Raspberry Mousse with a Balsamic Reduction

Smooth and creamy, lightly sweet with a fruity tart finish, this Raspberry Mousse with a Balsamic Reduction is a lovely dessert for Spring.

Raspberry Mousse with a Balsamic Reduction

Onomatopoeia. That word has to fall into my favorite words category. It’s fun to say and it’s meaning makes me smile. If you’re a little lost on the pronunciation and definition of this word, here’s the low down:

Pronunciation: [on-uh-mat-uhpeeuh] or [on-uh‐mah-tuh‐pee-uh]

Definition: making up a word to represent or imitate a sound — kaboom, meow, hiss, buzz, whir

The old Batman and Robin shows from the 1960’s were probably the most exuberant users of onomatopoeias with their near endless use of fight words. Pow! Sock! Clank! Swish! Krunch! Thunk! Oooff!
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Peach, Plum and Blueberry Crisp

Peach, Plum and Blueberry Crisp

In northern Utah it is the season for peaches and plums. I think that one of the divine callings for those two fruits is to be made into cobblers and crisps. This particular Peach, Plum and Blueberry Crisp fulfills the definition of divine–just the right amount of sweet fruit vs. buttery crispy topping.
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Key Lime Parfaits

Key Lime Parfaits--They're like a double decker key lime pie!

I’m always amazed at just how tiny key limes are when compared to regular limes. It’s like comparing the size of robins’ eggs to chicken eggs. The recipe for these Key Lime Parfaits calls for 1/2 cup of key lime juice. I would have had to juice at least 12 key limes to get that much juice.

Have you ever tried to juice key limes? I did, once. It was comedic and I decided that I would NEVER try to do it again. Although the pie Continue Reading

Candy Cane Layered Dessert

Candy Cane Layered Dessert

Early this past summer I started thinking about what kind of dessert I could make using candy canes. I knew that I wanted to use a favorite family recipe, Chocolate Delight, as the basis for the candy cane dessert, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it.

The one thing that I knew to be a very bad idea was to add mint extract to any part of the dessert. I have been exceptionally leery of peppermint extract ever since my freshman year in college. One of my roommates decided to make an angel food cake and then frosted it with peppermint flavoredContinue Reading

Chum-Chum Bars

Chum-Chum Bars

Chum-Chums. I know, you’ve never heard of them. They are common enough, but unless you speak Kadenese, any reference to them as chum-chums will leave you with a big question mark hovering over your head.

Kade (3) can talk well now, but it has not always been the case. Often the family would rely on Gavin to translate whatever Kade was saying. Gavin had some mysterious ability to translate his younger brother’s language. However, one day even Gavin was stumped by the word chum-chum. Kade tried for quite a while to express what he wanted. Finally, after a series of questions from his mom, the clouds parted and rays of sunshiny understanding rained down from the heavens. Chum-chums = blueberries!!!!!!Continue Reading