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DIY Cookie Butter Cream Cheese

DIY Cookie Butter Cream Cheese

Cream cheese is a traditional topping for bagels, but it isn’t the only topping option out there. Everything from peanut butter to honey can be used, and many of these “alternative” toppings combine well with cream cheese. Cream cheese makers have rolled out many different flavored varieties of cream cheese over the years, but none of them compare with the flavored cream cheeses that you ... Read More »

White Chocolate & Apricot Oatmeal Cookie Bars

White Chocolate & Apricot Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Raisins and dried cranberries are two of the most commonly used dried fruits in baked goods, but they’re not the only dried fruit that you might find in your pantry. Instead of reaching for the raisins the next time you are in the mood to bake a batch of oatmeal cookies, consider reaching for dried blueberries, pineapple or apricots instead to bring some new flavors ... Read More »

Lychee Limeade

Lychee Limeade

Lychees are delicious fruits to have around. I typically eat them as-is, since that is when you can really taste their perfumy melon flavor the best, or chop them up and pile them onto homemade frozen yogurt and shaved ice. The fruits don’t gain much additional flavor after cooking, so they are rarely used in recipes. As a fan of lychee, a drink or cocktail ... Read More »

Mexican Street Corn Cornbread

Mexican Street Corn Cornbread

Elote, or Mexican grilled street corn, is one of my favorite summer foods. You start with fresh corn on the cob, grill it then top it with mayonnaise, peppers and fresh cotija cheese. It is an amazing blend of sweet, savory and spicy flavors that I will serve up any chance I can get. After baking a batch of cornbread to pair with some homemade ... Read More »

Strawberry Clafoutis

Strawberry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a wonderful dessert to bake when you have fresh fruit in the kitchen. The classic French dessert is halfway between a custard and a cake in consistency, with the slice-ability of a cake and the eggy richness of a custard. Clafoutis are traditionally made with cherries, but can be made with any type of fruit, including pears, plums and strawberries. This Strawberry Clafoutis ... Read More »

Banana Rum Bundt Cake with Rum Glaze

Banana Rum Bundt Cake with Rum Glaze

When you taste a lot of rum, you begin to realize that it has a lot of complexity to it – just like wine, beer and coffee do, if you take a bit of extra time to learn what you’re looking for. While rums are made from molasses and sugar cane juice, the region where the sugar cane was grown, as well as both the ... Read More »

Cherry Breakfast Bread

Cherry Breakfast Bread

Many diners offer a selection of different types of toast with their breakfast dishes. I recently ate breakfast at a diner that gave you a few options besides the usual choice of “white, wheat or sourdough.” Their options included homemade blueberry and banana breads, as well as toast. These breads were moist, tender quick breads that were served in generous wedges, rather than the slices ... Read More »

Brownie Baked Alaska

Brownie Baked Alaska

There are some desserts that should never go out of style and a Baked Alaska is one of them. This retro classic is well worth making and it is always a hit when you bring it out at a party. My Brownie Baked Alaska starts with a dark chocolate brownie base that is topped with vanilla ice cream and covered in a layer of fluffy ... Read More »

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