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Pepper Jelly Makes a Great Christmas Present

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

Pineapple during the Holidays? It’s not just for ham anymore!

I’ve been making all sorts of pepper jellies in the run-up to Christmas. Late-year fruit usually are the firmer ones: Pears, apples, quince and the like. I’ve used some red pears in a pear-prickly pear-red chiles […]

Cool Down the Italian Way: Grilled Peaches and Red Wine Granita

Davy Crockett once said, “You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.” Trust me, it’s hotter here. We’ve been scorched in Texas for months now. We were 5° F above average for June, after a hot May. The above-average temperatures have continued, and so has the drought. (Rain in isolated […]

Blackberry Grunt, the Dessert That Talks to You

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

Some desserts are as much fun to make as to eat. This is one of them:

Blackberry Grunt

According to Alton Brown, this old-timey dish got its name because of the noise the mixture makes as it cooks. Steam builds up in pockets in the dough, and […]

Pear Clafouti, the Tasty Dessert With the Funny Name

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

In my mind, pears are an overlooked fruit option for many dishes. Pears aren’t available lots of places or a lot of the year, like apples and other hand fruit are these days. They are usually more expensive than other options, although the price per-item […]

Chicken With Orange-Thyme Sauce and Rum-Soaked Bread Pudding

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

Tonight’s dinner was the talk of the town, everywhere. Well, almost everywhere. My spouse enjoyed it so much she called her best friend, who usually dines with us on Wednesdays but couldn’t make it this evening, and bragged so much that she came over anyway.

And she […]

Follies Special Edition: New Dessert Recipe Gives New Meaning to Pick-Me-Up

According to a news report by the Associated Press, students at a cooking school in Bogota have invented the ultimate recipe for hard-core dessert lovers: “Passion Dessert.” Trust me, you’re going to, er, love it. This tasty little item has more than flavor going for it. You see, it’s made with Viagra.

That’s right. The little […]

Tis the Season: Almost Here! Time to Make Desserts

You don’t want to be spending all your time fixing stuff on Christmas Eve, or worse yet, Christmas Day. So make these two tasty desserts well in advance:

Frog Eye Salad
Cherry Dessert Salad

Frog Eye Salad is the tasty dessert with the funny name. Kids go crazy for this stuff! Almost as much as adults do. This […]

A Thai Dinner Party at Home, Part V: Desserts

Dessert isn’t served every meal in Thailand, of course. Nearly every opportunity to partake is exercised, however! When a full meal with guests is served, there are often two desserts, not just one. So if you’re a dessertaholic then Thai cuisine and customs are tailor-made for you.

Here are a couple of nice selections, out of […]