Orange Tart

A while back a friend of mine gave me a jar of orange curd. I wasn’t sure what to do with it at first, so I had to think about it and do some research. I tried mixing it with cream cheese to spread on toast. I also tried mixing it with whipped cream. Either way, the taste just didn’t do it for me. I finally tried it as a tart, and discovered that it was really great in such an application.

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Blackberry Cobbler

I can’t believe summer is slipping away. This summer we got a lot of fresh blackberries from our garden, courtesy of a wild Himalayan blackberry plant that really took off when I watered the vegetables around it. Picking the berries was tricky because there were lots of thorns, but it was well worth it! I was able to harvest maybe $100 worth of berries from a plant that it considered a weed by many in our area. We ate most of the berries by themselves, but I had so many that I ended up making lots of blackberry cobbler.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

We recently got back from a week’s vacation to Illinois to visit wonderful family there. While we were gone I was worried my garden wouldn’t survive the dry hot weather that Oregon gets this time of year. To my surprise my garden did well except for some strawberry plants. Nonetheless I was able to harvest some ripe strawberries when we got home, and I set about figuring out how to use them.

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Fudge-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

I am so excited for this recipe because I think I’ve hit upon something truly new. Although I love to cook from scratch, sometimes it pays to “cheat” a little and use a premade ingredient from the store. The secret ingredient of these awesome cookies is Hersey’s hot fudge topping. This comes only in a glass jar and somehow seems much better than any other hot fudge topping that I’ve tried. Just to be clear, don’t buy the type in a plastic bottle — it is not nearly as good.

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Molten Chocolate Cakes

Some time ago a friend gave me a cookbook with recipes written by people from a town in Wisconsin where I used to live. I love this cook book! It’s pretty humble but there are so many great ideas. One of my favorites is this simple yet sophisticated chocolate dessert. With just 6-7 ingredients you can have wonderful treat in no time that is classy and downright yummy.

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Chocolate and Macadamia Cookie Bars

I don’t make sweets at home that often, as I don’t really eat them. My family however, likes cookies, cakes, pies, and — you get the idea — any types of sweets. Since Christmas is just around the corner, I got really excited about baking. An added benefit is that my son likes to help when cookies are involved, so it makes it a family experience.

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Apple Tart

Once a year some of my lady friends and I get together for a Christmas outing. Each year we try to do something fun and new. Last Christmas we went to a cooking class hosted by the Culinary Center in Lincoln City, Oregon. Since this was pre-Covid we got an awesome hands-on cooking class and afterwards got to sit down and enjoy our feast. The dessert course was a pear tart that is the inspiration for today’s recipe.

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