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poached pears – an easy dessert

poached pearsIt’s been a while since I last poached pears.  A super easy dessert to make and one where you don’t need any special ingredients.  Poached pears make the best use of unripe fruit and heightens the flavor of firm but ripe pears.  This light and delicate dessert is perfect for entertaining; the pears stay in the poaching liquid until ready to serve.  Serve the pears whole, sliced or quartered.  Continue Reading →

plum torte – a classic

plum torteSummer heat tends to make me lazy.  I want to spend more time outdoors and less in the kitchen but when I spotted plums at the farmers’ market, I knew it was a dessert I’d happily sacrifice my precious outside time.  They looked so good and after one bite, the sweet tasting plum would be perfect in a torte.  Some may think Nova Scotia doesn’t have the right climate or soil for stone fruits but we do.  We’re not a large producer like Ontario or British Columbia but what we do grow is juicy and sweet.  I snacked on a peach the other day and needed a napkin to catch the juices.  Continue Reading →

Redcurrant Ripple Ice Cream

redcurrant ripple ice creamIce cream, one of my favorite summer treats!  With a slew of flavors available, there’s something for every palate.  Last week I picked up a box of redcurrants from the farmers’ market and used a few sprinkled on my fruit tart.  I then used what was left to make a sauce and initially intended to spread over vanilla ice cream (yet to be purchased).  While I was at the grocery store looking at all the ice creams available, I noticed one of my favorite flavors – butterscotch ripple.  Continue Reading →

fresh fruit tart

fresh fruit tartThis time of year the local farmers’ markets are bursting with fresh produce.  It’s a place I enjoy wandering around seeing what vendors have to offer.  Last weekend I picked up a lovely box of redcurrants.  I haven’t used these for what seems like eternity and it was a fruit my mom used for jellies.  Continue Reading →

cosmic cookies

cosmic cookiesOur favorite north end cafe, Lion and Bright, has a small selection of delicious sweets.  One of their desserts we love to munch on when enjoying a cappuccino, is their cosmic cookie.  It’s full of goodies and if you’re feeling a bit peckish, this is the perfect snack to tide you over.  Continue Reading →

cherry clafoutis

cherry clafoutis by The Culinary ChaseOur local cherries won’t show up in the farmers’ markets or food shops for another month and in the meantime I’ll snack on the ones coming in from California.  Cherries are delicious, when ripe.  I enjoy them most in their au naturel state but the other day I wanted to highlight them in a clafoutis.  Continue Reading →

roasted rhubarb and custard

roasted rhubarb by The Culinary ChaseLocal rhubarb in the grocery stores and farmers’ markets usually signals spring has arrived but the exceptionally cold and lingering winter forced our spring plants to show up much later.  Last weekend I picked up my first local batch of rhubarb from the farmers’ market.  It always makes me think of the ginormous rhubarb plant my mom had in her garden.  As a kid, I remember trying to hide under its massive leaves – most probably playing hide and seek from my siblings. Continue Reading →

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

lemon olive oil cakeIf you’ve been following my blog, you’ll see that I don’t post many desserts (the most recent was oats & cranberry bars back in March) and if I do it’s usually ones that are easy to make.  My sweet tooth tends to gravitate to things such as blue cheese with fruit and a glass of port, sherry, or ice wine.  Of course I have made my fair share of desserts over the years but I much prefer to focus around the appetizer and main meal.  I find I’m pleasantly satiated and to make room for dessert doesn’t make sense.  Continue Reading →

Oats and Cranberry Bars

oats & cranberry barsA few posts ago Mr. S wanted me to make him his favorite ginger molasses cookies – I said I would but didn’t.  If I’m not in the mood to bake, I don’t even make an attempt.  I’ve had failures in the kitchen before when my mood was less than buoyant resulting in the meal tossed away and a freezer job to the rescue.  I recognize those moments, not with anguish or defeat, but knowing full well I’ll make it again when the pep-in-my-cooking-stride returns.  Continue Reading →

Citrus Fruit Salad with Roasted Pecans

Citrus Fruit SaladWe had a glorious sun-filled weekend.  Today the morning started off with a grey sky and snow falling gently to the ground…the chunky snowflakes were pretty but more snow?  A total of 10cm (4-inches) fell with more forecasted on the way.  I’m usually more tolerant of our winters and I really don’t want to sound like a broken record, but for the love God, please stop snowing!  Continue Reading →