Aug.
01

Quick breads are wonderful to make.  They work out great for a variety of occasions… quick breakfast… afternoon tea… last night snack… or even “just because”. They great to eat by yourself and even better to eat with others.  Fruity or nutty… sweet, savory or plain… quick breads are terrific.  Last weekend I had some ready-to-bake-with bananas and went in search of something other than the standard banana bread.  Hey… not that there’s anything wrong with standard banana bread, mind you, I just wanted to bake something different.  Am I ever glad I made this recipe because as far as I’m concerned any quick bread that is just as fresh and moist on day 7 as it was on day 2, well, that recipe is definitely a keeper!

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Jul.
29

Cherry Turnovers

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been on a cherry kick lately.  Hope you’re okay with that because it’s not about to end any time soon :) While I’ve made turnovers before, I’ve kinda cheated and used frozen puff-pastry dough.  This time I decided to make them totally from scratch… dough and all.  If you’ve got cherries – or other fruit – this is one seriously tasty way to put them to good use.  Dress them up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a dessert or dress them way down with nothing at all (yes, that means nekkid!) as breakfast.  Either way, whatever the need, you’ll want to make these!

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Jul.
25

Strawberry-Lemonade Ice Cream

As much as I love lemon, I’m always on the lookout for another lemony dessert recipe.  And when I can’t really find one… I make it up!  Such is the case with this ice cream recipe.  Terrific custard-based lemon ice cream with chopped, macerated, fresh strawberries added in.  When strawberries are added to lemonade, they call it “Strawberry Lemonade”… so I decided to name this my recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream (please overlook the fact there’s no *lemonade* involved! LOL!).
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Jul.
23

Peach and Blueberry Crumble

Fresh summer peaches!  Oh how I love em :)  And combined with blueberries then covered with a brown sugar crumble topping… you can’t tell me that doesn’t sound fantastic!  Sure I’ve had lots of peaches in my lifetime… and blueberries are always yummy… but I’ve never eaten them together in the same dessert.  Now thanks to Ina Garten I have – she came up with a real winner when she created this recipe!

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Jul.
19

Cherries-Jubilee Shortcake

When it comes to quintessential summertime desserts, shortcake pretty much ranks right up there with the best of contenders. Typically it’s made with strawberries piled over whipped cream and here on the west coast served over a slice angel-food cake or pound cake.   But in other places it’s served over an actual short-cake that often looks somewhat like a biscuit though all similarities end right there.  Done right, shortcake can transport you to another place and leave you feeling like you’ve never had anything like that before.  Well, all I can say is I must’ve done something right because this Cherries-Jubilee Shortcake did just that!

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