Cherry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Stracciatella

Many wonderful fruits are available again as summer rolls around, and one of my favorites: cherries! There’s something fun about having a ton of cherries and just lazily working through them, munching and spitting out the pits. While this dessert won’t give you the pit spitting experience, its still a delicious way to enjoy these little red jewels: Cherry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Stracciatella.

I really enjoyed the taste of this and was especially pleased since this was my first foray into the world of frozen yogurt. It was rich, but not as heavy as the ice creams I’m used to making. I was also quite pleased that it was similar in texture to the ice creams I’m used to–creamy, easily scooped, but firm enough to hold a respectable shape. Plus, the flavor was wonderful–the fresh, sweet, dark flavor the cherries combined with the rich tang of the yogurt put this on a much higher plane than the alleged… click to read more…

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Peanut Butter Torte

I love peanut butter. As a child, any treat that had peanut butter in it was good in my book. I just couldn’t have enough. Given this though, it was kind of surprising looking through everything I’ve posted here, that not once have I made a peanut butter dessert! 😮 To address this clear emergency: a peanut butter torte.

This treat was largely inspired by Susan’s beautiful peanut butter torte which had me drooling for peanut butter like Pavlov’s dog. I wanted this dessert to be absolutely sinful to eat, so from bottom to top: a graham cracker crust, an inner chocolate ganache crust, peanut butter mousse with spiced nuts and chocolate, a top layer of chocolate ganache, drizzles of caramel, toasted peanuts, and creme chantilly. Whew!

So did it deliver? Oh did it ever. This is definitely a dessert for the peanut butter lover. Crunchy,… click to read more…

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Graham Cracker Pie Crust

I always avoided pies/cakes that called for graham cracker crusts. Something just seemed not right about buying graham crackers, mushing them up, and pressing it into a pie pan. Sort of like how I don’t like to buy pre-made pie crusts (maybe I’m neurotic?). So imagine my delight when happened upon a better way to make a graham cracker batter (and crust) from scratch!

The common mush-up-the-store-bought-graham-cracker method is pretty tough to compete with when it comes to difficulty, but this is also quite easy (much easier than a pâte brisée, so breathe easy!) and need I say that it tastes better? Plus, if you have leftover batter after you line your pie pans, you can just roll it out and make graham crackers! Its a piece of cake…er, easy as pie…crust. Yea, onto the recipe.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter

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Chicken Teriyaki Lo Mein

Asian cookery isn’t one of my strongest areas, so I have a tougher time dissecting flavors. Teriyaki sauce, one of those universal favorites, has always eluded me. The only way I could have it would either be by buying a bottle from the grocery store or having some haute cuisine on a toothpick at the mall. If this sounds familiar, I imagine you’ll be surprised by how simple Chicken Teriyaki can be.

I was originally inspired to try this after seeing some delicious looking Salmon Teriyaki over at Closet Cooking and I was almost shocked by how simple the basic teriyaki sauce was. It almost seemed too easy, but I figured why not just give it a shot. Tasting each component of the sauce individually, I dunno, I still had my doubts. But mixed all together, it was… click to read more…

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Caramel Rippled Apricot Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love apricots? Honestly though, I’m only a recent convert myself–I always used to think they were sour and the peach’s short, ugly cousin. Turns out, I’d only tried not-quite-ripe apricots–the really ripe ones are tender, ready to burst, and lusciously sweet and velvetty. Sounds perfect for an ice cream, right?

Now that apricots are in season and surprisingly cheap, its a great time to try this sexy little fruit in its fresh rather than the much more familiar dried form. The only tough thing is managing them–I’ll buy a bunch that are just shy of being ripe, wait for them to ripen just right, and they almost always all are ready at the same time, at which point, you have a very small window before they go bad. Frustrating, but all the more reason to gobble them up in a hurry and get more, right?

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Creamy Mustard Pasta

When I think pasta, my head usually gets stuck on one of two kinds of sauces: tomato-based or garlic & cream-based. So imagine my delight when I saw a mustard-based sauce over at Thyme for Cooking. In retrospect, it doesn’t seem at all far-fetched, but it was eye opening at the time, so I had to try my hand at Creamy Mustard Pasta.

This dish is very largely inspired by Katie’s dish and I am very glad I tried it (not to mention beans in pasta, another new idea!)–as soon as we ran out, my wife demanded another batch be made promptly. I wanted something colorful and just full of earthy, vegetal flavors, so there’s a lot of that going on here: peppers, mushrooms, artichokes, kidney beans, pine nuts, etc. This was all tossed with bow-tie pasta (I usually don’t venture far away from linguine, so… click to read more…

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