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S’mores Pancakes

S'mores Pancakes

Pancakes are definitely a breakfast food, although I occasionally have them for dinner just to mix things up. I typically serve them with butter, fruit and maple syrup, depending on what kind of pancakes I’m whipping up. The most recent batch of pancakes I made was inspired by campfire s’mores and are stacked up with chocolate and marshmallows – which made me wonder if I ... Read More »

Cookies n’ Cream Blondies

Cookies n' Cream Blondies

The combination of chocolate cookies with a vanilla cream filling is so good that it’s not surprising that Oreos are the best selling cookie in the US and one of the best selling in the world. They were one of my favorites as a kid, always served with a big glass of milk. The cookies n’ cream flavor has found its way into all kinds ... Read More »

Cumin Glazed Grilled Ribs with Tequila Pineapple Salsa

Border Grill Glaze Ribs with Pineapple Salsa

Along with the Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta, we were also served some amazing frilled ribs during lunch at Border Grill. The ribs were fantastic, covered in a spice rub, lightly charred on the grill and finished with a spicy-sweet glaze. They were also so tender that the meat slid right off the bone once you started to eat. When chefs Susan and Mary sue demonstrated the ... Read More »

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 ┬áto 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 »

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