Desserts

Simple Pear Cake

January 24, 2013
Simple Pear Cake

I’ve always loved pears, although I should confess that as a kid I loved them from a can, thoroughly soaked in a sugary syrup. You see, as a kid I could never get the timing right on when a pear was ripe. I’d get a few (or mom would bring some home) and then set […]

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Boca Negra Chocolate Cake

September 16, 2012
Boca Negra Chocolate Cake

This is my favorite chocolate cake.  Because when you’re having chocolate cake, you should go all out and really have chocolate cake. A serving of this cake is about as much chocolate as is humanly possible to eat at a time. I guess that’s why it’s called boca negra, as in “black mouth.” (I realize that […]

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Caramel Budino

September 11, 2012
Caramel Budino

I’ve always been a sucker for a layered dessert. To this day, every time I pass a Dairy Queen (which isn’t often) I’m struck with a craving for a Peanut Buster Parfait. The layers of hot fudge sauce between layers of soft serve ice cream, along with loads of peanuts, are delicious. This ranks as […]

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Mint Tea Granita

August 29, 2012
Mint Tea Granita

I was a late-adopter of granita, aka Italian ice. I am not of Italian heritage. I grew up in a cold part of the country. Granita always looked to me liked a snow cone with hype. I thought it would either taste syrupy sweet like a snow cone, or like the homemade “ice cream” I […]

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Strawberries Romanoff

August 25, 2012
Strawberries Romanoff

Sometimes a recipe is just a recipe. It’s a means to an end. And that end, although satisfying, is nothing more. But then there are things in life that bring back a flood of memories. When a recipe does this, or a particular ingredient in a recipe does this, it enhances the entire experience. For me, […]

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Haupia (Hawaiian Coconut Pudding)

August 9, 2012
Haupia

Aloha, dear readers! It’s been a bit over a week since my last post, and I’ve missed you. I really have. But I’ve also been having the time of my life on a fantastic Maui vacation. It was my second time to Hawaii. I went once about ten years ago for a long weekend. But […]

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