Pina Colada Fruit Salad

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I would like to say that I came up with this deliciously dramatic dessert all on my own, but it's a variation on the one we look forward to every time we visit our favorite bed and breakfast at the Jersey Shore.  It's a beautiful plateful of fresh fruit, aromatic mint with a scoop of sorbet on the top  for good measure...all served up in a fresh pineapple shell.  It's the perfect breakfast, lunch or even dinner treat, and while I love it best at that B&B (and more on them below), it's also something I make from time to time in my own kitchen, for both the good taste and the good memories.  So speaking of those memories... Read More & Get the Recipe

Zabaglione!

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Zabaglione!  Otherwise known as Sabayon, otherwise known as a whipped, pourable custard made with eggs and sugar and a little Marsala wine, otherwise known as the closest thing to heaven you can have for dessert.  It is one of those desserts that you can make in the 15 minutes after supper while folks are chatting around the dinner table, and I promise that when they take that first delectable spoonful they are going to forget just for a minute that chocolate desserts ever existed in the world.  It's that good. Read More & Get the Recipe

Blueberry Boy Bait

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I'll explain the title of this recipe in a little bit, but the main thing that you need to know about it right from the start is that it is a light and lovely snacking cake that is filled to the brim with fresh and delicious blueberries and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.  It's the perfect way to celebrate all those boxes of sweet-smelling, cheery blueberries that are starting to spring up all around us.  Move over, blueberry pie...the Blueberry Boy Bait is in town! Read More & Get the Recipe

Dinner Party!

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Okay, so I'm interrupting my usual parade of bacon-drenched recipes to tell you about the dinner party the Southern husband and I had the other night, because I just HAVE to.   Most of the recipes came right from this here blog, so I'll include the links along the way, just in case anyone is looking around for their own dinner party ideas.  But first, the back-story.  (Because I do love the back-story!) A while ago, a mutual friend introduced me to the amazing David Leite, who not only is the genius behind the also amazing website Leite's Culinaria, but is also the guy behind the best chocolate chip cookie recipe on the face of the earth.  And by introduced, I mean she took me along to have dinner at his house one evening.  Where he made us a duck risotto that ranks up there among one of the best things I have ever had in my LIFE.   As you can imagine, I was one happy camper.  Not only am I meeting my chocolate chip cookie hero, but he's feeding me ambrosial duck risotto, Read More & Get the Recipe

Texas-Style Blueberry Cobbler

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Okay, first imagine your regular blueberry cobbler, which usually involves a thick, sweet biscuit dough dropped on top of blueberries.  Now rewind and imagine that instead of that biscuit dough you have a lighter batter - think almost pancake batter - that you drop the blueberries on top of instead of the other way around.  Now imagine that you sprinkle the whole thing with a lemon-infused sugar, and that this lighter dough rises up all around the blueberries as it bakes, and that the edges get a little bit crunchy but the center is still light and sweet and mingled with the blueberries, which have sort of melted into a warm lemony blueberry jam. I think I have to go breathe into a brown paper bag for a minute. Anyway, apparently this is how they do cobbler in Texas, or that's what the folks at Cooks Country are telling me.  And whether it is Texas or New Jersey or anywhere else on the planet, I'm here to tell you that this is my new Cobbler Of Choice...I can't imagine ever Read More & Get the Recipe

Caramel French Toast

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French toast is the teenager's all-time favorite, and I make it a LOT. I can almost make it in my sleep at this point, that's how often she comes into the kitchen with those puppy dog eyes and says, "Mommy, can you make me french toast?" It's the "Mommy" part that just kills me. She's 17 and I still instinctively whip my head around whenever I hear a little voice call out "Mommy!!" in a crowded store. Anyway. I thought I knew everything there was to know about french toast, but as it turns out, there was one vital trick I wasn't aware of, and that is that you can caramelize the outside of it with one very easy extra step. Yep, I said caramelize. Can you STAND it? All the creamy, comforting goodness of french toast, but with a thin, slightly crispy caramel coating on the outside. Now, a few weeks ago I did a post on all fabulous Stonewall Kitchen goodies, and among other things I mentioned this stuff. Which was the perfect accompaniment to caramel french toast. Read More & Get the Recipe