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Strawberry Lemonade Bars

Strawberry Lemonade Bars, closeup

Don’t let the unusual color of these bars put you off because when it comes to flavor they are the embodiment of summer – especially if your idea of refreshment on a hot summer day is a cold glass of lemonade. They are strawberry lemonade bars, a play on traditional lemon bars that takes advantage of in-season strawberries to make an outrageously good variation of ... Read More »

Berry Trifles with Vanilla Custard Sauce

When you get a batch of really sweet berries, sometimes it seems like a shame not to use them to make a wonderful dessert when you know that a top quality berry will really make any dessert heavenly. Of course, it also often seems like a shame to add too many other flavors and textures in to a dish to compete with the berries. This ... Read More »

Low Fat Fudgy Brownies

Low Fat Fudgy Brownie Wedge

I happened to catch an episode of the America’s Test Kitchen TV show this past weekend and was suprised – and delighted – to see that it was about making low-fat versions of two chocolate favorites: brownies and chocolate mousse. Naturally, I quickly scrounged around for a pen and something to write on (I ended up with a napkin – which, incidentally, I do not ... Read More »

Coconut Angel Food Cake

Coconut Angel Food Cake

When I make angel food cake, I usually opt to make a plain cake rather than a flavored one. The standard flavoring for an angel food cake is vanilla, sometimes spiked with a little bit of almond (this is also how a classic white cake is flavored) and it’s a combination I really enjoy. The plain cake is flavorful, moist and tasty both on its ... Read More »

Sweet Corn and Carrot Cornbread

Sweet Corn and Carrot Cornbread, buttered

Savory, unsweetened cornbread may be considered by some to be the ideal choice for sopping up chili and barbecue sauce, but I prefer my cornbread to be a little on the sweet side. Since corn is naturally sweet, I feel like a little bit of sugar or honey can really make a cornbread stand out – and neither will keep cornbread from being a good ... Read More »

Big Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

If you’re only going to have one type of muffin in your recipe repertoire, it should be a blueberry muffin. Blueberry muffins are almost universally popular and would probably be the breakfast muffin mascot if there were such a thing. Since they’re so popular, there are lots of blueberry muffin recipes around and, while some better than others, it’s pretty easy to find a decent ... Read More »

Mojito Fruit Salad

Fruit is a wonderful snack on its own, but when it comes to serving, it’s nice to be able to do something a little more interesting than just setting out a bowl of apples or grapes – especially when we’re coming up on Memorial Day and the summer barbecue/party season. A fruit salad is an easy way to dress up fruit as a side dish ... Read More »

Chocolate-Filled Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate-Filled Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies, sliced

When I decided to try my hand at this year’s million-dollar Pillsbury recipe, Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies, I tweaked the prize-winning recipe by using a homemade peanut butter cookie dough in place of the refrigerated dough that the winning recipe called for. The change was a great idea and, while I’m sure that the store-bought dough cookies were good, I doubt that they were ... Read More »

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