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

Mixed Berries with Vanilla Crème Anglaise and Whipped Cream

It’s the season for barbecues, picnics, cookouts, and outdoor get-togethers – and I have the perfect dessert to impress your guests! This one is particularly patriotic, with gorgeous mixed berries (I used blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries), whipped cream, and a vanilla crème anglaise. You can make it ahead of time, so when it comes time to serve, you just assemble and sit back as your friends ooh and ahh over the sweet treat. The star of this dessert is the crème anglaise – a sweet, custard-like sauce that gets spooned over the mixed berries. It sounds fancy and intimidating,…

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Berry Crisp Recipe with Homemade Caramel and No Churn Ice Cream

There are few desserts I enjoy more than crisp and cobbler recipes, so in the spirit of summer and fresh berries, I thought I would create a Berry Crisp Recipe with Homemade Caramel and No Church Ice Cream.  I like crisp and cobbler recipes because they’re just so easy to make and so incredibly versatile.  For instance, the same base of this recipe, this crisp portion, would go great with whatever fruit is in season.  I often make the same recipe, but I use apples or pears during the winter months to take advantage of the seasonal fruit.  While the…

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No Bake Cheesecake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

A popsicle on a hot day. A s’more at a campfire. One of mom’s famous cookies on Christmas Eve. Sometimes food is just exactly what we’re craving. Drinks do it too. Cold lemonade after a day working outside in the yard. A glass of wine after never-ending day of work. A flute of sparkling wine to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. On Friday, these cookies were exactly what I was craving. After a long week, they absolutely hit the spot. There’s something so therapeutic about baking cookies. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of baking with mom or grandma, or the incredible…

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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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