty darn evident by now that I like ice cream. Actually, let me rephrase; I like to make ice cream. I rarely pick up a pint and when I do buy the creamy treat, it is more often then not in the shape of a scoop from the Creole Creamery (Black and Gold Crunch […]

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Ginger Ice Cream with Blueberry Sauce

August 29, 2011
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This is pretty much all I can muster this late in August. Another hot day and another ice cream. This one: spicy, ginger flavored and creamy. Excellent with a tart blueberry sauce, sugar cookies or both. Ginger Ice Cream (makes 1 quart) 2 cups milk 4 tsp. cornstarch 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1/3 cup […]

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Fig, Feta & Honey Ice Cream

August 22, 2011
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Figs are beginning to show up in our local markets. A recent outing left me with a dozen, plump, ripe Mission Figs. I love figs, but I tend, as do many, to be fairly predictable when it comes to cooking with them. Usually they can be found in an arugula salad sprinkled with goat cheese […]

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Cherry Clafoutis

July 11, 2011
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I’m often one to scoff at the idea of clafoutis, a rustic French pudding like cake from the Limousin region, especially when found on the menus of restaurants I perceive to be, well, fancy. It just seems so dressed down and simple. Fruit covered in what amounts to pancake batter? Blah. I was shocked to […]

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Brandied Cherry & Chocolate Ice Cream

July 6, 2011
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Here’s something different for those of you who want to beat the heat this summer with ice cream. This past July Fourth weekend I wanted to make something decadent, cold and refreshing to tote with us to a friend’s party. I also wanted to somehow use that most perfect of seasonal foods: the cherry. While […]

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