Desserts

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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Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

Posted on Mar 7, 2017
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Spring is in the air very early this year.  I think that’s what triggered my recent lemon bar craving.  I have a recipe a friend gave me years ago that I made a few times and then kind of forgot about.  I remember Picky Eater loving these lemon squares but I just don’t think to …

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Gingerbread

Posted on Dec 8, 2016
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I made gingerbread yesterday, with a lemon glaze and ginger whipped cream.  Say Christmassy. Quintessential dessert this time of year.  Years and years ago, back when I had holiday dinner parties, I served gingerbread for dessert.  It was the perfect ending to the meal. Does anyone have dinner parties any more?  While I’ve cut back, I …

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Chocolate Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on Dec 3, 2016
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It’s that time of year for baking cookies, and while I’m not a big baker, I have a few tricks up my sleeve ~ Kolachkes and these Chocolate Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies.  Over the years, as my girls were growing up, we’d make decorated sugar cookies and gingerbread men.  What a mess with all the royal …

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Posted on Oct 24, 2016
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Fall is finally here, although I keep having to turn the A/C on here in St. Louis.  What is the deal??  Anyway, I have managed to make an apple pie with the beautiful apples from the orchard down the street.  They had Jonagold and that’s what I used. I like my apple pie simple, and …

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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Oct 20, 2016
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I love a good homemade cookie.  Too bad I don’t bake very good ones.  Picky Eater is the star cookie baker in our house ~ her specialty?  Chocolate chip cookies, recipe courtesy of the chocolate chip bag.  I think I recently found my cookie, though.  Old-fashioned oatmeal cookies.  And they are truly old-fashioned. This recipe …

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Butterscotch Crunch Squares

Butterscotch Crunch Squares

Posted on Sep 16, 2016
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I made dessert last week, not something I do very often.  I’m just not the best baker in the world.  But I couldn’t pass on these Butterscotch Crunch Squares made with ice cream.  Ice cream is Meathead’s favorite, he pretty much has a bowl nightly, since childhood.  He loved these ice cream crunch squares and …

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Peach Pie

Peach Pie

Posted on Aug 1, 2016
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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 far this summer and both times the pie was gone in a day.  Every time someone went in the kitchen, they helped themselves to a piece. …

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Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Posted on Jun 8, 2016
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Here I go again with one of my stories from “long ago”.  When we lived in Chicago, near Wrigley Field, I would get up early on Saturday mornings and go to the farmers market in Lincoln Park.  This really was before farmers markets became plentiful and popular.  I knew most of the vendors and often …

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Chocolate Mint Cake

Chocolate Mint Cake

Posted on Mar 11, 2016
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I may not be known for my baking, but I am kind of famous for my chocolate mint cake.  Two layers of chocolate mint cake with mint cream cheese frosting, yes!  It’s easy peasy and I make it every year for St. Patrick’s Day. I clipped this recipe out of a magazine almost 20 years …

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Triple Chocolate Cake

Triple Chocolate Cake

Posted on Feb 12, 2016
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Triple Chocolate Cake is the easiest cake I’ve ever made, and it’s loaded with chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.  And since it’s a baked item, it’s from my friend Beth, naturally. It is so simple, uses some boxed mixes and other stuff, and into a Bundt pan it goes.  About 45 minutes later you have a beautiful, rich chocolate cake.  I dusted my …

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Éclair Cake

Éclair Cake

Posted on Feb 8, 2016
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Éclair cake, layers of vanilla whipped cream, graham crackers and topped with a decadent chocolate glaze.  If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you know I don’t bake a lot.  But since it’s Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d make a couple desserts for the special day.  I also noticed that these …

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