Dessert First on the Fourth – Why Not?

Chocolate Shortcakes Except for apple pie, no dessert is more American and more appropriate for the Fourth of July than shortcake, dressed up with red and blue berries and a billow of cream. No matter that (according to Wikipedia) an early recipe strawberry shortcake was found in an English cookbook dating back to 1588.  Shortcake […]

Baking with Summer Berries

Berry Buckle with Cinnamon Figs Summer in the Pacific Northwest brings a bounty of berries, including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, marionberries, loganberries, boysenberries and strawberries. Summer also brings visitors to enjoy our (mostly) glorious summer weather, trails and lakes.  I like to serve guests visiting my home the best of local in-season foods. This Buckle recipe, […]

A Last Grab for Berries

  Photo by Lorelle Del Matto   Antioxidants for Health / A Berry Tart  Lately I can’t resist buying a flat or two of berries from my local Farmer’s Market. I enjoy them raw, blended into smoothies, tossed in salads, cooked into savory and sweet sauces and baked into tarts and cheesecakes (healthful, reduced-fat of course).    […]

A Healthful Dessert?

 Chocolate-Raspberry  Roulade  What is the ideal dessert?  For the consumer, it looks appetizing, tastes even better and won’t conflict with your healthy-diet goals.  For the cook, the ideal dessert is easy to prep and can be made ahead so there’s no last minute fussing.   Raspberry Chocolate Roulade, a chocolate-almond meringue rolled up jelly-roll style with […]