Desserts,Recipes »Banana Pudding

from Allrecipes

We had lots of bananas in the house after learning they gave our little one gas (one night between was spent gently rubbing his tummy for about an hour). Now, we could do banana bread (and did with a few using that excellent Simply Recipes recipe I recommended) but once our friend Shaun mentioned Banana Cream Pies my mind wandered to less usual treats.

This easy no cook Banana Pudding recipe is classic Americana with it’s Jello pudding mix, Kool Whip, condensed milk and Nilla wafers – and, I imagine, not terribly good for us. But it tastes like the sweetness of carefree youth. I’m just glad we were able to share with friends because the recipe makes a small tub full!

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Posted on April 4, 2011

Drinks »Bourbon Smash Jelly Shots

from Michelle Palm

Thank you, thank you, Jessica. If any broad can class up a Jello Shot, it’s her and she did so with these Birthday Bourbon Smash Jelly Shots.

The recipe comes from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen, an entire site dedicated to boozing up the jiggly dessert by Michelle Palm – who has a book coming out soon. (Note that Jessica substituted strawberry juice for the cranberry.)

Shaun claimed he tasted peanut butter, and before we could roll our eyes at him, I realized he was right! They are like pb&j for adults… or at least adults that partake in jello shots.

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Posted on February 14, 2011

Recipes »Ricotta Raspberry Mousse

from Giada

Mousse, as most desserts, seems too time consuming for me to make often, but this Ricotta Raspberry Mousse is as simple as can be. The best thing is that you can easily modify it with other flavors in place of raspberry, but the tart fruit is lovely especially for early Fall. This would be perfect if you had a last minute dessert to make for a dinner party, all you need is jam, whipping cream, confectioners sugar and ricotta (it calls for whole milk but I used lower fat). Just be sure to give it at least an hour in the fridge before serving.

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Posted on September 18, 2010

Desserts »Barcelona Round Up

crema catalanaChocolate, crema, and cake

Spain offered what I was hoping for: Iberian hams, anchovies, fried little peppers, etc but it totally surprised me with the best cake I’ve ever moaned the phrase “YUM…” to. It came from Rita (more info about the restaurant in this week’s restaurant entry) and it was like Duncan Hines boxed cake but gourmet – deliriously delicious.

Of course, we had other delectable sweets and I don’t mean for the cake to cast too long shadow over the cinnamony crema catalana – a spiced but mild crème brulee, or the incredible chocolates we sampled at the Mercet Bouqueria, which were as tasty as they were beautiful and sometimes humorous to look at.

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Posted on January 10, 2010

Desserts »Homemade Tiramisu

handmade lady fingers for tiramisuMy friend Grace impresses me greatly with her home made from scratch treats that she often brings to office parties. The latest and greatest was a Tiramisu, which comprised of home made lady fingers for goodness sake!! (pictured).

It's not a dessert I tend to gravitate towards, but this was certianly the best I've had and I loved it. You can really taste the care that went into making it. She combined recipes from allrecipes and the Joy of Baking.

If you want to impress like Grace, take a page from her book and enroll in the Institute of Culinary Education.

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Posted on September 21, 2009