desserts

Pears Poached in Red Wine with Orange Cardamom Sabayon

October 2, 2015
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It doesn’t feel like autumn yet here in Southern California, but pears are in the markets and pumpkin spice is everywhere (gah!). In a previous post I wrote about cooking with wine and liquor and this elegant dessert doubles your fun with wine; the pears are poached in it and the sweet custard sauce is made […]

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Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel

December 12, 2013
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Sweet and salty. That combination gets me every time. Chocolate covered pretzels? You bet! Salted caramel ice cream? My favorite. Even peanut M&Ms have me reaching into the office candy jar. But chocolate and salted caramel? That’s a long time favorite and if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might recognize the […]

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Lemon Curd and Chocolate Ganache Tart

April 22, 2013
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Curd. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue does it? How can something with a name so funky, taste so luscious? It’s the magic of chemistry that turns basic ingredients like sugar, eggs, butter and lemon, with a little heat, into a silky, sweet, and tangy spread that you would swear should not have a name like […]

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Cherry Clafoutis

July 23, 2012
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I’ve always wanted to make a clafoutis, but never had until recently. Something about the name sounds so romantic to me (maybe because it’s French?), which is odd considering this is really quite an easy, homestyle dessert. What is a clafoutis, you ask? Think of a cross between a dense custard and a thick pancake, […]

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Candied Meyer Lemon Ice Cream

June 4, 2012
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It’s safe to say that just about everyone likes ice cream, right? What’s not to like? Good ice cream has all the qualities of the perfect husband; sweet, rich and satisfying. Ok, just kidding. Maybe. A little. But once again, I’ve had my assumptions challenged, this time by a fifteen year old boy who told […]

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Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust and Salted Caramel

February 6, 2012
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I’m frugal, I’ll admit it. I don’t mind spending money when I feel there is good bang for the buck (example, I’ll spend more for hotel room with a great view), but if I can make it myself, better and cheaper, then I will. That’s just a bonus, isn’t it? When I decided I wanted […]

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