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Mom’s Pepsi Cola Cake

There is quite a bit of irony that nearly every year of my early life I asked for a Coca-Cola Cake for my birthday. First, it is a chocolate cake and I am not the biggest fan of chocolate. Second, I really preferred Sprite or other non-cola drinks when I was young. Last, my mom’s […]

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Butterscotch Bird Nests and Haystacks

We still have a lot of leftover Easter candy at my house. My daughter is VERY good about not eating too much candy. Plus, she did get a lot of candy between the Easter Bunny and the egg hunt at our church. When I found a bag of white Cadbury mini-eggs that I had bought […]

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Chocolate Mousse a.k.a. Mousse Au Chocolat

I am not sure what prompted my fascination with a recipe for Mousse Au Chocolat (Chocolate Mousse) I found in the French section of my mom’s early 1960’s McCall’s Cook Book, but I find that, on some level, it still continues to this day. I started making it as a teen for my chocolate-loving dad […]

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Mom’s Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream

Have you ever left a partial carton of ice cream in a sink to melt so you could discard it only to find that it would not really turn into a liquid? Instead, the melted ice cream produced some liquid and a blob of a substance that did not look very appetizing. Moreover, it was […]

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Berry or Cherry Angel Delight Dessert

Berry (or Cherry) Angel Delight is a delicious dessert that can easily be made without heating anything. Plus, this crowd pleasing dessert takes just minutes to throw together. It just needs to chill out for awhile in the refrigerator before serving. Thus, it is one of my go-to desserts. My mom would frequently make this […]

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Easy and Sweet Phyllo Tartlets

Little individual desserts not only are automatic portion control, they also are great for entertaining and cute. Plus, small desserts like phyllo tartlets allow you to easily offer options to accommodate a variety of food restrictions that are frequently encountered. These particular tartlets are vegan-friendly. Non-vegans need not be concerned because unless someone tells you, […]

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Vegan Lemon Curd

Lemon curd has always been something of an enigma to me. It is tart yet sweet. It is light yet rich. It is complex yet simple. I decided to take my dairy-free version a step further and make it egg-free as well. The vegan-friendly version still tastes rather rich despite the omission of egg yolks […]

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Whipped Coconut Cream

For those on a dairy-free diet, whipping cream of coconut to use instead of whipped dairy cream is a naturally great tasting idea. It is an easy to make alternative to commercially prepared non-dairy whipped topping you can find in the frozen food aisle. However, it is rather easy to over mix it, similar to […]

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Aunt Libby’s Caramels

My great-aunt made the best caramels. Although she was not especially fond of cooking, she made a few things better than anyone else. Caramels were one of her specialties that no one else in the family made. It was always a treat to visit during the winter when she often had a supply of the […]

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Apple Salad with Vanilla Dressing

Although Apple Salad with Vanilla Dressing could be considered a side dish, I think of it as dessert. It is a great no-bake option that can easily serve a crowd. Plus, it is rich in flavor and fiber. As written, the dressing recipe has a very strong vanilla flavor. If you aren’t a fan of […]

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