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Tropical Queensland Fruit Salad (that can be adapted to any fruit available to you)

On our flight from Christchurch to  Queensland, Australia, the passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 weighed heavy on our minds, particularly when traversing such a large expanse of sea. Skimming above the Great Barrier Reef making our decent into Cairns (the gateway to reef exploration) –   a collective sigh was audible.  Awe, certainly, of … Full recipe post »

Ginger-Molasses Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd

Today I began cooking for a holiday party I’m hosting the day after tomorrow. One item I want on the menu is an old-fashioned spice cake, and while thumbing through cookbooks in search of a recipe, I was imagining rich layers of flavor that would be more redolent of spice than cloyingly sweet. No such … Full recipe post »

Fourth of July Sheet Cake

Happy Fourth! If the day finds you late to the table with minimum of time to cook, and you’re scrambling to come up with a festive celebratory dish, I have a suggestion: Skip the following recipe, purchase a boxed cake mix, canned white icing, blueberries and strawberries, and this celebratory cake can be out the … Full recipe post »

(Homemade) Pistachio Ice-Cream & (Store-bought) Pistachio Baklava

I think I’ve stumbled upon the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten in my life; I must send this recipe to Ben & Jerry. Seriously, when I crumbled the pistachio baklava (scratch made from the Mediterranean Market on Ellsworth) into the pistachio ice cream (made with my Krups ice cream/sorbet machine), I could hear the flutter of angel wings. I served … Full recipe post »

Chocolate-Dipped Figs with Chopped Walnuts

Fantasize fillet mignon enrobed in a buttery bordelaise sauce, snuggled up to truffled mashed potatoes, followed by a triple chocolate torte decorated with candy hearts for Valentine’s Day. Romantic,yes? Wouldn’t a meal such as this light the fire for an evening d’amour with my hubby? Not unless said romantic evening means staggering from the table, … Full recipe post »

Marty’s Nutty Blueberry & Bran Yoga Muffins

If you read my column, you may think that I breathe, sleep and live for my next recipe, which is not entirely accurate. I also consider the most entertaining and efficient way of burning calories from the food I consume, and a bonus is discovering a recipe that’s yummy, healthy, and will provide sustained energy throughout … Full recipe post »

Annamarie’s Chocolate-Poppyseed Cake

When Annamarie invites me to her home for cake, I drop everything. I know the cake will be sublime, and her recipe well-tested and flawless; she spares no detail to assure you won’t fumble. The finest cakes are often the centerpiece of celebrations, so it’s critical that the recipe be well-organized and easy to follow. Annamarie tells … Full recipe post »

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Love is expansive, and chocolate is dark; serving chocolate-strawberries, will surely melt a heart. Yep. It’s that time of year again, when my cornball soul can pen a silly verse without apology, when I can send construction paper hearts glued to paper doilies the old-fashioned way — snail mail — and serve my family chocolate at every … Full recipe post »

Starry Night Tort

Happy New Year!  Here’s a recipe inspired from Bon Appetit, which we enjoyed after feasting on our traditional Hoppin’ John with a side of greens. My son Zan’s girlfriend, Lucy, brought dessert. This was not any old store-bought pie, mind you. This was a dessert from the heavens; a recipe for dreams. Lucy says that, for the … Full recipe post »

Vicki’s Famous White and Dark Chocolate Bark

This is the companion piece to Vicki’s Famous Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle. And, if the truth be told, I prefer this recipe to the brittle. Why? The chocolate. I like chocolate; it improves my mood. Particularly white chocolate. More particularly, Ghiradelli or Callabaut white chocolate. Another reason to love this recipe is it takes only minutes … Full recipe post »

Vicki’s Famous Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle

Lest you need reminding, Christmas is not far away. And though gifts from the kitchen are thoughtful hostess presents, and much appreciated treats for co-workers and Santa, the last thing you have time for making is this peanut brittle recipe, right? Wrong. It takes less time to make this batch of brittle than it does … Full recipe post »

Poached Pears with Honeyed Mascarpone

After a huge Thanksgiving Day feast, forget the pies — this is my preferred finish. The best thing about this dessert is it can be made eight to 24 hours in advance. In fact, it insists upon that time to soak up the winey marinade and give the pear that stunning rich garnet color. You should … Full recipe post »

Pumpkin-Raisin Muffins

I don’t like candy. There. I’ve said it. Halloween blasphemy, I know. But to my palate, candy’s not much more than cloying sweetness in every tooth-decaying bite. But before you cross my house off your kid’s trick-or-treat list, I’ve learned my lesson. I know that if I put apples or toothbrushes into their goodie bag, … Full recipe post »

Create Your Own Outside Movie Theater (& brand the event with a signature sugar cookie)

Do you ever yearn for simpler times; evenings when parents, for instance, folded pajama-clad kids into cars and spent the evening watching a movie at the drive-in? Today’s advanced digital technology allows you to bring the mood of an outdoor theater to your own yard, and invite your neighborhood to join the fun while you’re … Full recipe post »

Mojito Sorbet

Here’s a great way to chill after Art Fair hoop-la. The rum is optional, but what’s a mojito without rum — as long as you’re of age! There are only a couple of tablespoons in the recipe, as additional rum would heat and soften the sorbet to a slush. The following recipe is adapted from All Recipes.com, which … Full recipe post »