Fresh Dark Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Fresh Dark Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
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Since yesterday was National Cheesecake Day, and cheesecake is a big family favorite around here, another cheesecake it was.  I had a big container of really nice dark cherries and of course, chocolate goes with anything so I had to throw some of that in.  I used my favorite cheesecake recipe modified a little and
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The Daring Bakers Challenge: Fraisier inspired Raspberry and Blueberry Cream Chocolate Cake

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This month’s challenge was just made for me, what could be better than a strawberry cream cake?  I did have one slight problem and I need to make sure I remember next time; if you want to keep the kids from eating the strawberries (that you know are their favorite)  make sure you tell them
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Potato LeekTart

Comments : 7 Posted in : Appetizers and Soups, Breakfast/Brunch, Main Dishes, Quick and Simple, Recipes on by : salernos
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I’m sad to say this dish was just not very photogenic.  It has great flavor and was a big hit with family and friends but I just couldn’t get a good picture so I had put off posting it.  However, it was very tasty and I’ve been requested to put it up so here it
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The Daring Cooks Challenge – handmade spätzle (with meatballs in cream sauce)

The Daring Cooks Challenge – handmade spätzle (with meatballs in cream sauce)
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This month’s challenge was to make noodles, with a suggestion for Spätzle.  A long (long) time ago I lived in Germany for several years and became very fond of them but although I’ve made lots of other types of noodles,  for some reason just never tried these.  I know my choice of meatballs in cream sauce
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5 minute dessert – no bake chocolate cake

5 minute dessert – no bake chocolate cake
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I absolutely love Heidi Swanson’s blog 101 Cookbooks.  Her recipes are wonderful but even more, her pictures are gorgeous and inspiring.  I decided to try her No Bake Chocolate Cake.  This is so simple and quick and the family gave it the thumbs up.  I will definitely make it again! Basically just cream and chocolate, it
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Citrus cream parfaits

Citrus cream parfaits
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While I was visiting the LA Times test kitchen, Noelle Carter was gracious enough to share a great trick with me.  Instead of whipping cream with a whisk or mixer, try doing it in the food processor.  The cream has less air and is more substantial so it holds better and tastes amazing, a little
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