Berry Cream Parfaits

March 22, 2017

I love these Berry Cream Parfaits because they are super delicious, super quick & easy to prepare, and super impressive. They take only 10 minutes to put together! Simply blend cream cheese, crème fraiche (or sour cream), lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon. Then layer the cheese mixture with fresh berries in a fun glass and,… Read more »

Peppermint Ice Cream and Chocolate Squares

January 3, 2017

I love peppermint anything, especially when mixed with chocolate! This dessert was a favorite of my mom – a vanilla cookie crust, topped with a fluffy chocolate sauce and ice cream. Mom liked to make it with vanilla or coffee ice cream; I’m partial to peppermint ice cream, especially around the holidays when it’s more… Read more »


Frozen Brandy Alexander

December 27, 2016

Robert and I love Frozen Brandy Alexanders – it’s like dessert in a wine (or martini) glass! In fact, we like them so much that we served them in shot glasses at our wedding reception. They are an easy, make ahead drink/dessert that is made with readily available ingredients – perfect for a special celebration…. Read more »


Apple Cake

September 3, 2016

My brother Jim and I always loved this apple cake as kids. The combination of tart apples with sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg is heavenly. Dark, rich, flavorful – and beautiful to present. I like to make it in a Bundt pan, then serve it on a cake stand with a small bouquet of… Read more »

Pavlova with Fresh Berries

April 20, 2016

My mom Sally was first introduced to this dessert, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, by friends in Australia. Comprised of a sweet meringue base topped with flavored whipped cream and fresh berries, it’s been a family favorite for years and has been served at many a birthday party by request. I also have… Read more »


Almond Raspberry Cookies

February 4, 2016

I created these cookies several years ago as gifts to provide single friends on Valentine’s Day (I was also single at the time). Then I started making them for my mom on Valentines’ Day, as she was a cookie lover. I have also made them at Christmas, cutting the cookie shape into small gingerbread men,… Read more »

Easy Flaky Pie Crust

February 2, 2016

Who doesn’t like a delicious, flaky pie crust? It seems like there are as many recipes for pie crusts as there are for pie fillings! One Thanksgiving, we were invited to spend the holiday with our good friends Jeanne and Dick Saunders at their home in Scottsdale. For Thanksgiving dessert, another house guest, Carol Todd,… Read more »

Lemon Almond Ice Cream

May 13, 2015

Who doesn’t love ice cream? My dad was particularly fond of it. He got nervous if there was less than a gallon of some flavor of ice cream in the freezer. One time, after Dad had his annual physical and he had gained a few pounds, he came home and announced to my mom, “no… Read more »

Lemon Ginger Blueberry Tart

Lemon Ginger Blueberry Tart

April 14, 2015

I love ginger, and this tart really showcases it with gingersnap cookies in the crust and crystallized ginger in the filling. In creating this recipe, I also wanted lots of lemon flavor without having to use copious amounts of sugar to balance it. Adding Limoncello together with mascarpone cheese (similar to, but sweeter than cream… Read more »


Individual Blueberry Cakes

January 10, 2015

These little blueberry cakes are a great last-minute dessert you can pull together in less than 15 minutes (prep time) on those nights you have unexpected guests.  Easy to prepare, delicious, elegant – what more could you ask for? If you don’t have fresh blueberries on hand, substitute frozen blueberries that have been thawed and… Read more »

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