Cherry & Ginger Squares

The cherries are here! Let’s bake something.We wait all year, and it all starts to happen at once.Fruit treasures in Vermont are fleeting, precious jewels! We watch the rhubarb plants grow, and then the strawberries appear. While they are still coming strong, the cherries make their appearance and fruit desserts are just a moment away!…

Brandied Cherries

 A perfect cherry suspended in a spiced brandy. These treasures will delight all year long, and they are one of the easiest kitchen gifts to make!Local is always best, of courseMake these when local cherries are ripe, firm, and beautifully colored.  If you can get them, try using a mix of sour and sweet cherries, but…

Strawberry and Rose Crêpe Tower

A festive take on a strawberry Crêpe. My garden roses are blooming like crazy, and I’m always inspired by their fragrance to create something special in the kitchen. This year, I decided that since the strawberries are so wonderful, I would start there, with roses, their late spring friend, providing the accent. People love crêpes,…

Mom’s Mayonnaise Cake, with a Twist

It’s a simple cake, no fuss and no frills. Quick to put together, and filled with memories. Once in a while, after school, if we were lucky, we found a chocolate mayonnaise cake waiting for us. We needed a treat this week, so I revisited this old recipe, which I’m sure was a standard in…

Rhubarb and Berry Upside-Down Cake

I had a small bag of rhubarb in the freezer, as well as some cherries and raspberries, so this upside-down cake was made with frozen leftovers from last year. It did not taste left-over at all! My ornamental “Snow Fountain” cherry tree is in flower, and that means my fruit cherry tree is not too…

Magic Meringues

Every once in a while, you play around with some new culinary ingredient that leaves you amazed. These meringues made from canned bean liquid do just that. “Aquafaba.” This relatively new, made-up word is the liquid in a can of beans, usually chickpeas, and normally gets drained and dumped down the drain. That’s a perfect…

Christmas Stars

A simple sugar cookie, an old family star cutter, and a little decoration. A shortbread cookie is a simple thing: butter and sugar creamed together, flour, a pinch of salt, and a little vanilla extract for flavor. That’s it! But there is a world of possibilities after you’ve got the basic. A world of flavor…

Sylvia’s Irish Cream Cheesecake with a Cookie Crust

People love pie, but they adore cheesecake, at least most of us. The cheesecake on a dessert buffet is often the first attacked, and I think a lot of people are drawn to this creamy delight because it is not as sweet as some desserts. Also, the toppings on a cheesecake look really inviting! There’s…

Imposter Pumpkin Pie

We’re all thinking about our Thanksgiving menus this week, including the important pies and desserts to please everyone around the table. I have rarely made a pumpkin pie from scratch, and when I have (once) it did not turn out as good as my mother’s. Couple that with the fact I’m not a pumpkin pie lover, there has been little…

Apple Galette

A sheet of pastry, some apples, and a few other ingredients, and you have a really quick and delicious dessert! A fruit galette bakes up faster than a two-crust pie, and comes together faster as well. Apple is perfect in a galette, and can be enhanced with the addition of other fruits: fresh cranberries, raspberries,…

Autumn Raspberry, Pear, and Ginger Tart

Lovely flavors of the season combine to make a memorable tart. Autumn raspberries are sweeter than those in summer, or at least it seems that way. Perhaps I just think that because they are a treasure at that time of year, a summer throwback, a tease because it could snow any day! This year’s autumn…

French Apple Cake

The apple is the star of this dish, or rather, the “apples” of different varieties! I’ve made apple cakes for years, and they are always a hit. When we head out to the orchard to pick, I know there will be a special dessert sometime in the near future, most likely served after Sunday dinner….