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Blueberry Plum Paletas

31 Jul BlueberryPlumPopsicles

I am moving back to Cambridge/Somerville in a couple weeks. Though I am happy to be going “home,”  I’m dreading the move.  I HATE moving.  The actual move day is horrible, but it’s the packing I can’t stand – and the unpacking.  In an effort to avoid these unpleasant things, I’ve turned to the kitchen.  Since it is too hot for me to want to use my oven, I decided to make paletas or popsicles. Few things taste better on a hot day then a popsicle.

With just three simple ingredients (and no added sugar), these all fruit pops are easy to whip up.

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Blueberries and pomegranates make the perfect combo with their anti-oxidant, super-food superpowers.  Not to mention, they taste good.   I threw in plums as well, but any other fruit would do – next up, blueberry peach?!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Muffins

26 Jun SmallStrawberryRhubarbMuffin

Nothing says early summer like rhubarb. 3 weeks ago, the farmer’s market stalls were packed with the stuff.

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Of course, I have been delinquent with posting, so this recipe comes a little late in the season.  The good news is there was still rhubarb at my farmer’s market last weekend – so maybe it’s not too late!

If you are a fan of this eternal combo, you’ll like these muffins.  And like most of my recent original recipes, this one’s gluten free.

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Key Lime Pie – Spring is Here

3 May KeyLimePieAbove

Spring makes me happy. There is nothing nicer than warming temperatures and spring flowers. 

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Thanks for the beautiful bouquet, hubby!

I recently went on a quick jaunt to the Florida Keys – it rained the whole time, but it didn’t prevent me from tasting “the world’s best key lime pie” at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo.  Although many places we passed made similar claims about their pie, it was indeed the best key lime pie I have ever eaten.  I knew I had to replicate it at home so I schlepped a lb of key limes back with me to New Haven.

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Since I like a challenge and am always trying to eat less wheat, I decided to make a gluten free “graham cracker” crust.  Although it wasn’t as beautiful as I would have liked, the taste hit the spot. It has great crumbly texture and the perfect graham flavor.  Hubby claims it’s better than any graham cracker crust he’s ever tasted – but I’m never sure if he’s just misremembering. Either way, it rocks. And it’s gluten free.

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While reviewing tons of recipes, I came upon a raging argument over whether whipped cream or merengue was a more authentic topping.  Since Mrs. Mac’s used whipped cream (as did the 70′s style key lime pie post card I bought), I did too. Which ever you choose, I recommend whipping up one of these – it is super easy and is bursting with spring flavor.

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Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake (Made Four Ways)

24 Mar FlourlessChocolatecake2

What can I say? Who doesn’t love a good flourless chocolate cake. Well, me I guess. But I understand that most people really do love chocolate.

It is Hubby’s favorite food this time of year (really anytime of year).  This cake is rich, chocolatey, and dense. And since it’s flourless, it’s perfect for passover and the gluten intolerant. Best of all, it’s super easy to make and only has a few ingredients.

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I’ve topped it several ways over the years, but this year I decided to test out several of them at once for a real taste test.  I made a simple dairy free ganache, a (dairy free) salted caramel, and a strawberry coulis.    I also dusted one cake with cocoa (for unadulterated chocolate flavor).  The winner?  It was hard to tell because they all received high praise; though not surprisingly, Hubby voted for the extra chocolate of the ganache.

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Almond & Coconut Macaroon Tartlettes

20 Mar Almond and Coconut Tartlettes

These little beauties were inspired by a wonderfully generous gift: a giant set of little tart pans. I was so excited I started baking right away!

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Oh man, I’m glad I was inspired. If you make only one dessert for passover (or your next dinner party), this should be it. After sampling these tartlettes yesterday, Hubby claimed they were the best thing I’ve ever made.  And I have to admit they are quite tasty, not to mention easy to make.

The crust, reminiscent of my favorite passover treat, is made by simply stirring together ingredients – no fussy doughs here.  The filling, though it has a few more steps involved, comes together quickly as well.  At first I was worried that the almond paste flavor would come through too strongly;  I was wrong.  It is just right.  I couldn’t resist going back for seconds.

Alas, the woes of a baker.

Almond and Coconut Macaroon Tartlettes

I modified the original recipe and for a first, made it not vegan.  Perhaps I was avoiding one more “soy bomb,” as my friend Steve loves to call it.   If you are vegan or keep kosher and want to serve this after brisket, you can can easily sub in soy milk and vegan cream cheese.

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