Pina Colada Fruit Salad

pina colada fruit salad

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

Raspberry Crumble Squares


Okay, so I think it's been a while since I mentioned how much I love and adore the Stonewall Kitchen Cookbook, and pretty much anything that Stonewall Kitchen makes.  As you may remember from earlier posts, I pretty much keeled over with excitement the first time I saw this: In this case, however, I went for something that actually didn't involve chocolate, if you can believe that!  This recipe is a quick and easy one that is all about raspberries...and it works PERFECTLY with the frozen bags of raspberries you can get in the supermarket freezer section, and that is exactly what I used.  What's basically going on here is this: you make a super-simple shortbread recipe - flour, sugar and butter - and bake it until it is just set.  Then you heat up some raspberry jam just until it is melted, and you brush it onto the shortbread. (I used the spectacular Stonewall Kitchen variety.  Of course.)  Sprinkle on those raspberries, and then top the whole thing with a crumble topping of Read More & Get the Recipe

Caramel French Toast


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