Recipes: Desserts Posts

Pumpkin Pie with Spice Whip

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Pumpkin Pie with Spice Whip

As a child, I was never really all that into pumpkin pie. I guess I just took it for granted… it simply showed up on the thanksgiving table, I ate it, and that was it for the year.

This is the recipe that changed my mind. I now crave pumpkin pie (almost) 365 days a year. The filling is amazing, but it’s the handmade whipped cream, blended with pie spices, that really does it for me. It’s like pie on top of pie… just… fluffier. And whiter. Anyway, what I am trying to say is that this pie is good, and you should make it. I could come up with some crisp, colorful fall language or something for this post, but—honestly—this is homemade pumpkin pie and whipped cream. It sells itself.

Between this and delicious pumpkin craft beers, I’ve grown to really like this time of year.

Pumpkin Pie with Spice Whip


How to Make Crepes

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

How to Make Crepes

Making a reasonably good crepe at home is not only possible, it’s not even all that difficult. You’ll just need a skillet with shallow sides, basic ingredients, and some patience when you inevitably screw them up once in a while.

When we came back from the farmer’s market a few days ago with a box of the reddest, ripest strawberries we had seen for months, I knew crepes were going on the menu. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to post about how to make your own crepes at home.

How to Make Crepes


Simple Lemon Zest Cookies

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Simple Lemon Zest Cookies

Simple, baked cookies with fresh lemon zest and just a bit of oatmeal mixed in. So good, even my wife liked them (and she hates sweets). For all the fancy dessert recipes out there, these little crispy cookies, along with a cup of tea or a glass of ice cold milk, are pretty hard to beat.

Simple Lemon Zest Cookies


Eton Mess

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Eton Mess

Late to the royal wedding and what to do… I’ve missed the opportunity to post some timely British recipes and the wedding is now yesterday’s news. Oh, well. Eton Mess is still worth talking about. This is just a lovely fresh dessert that takes all of a few minutes to prepare.

Eton Mess


Lemon Infused Lemon Glazed Lemon Cake

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Lemon Infused Lemon Glazed Lemon Cake

Love lemon?  Sure you do; who doesn’t. Anyway, here’s a way to use the fresh zest and squeezed juice to completely infuse a cake with lemony goodness.  Plus you will get to use that fancy microplane you have been itching to pull out of the drawer.

Lemon Infused Lemon Glazed Lemon Cake


Orange-Chocolate Soufflés

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Orange Chocolate Soufflés

As I am discovering more and more, soufflés don’t have to be complicated.  These are so easy and just really, really good.  The chocolate base is so moist and satisfying!  I thought of just adding some orange zest to a basic chocolate souffle recipe and the results were excellent, so try this out.

Orange Chocolate Soufflés


Five-Spice Pumpkin Pie

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Five Spice Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is almost unavoidable during the fall.  Not so bad, because it tastes great and really feels like the season.

This fall is turning out quite nice in my view – I have a new job that I love, the weather has been great and my wife and I are finally feeling settled in to our house that we bought almost two years ago (we even got some paint on the walls).  The garden is mostly done but still producing a few things (rosemary and peppers mainly); I don’t know how long that will last.  The air is picking up that familiar chill, and leaves are starting to turn their colors.

Five Spice Pumpkin Pie



“Nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should.”
~ Julia Child