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Ice Cream Crunch Cake

We added another teenager to the house a couple of weeks ago.  Turning thirteen is reason enough to celebrate.  In our house, it was extra momentous as our daughter became a bat mitzvah.   In the Jewish religion, this life cycle event celebrates the transition of a child becoming an adult in the religious community.  She… [ more ]

Filed in: Cakes and Cupcakes, Frozen Sweets, Sweets

Berry Parfait Tart

One thing I love about cooking is how you can take the same bundle of ingredients and come up with different end products by only tweaking one or two steps or techniques.  This tart is a perfect example.  How many times have you grabbed yogurt, berries and nuts or granola, layered them in a bowl… [ more ]

Filed in: Breakfast, Pies and Tarts, Sweets

Yellow Summer Squash Soup with Nectarine Corn Salsa

I am one  of those weirdos that eat hot soup year round.   While the temperature in the bowl may not give you a clue to the weather outside, the ingredients tell all.  This Yellow Squash Soup with Nectarine Corn Salsa was my summer soup star.  Until three summers ago, I treated yellow summer squash as… [ more ]

Filed in: Soups, Chilis and Stews, Vegetarian

Honey Pepper Grilled Goat Cheese

Let’s get a few things out of the way.  I first made this triple bottom line crowd pleaser (fast, easy and delicious) for a Fourth of July picnic earlier this summer.  Everyone raved about the smoky characteristics of the cheese and I loved the convenience of shlepping the limited number of ingredients for such a… [ more ]

Filed in: Beginnings


We’re at that time of the season when the words “overabundance”, “save it for later” and “ripe and juicy” may no longer be music to your ears.   The pressure of time and to-do lists have that funny way of interfering with the best of intentions to extend the bounty of summer throughout the year. My… [ more ]

Filed in: Condiments and Spice Mixes