Apple Crisp

Recently after a photo shoot, I had leftover apple pie filling. Since I hate wasting any food, I decided to utilize it in a crustless apple crisp. It was so easy, smelled incredible baking and was the perfect dessert as the temperatures drop. I say “was” because it was gobbled up quickly. Yours will too…

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble As the summer growing season winds down, I find myself grabbing those fruits that I know will be not only less plentiful but higher in price very soon. Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are going to quickly transition to fall apples, pears and cranberries. So when a friend of mine supplied me with some…

Better Cherry Pie Filling

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and ruby red cherries are great for adding a splash of red to desserts. The problem is that fresh cherries aren’t readily available right now, so that leaves frozen (which become quite watery) and canned (which tend to be on the tart side even if labeled sweet). What to do?…

Rice Krispie Treats

Sometimes the simplest things are the most satisfying. My husband’s birthday is this week and as always, I offer to make him anything his heart desires. And as always, he asks for Rice Krispie Treats. He won’t even let me get creative with them and brown the butter, add a hint of nutmeg or throw…

Pear Crumble

Pear Crumble If you ever run across a pear variety named Royal Riviera, grab all you can! I used to think all pears were basically the same … somewhat sweet, juicy and a tiny bit of grit to the teeth. In other words, they were OK, but not exceptional. That is until I had my…

Peach Cake

Make it anything you want cake! As I continue to utilize all the items I had stocked up in my pantry, I needed to focus on something for dessert. To the rescue came a box of white cake mix. I found a box of peach jello and a can of peach nectar. All of it…

Blueberry Cobbler

I love the simplicity of cobblers. It fits nearly every summer fruit except for melons and doesn’t require loads of time. So when I picked a couple of pounds of blueberries from a local farm, I knew where they were headed. This batter is thinner than the drop biscuit-like dough used on other cobblers, yet…

Simple Chocolate Pie

Simple Chocolate Pie In my continuing quest to use items from my pantry and freezer, I found a frozen graham cracker pie crust that begged to be used. So I pulled out some dark baking chocolate and a can of sweetened condensed milk to honor that request. This is an old recipe that I discovered…

Crème Brulee

Crème Brulee What’s not to like about smooth, rich creamy custard topped with a caramelized sugar topping? Crème brulee is French for “burnt cream” but the origins are English. It seems difficult, but is actually very easy to make with just an investment in time. And while a blow torch is fun for preparing the…

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread I love fresh cranberries and stock up during this time of year so I have plenty in my freezer. One of my favorite recipes pairs them with  zesty orange juice to make a quick bread that is a marvelous eye opener on cold mornings. I have seen many versions of this recope…