Something sweet

Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry Buckle

The blueberries really shine through in this so easy to make dessert – not too sweet and not the calorie hit a pie would be. Perfect as is but you can step it up with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla, cinnamon or lemon ice cream and decorate with a few saved berries or a sprig of mint.

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Rosemary Snacking Nuts

Based on a combo of a 101 Cookbooks recipe for Brown Sugar Rosemary Walnuts and Tracy Abbott’s Spiced pecan recipe, this base can be twisted in countless ways. Love the addition of chopped figs, dates or gogi berries. Nice to have these on hand for snacking with an apple, to top yogurt or oatmeal or add to a salad.

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Orange Blossom Chiffon Cake with Fresh Cherry Sauce

Orange Glow Chiffon Cake

So moist and soft with a sweet orange – y scent, one of my favorite light desserts that can be served completely plain or with a cloud of orange whipped cream or a sauce of fresh fruit. Adornment of fresh daisies, orange blossoms, or sugared orange rind flowers can bring it up a notch in elegance [From The Cake Bible]

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Honey Oatmeal Bread

Maryetta’s Oatmeal Bread

One of our favorites, this slightly sweet, chewy bread works with peanut butter and jelly, ham or tuna salad and is awesome toasted. The recipe is from Beard on Bread an exceptional bread cookbook.

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Brownie Base

Fudge Brownies

Hershey’s Cocoa is the way to go with these really quick, easy to mix brownies

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Jumbles

Jumbles

This recipe comes from Rose Levy Beranbaum with credit to David Shamah. These were huge sellers back when I was a Farmer’s Market baker. I altered from a drop cookie to a slice and bake version which to me, a biscotti fan, made this already perfect cookie even better. Try them both ways and decide for yourself!

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Strawberry Rhubard Tart 2

Fresh Strawberry and Rhubarb Tart

Adapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Pie and Pastry Bible – I like this because the single crust focuses your attention on the fruit and cooking only the rhubarb allows the strawberries to remain distinctive. Sugar is reduced slightly in this version. Serve with or without freshly whipped cream.

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Basic Short Pastry (pate brisee)

Hail to Julia and one of my favorite cooking manuals – The Way to Cook – I usually double this and freeze half to have on hand or even pre-bake a shell or two. Throwing leftovers into a quiche is an elegant meal stretcher.

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Orange Pound Cake

From the Barefoot Contessa – a simple cake – recipe makes two loaves. One for your freezer to save for spur of the moment guests or a busy week.

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Bittersweet Brownies

Nibby Bittersweet Brownies

For dark chocolate lovers only, this recipe from the divine dessert goddess, Alice Medrich is made even better by the optional addition of cacao nibs – OMG!

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