special desserts

Rustic Apple Tart with Almond Paste and Tart-Sweet Sundowner Apples

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Still planning holiday desserts? Rustic Apple Tart’s a FAB easy-to-bake treat…inspired by browsing through a recent Earth & Vine ‘Provisions’ catalog recipe and photos on the side of a box of Odense Almond Paste. Baked this simple apple tart with two Sundowner® (Cripps Red) apples, leaving skins on the thin slices. Sundowner apples  (available November […]

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Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Pie, Our Thanksgiving Holiday Treat!

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My all-time FAVORITE Thanksgiving dessert is Pumpkin Pie. Because my hubby and I are lacto-vegetarians and don’t eat or bake foods with eggs, we always miss out on this yummy treat unless I bake an eggless pumpkin pie myself. So, that was my plan this Thanksgiving. With that in mind, I purchased a Sweetie Pie […]

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Celebrating Autumn’s Orange ~ Lovely produce and a historic baseball championship!

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We’re segueing a bit from the subject of food for the intro to today’s post, celebrating the San Francisco Giants win in the 2010 World Series Baseball Championship! Those silly little birds express our giddiness and delight. (If you don’t know or haven’t guessed, the Giants’ uniform colors are: orange and black along with white…which […]

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Banana Rum Ice Cream For Breakfast? YUM!!

yummy banana rum ice cream garnished with dried banana slices

Bri must be smiling…. She knows I’d LOVE to find an excuse to eat organic gourmet ice cream for breakfast! But, REALLY…I didn’t. It’s just the way I time ice cream prep, often running our Cuisinart ice cream freezer first thing in the morning, so the soft frozen ice cream will have a chance to […]

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Date Nut Bread ~ A Delicious, Low-Fat, Easy to Bake Treat

pistachios and dates work well in this simple date bread recipe

Did you do any special baking projects for the winter holidays? Our family usually bakes 5-6 different cookie recipes, dozens apiece to give as gifts. In the 1950-60s when I was a child, homemade & home-baked items were traditional holiday gifts for friends. November to January happen to be the busiest months for our graphics […]

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Extreme Halloween Candy: Skull Truffles

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HALLOWEEN has always been my favorite holiday. When it comes to dessert, my tastes have matured towards the more gourmet. But just because I am an adult doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the fun of Halloween candy. This year, I wanted to create a Halloween treat for adults. Something not to be gobbled, but savored. […]

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Avocado Ice Cream with a Twist

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SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER are Indian Summer time in northern California. It’s hot ~ sometimes much TOO hot like last week, when temperatures were in the mid-to-high 90sF (35C). As we wilt under fiercely sunny skies, chilled melon, cucumbers, and vine-ripened tomatoes beckon. Cold fruit smoothies, vanilla malt shakes, Starbucks Frappuccinos, and ice cream tempt even […]

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Goat Cheese Stuffed, Roasted Figs & Tropical Blossom Honey

AUTUMN IS FIG SEASON! Fresh figs don’t keep long, so eat your fill… NOW. A few months ago, our friends Bee & Jai came up with a challenging CLICK! event: Bi-Color. SO wanted to participate. To rise to their challenge. Looked through what the CLICK! participants had submitted. Surveyed my own collection of food photos….all […]

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