Desserts

Magnolia Bakery’s Famous Banana Pudding

Posted on Sep 20, 2018
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Magnolia Bakery’s banana pudding ~ the iconic NYC bakery’s famous banana pudding is creamy, dreamy, fluffy and so easy to make at home with simple ingredients! I have three daughters, two of which attended college in New York City.  I’m pretty sure the first thing they both discovered was Magnolia Bakery.  At the time, the …

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Peach Pie, piece on serving knife pulling out of baked pie. Peach Pie

Peach Pie

Posted on Sep 5, 2018
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Homemade peach pie made with seasonal, fresh peaches and a perfectly flaky, crispy crust made with lard and butter.  This is the quintessential summer fruit pie! Summer peach season is in full swing.  I’ve been having a blast with peaches this year.  Peach bellinis, grilled peaches and peach pie.  I’ve made peach pie twice so …

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Fresh Blackberry Crisp in baking dish with ice cream and spoon. Fresh Blackberry Crisp

Fresh Blackberry Crisp

Posted on Jul 23, 2018
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Fresh blackberry crisp made with just-picked blackberries from the farm ~ the best summer dessert, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course! I absolutely love fresh berries in the summer and if they’re local, even better.  Just so fresh and bursting with flavor.  The farm near my house has blackberries you can pick, …

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Slice of chocolate cream pie held above the pie Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

Posted on Jun 1, 2018
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Chocolate cream pie ~ rich, dark chocolate pastry cream topped with whipped cream in an Oreo cookie crust. I make two really good pies, cherry and chocolate cream pie.  The cherry pie I used to make when I could get my hands on fresh Michigan tart cherries, that was long, long ago.  The chocolate cream …

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Apple slice on serving knife over sheet pan Apple Slices

Apple Slices

Posted on May 3, 2018
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Chicago-style bakery apple slices.  Apple filling between two crusts in a sheet pan, topped with vanilla glaze and cut into squares. These slices are very portable and travel well for your potluck or next get-together! I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and as an adult I lived in the city.  I love Chicago neighborhood …

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Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars

Posted on Dec 6, 2017
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At the farm stand I worked at this past summer, we had jars of Amish pie filling for sale from a local farm in Illinois.  I grabbed a jar of cherry filling and it sat on my kitchen counter for weeks.  I didn’t know what to do with it.  I didn’t want to make cherry …

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Prize-Winning Pumpkin Bars

Prize-Winning Pumpkin Bars

Posted on Sep 28, 2017
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It’s October and that means birthdays, Halloween and pumpkin bars in my house.  I have shared two of my pumpkin recipes so far, but I think I saved the best for last.  These really are prize-winning, they won a blue ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair.  Not by me, by Lori Beach.  I had just …

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Farmstand Blackberry Peach Cobbler

Farmstand Blackberry Peach Cobbler

Posted on Jul 31, 2017
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A couple weeks ago, I started working at the tomato farm just behind the neighborhood I live in.  I discovered it last summer when we moved here and got to know the owners.  They grow the best tomatoes in the area, including heirlooms.  They also have peach trees and blackberry bushes for U-Pick.  That’s exactly …

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Red, White & Blue Fruit Pizza

Posted on Jun 27, 2017
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The Fourth is almost here.  Wow, July already.  Summer goes by fast!  This past weekend, my youngest and her boyfriend were in for a quick visit (and to do some laundry).  I grilled some flank steak and earlier in the day I made a fruit pizza for dessert.  A Red, White and Blue Fruit Pizza …

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Balsamic Berry Sauce

Balsamic Berry Sauce

Posted on Jun 20, 2017
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We moved from Chicago about 18 years ago, leaving behind family and great friends.  Two such friends were Carol and her husband Gary.  My husband was friends with them for a long time and when we married I got to know them both. You know how that is, he got to know my friends and I …

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