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There’s nothing like a good dessert to add a sweet finish to a wonderful meal.

Mini Pineapple Upside Cake Recipe with Homemade Whipped Cream

I’m not going to lie, every time I saw a pineapple upside down cake as a kid it terrified me.  It’s a weird concept right?  You’ve got this tasty cake and then you put this pineapple ring on it and then bake it until its mush.  Sorry dude, it’s weird!  So fast forward about 25 years and I’ve finally gotten the courage to whip up one myself in this Mini Pineapple Upside Cake Recipe with Homemade Whipped Cream.  Super tasty, not soggy and a nice change up from the norm; Hope you dig it too! Any good cake starts with…

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Strawberry Tart Recipe with lemon Meringue and Almond Crust

Oh my gosh did I have so much fun making this Strawberry Tart Recipe with lemon Meringue and Almond Crust!  It’s not that I did anything out of the ordinary, but it’s because my family from Detroit was in town for a few days and I got to cook with my Aunt Pam who is probably more obsessed with food than I am.  Every time I see her we are always talking about food, recipes, cooking shows, you name it, but I’ve only had the opportunity to cook with her 1 other time than this.  My Aunt is a phenomenal…

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Mini Lemon Tart Recipe with Phyllo Dough and Fresh Berries

This post is sponsored by the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association, all opinions are my own. Once berries come in season, you’ll most likely find me in the kitchen baking up delicious treats for my family.  Whenever I make any baked desserts I always start in the frozen and dairy aisles.  I know for certain that I will need things like eggs, butter, and when making quick treats, frozen crusts, just like in this Mini Lemon Tart Recipe with Phyllo Dough and Fresh Berries.  When desserts are mini they pack a powerful punch in the flavor department and makes…

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Easy Carrot Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

Hands down my favorite dessert recipe of all time is carrot cake.  The wonderful combination of slightly sweet and savory with the delicious butter and cream cheese frosting is the most magnificent flavors of all time.  I know you may think I’m crazy for thinking carrot cake is the best, but to me it’s the cream of the crop in the dessert world.  The carrot cake I remember was when I was a line cook at a country club back in St. Louis where it was cooked in a deep sheet tray, iced and then served as a square.  Now…

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Irish Apple Cake Recipe with Vanilla Custard Sauce

While some are having the time of their life, I’ll always remember St. Patrick’s Day as the day I moved to Chicago.  I was so excited as I began to approach the beautiful skyline of the city and then skuuuurt.  Dead. Stop. Traffic.  I didn’t realize it was St. Paddy’s Day weekend because I was too focused on moving up to Chicago, but dang did I get a rude awakening when I realized everyone was gathered down town drinking Guinness and taking in all of the local green river festivities.  Now that I’ve been settled in for 9 years I…

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Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe with Fresh Strawberries

My wife comes from a long line of sweet tooth fanatics so when I whipped up this Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe with Fresh Strawberries I knew she’d be obsessed.  Making cheese cake in general is actually very easy, it’s suffering through the cooling down process that can be so agonizing.  Of course, there are those super cool down tricks one can do like popping it into the freezer so that one can consume it quicker, but hey this is a chef’s kitchen and I want to show you how to properly make a chocolate cheese cake, so no cheating.  However, I…

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Lemon Curd Recipe with Almond Crust and Winter Fruit

Always Always Always buy fresh produce in season… Unless of course you have a 4-year old who is screaming bloody murder for watermelon in the month of February.  I love to eat seasonal, but when you’ve got kids, especially younger ones, you can throw that concept right out the window.  However, when I made this Lemon Curd Recipe with Almond Crust and Winter Fruit, I made sure to use fruit that is in peak season during these winter months.  Sure I would have loved to use fresh berries, but honestly fresh berries taste terrible right now.  The long winter season…

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Stove Top Apple Crisp Recipe with Dried Cherries and Oatmeal Crumble

This week I get to head to Orlando, Florida for an awesome show, KBIS.  To break that down, it stands for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.  It’s a trade show that is loaded with all of the latest and greatest products you need for your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room projects.  I’ll be there on behalf of Franke products doings some fun chef demos where I’ll be walking through the process on how to make 3 different recipes, including this Stove Top Apple Crisp Recipe with Dried Cherries.  The main inspiration for making this recipe is to give you…

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