Apple Galette with Whole Wheat Crust

Keep a disc of this pastry in the freezer, and dessert is simplified Much simpler than a pie, a galette is easier and more forgiving. You have only one layer of dough, flat on a sheet, filled, then the edges turned up. It is rustic, lovely to look at, and dessert can be made in…

Dark Chocolate Covered Orange Peels

My granddaughter, Jaina, and I make these every year at Christmastime, and we give them for gifts. I think she likes the idea of using orange peels that would normally go in the compost pile! They take a little fuss, but it is not difficult and require little in the way of ingredients. When we…

Aunt Jeanette’s Luscious Lemon Tart

This tart is all about the lemon, so don’t be shy! Anyone who knows me, knows I love lemons! To me, my idea of lemonade is freshy squeezed lemon juice and water, that’s it! I was delighted when I realized that all three of my grandchildren loved to suck on raw lemons since they were…

Apple Purses in Buttered Cider Rum Sauce

Did you pick too many apples? Our wonderful apple season is in full swing, and after a delightful trip to the orchard this week, apple dishes began to dance around in my head as I stared at my abundant haul. The weather was sunny but crisp, definitely fall air. The leaf peepers were out in…

Chilled Strawberry and Red Wine Soup

This is vibrant, simple, delicious, and make ahead. Who could ask for more from the last of the Autumn strawberries? My friend Ray gave me this recipe many years ago, and it always makes an appearance in our house along with the local strawberries. We often served this soup at high summer for a brunch…

Lemony Summer Squash Cake

You could also call this a Secret Ingredient Cake because no one would guess what is hidden inside. I got the idea for this recipe because of a wonderful chocolate zucchini squash cake recipe my friend Catherine gave me a few years ago. It was a chocolate amazement that I have written about both here…

Mostly Mom’s Angel Food Cake

There are some recipes that are so ingrained in the family history we don’t mess with them at all, well, at least not much… My mom, my daughter, and my niece all list angel food cake as their favorite, a it is often a birthday cake request. My granddaughter’s birthday is two days before my…

Fresh Mandarin Orange Upside Down Cornmeal Cake

What fun, to cook fruit on the bottom of a cake in a light caramel, then invert it to show it off!             I accidentally ended up with a large sack of fresh Mandarin oranges recently. The oranges were beautiful! Organically grown in the US, I knew they would have lovely flavor and I was right….

Love Your Heart Chocolate Pudding

You don’t have to compromise flavor to make a delicious chocolate dessert that is heart healthy and still says “I love you!”  It’s fun to make a special treat on Valentine’s Day, but sometimes dietary restrictions can leave you scratching your head to make a dessert that is both delicious and healthful. After my husband’s heart…

Right Now, the World Needs Apple Crisp

And this one’s a blushing delight! You know it’s Autumn when you catch that first whiff of apples cooking, especially apple crisp, and right now, the whole world needs a nice big portion.       Irresistible! Who can resist the site, the smell, the texture of the crispy top, and spicy softened apples? In this version, I’ve…

Grilled Peaches with Ginger Rum Sauce

It’s Peach Season and we simply can’t get enough! This is the week when it seems we have every wonderful local fruit possible. Muskmelons, blueberries and raspberries, tasty apples, plums, and the show-off of the season – fresh, juicy peaches. I stopped at the farm stand and smelled the peaches the second I walked through…

Strawberry Orange Crêpes with Nutella Sauce

Strawberries, chocolate, hazelnut, and a hint of orange make this a memorable breakfast. My guests at the inn always loved crêpes, any kind of crêpe, sweet or savory. When it is strawberry season, and they are starting their annual bounty so nothing else will do, of course. It’s a show-off kind of breakfast that is remarkably…

Lemon “Half a Pound” Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

          Our family loves anything lemon! The more lemon the better. So, a birthday cake for my granddaughter this week featured lemon in several ways! I have often turned my mother’s pound cake recipe into a lemon pound cake, so delicious, but it does make a lot. For smaller gatherings, a half a recipe makes a…

Irish Cream Cheesecake, dairy free

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Although the March Winds are blowing and the temperatures below freezing, we had several glorious days last week where it felt like spring and we could enjoy being outside in our shirtsleeves. So fleeting these delights! Once I heard the forecast of possible 60 degrees, it took me about one minute…

Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart

You’ll want to make this one again and again, I have! This is one of my favorite go-to desserts, especially if I’m bringing a dessert to an event or entertaining –– it makes a lot! A simple but decadent chocolate dessert, just give yourself plenty of time and start early in the day. Actual hands-on…

Filled Holiday Mincemeat Cookies

Mom’s recipe started in October when we stripped the garden of its green tomatoes and made our own micemeat. I still make this (now and then) when I want the house to smell like my childhood home.

Snow Day Ginger Spice Cookies

My cookie-baking ritual begins with brewing my little pot of stove-top espresso. I’ll use just a little for my ginger cookie recipe, and the rest is my own little treat. I need a treat too because my confession is that unless I am making them with a kid, I really don’t like baking cookies.

Sylvia’s Sour Cream Coconut Coffee Cake

There is good news and bad news. The good news is that the cake is absolutely delicious! The crumb was tender and smooth, the cake moist and flavorful. The bad news, for me at least, is that it tastes nothing like mother’s!

Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Tart and tangy, sweet and satisfying. This pie is easy to make, and can easily move from everyday to holiday dinner dessert. We love our cranberries in New England. Their pop of tartness and vibrant red color move from sweet to savory with ease. What would the Thanksgiving table be without cranberry sauce or relish?…

Cranberry Butter Rum Apples Baked in Cider

            It’s apple harvest time, and our county has some of the best in the world! We enjoy apples fresh from the tree, applesauce, apple muffins, apple cakes and bread. Baked apples are a special treat, and in our home they hold lots of memories of making them together. Of course, there are so many ways…

Apple Crisp Muffins

What’s better than an apple muffin? How about one topped with apple crisp? Everyone loves the crispy part of the apple crisp the best, so why not let it rest on a muffin instead of a pan of apple slices? These muffins have lots of apple flavor, but if you want to add even more, soak the raisins or cranberries…

Cornmeal Cake with Plums and Rosemary

It’s a great year for plums, and these sweet treasurers pair well with Rosemary and orange in this cornmeal dessert. I found a beautiful mixed box of plums at a local farm stand recently, and every variety and color was delicious! Sweet, juicy, plump, and tangy! It certainly seems to be a good year for plums,…

Lemon and Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are simple and delicious. With the addition of just a few things, they are all ready for a party. Planning for a Zoom baby shower, I was looking for a treat for us all to share together since we would not be physically present. I decided a shortbread cookie would be tasty, and…

Peach and Raspberry Crisp

A couple touches of ginger make this seasonal treat just a bit different! These are the moments in the New England summer when we think we have everything we could possibly want. There’s corn and tomatoes in abundance, just about every other vegetable, so many treasures it is hard to find enough meals to squeeze…