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Angel Food Cake

by TT July 9th, 2012| Desserts, Recipes
Our youngest has a Christmas Eve birthday.  A few years ago we offered him the option of celebrating it near his half-birthday.  He seemed to think this was a good idea, as the day would be all his and not rushed with other family and holiday events.  Thus, for the last four or five years we have had a birthday dinner and dessert in June or July.

Last year he asked for strawberry shortcake.  When he and I talked about the type of cake he wanted to use for the shortcake, I thought that he wanted angel food cake.  After
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Festive White Chocolate Strawberries

by TT July 5th, 2012| Desserts, Recipes, Simple Solutions
Ideally, I would have posted this recipe on Monday.  If I were running just a little bit late, I would have published it yesterday.  However, I am quite off schedule with my cooking and writing, as we spent the past weekend at a family reunion.  Thus, this 4th of July themed strawberry is a day late.  I debated not posting the recipe until next July, but I have a feeling that there will be more Independence Day celebrations this weekend, with the holiday falling midweek.

This chocolate covered strawberry is a delightful recipe to have on hand, even beyond the
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Dessert Crepes

by TT June 18th, 2012| Breakfast Dishes, Desserts
Last week was filled with events for our family.  In a four-day span we attended an elementary school promotion ceremony, a middle school academic awards night, and a middle school promotion ceremony.  Thus, our evenings were busier than usual.  So, on Wednesday with just our regularly schedule events, we were looking forward to a quiet dinner at home.

Being June, it would have seemed the time of year to make a refreshing salad or chilled soup, but the weather has felt very un-June-like.  It was a week filled with temperatures that hovered around 60.  Add to that some rain on
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Carrot Cupcakes

by TT June 11th, 2012| Desserts
It's hard to believe that it's been so long, but four and a half years ago I wrote about making carrot cake for my parents.  Since that time, carrot cake has become a favorite dessert item in our house, serving as the dessert of choice for many birthdays and celebrations.  This weekend there was a special occasion in store:  our dear friend Miss Vicki was celebrating her birthday with a cookout.  Requested to bring a dessert or side dish, we chose to bring one of each.

Knowing that Miss Vicki has an affinity for carrot cake, it seemed like
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Sweet Cheese Filled Strawberries

by TT Jr. May 30th, 2012| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes
On Monday we celebrated my mom's birthday.  I must say it was quite a success, she enjoyed it very much.  And obviously, because we were celebrating her, she was not allowed to cook.  I immediately volunteered to "cook" the appetizer because what she wanted to have was just up my alley, a combination of baking and cooking.  I am sure you are probably thinking, "TT Jr., filling strawberries with soft cheese has nothing to do with baking, you don't even need to cook it."  Now, I was thinking of the filling when I said baking because it reminds me
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Balsamic Strawberries

by TT April 11th, 2012| Appetizers, Desserts, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
The other night was a cooking-free Tapas Monday.  On this occasion, the lack of cooking wasn't dictated by a busy schedule; rather, it was created due to a shopping trip my husband and I made over the weekend.  Spending some time at an Italian pasta and cheese shop, we found many delicious items and chose a few to bring home.  With the purchase of country pâté and a goat's milk brie, our Monday menu was almost fully planned.

I was thinking about what could be added to the menu to provide a little lightness and more flavor when my husband
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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Grasshopper Icing

by TT March 14th, 2012| Desserts, Recipes
To end our St. Patrick's Day recipe series, a dessert seemed like the perfect fit.  What we found was a recipe that is the perfect combination of sweet dessert and Irish beverage.  With a stout, such as Guinness, and dark chocolate in the batter, this cupcake is sure to please the majority of your holiday crowd.  A grand finale of mint-flavored frosting should provide a bit of sugary brightness.

Make these cupcakes early in the day (or even the day before), and you will have a dessert that requires no last minute work.  Once you're ready for dessert, it will
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Cranachan

by TT March 12th, 2012| Desserts, Recipes
Now that we've talked about a variety of dishes for St. Patrick's Day dinner and brunch, it's time to consider a little bit of dessert.  Honestly, I don't usually think too much about dessert for this holiday, as the meal tends to be heavy.  Plus, when St. Patrick's Day falls on a weekday, there isn't always the time to linger over a multi-course meal.

With the collision of St. Patrick's Day and Saturday this year, why not give an Irish dessert a try?  This recipe is simple to make, requires few ingredients, and will provide some nice bright flavors to
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Banana Frozen Yogurt

by TT February 23rd, 2012| Desserts, Recipes
As a couple who shares a common love of food, my husband and I spend a fair amount of time searching for new-to-us restaurants, sharing articles about interesting recipes, and ogling cool kitchen tools.  However, we don't own a tremendous amount of small appliances.  We have the basics, plus a few fun items, such as a commercial strength blender.  Recently, we added a small appliance that has to be our new favorite tool: an ice cream maker.

Every time we had seen a tv chef make a frozen dish, we had debated whether or not we should purchase an ice
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Romantic Valentine Desserts- Part 6

by TT February 13th, 2012| Desserts, Recipes
Ok, my friends, tomorrow is Valentine's Day.  If you haven't made a plan for your loved one, you need to do so now.  Most likely dinner reservations are not an option.  Creating an entire dinner menu, purchasing the items, and cooking may work, if you're an organized person with a decent amount of free time on your hands.  If not, perhaps you should order some take-out and focus on a homemade dessert for a nice dinner at home.  Add a bottle of your date's favorite beverage, and it should be a wonderful evening.

To round out our Romantic Valentine Desserts
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Romantic Valentine Desserts- Part 5

by TT February 8th, 2012| Desserts
With less than a week until Valentine's Day, it is time to start planning.  If you're hoping to make a restaurant reservation, you probably should stop reading this article and make a few calls.  When you discover that the only times available are 4:30 or 9:45, you can come back and learn how to make dessert for your at-home Valentines dinner.  With a dessert such as this, ordering pizza will be forgiven.

I have to confess that this dessert is way too chocolatey for me; however, it seems incredibly romantic.  Homemade truffles served with champagne sauce, the name alone screams
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Romantic Valentine Desserts- Part 4

by TT February 1st, 2012| Desserts, Recipes
While it may seem silly to be planning your Valentine's Day menu so much in advance of the day, there are some definite benefits.  First, there's no need for last minute panic and shopping. Second, you have the opportunity to try the recipe before the actual day, so that you are able to perfect it.  Third, if you make a sample round of the dessert, you get to eat an extra dessert!

This week's dessert idea is a wonderful combination of wine, pears, almonds, and mascarpone.  Not only is it a delicious dessert, but it also has a beautiful presentation. 
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