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Banana Chimichanga

Inspired by a dessert my daughter and I shared at a local Latin American restaurant that closed a couple of years ago. I decided to use some of an abundance of tortillas I had to make a tortilla wrapped banana dessert. As I only had my sketchy memory to go by, I decided to make […]

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Grandma’s Blackberry Pie and Cobbler

My mom and maternal grandmother made the best blackberry pies and cobblers. Although I was only nine when my grandmother died, I still remember how wonderful her blackberry cobbler tasted. Her cobbler was a double crust of pie dough in a 9 X 13-ish pan. I know that she made blackberry cobblers more often than […]

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Cream Cheese Pie Crust

My mom used to make this cream cheese pie crust; she only made it for just one recipe…pecan teasers.  I never considered using it for anything else until talking about pie crust ideas for a tomato pie with a friend one day. I don’t know why I had not thought of it before. it was a […]

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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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