Category Archives: desserts

Chocolate Quinoa Cake–(gluten-free)

His first taste of chocolate. Need I say more? I’ve been conspicuously absent from this blog for two months. Changes in my diet left me uninspired to collect and hang on to recipes and new food combos to post here. … Continue reading

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Coconut Cream Tarts

“A good time occurs precisely when we lose track of what time it is.” ― Robert Farrar Capon And that’s exactly what happened the evening we devoured these mini coconut pies. We had more than a birthday to celebrate that … Continue reading

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Harvest Time Chocolate Drops

“Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.” Dave Barry It’s Friday. Go ahead and make these. If you start now, you could be … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Gingersnap Parfaits

A shot glass dessert for Thanksgiving dinner. I picked up sugar pumpkins at the Farmer’s Market and stopped in at True Grain Bakery and bought some of their yummy ginger cookies to make this easy dessert. I found this recipe … Continue reading

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Rustic Apple Cranberry Crostata

Organic apples from Divino Winery and fresh cranberries from Yellowpoint Cranberry Farm combine to make a rustic dessert for our Canadian Thanksgiving dinner. Ingredients Crust: 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar 1/2 … Continue reading

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A Birthday Cheesecake

Deb Perlman’s recipe for Almond-Crisped Peaches left me salivating. I read her blog regularly and refer to her Smitten Kitchen cookbook frequently. If you’re not familiar with her blog, you’ve been living under a rock, you really must swing on … Continue reading

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Saskatoon Berry Oatmeal Cookies

“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.” Barbara Jordan The berries from our local … Continue reading

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Naked Fried Bananas

Just like the next person, I love to get a deal. While today’s saving was only a few dollars, I felt like I hit the jackpot when I found a huge bag of beautifully ripe (overripe, apparently) bananas for $2.99 … Continue reading

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Roasted Peaches with Goat Cheese and Lavender Honey

When we were in Paris this winter, we spent an afternoon just wandering in the St. Germain area, poking around the shops and kiosks. I particularly enjoyed the fact that you could buy a mug of warm red wine on … Continue reading

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Goat Cheese Cake with Summer Berries

It’s raspberry season here in the Cowichan Valley. What’s your favourite way to serve them (besides eating them in the car on the way home from the farm . . .)? My ambitious plans to have my own raspberry crop … Continue reading

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Non-Paleo, Full of Gluten, Refined Sugar Blubarb Crumble

This one won’t meet the criteria of the paleo, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan Pinterest boards, but it sure tastes good. I’m a firm believer that you are what you eat. I’m careful about what goes in my mouth. I do my … Continue reading

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Bananas Foster

Oops! We devoured it before I took a photo. Serves 8 Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1 cup dark brown sugar 6 Tbsp. rum 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. cinnamon 6 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise and then crosswise … Continue reading

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Apple Cake with Warm Salted Caramel Sauce

So . . . what happened to “The Party’s Over“? Definitely wintertime comfort food! It’s worth baking this cake simply for the way it will make your kitchen smell of apples and cinnamon. This recipe comes from Deb Perelman’s new … Continue reading

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Kahlua Ganache Truffles

So much for my (fleeting) thought of having a sugar-free Christmas . . . Makes 25 truffles Ingredients 8 oz. dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I use Bernard Callebaut) 7 Tbsp. heavy cream 1 Tbsp. light corn syrup 2 tsp. … Continue reading

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Nana’s Butter Tarts

Christmas time means butter tarts and every Christmas since I can remember, my family has always looked forward to receiving butter tarts from my mother-in-law. We all agree that hers are the best in the world. Several years ago, I … Continue reading

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