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Chocolate-Cranberry Pears

by Jane Wangersky February 26th, 2015| Desserts, Recipes, Simple Solutions
We’re still working our way through a large delivery of pears here, and I’ve made pear crisp more than once. Well, now it’s time for another pear dessert, good in a different way, and even easier to make.

The inspiration for this came from several different sources, including my go-to
strawberry champagne mascarpone trifle

Strawberry, Champagne, & Mascarpone Trifle

by TT February 25th, 2015| Desserts, Recipes
I don't know how it took me so long to create this dessert; it includes several of my favorite ingredients. I have made many strawberry desserts and a couple desserts with mascarpone, but until now I hadn't incorporated champagne into the dessert itself. Add to this my first use
deconstructed ricotta

Deconstructed Cannoli- A Fun Dessert

by TT February 16th, 2015| Desserts, Recipes
As I've written in many posts, I love cheese. This adoration covers almost every type of cheese, from gruyere to parmesan to brie to ricotta. I've always enjoyed ricotta in lasagna, but in the last few years I've begun making my own ricotta and discovered that this
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Orange-Melon Gelatin

by Jane Wangersky February 12th, 2015| Desserts, Recipes, Simple Solutions
I nearly called this Melon Marmalade Gelatin, but after thinking about it I decided that wouldn’t be right, since it doesn’t contain any marmalade. However, if you like the taste of marmalade, you’ll like this dessert. Using undiluted orange juice concentrate gives it a strong flavor similar to what
triple chocolate truffle

Triple Chocolate Truffles- A Decadent Dessert

by TT February 9th, 2015| Desserts, Recipes
I taught myself how to make truffles about a decade ago.  Although that isn't that long ago, it feels like a lifetime away. I learned to make these treats when I used to adore chocolate.  When I became more dedicated to exercise and eating healthfully, chocolate was one of
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Raspberry White Chocolate Pudding

by Jane Wangersky February 5th, 2015| Desserts, Recipes, Simple Solutions
Whenever a recipe or set of directions says to add water, I begin thinking the dish would probably taste better if I used some liquid with actual flavor. Of course, it can be overdone -- you’ll notice, this time, I did actually use half the water the directions recommend
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Pecan Pie Bars- Little Squares of Delight

by TT February 2nd, 2015| Desserts, Recipes
Pecan pie is a dessert that everyone in our house enjoys.  While I enjoy pecan pie, I do have a couple issues with it. First, I have had occasional problems with getting the filling to set.  Sometimes the crust is on the verge of burning before the filling has
creamy cheesecake

Creamy Cheesecake

by TT February 24th, 2014| Desserts, Recipes
Last week our younger daughter turned sixteen.  Her requested birthday menu was a great example of how things change and yet stay the same.  The now 16 year old is the same daughter that used to be vegetarian.  Having returned to the the omnivore's world over a year ago,
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Brandied Dates

by TT February 10th, 2014| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes
Ten days into February, we're still deep in winter here in New Hampshire.  With an inch of snow last night and temperatures forecast for the twenties all week long, signs of spring are far away.  At this time in winter, I begin to feel the impact of winter in
Mascarpone Frosting

Mascarpone Frosting- 2 versions

by TT December 30th, 2013| Desserts, Recipes
Last Monday I wrote about the pear cake that I made on a recent, snowy Sunday.  As I mentioned in the article, this cake was topped with frosting.  Like the cake, the frosting was a new-to-me recipe.  Something had me thinking about mascarpone and its delicious flavor- how
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Pear Cake

by TT December 23rd, 2013| Desserts, Recipes
The other weekend we were expecting an overnight snowstorm.  As we weren't sure how much snow we would get, we decided to be stocked and ready for a Sunday spent indoors.  To end our snowy day we would enjoy a freshly baked dessert, pear cake.

Cake is one of my

Sweet & Salty Snack Mix

by TT August 26th, 2013| Desserts, Recipes
Sometimes convenience and a craving merge in the most delightful way.  Such was the case a few weeks ago when I had half a box of Corn Chex in the pantry and was able to turn it into a treat that was both salty and sweet (a favorite flavor
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