Lemon Vanilla Mint Shortbread Tartelettes

We had a party! Actually, we didn’t have the party, our neighbors did. But, we got to participate, and that’s just as great! Sangria and tapas. I offered to bring dessert. Something “tapa-ish,” bite-sized, and not too sweet. A tapa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtapa]), in Spanish cuisine, is an appetizer, or snack. It may be cold (such…

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Unicorns & Rainbows: Cotton Candy Ice Cream Burrito

I’m not sure why I find it so strange that a good girlfriend of mine adores cotton candy. I mean really, why should she have to justify her tendency to sweets when I’m leaning towards bags and bags of kale chips on end and a block of cheese a day! (ssshhhh…did you not know that…

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Sugared Mint Shortbread Bars

They are buttery little bites. They are sweet little bites. They are minty little bites. And, they are lemony little bites. But let’s face it, shortbread really is all about that butter.

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Vanilla Lemon Thyme Goat Cheesecake Shooters

There is simply so much to celebrate this time of year. Summer. Independence and freedom. Birthdays. LIFE! Let’s take a moment to indulge… in some vanilla lemon thyme infused mousse of sorts ~ ~ morphed into a bit of a shot of cheesecake. Yummy! Vanilla Lemon Thyme Goat Cheesecake Shooters 1 sleeve graham crackers, finely…

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Butterscotch Rum Crepe Cake

It’s not often that you come across butterscotch as an adult. Am I right? Butterscotch seems to be reserved for summer time ice cream sundaes, topped with whipped cream and nuts, and maybe a cherry on top. Crepes seem to fall into the special occasion category as well, as do cakes, at least in our…

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Brown Butter Chocolate Pastry Braid

Just like yesterday, I’m often curious to “find out” what might “happen” in the kitchen. And, I’m always willing to try. I’ve baked this simply pastry dessert in the past, using puff pastry instead of filo dough. It was truly delicious. And, even though I pose curiosity here, I really KNEW this baked brilliance would…

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Strawberry Rose Rhubarb Panna Cotta

Just as spring began to emerge this year, I said to Valerie, “I really want to make rhubarb rose panna cotta.” Of course, she smiled and said, “okay.” What else would she say? Any excuse for us to get into the kitchen and whip up a sweet or a savory storm leaves us both grinning….

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Earl Grey Chocolate Mousse

Mousse in a blender? I may not be a mousse expert, but when I saw this idea I was fairly certain that one did not make mousse in a blender. I went ahead and tried the task anyway, tweaking the recipe to my own liking, just in case. As I poured the liquid blender mousse into ramekins…

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Do you really need an excuse to eat chocolate chip cookies or cheesecake any day of the week, or any time of day for that matter? I don’t think so. And, to take it a step further, I don’t think you even need an excuse to eat them together ~

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