Category Archives: Desserts

Dan’s Best Blueberry Tart – EVER

Friday, 10 June 2016

This tart is the best thing ever. Dan knows it. Everyone who eats it knows it. He makes it every time he comes to visit us (Dan is Mimi’s husband. Mimi is Alan’s best cousin.) In addition to being Alan’s best cousin’s husband, he is a fine, wonderful, funny person in his own right! (Aunt Elaine describes him as ‘delicious’. . .). We don’t invite Dan to come down specifically because of his tart making expertise, but we do start talking about ‘the Tart’ whenever we hear that Dan is coming into town. This time Dan and Mimi came for Jared’s wedding and we got a couple extra days out of them. So happy! The Tart was made for the post-wedding brunch. Here is the recipe. So so so delicious. Dan’s Best...

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More Peanut Butter Cookies – This Time Chocolate Dipped

Saturday, 23 January 2016

I know that I just wrote about peanut butter cookies and I posted a delicious recipe, however…. This weekend my wonderful nephew Zac and his wonderful girlfriend Lauren came down to visit from Santa Barbara where they are going to school. They are so much fund to have around! We (I) had so much fun. We went to the new Broad (thanks to Andrea Gleysteen who got us tickets), Grand Central Market for late lunch (so hip). Zac saw his grandpa and Lauren and I went to yoga. Zac, Lauren, Alex and I went to breakfast with Nanna. We hung out. There were lots of foodball games on TV. Zac and Lauren went to the Lakers’ game and saw Kobe. We ate food, watched movies, chatted. Lauren and I wanted to bake cookies and I had...

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Monday, 04 January 2016

We love New Year’s day in this house. It’s a hopeful day and it’s always Jared’s birthday. People aren’t usually in a lousy mood even when hung-over from New Year’s Eve. We have a party every year to welcome in the New Year and to celebrate Jared. Last year I posted the important recipes for Hoppin’ John (blackeyed peas for good luck); and collard greens (for wealth). This year, no need to repost those so I’m going to give you a most delicious peanut butter cookie recipe. Everyone loved them. No peanut allergies in this house. Peanut Butter Cookies Oven to 350° when ready to bake Ingredients: 1 cup butter (room softened –not microwave softened) 1 cup sugar ¾ cup packed light brown...

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Cut-Out Cookies

Sunday, 03 January 2016

aka Christmas Cookies Pre-heat oven to 350° I love to bake. One of my favorite things to bake is cookies and I have been baking these cookies forever. This is a really nice, fun recipe for a few reasons: it is a super easy recipe; I like to make these with my nieces and this year Becca and I made them when she visited in early December (made me so happy!) and I’ve made them twice since then; the cookies are fun to decorate – wildly fun!!; I love cookie cutters and I have ones for every holiday and some non-holiday ones too; you can make these cookies for so many occasions although mostly I make them around the Christmas holidays. If you’re a friend or family member – or any recipient of my cookies in the past (or if...

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Helene’s Chocolate Brownies And Khai’s Send-Off

Thursday, 23 October 2014

I really like reading David Lebovitz’s blog. Someone set it up so that it automatically pops up in my email. I think Sele Nadel-Hayes did that for me. Various people help me in various ways with my computer. Sele is one of my helpers. Issa is another. Alex is another. Jared is another. Etc. I also like David Lebovitz’s app ‘Living the Sweet Life in Paris’ – especially when I’m in Paris. The app is about pastry shops, sweet shops, etc. from David Lebovitz’s view. I like his view. Lebovitz is a Chez Panisse trained chef living now in Paris – so he’s got the chops to know food and to talk about it. He’s charming. He’s witty. He knows his stuff. His blog has typos in it. I’m always happy reading...

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Baked Apples With Dried Apricots And Almonds

Sunday, 19 October 2014

I told my brother Phil that my ‘book group’ was coming over for dinner and that I was making baked apples for dessert. He didn’t think that was a very interesting dessert and made some comment about what’s the big deal about putting an apple in the oven and turning the oven on. That is NOT a baked apple. This is a baked apple... Baked Apples with Dried Apricots and Almonds (-Cooks Illustrated 1/1/2010) Ingredients: 7 large Granny Smith Apples or another tart-ish apple with flavor 6 Tsp butter, softened ¼ cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup dried apricots chopped 1/3 cup almonds or walnuts coarsely chopped and toasted 3 Tbsp oats 1 tsp grated orange zest 1 tsp vanilla pinch salt 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/3...

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Faux Cracker Jacks

Monday, 13 October 2014

Although I’ve been quiet for a couple months, the kitchen has not lay fallow. Not too much creative cooking but lots of jamming including orange marmalade; apricot; two kinds of peach – smooth and chunky; strawberry; fig; plum; grape. That’s kind of a lot for an urban gal with no fruit trees so to speak. Well…. only a couple of lime trees, lemon and grapefruit, oh and tangerine, and a baby apricot. . . I’ll post some jam recipes in the weeks to come but for now let’s talk about fake cracker jack. I found this recipe in the August 2014 edition of Food and Wine it’s from Katie Button who is an up-and-comer chef. So far, the reviews of these tasty morsels are good. Cracker Jack...

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Better Than Brownies

Thursday, 31 July 2014

I really haven’t been cooking much this month. I’m a little sluggish I guess and not many mouths around to feed. And then I had my wisdom teeth pulled…. All four of them...A real appetizer killer. Anyway...I did find this morsel of a recipe which has been well received. The Judge liked it – what else could you ask for?! Pecan Brownie Brittle Preheat over to 325° Ingredients: 2 oz unsweetened chocolate 1/3 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla ½ cup unbleached flour ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp baking soda 2 egg whites ½ cup pecans chopped a handful of cocoa nibs finishing salt like Maldon Directions: Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with coconut oil or another baking spray. Place butter and...

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Crispy Chocolate Cookies

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Half-way through the month and all I have to write about is chocolate cookies. Sad. Crispy chocolate cookies. Chocolate cookies with cornmeal because I’m on that cornmeal textural kick thing. Chococlate cookies with two kinds of chocolate – unsweetened melted and cocoa powder. Chocolate cookies with two kinds of sugar, granulated and confectioners sugar. Really great cookies. In a way they reminded me of the cookies my mom used to make her chocolate cookie, whipped cream concoction that she would refrigerate and then slice on the diagonal. That was so good. Remember that Phil? Eric? Disa? Jamie? Mom? Dad? Anyway. . . a couple things happened this past weekend that made me want to bake. The first thing was that Khai...

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Polenta Cookies

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

I’m kind of on a cornmeal in dessert kick. Don’t know why. Last month I hunted for the perfect cornmeal olive oil cake. This month it’s cornmeal cookies. I just couldn’t make them until I had a reason and Saturday night was the perfect opportunity. Our friends Mary and Pablo (Pablo the famous electrician and tamale maker extraordinaire) invited us for dinner. My contribution was a salad and that’s it but I somehow felt compelled to bring dessert too – that part struck me at 5:00 pm and we were to be there between 6:00 and 6:30. The pressure was on. I had been staring at a Polenta Cookie recipe for quite some time - from Food52 - submitted by someone named Emiko and it looked like I could get it done in the right...

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