Sunday, December 16, 2012
Five simple ingredients blend together to create a dessert that is truly amazing.
"Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better." ~Robert Redford My friends and I, collectively known as The BBs, got together last weekend to catch up and catch our breath as this holiday season got into full swing. Each of us brought a little something to nosh on (I brought my Mini Macs) and we had a great afternoon filled with laughs, good eats and a very tame Yankee Swap. All of us agreed though, that the highlight of the afternoon was Kelly's dessert, aptly named "Almost Heaven in a Bowl." It was the best dessert I had tasted in a good long while. It was so good, in fact, that I made it two days later at home and my guys devoured it. (I may have eaten a bit of it too.) This is sweet treat is so …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
These peanut butter cup bars are a dream come true. I dare anyone to eat just one!
"Anything is good if it's made of chocolate." ~Jo Brand Last weekend I got together with some of my favorite girls for a little chat, a lot of chow and a ton of laughs. We try to meet up every couple of months on a Saturday afternoon for a few hours and reconnect over good food and a tasty cocktail. Val brought a dessert that was absolutely delicious...peanut butter cup bars. They were sweet and light and almost too good to be true. Almost. Since they were very real and I really enjoyed the one I had. Ok, the two I had. Oh alright what is this, the Spanish Inquisition? I had three. Sheesh! Val sent us the recipe, which she found on browneyedbaker.com. It is a must try. Val's Amazing Peanut Butter Cup Bars Ingredients: Directions: Enjoy!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Apple Crisp is a Fall staple. Welcome the arrival of the season with this perennial favorite dessert.
"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with Summer's best of weather and Autumn's best of cheer." ~Helen Hunt Jackson When September mornings begin getting cooler and sweaters make their reappearance, I immediately begin craving apples. Those crisp days trigger memories of fun family apple picking days and the subsequent making of pies, crisp and applesauce. I cannot effectively articulate how I much I love this season. I grew up in New England and lived here until I was thirty. It was on my thirtieth birthday that I decided I needed a change of scenery. So with a friend I moved to Florida, where I resided for three years before moving back. Now don't get me wrong, I am not knocking Florida. In fact my parents live half the …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Looking for a new dessert to try? Here is a recipe for an easy tangy tart.
"Someone has stolen three of my tarts!" ~The Red Queen (Alice in Wonderland) While thumbing through my People magazine last week I came upon a recipe for a lemon tart. Having never made a tart before, and therefore not realizing how easy it would be, I skipped right over it. The following day the magazine was laying on the coffee table and after a gust of wind blew through the window, the magazine opened to what else...the lemon tart recipe. My dessert destiny was calling to me. Clearly I needed to embrace it. And as luck would have it, I had all the ingredients right in the kitchen. This recipe calls for no baking and the whole process takes about fifteen minutes from beginning to end. It tastes so fresh and tangy and is such a beautiful …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
You would think a recipe called "Strawberry Lemon Icebox Pie" would require no baking. But...alas, it does. Which is why I changed the name. This dessert takes some time but it's worth it.
“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” ~David Mamet For this week's column I wanted to make something with strawberries. Strawberries are so bright, juicy and sweet this time of year that they just scream "Summertime!" After poring over my cookbooks and magazines I found a recipe that combined the tartness of lemon with the sweetness of strawberries, together in one of my husband's very favorite things in the world: pie. Since it's Father's Day, I thought a pie was definitely in order. Especially an "icebox pie" that I wouldn't have to bake. (A talent for baking I do not posess, as I have spoken of in columns past-but this was less about baking and more about me being short on time.) So I gathered my …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Looking to make a crowd pleasing dessert for your next gathering? Look no further. This easy to make trifle is sure to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.
"It would be spiteful to put a Jellyfish in a trifle." ~Karl Pilkington I love my trifle bowl but don't often get to use it, so I typically offer to make a dessert when invited to a party. So when Mother's Day rolled around last weekend I knew I would have to make a trifle. The trifle I make is some combination of cake, chocolate, crushed candy bar and whipped cream but I wanted to try something a little different. I stumbled upon a recipe that used the standard cake and candy but to add a new note of flavor instant coffee was added to the mix. The grocery store had hazelnut instant coffee on sale so I chose that instead of regular, substitued vanilla pudding for chocolate and in lieu of yellow cake I bought pound cake. I'm sure my trifle …
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Pair fresh strawberries with sugar, cream and buttermilk biscuits for a delicious Spring dessert.
"One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I noticed the other day that our strawberry plants are beginning to grow and I already can't wait to pick them fresh from the garden. They are much smaller than the berries you get at the supermarket but they are sweeter and tastier. I immediately began to crave strawberry shortcake. I stopped at the market and found some nice red ripe strawberries but there were no packages of shortcakes in sight. I thought about making my own (nah, too lazy). I looked at the angel food cake (nah, not one of my favorites). Then I wandered over to get the cream and there was my answer...buttermilk biscuits. Just pop open the can, throw 'em in the oven and …
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sweet and Lopez may not be a store-front business, but the owners are just as dedicated to their craft as any full-time baker in town.
Can you say that your home kitchen is certified by the Board of Health? Jenny Lopez can. Jenny Lopez and her friend Jenna Jankowski use the Lopez's home kitchen as a base for their delicious new business, Sweet and Lopez. Sweet and Lopez, a Wilmington-based cupcake company without a store front, officially began this September. What makes Sweet and Lopez different than most bakers is that their entire business is dedicated to cupcakes and each cupcake is created with individual care. Each cupcake's decorations are intricate and completely edible. Sweet and Lopez pride themselves in their unique designs; they've done pig cupcakes for a pig roast, butterfly cupcakes for a young girl's birthday party and a nurse-themed set for a graduation …