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Sequilhos (Brazilian Cornstarch Cookies)

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Since the Rio Olympics are right around the corner, I’ve been trying a variety of Brazilian dessert recipes. Candies like beijinhos and brigadeiros are delicious and easy to make, but they’re not the only dessert option in Brazil. Sequilhos are an unusual type of cookie that is made primarily with cornstarch that is popular in Brazil and easy to find both in home kitchens and ... Read More »

Bakery-Style Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

Bakery-Style Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are probably the most popular muffin flavor in the US. The muffins can be found at almost every market, bakery and cafe that sells pastries. The muffins that come out of commercial ovens at bakeries are sometimes almost too pretty to eat. They have perfect tops and are packed with fresh blueberries. I know that I have made my share of disappointing blueberry ... Read More »

Brazilian Beijinhos de Coco

Brazilian Beijinhos de Coco

Brazilian beijinhos are an easy to make candy that just about everyone in Brazil has had from childhood, made by cooking together sweetened condensed milk and coconut to form a fudgy caramel. They are one of the quickest and easiest candies you can make, no candy thermometer required. It takes about 10 minutes on the stovetop to prepare the base, then the mixture has to ... Read More »

Strawberry Mojitos

Strawberry Mojito

My kitchen seems to be bursting with strawberries (and tomatoes and zucchini…) this summer season, but I’m proud to say that I’m using them up almost as fast as I get them in. I’ve been baking strawberry pies, crisps and other goodies – and I’ve even been making some strawberry cocktails to enjoy while I’m waiting for my berry desserts to get done baking. These ... Read More »

Lemon Curd Bread Pudding

Lemon Curd Bread Pudding

One of my favorite lemon desserts is lemon curd. It may not seem like much of a dessert on its own, as it is usually paired with scones and crumpets for brunch, but it actually easily brings some fantastic lemon flavor into desserts like Lemon Curd Ice Cream and this Lemon Curd Bread Pudding. Perhaps I should say that it is a good dessert ingredient, ... Read More »

Gluten Free Chocolate Oatmeal Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Oatmeal Chip Cookies

I don’t have any problems eating gluten myself, but I do keep a few containers of gluten free flour blends on hand for those occasions when I need to do some gluten free baking for friends and family members who might prefer it. I also experiment with various recipes in between those occasions, so I know that whatever I’m serving is as good as it ... Read More »

The Ultimate Vanilla Banana Cream Pie

The Ultimate Vanilla Banana Cream Pie

Banana cream pies are a simple pie that is difficult to get right. Some don’t use enough banana, so the fruit flavor gets lost in a sea of whipped cream. Other versions don’t use enough vanilla, producing a pie that is creamy, but bland. This pie, of course, doesn’t have any of these failings and that is what makes it my Ultimate Vanilla Banana Cream ... Read More »

Stovetop Pina Colada Crisp

Stovetop Pina Colada Crisp

There are days during the summer that I avoid turning on my oven, days when it is especially humid or when temperatures hit the triple digits. Those days, I bake cookies in my car or opt for a no-bake recipe that won’t heat up my kitchen. This Stovetop Pina Colada Crisp is a delicious fruit dessert that is prepared entirely in a skillet on the ... Read More »

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