dessert Recipes

Beet and Kale Chocolate Cake

Crash-Free Baking – If you walked into my kitchen one afternoon, the winter light reflecting off of cabinets and counters like a blue-ish laser beam, and saw this cake sitting on one of those counters, delicate and decadent, you might feel your shock crowding out your hunger.

Raspberry and Pistachio Lemon Cake

Squirreling Away Flavors – Bon Appetit recently published an entire spread on Sqirl, a restaurant in LA that writer Matt Duckor calls “the future of restaurant food”.

Pear & Rosemary Tart

Rearranging Resolutions – At the start of this year, I’d planned to put myself on a voluntary “sweets” hiatus, prompted by the same desires (cleansing, renewal, focus) most of us feel as we unwrap and hang new calendars and adjust to writing a new digit on letters and checks.

Apricot & Wild Blackberry Tart

A Morphable Crostata – If you look closely, you’ll notice slight differences among several of the photos.

Flexibly Italian

Copious amounts of summer fruit have invaded my house.

Strawberry Buckle with Pistachio Streusel

A Non-Buckling Buckle – Throughout strawberry season – which lasts all summer in Oregon – our kitchen is rarely without a few tiny blue baskets of strawberries.

Chocolate and Beet Brownies

Beet Brownies – These beet brownies were supposed to be my sneaky way of transforming a decadent treat into a partially ‘healthy’ snack.

Deep Dish Apple Pie

Reasons to Bake an Apple Pie in January – First, it's early January.

Molasses Cookies

Embracing Change in the Form of a Cookie – Certain things change when you get married.

Brown Butter, Ginger, & Sour Cream Coffee Cake

A "No Bowl Left Clean" Coffee Cake – I first made this coffee cake last year, around the start of Fall.

Raspberry and Blueberry Oatbake

A Morning "Pudding" – "Pudding" is a common item on any British menu.

Pistachio, Lemon, & Almond Cake

Portland Larder? – When we lived in Brooklyn – which seems like at least a year ago, but in reality was a mere four months ago – I visited Brooklyn Larder three to four times a week.

Mixed Berry Gazpacho with Basil

Berry Gazpacho – After yesterday's Fourth of July festivities, Thanksgiving's standing as my favorite holiday is in danger.

An Energy Boost

I've come to rely on afternoon snack breaks.

Strawberry and Shortbread Tart

Six Pints of Strawberries: Strawberry Shortbread – I love it when dishes take familiar taste combinations and present them in slightly altered ways.

Strawberry Bread

Six Pints of Strawberries: Strawberry Bread – When I brought home six pints of strawberries, my vague ideas about what to do with them consisted mostly of what I didn't want to do with them.

Rhubarb Tarts

First of the Season Rhubarb Tarts – I learned last year that I don't have the tastebuds or palate to eat rhubarb as a main part of a savory dish, like in pasta or soup.

Orange and Poppy Seed Cake

“Portland-ing” – I tend to glance at the 10-day weather forecast more often than is healthy.

Ginger Peach Muffins

Memories of Summer: Ginger Peach Muffins – Smelling a ripe peach immediately brings to mind several food memories: summers on my parents' deck, eating the fruit as quickly as I could as it leaked all over my arm.

Gingerbread Men

Looks can be deceiving – These gingerbread people are a motley crew.

Apple Tart

A Simple Apple Tart – As predicted, I baked an apple tart from the Nordic Bakery cookbook last week.

Sweet Potato Pudding

Sweet Potato Pudding – I'm intrigued by how certain recipes incorporate flavors in untraditional ways.

Baked Apples

The Only Thing that Matters is Taste – Do you think this looks like "the death star exploded" (Justin) or something "otherworldly and beautiful" (me)?

Apricot Crumb Cake

Cooking it Fresh: Apricots – I brought a bagful of Red Jacket Orchards’ apricots home with me on Thursday.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Small Batch Cookies – It happens every few weeks: I crave a fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookie.

Blueberry Pie

Evoking Maine – For me, blueberry pie evokes images of Maine, sunflowers, and sitting by the ocean.

Peaches, Raspberries & Cream

Peaches, Berries, & Cream – I wanted to prepare a low impact dessert, one that wouldn't heat up the kitchen to an insufferable temperature.

Cherry Hand Pies

Happy 4th! – I made these portable pies yesterday and we've been munching on them all weekend.

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis – On Monday, we picked up our first pint of cherries of the season!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Make this as soon as you can! – I wanted to share this recipe as soon as possible, before it's too late to make it!

Rhubarb Layer Cake

Three Layers, Four Hours – Since I’ve weathered the storm—though my kitchen, even after cleaning for an hour last night is still in disarray—the recipe at the end of this post is my adapted take, with the steps in the order I think they should be.

Yellow Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Practice Means Wanting a Bigger Slice of the Cake – I will humbly admit that I loved how my first cake came out.

Olive Oil Cake with Roast Pears

Cooking it Fresh: Bosc Pears – Each time I write a Fresh from the Market product post, I'll follow that post with a recipe I've tested.

Polenta Pound Cake with Mascarpone & Rosemary

Birthday (Polenta) Cake – This is actually a dish I was hoping to make the day before Thanksgiving, for all of us to munch on while we were cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

Chocolate Pots de Creme

Chocolate Pots de Creme – Yes, chocolate pots.

Open Face Plum Cake

The best way to eat plums – Last weekend I realized that it had been weeks since I had made anything fruit related.

Vanilla Ice-cream with Poached Cherries & Chocolate Sauce

Summer Fruit Affair – I've been having a love affair with cherries this summer.

Zucchini Galette

All Day Eating – We viewed the 4th of July as the official kick-off of our summer in Brooklyn.

Strawberry Shortcake

‘The Best Strawberry Shortcakes’ – Edible Communities is a network of local food magazines.

A Simple Rhubarb Puree

A Simple Rhubarb Puree – As the farmers' markets continue their spring time unveiling, you can now find rhubarb at many of the stands.