Category Archives for Desserts

Peach Ice Cream

Last Wednesday afternoon, with the temperature climbing to 98 degrees and the heat index steady at 105, I couldn’t help but join the masses in Capogiro for a tasting spree. Welcomed by a case teeming with colors and custards flowing … Continue reading

15. August 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
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Gluten-Free Cooking Spree

First let me make known that I’ve borrowed this “Gluten-Free Cooking Spree” slogan from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), an amazing organization started by Alice Bast, a Philadelphia woman full of energy and initiative. I spoke with Bast … Continue reading

09. August 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Desserts, Gluten-free | 1 comment

Nectarine and Blackberry Crostata

Whenever I have a question regarding a recipe or a cooking technique, I consult the authorities: my mother, my aunt and my grandmother. Sometimes I need to know if I can safely substitute one ingredient for another, sometimes I may … Continue reading

05. August 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
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Grand Marnier Summer Berry Trifle

If you’re looking for a summery dessert that feeds many mouths for an upcoming dinner party or potluck, consider this trifle. I only wish I had had such an event to attend before I made this massive concoction of Grand … Continue reading

28. July 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
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Pluot And Frangipane Galette

Little could 16th century Italian nobleman, the Marquis Muzio Frangipani, have guessed a perfume he invented to scent the gloves of Louis XIII would inspire pastry chefs for centuries to follow. Soon after Frangipani, living in France, released his fragrance … Continue reading

08. July 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
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Classic Cherry Clafouti

Sweet Bing and Rainier cherries currently abound in the markets. While cherry pie is traditionally made with tart cherries — the smaller, bright red variety grown primarily in northern Michigan — sweet cherries can still be used for desserts until … Continue reading

03. June 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
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Memorial Day Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

During a recent visit to upstate Vermont, I enjoyed several Chester Bars with two of my little cousins. Chester Bars, a Vermont specialty, are ice cream cookie sandwiches, similar to Chipwiches, but so much better. This red, white and blue … Continue reading

28. May 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
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Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler

Every Tuesday at the South and Passyunk Farmers’ Market, the Rineer Family Farm from Lancaster brings the sweetest, most fragrant strawberries. Inspired by their prized berries and the rhubarb from the Livengood’s Produce stall, I made this strawberry-rhubarb cobbler. Unlike … Continue reading

21. May 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
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Lemon Tart

In lemon tarts, too often too much sugar compensates for the sourness of the lemon, making them cloyingly sweet. This tart finds a nice balance: at once sweet, tart and lemony. Light and springy, this pleasantly sweet tart is guaranteed … Continue reading

16. May 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
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Biscotti And Homemade Chai

The base recipe for these vanilla-almond biscotti (pictured above) can be adapted to all tastes. If you’re still looking for something to give your mother, or somebody else’s, on Mother’s Day, try making these. The almonds, pistachios and craisins can … Continue reading

10. May 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Cookies, Desserts, Drinks | 1 comment

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