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Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta

Avocado Chimichurri

A few weeks ago, I had lunch at Border Grill. All of the food was fantastic, but one of the most memorable dishes was an avocado chimichurri that was served with tomatoes on top of crostini. It was the California version of bruschetta and it was delicious. I got the recipe after lunch and tried it out a few times at home. It’s easy to ... Read More »

Strawberry Basil Sorbet

Strawberry Basil Sorbet

An overripe strawberry is one that is sweet and juicy, but starting to lose a little bit of its firmness. It’s not the kind of berry that you want to add to a fresh fruit salad because it is not picture-perfect, but it still tastes delicious and there is no reason to throw it out. A basket full of overripe strawberries is the perfect excuse ... Read More »

Mango Coconut Bread

Mango Coconut Bread

Mango is one of those fruits that I typically just eat fresh, rather than saving for a baking project. The firm, juicy fruit has a fantastic texture and flavor – and it is just about irresistible when ripe. But you can actually bake with mangoes, if you are able to hold yourself back, and they are a great fruit to work with. The flesh stays ... Read More »

Plum and Blackberry Pie with Almond Crumble

Plum and Blackberry Pie

The other night, I attended a pie making demo where Shery Yard baked up a beautiful looking plum and blackberry pie. Plums and blackberries are both great fruits to bake with. They have wonderfully rich flavors, but they also are known for their rich colors, and a pie filling that has both fruits inside is mouthwatering  to look at. After the demo, we were given ... Read More »

Blueberry Swirl Cupcakes

Blueberry Swirl Cupcake

This year was a great year for berries and I made all kinds of berry desserts with my farmers’ market finds, from berry cobblers to strawberry shortcakes. When my berries were less-than-perfect, I turned them in to quick batches of syrup or jam to make sure they didn’t go to waste. Homemade jam is always a great use for fresh fruits and berries, and you’ll ... Read More »

Applesauce Brownies

Applesauce Brownies

I bake brownies all the time because they are such a crowd pleaser, but every time that I bake a batch, someone will tell me that they just have to pass on something so rich. Brownies are known for being decadent and delivering a big dose of chocolate in every bite. As much as people love chocolate, it is understandable that you may not want ... Read More »

Bite Size Strawberry Shortcakes

Bite Size Strawberry Shortcakes

As long as you have fresh strawberries, you can never go wrong with making a strawberry shortcake for dessert. But strawberry shortcakes can get a little bit boring when you make the same exact dessert over and over again with no variation – even if you are a big strawberry fan. I’ve put a few twists onto the basic idea before, by using different fruits ... Read More »

White Balsamic Macerated Peaches

Balsamic Macerated Peaches

Balsamic vinegar is a thick, syrupy vinegar that is known for its intense flavor. It is made from grape must, which is freshly pressed grape juice that contains the skins, seeds, and stems of the fruit, that is highly concentrated and aged. It is typically a very dark color and it is used for all kinds of culinary applications, both savory and sweet. One of ... Read More »

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