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Coconut Dainties
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Coconut Dainties

Crocuses are making their presence known, pushing up through bits of ice and layers of fallen leaves, and I’ve got three beautiful yellow and red-streaked tulips blooming. I think it must be spring. That means it’s time to bake crisp, crunchy, coconut cookies! These light, slightly chewy…

April 1, 2016
The crisp is best served at room temperature, so let it rest a bit after coming out of the oven.
Desserts Recipes

Blueberry Crumble

Fresh fruit is my favorite thing for dessert, and it only gets better when plump blueberries are paired with just enough sugar to create a luscious sauce. Topped with a lightly sweetened crumble and accessorized with a scoop of vanilla gelato, the flavor combinations…

March 27, 2014
Lemon pudding.
Desserts Recipes

Crispy Lemon Pudding

There is something irresistible about a crispy crust, particularly when you know that just underneath, you’ll find a smooth, creamy layer of tart lemon to roll across your tongue. This lemon pudding provides a satisfying combination of textures, and is easy to whip up.…

March 27, 2014
Desserts Recipes

Tri-Cornered Hamentaschen

When my mother left a delectable delivery of Hamentaschen on our doorstep last week, I bemoaned the fact that she prepares these treats only once a year. Although the Jewish holiday of Purim, celebrating freedom from oppression, has passed, these triangle-shaped, jelly filled pastries…

March 27, 2014
Pumpkin Empanadas are a Southwestern version of a traditional Jewish pastry.
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Pumpkin Empanadas

Pumpkin Empanadas The convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving this year reminds us that both holidays celebrate freedom from religious oppression. Even though Thanksgivukkah won’t repeat for at least another 60 years, it’s fun to blend holidays. This year, we’re celebrating with a southwest style turkey, and the…

November 15, 2013
Desserts Recipes

Chocolate Lavender Tart with Honey-Lavender Ice Cream

Chocolate Lavender Tart with Honey-Lavender Ice Cream When I first think of lavender, soap, drawer sachets and peaceful soaks in a hot tub come to mind. But lavender is also a versatile herb. Try it in dried, culinary form for desserts and sprinkled on…

June 28, 2013
Sweetly tart, grilling coaxes out the peach's natural sugars. A perfect end to a summer meal.
Desserts Recipes

Phillip’s Bourbon-Sweet Grilled Peaches

Phillip’s Bourbon-Sweet Grilled Peaches Dinner is over, and everybody is happy, satisfied and pleasantly stuffed full of food. It’s just the right amount, Goldilocks—except for that one, lingering thought. Wouldn’t it be nice to have dessert? Something simple, a bit sweet and that won’t…

July 13, 2012
If you stick to the recipe and slice the dough thinly, the cookies will be a bit brown. For a lighter-colored biscuit, cut into thicker slices.
Desserts Recipes

Lemon-Lavender Shortbread Thins

Lemon-Lavender Shortbread Thins I’ll be the first to admit that I am a reluctant baker. The problem, for me, is I rarely eat dessert. Sugar isn’t all that appealing; given a choice, I’ll take salt any day. Even so, the jar of culinary lavender…

April 18, 2012