Cool Stuff – Desserts

Homemade Fruit Leather

Fruit roll-ups were a big thing when I was growing up. There were so many iterations at one point that I was in pure fruit candy bliss. Then there were the healthy versions that we’d always find at the health food store. They were called “fruit leather,” because they were thicker and made out of pure fruit I suppose… not the other nasty bits that were probably in the fruit […]

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Lemon Basil Ice Cream

I planted Grandma P.’s herb garden and got to thinking about basil. A few years ago, when I was feeling especially experimental with food, I made lemon basil ice cream and everyone who set their lips to it said it was the best ice cream they’d ever tasted. There’s something so intoxicating about basil. And while the latest trend to put strange flavors into dessert form has probably gone beyond […]

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Strawberry Shortcake & Badass Biscuits

A few weeks ago I went on a strawberry binge. I was intent on making a strawberry rhubarb pie and my strawberry estimating skills turned out to be terrible, and thus I was left with more strawberries than one pie could hold. So I proceeded to make approximately 1.6 trillion recipes from strawberries. There was strawberry fruit leather, and strawberry vinegar, and strawberries flying across the room. That last recipe […]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Last night I dreamt about rhubarb. What does that mean? I took it as a sign that I should show you how to make my favorite pie. Any dream interpreters out there can speak now or forever hold your peace. Anyone? Great! Pie it is. Once upon a time there was someone named “The Pie Lady” in my hometown. She lived in Nyack, New York on the Hudson River in […]

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Lemon Curd

I have a custard addiction. And I recently discovered that custard is socially acceptable to eat at breakfast. I don’t know why it took so long to find this out. I haven’t had enough exposure to doughnuts I think. So I immediately made lemon curd. And after I spooned it into the jar, I licked every last vistage from the bowl. Because I really, really don’t like to be wasteful. […]

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Jello Eggs

It’s entirely possible I’ve lost my mind. But I prefer to call it investigative blogging. It has a better ring to it. I was talking to Grandma Pellegrini the other day about Easter, and food, and food, and Easter, and she started telling me about these jello eggs she used to make. “Wait, what?!?!” I replied very casually. And so she set about telling me that she used to use […]

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Grandma’s Pudding

Grandma Pellegrini has these faintly pink glass bowls in her house. She’s had them since the 1930’s. She and her sister (my great-aunt) lived together in New York City when they were working girls. I like that she still has them. She served me a pudding in them that I would like to tell you about, because it was a spectacular pudding. She has a way with puddings, she really […]

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Gingerbread Castle Bundt Cake

I have a mold. I don’t know where it came from. It just appeared one day. It’s always in the way, it doesn’t fit anywhere nicely. It was suggested at one point that we throw it out, but it wouldn’t go. So today I finally used it, in honor of our Christmas party this evening. I decided to do a gingerbread flavor, though any flavoring would work. Even Grandma P.’s […]

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Easy Christmas Cookies

I am always so impressed with people who produce oceans of Christmas cookies of various kinds and dole them out in charming tins. The woman who took care of me growing up has about twenty or so kinds of cookes that she makes every year. She doesn’t break a sweat. They are all very different and all beautiful to look at and all delicious. Last weekend, my friend and I […]

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Bananas Foster Cupcakes, (a.k.a. The Nielsen Ratings for Food)

In preparation for my book… I’ve been testing out quite a lot of recipes. These I like to call “Bananas Foster Cupcakes,” because they celebrate cream and rum and cake in three lavish bites. (There’s cream inside!) I’ve discovered that to get a truly unbiased opinion on a recipe, it is best to set it in the kitchen of an anonymous office where people whisk in to grab a diet Mountain […]

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