Category Archives: desserts

Quinoa Almond Ice Cream Sandwiches

september 10, 2016

quinoa almond ice cream sandwiches

Is it my imagination, or did the ice cream sandwiches of childhood taste better? You know the ones – vanilla ice cream snuggled between oblong chocolate wafer cookies. Back then, there was a pleasant snap of the cookies and a melting creaminess of the ice cream.

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Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cake

august 13, 2016

blueberry lemon cream cheese cake

A few years back I had the idea of growing my own blueberries. With sun gracing only the deck and mostly shade covering my yard, the blueberry bushes would be in large deck pots. I was warned by the neighborhood berry growers that critters loved blueberries and netting around each plant was the only method to deter poachers.

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Chocolate Berry Tart

june 24, 2016

chocolate berry tart

 

It’s almost time to do your patriotic duty and eat something red, white and blue. Naturally, summer’s berries will cover the red and blue, so let’s add something creamy like thickened and lightly sweetened Greek yogurt to cover all bases.

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Bittersweet Chocolate Almond Tart

march 11, 2016

bittersweet chocolate almond tart

If you like dark, creamy chocolate desserts that are not too, too sweet, this one’s for you. If you are enamored of desserts with natural sweeteners, this one will do very nicely. If you like to get your vegetables from dessert, you’re three for three!

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Chocolate Cherry Parfaits

january 29, 2016

chocolate cherry parfaits

As a kid, I cooked so many desserts that my parents readily gave in to my request for parfait glasses. We purchased them at the Pleasants Hardware in our neighborhood (where all things kitchen reigned alongside tools and snow shovels) and I have them still. They have languished in the buffet drawers until now, when the urge to conjure up a comforting memory dessert made me polish them to a shine and fill them with something akin to what my childhood chef prepared for the family.

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Almond Apple Tart

november 13, 2015

almond apple tart

 

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the dreaded pumpkin shortage trumpeted in the news recently has not affected supplies in local grocery stores.Yet. I planned this dessert as an antidote to said shortage, but if you are like me, you enjoy an array of desserts at the holiday table, and having your pumpkin pie in addition to a creamy apple dessert is not considered a conflict of interest.

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Avocado Lime Cilantro Ice Cream

august 7, 2015

avocado lime cilantro ice cream

 

As I was making avocado lime cilantro salad dressing for a client, the thought occurred to me that these flavors would make a fine ice cream. Resolve to make this dessert was strengthened after I devoured basil lime ice cream at Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream here in Richmond’s Carytown district. Summer herbs in a creamy, cold sweet base? Of course.

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Vegan Chocolate Cashew Cheesecake

may 15, 2015

vegan chocolate cashew cheesecake

 

Recipe inspiration comes from many sources. A dish enjoyed at at restaurant. A glistening bowl of spicy roasted vegetables glimpsed in a magazine. A revamp of a vintage recipe from my trove of family cookbooks.

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Lemon Tart with Olive Oil and Flaky Sea Salt

march 6, 2015

lemon tart with olive oil and flaky sea salt

Lemon bars were one of the first things I cooked as a kiddie baker, and when the call was put out for school bake sale goods, I delivered.  Yep, I was the kid who cooked homemade lemon bars for the bake sale.  My parents both worked and I could never imagine burdening them with baking tasks, much less taking something store-bought to the sale.

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