Strawberry Tart

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Strawberry Tart – Recipe by Ina Garten. The great thing about Strawberry Tart is that most of it can be prepared well ahead of time! I made the pastry cream well in advance of our planned get together with friends and refrigerated and baked the tart just the day before. On the day of the party, I assembled and glazed the fruit. I adapted this recipe from Ina’s book which taught me how to make 9-inch tart shell and fill it with pastry cream. She has these in individual tart shells which look really beautiful. I was surprised at how easy it really was to make. I love Ina! I also love the flaky crust and rich pastry cream . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Raspberry Orange Trifle

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Raspberry Orange Trifle- recipe by Ina Garten. Serves 6 to 8. I have such wonderful memories of this dessert. My mom would make a version of this for us kids using store- bought cake, custard from a box of Brown & Polson custard-mix, fresh fruits and fresh cream on top. Over the weekend, I made this terrific dessert for my family who were visiting us from New York – time to relive some very happy memories! INGREDIENTS: 1 orange pound cake, recipe follows 1 cup good raspberry jam 2 half-pints fresh raspberries orange cream, recipe follows 1 cup (1/2 pint) cold heavy cream 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Assembling the trifle: Cut the pound cake into 9 . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Eton Mess

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I hosted lunch for a few close friends this weekend and for dessert, I prepared “Eton Mess” – based of a recipe I’ve wanted to try for quite some time now. The luncheon offered the perfect opportunity given the time of the year (raspberries are plentiful!) and I was surrounded by friends I care dearly for. “Eton Mess” is an English dessert made by “smooshing” whipped cream, crushed meringues and a fruit sauce. The traditional recipe is made with strawberries, whipped cream and meringues. It looks simple and elegant and most of the steps can be done ahead of time. To assemble these glasses you’ll need raspberry sauce, meringues and whipped cream. I made the raspberry sauce a few . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake

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Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake -recipe by Ina Garten . Makes one 10-inch Bundt Cake. This is one of the first recipes I had posted on my blog. Unfortunately I lost the post because of my little knowledge about computers. I hit the forbidden red button while trying to update my blog and lost the entire theme and layout. I immediately called Maria, who is responsible for the layout of this blog. Maria who has a beautiful blog http://mommymelee.com/ fixed it for me within 24 hours. She was kind, professional and super quick in restoring the oringinal laylout of the blog. So I am re-posting this recipe because I didn’t do full justice to it the last time I posted it. . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

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Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies- recipe by Ina Garten. I have used this recipe with much success for many years. These brownies were my first attempt at baking, for a New Year’s eve party held at my house where I served them as dessert as well as party favors for the guests to take home. For those of you who have baked Ina’s outrageous brownies must be aware of just how outrageous they are. The brownies are incredibly chocolaty and rich with a hint of coffee making them it the best brownies in the world. The addition of walnuts and extra chocolate chips makes them even better. I decided to make peanut butter swirl brownies, a slight variation of the outrageous . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Vanilla Cupcakes- recipe by Ina Garten I baked these cupcakes for my a dear friend’s baby shower which I hosted last year. I decided on an animal theme and kept it a neutral color, yellow since they were not aware of the baby’s sex. Like all Ina Garten’s recipes, this one turned out to be a big hit. The cupcakes are incredibly moist, light and fluffy. The only thing I would not do next time is fill the cupcake tins all the way up, it just tends to spill, making a very large cupcake. Other than that, it’s the best vanilla cupcake I have eaten! I added a little yellow color to the cream cheese icing to make it more . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies- recipe by Ina Garten Sorry to all my fellow bloggers whose blogs I haven’t been able to visit or emails I haven’t responded to. I’ve had house guests all week. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your encouraging comments. I really appreciate it. I baked these cookies as a special treat for my guests and they were a hit! The double chocolate – rich dark cocoa and white chocolate chunks – make this an irresistible treat ! Chewy on the inside, crunchy and crisp on the outside. You can even create a tasty ice cream sandwich by simply sandwiching vanilla ice cream between two cookies with a drizzle of chocolate sauce. . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

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Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies- from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients These are my favorite cookies ever. They are filled with crunchy, toasted pecans, sweet raisins and oats. Doesn’t that sound like breakfast right there. I love these cookies as a breakfast treat with a cup of hot coffee kickstarting the day with a bang! The cookies are chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside. Just the way I like to enjoy my cookies or binge on them. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups pecans 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed 1 cup granulated sugar 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Fresh Blueberry Sauce

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Fresh Blueberry Sauce – Recipe by Ina Garten. Makes 2 cups. The one thing that we never run out of in my home is dessert. I truly enjoy baking and it is a real stress buster for me. You can always find lemon cake, brownies or a pound cake and a container full of fresh blueberry or raspberry sauce in my freezer. It makes a great hostess gift. I love serving it with vanilla ice-cream, waffles, creme fraiche, yogurt or even on a slice of lemon cake. So easy to make and absolutely amazing to taste. We usually kick start our Sundays with a simple yet filling breakfast comprised of freshly squeezed orange juice, cold cuts, pancakes or warm, crisp . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Red Berry Trifle

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Red Berry Trifle- Recipe by Ina Garten, taken from food network I made Berry Trifle for my daughter’s birthday last month. It was a very quiet affair celebrated with close friends. Since I had already made Ina’s raspberry orange trifle in the past (which is superb!), I decided to make red berry trifle instead. Trifle is an English dessert which consists of layers of cake, custard , fruit and topped with whipped cream. I remember my mom making this as a dessert for parties. She would buy the cake and make the custard from a “Brown and Polson” box and then layer it with fruit and fresh whipped cream. In the past I have layered the trifle in a big . . . CLICK TO READ MORE