Apple Crisp

We all need to have a fabulous recipe for apple crisp in a repertoire.  It is not heavy like a pie and has all the same tastes, but with fewer calories. Not only is it the perfect dessert for a Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving or even Christmas, it is also easy to whip up for a midweek treat. I have made and tasted many apple crisps over the years, but none is as delicious as this one.  Honestly, you will want to hide in a closet with a pint of vanilla ice cream and a pan of this apple crisp and … [Read more...]

Banana Chip Bread ~ Recipe

Banana Chip Bread is a bit of an easy and yummy variation on a traditional Banana Bread.  Kids and adults alike will love this simple to make and very tasty bread! If you are anything like me, you always have a couple overripe bananas hanging around in a bowl on the kitchen table.  Most banana bread and banana muffin recipes call for three ripe bananas. So, if I have only one or two, I peel them and slip them into a freezer bag, adding to the bag until I get three and then start a new … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pistachio Bark ~ A Little Piece of Heaven!

The first time I had this little piece of heaven on a plate, that is Cranberry Pistachio Bark, I fell totally in love!  It was about 15 years ago and a colleague of mine had brought in a tin of this luscious ambrosia during the holidays. After stuffing  a couple (OK, a few) pieces of this food of the gods into my mouth I knew I needed to have the recipe. Thankfully, my kind co-worker readily agreed and quickly gave me the recipe from memory.  Yes, it is that easy that you really don't even … [Read more...]

PC® Red Velvet Cake with Raspberry Buttercream

Are you thinking you would like to make a show stopping dessert this holiday season, but you don't want to spend all day baking or mortgage your house to pay for the ingredients?  I have just the recipe for you, PC® Red Velvet Cake with Raspberry Buttercream!  Notes: Raspberry buttercream icing has a lovely pale-pink hue that sets off red velvet cake. For a darker pink icing, add more raspberry purée to buttercream 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time. CHEF'S TIP:  For a softer icing, add 35% … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mousse Squares {Recipe}

The first time I had these deliciously decadent, Chocolate Mousse Squares was several years ago.  A fellow nurse and I were working the week-end shift in the Operating Room and she brought in a pan of these squares as a little dinnertime treat! It was love at first bite!  These squares are a silky, smooth, creamy delight; once you have one, you will definitely be hooked. … [Read more...]

Crème Brûlée {Recipe}

The first time I had Crème Brûlée I was in a little seafood restaurant in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  It was definitely a case of love at first bite! Crème Brûlée is a dessert consisting of a rich vanilla custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. I believe it is traditionally served at room temperature but I have taken it directly from refrigerator, sprinkled on the sugar and broiled it; and let me tell you, it was delicious.  I loved the contrast between the creamy, cold … [Read more...]

Lemon Meringue Pie {Recipe}

I have mentioned before how we look forward to having a big leisurely Sunday dinner... with lots of leftovers for Monday!  It is also just about the only time we will make a dessert to complete the meal.  On a recent Sunday, I made this delicious lemon meringue pie and I loved it so much I wanted to share the recipe with you! The lemon curd filling is the perfect balance of tart and sweet and the meringue is light and airy, a heavenly way to end a special dinner! … [Read more...]