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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Peanut-free chocolate pecan pie sounds like a crazy idea, but it isn’t.    There are now peanut-free nuts on the market that put this Thanksgiving classic within reasonable reach. For the uninitiated, peanuts are not actually nuts.  They are legumes.  There are many of us who are allergic to peanuts but […]

Desserts, Recipes

Tarte Tatin

Pear tarte tatin is a lovely Thanksgiving twist on the classic French caramelized apple tart. Oatmeal, the Secret Ingredient I’m honestly not crazy about apple pie, but I love tarte tatin.  My favourite version comes from an old Bon Appetit magazine (Oct 1996 edition, to be exact), that uses oatmeal […]

berry tart
Desserts, Recipes

Red, white and blueberry tart

Red, white and blueberry tart is my favourite July 4 dessert.  It is a spectacular presentation with seasonal berries fresh from the farmer’s market on top of a sweetly tangy sour cream base and a graham cracker crust.  It is virtually no cook, which makes it perfect for a hot […]

sweet corn blackberry ripple ice cream

Corn Blackberry Ripple Ice Cream

Let’s celebrate the height of harvest season with corn blackberry ripple ice cream for Week #10 of the Ice Cream of the Week series.  A gorgeous, tangy ribbon of blackberry swirled into a pale yellow, mild and creamy ice cream base makes this a very dramatic ice cream to serve […]


Pear Tart with Pistachio Cream

Special occasions call for the kind of presentation that you get from this pear tart with pistachio cream. Pears are the first fruit I can remember really liking.  Texture is really important to children.  When I was young, fruit mostly came from a can after summer was done.  To my […]