Category Archives: Fruit

Tis the Season for a Holiday Trifle!

Trifles can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make them. They usually contain some form of cake, a fruit and/or pudding and whipped cream. The particulars of what and how to layer are up to you. Continue reading

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Banana Pudding Pie, Oh my!

Like any true Southerner, I love me some banana pudding! Creamy and sweet, it has just a touch of vanilla and is filled with layered pastry cream and that old stand-by, Nilla Wafers. Classic. Continue reading

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’tis the season for Rhubarb Roulade!

Rhubarbs have been sort of a mystery to me for years. Until now, I’d never cooked with rhubarbs, nor had I actually eaten rhubarb before last summer (a wonderful strawberry-rhubarb pie), but by the time I realized how good they were, the season had ended.  Luckily, the … Continue reading

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Plating pretty: Individual Chocolate Key Lime Cakes

A friend of mine asked me to create a dessert for a six-course dinner he was serving. Since mine was the last of some very impressive (and somewhat heavy) dishes, I wanted to make something light and fruity. I chose … Continue reading

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Seafood Stew otherwise known as Nuit Française: Marmite Dieppoise. Oh, and for dessert? Touraine cremets with raspberry coulis

Marmite Dieppoise: A marmite is an earthenware pot traditionally used for making soups and stews. This recipe comes from Dieppe on the Normandy coast, well known for its excellent fishing. Basically, this is a simple seafood stew. I say “simple” … Continue reading

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Crab, Mango and Avocado Salad

As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I have a lot of crab to play with right now and it makes me so happy! Crab is versatile. It can be light or heavy, depending on how you serve it. Last … Continue reading

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Orange Granitas in Chocolate Teardrops

Tempering chocolate is tricky and I still don’t have it down. Luckily, the granitas is frozen so that alone inhibits the normal melting that would be happening to this dessert at room temperature. Instead of explaining tempering, I’ll include a … Continue reading

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Mixed Berry Coffee Cake

It’s a lovely weekend at Portland Farmer’s Markets! If you got excited and bought more berries than you could possibly eat before they go bad, make a coffeecake! 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 3/4 cups sugar 1 egg 2 cups flour … Continue reading

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Raspberry Mint Tart

This tart’s fresh, chopped raspberries & mint keep it light and and tangy – the perfect balance to its rich chocolate ganache topping. 9 oz Pâte sucrée (pronounced pat-sue-cray) recipe found below. 2 cups raspberries 20 oz fresh mint leaves … Continue reading

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