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One of my first summertime memories is sitting on our apartment steps with my mom and sisters eating frozen popsicles. Sometimes we would make the frozen pops ourselves with fruit juice, and sometimes we would buy from the store, but we would always enjoy them outside on a hot summer afternoon. Being of the “young at heart” crowd, I wanted to have a little fun with this summer memory and combine my love of frozen pops with another love of mine, interactive desserts! (more…)
Tart sweet key lime pie is one of my favorite desserts! Make this easy key lime pie recipe the next time you need to find yourself in a Key West state of mind.
The very first pie I ever made was a key lime pie. I suppose it makes sense given my Florida upbringing and the Godfather’s love of everything key lime. In fact, for our first Valentine’s Day, I gave him a present of key lime treats from an “all things key lime” store near the University campus. I’m not sure that store is still there, but it was like the key lime pie stores you see in Key West. I’m not sure what prompted me to make it since we were living near a Publix at the time, and Publix makes a really good key lime pie. It might have been because a pie wasn’t in our grocery budget at the moment, we may have been hosting a dinner party, or maybe it was our first Thanksgiving away from family? I don’t remember, but I do know we stopped buying key lime pie after I started making it. (more…)
A salted dulce de leche tart is an elegant, mouthwatering, and surprisingly simple dessert.
Do you know what happens when you buy mini tart pans to make a recipe? You need a larger tart pan to make another recipe because now you see everything in tart form. With tarts being so easy, elegant, and versatile, how could I resist? And look what I made! Guys. Girls. Youse. Let’s take a moment to please reflect on this recipe… salted dulce de leche tart. Do you know what dulce de leche is? It’s a thick caramel custard common in Central and South American desserts (and Spain), and it is glorious. I have no shame admitting that I will make it, and then serve myself a bit in a bowl and eat it with a spoon. By itself. Dulce de leche makes people happy. (more…)
With no butter, milk, or eggs, this chocolate coconut crazy 8 cake is my variation on the popular one pot style depression cake! You mix and bake all in one pan and the resulting cake is super moist, delicious, and made extra special with a vegan chocolate ganache topping!
I may (or may not) have mentioned before that I’m part of a recipe club where we get together once a month, cook dishes based on some theme, and then eat them and share the recipes. If I haven’t sorry. If I have, then can I just encourage you to get some friends together and start one? I think the idea hearkens back to the 1950s or so – at least that’s the decade I picture when I think of recipe clubs – and it’s so much fun! We always end up having a wonderful time together and the food is delicious! In fact, this cake is from one of my recipe club meetings. (more…)
Brolos (aka Rolo brownies) are one of the many reasons I run. For years now I’ve been what I call a “pretend runner” – I’m out when the weather is reasonably nice (i.e. – I sprint for the treadmill in the winter). I never joined any groups or ran with anyone regularly, but I was desperate for friends when we moved to Virginia and found the local chapter of Moms RUN This Town via the community Facebook page. Thanks to that group, I’ve been more regular about my runs. Even though I don’t make it to nearly as many group runs as I’d like, the ones I do attend always include great conversations with people like Karri, who inspired this recipe when we were talking about food around Thanksgiving. She told me if I posted I needed to talk about her. So I am. Hi Karri!!! (more…)