Peachberry Buckle

  Hello friends! Summertime is the luxurious time of the year when all growing things are yielding the result of long days and warm nights.  Flowers burst into bloom, and the berry season begins.  It’s everyone’s chance to indulge in summers blueberry abundant bounty in many delicious treats. So what exactly is a buckle?  It’s…

Crepes with Vanilla Ice Cream and Blueberry Basil Sauce

Hello friends! As the weather warms up I’m sure you’re looking for an easy summer dessert that doesn’t require heating up an oven. Well, look no further than the French Crepe! Crepes are a perfect hot and sunny summer day dessert.  Crepes are firm yet soft, like a blanket that envelopes a variety of sweet…

Roasted Cherry-Almond Crostada with Cardamon Crumbs

Hello friends! It’s cherry season!  This short, yet deliciously sweet, blip on the calendar is one I look forward to it every summer.  I can barely contain my excitement when these sweet, red jewels begin to trickle into the farmer’s markets and grocery stores here in New Jersey. Summers ripe cherries can be eaten raw,…

Coconut Macaroon Pie with Cashew Crust

Hello friends! This recipe was inspired by the memory of my Dad.  My Dad loved his sweet desserts.  In the evenings, after dinner was cleared, and the house was settled, this became Dad’s snack time.  I knew the time, by the loud clanging stirring sound of his spoon hitting the sides of the coffee mug…

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Mixed Berries

Discover summer sweetness by the forkful with my simple-yet-scrumptious yogurt cake. This delicious cake is light, moist, and incredibly flavorful. It gets its tenderness from yogurt instead of butter and its bright, citrusy flavor from freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest. A mixture of ripe, juicy, sweet berries on top adds a pop of color…

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Hello friends! The sound of the bells from a nearby ice cream truck makes me feel nostalgic for my favorite childhood ice cream treat: the ice cream sandwich. I believe that ice cream sandwiches are the best sweet treat you can get off of the ice cream truck all thanks to the combinations of chocolate…

Easy Summer Fruit Tart with Pretzel Crust

Hello friends! Summer is here and you’ve picked your berries, now what? Using freshly picked, juicy summer berries are one of the best flavors for making summer desserts. This retro fruit tart is made using strawberry gelatin (Jello-O) making it fast and very easy to make.  It preserves the just picked freshness, of bright succulent berries,…

Fudgy Brownie Bites

Hello friends! Chocolate in any form is pretty spectacular: chocolate cookies, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake, and especially fudgy chocolate brownies! When baking a pan of brownies, I usually cut mine into nice large squares and then regret eating so many.  While enjoying some brownie squares, I thought to make them into one bite chocolate…

Country Strawberry Cake with Pistachio Topping

Here comes summer! It truly feels like summer when you are outside BBQing juicy meats and tender vegetables, but the best part of warm-weather dining comes at the end of the meal: dessert! This Country Strawberry Cake with Pistachio topping starts with a moist, buttery, cream cheese rich cake. Then it is swirled with strawberry…

Strawberry Cream Cheese Rose Buns

Happy Mother’s Day! There’s only one day a year dedicated to Mom, so Mother’s Day is a time to pull out all of the stops. Celebrate your amazing Mom with my tender strawberry filled buns shaped like a rose!  This tender, buttery, sweet dough is fun and easy-to-make. This dough uses strawberry preserves, which means you can spend…

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart with Ginger Crumble

Hello friends! Sometimes desserts should be eaten first! When it comes to summertime desserts, it’s important to highlight the best of the season.  Right now the bright, sweet, and refreshing strawberries are in season.  Strawberries are an excellent choice for this elegant, summertime dessert. This addicting tart has a buttery, nutty crust made with almonds and…

Brown Sugar Pineapple Muffins with Pistachio Crumb

Hello friends, Wake up this Sunday morning, or every morning, to the wake-you-up flavor of my Brown Sugar Pineapple Muffin with Pistachio Crumbs. These muffins are sweetened with brown sugar, tendered by sour cream, and flavored with chunks of juicy pineapple.  The addition of pineapple gives these super moist and tender muffins their beautiful golden color…