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Heavenly French Toast with Blueberry Compote

Heavenly French Toast

When I was recently in Chicago, my family took me to Heaven on Seven for a holiday get together with some friends.  I’d heard about this restaurant for years – especially from my son Dirk – who loves it.  In fact, I was given their cookbook as a gift.   As we approached an office building, I . . . → Read More: Heavenly French Toast with Blueberry Compote

Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast and Berries with Orange Cream Sauce

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What could be a better gift for Mom than Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast and Berries with Orange Cream Sauce served in bed?  Add a flower in a vase and coffee or tea, whichever is her favorite, and you have a memorable Mother’s Day. The Berries with Orange Cream Sauce was a post from 3 years ago . . . → Read More: Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast and Berries with Orange Cream Sauce

Sweet Potato and Pineapple Salad

Sweet Potato Pineapple Salad

This Sweet Potato and Pineapple Salad is an unusual combination of fruit and vegetable and is the perfect  accompaniment to chicken, turkey and pork.  Roasting the potatoes and pineapple bring out sweetness and flavor.  The sweet potato is the large edible root belonging to the morning-glory family.  It is native to the . . . → Read More: Sweet Potato and Pineapple Salad

Strawberry, Basil, Balsamic Granita

Granita is an Italian ice and as such does not require an ice cream machine.  It is really easy, low in calorie and fat and is ideal for anyone looking for a sweet treat with the emphasis on treat and not sweet.  The twang in this dessert is from a bit of white balsamic vinegar . . . → Read More: Strawberry, Basil, Balsamic Granita

Pork Chops with Mustard Dill Sauce, Braised Cabbage and Cinnamon Apples

Growing up, we ate a lot of pork – not the pork of today for sure – but I loved it.  That love of pork has carried on and with the ability not to cook it to death it is still one of my favorite foods.  This week’s offering is the perfect meal for a . . . → Read More: Pork Chops with Mustard Dill Sauce, Braised Cabbage and Cinnamon Apples

Belgium Waffles with Berry Compote

We recently attended the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot and had a great time.  The runaway favorite was the Belgium Waffles with Berry Compote.  Belgium waffle makers have been around for years but what is put into them is rarely a Belgium waffle.  These are crispy on the outside and very tender and . . . → Read More: Belgium Waffles with Berry Compote

Plum Dumplings

For how to photos, please see the September 3, 2010 post. 1 large baking potato 16 Italian blue prune plums 16 sugar cubes 2 1/2 cups flour (350 grams) 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons butter. cold 2 eggs, beaten

Peel the potato and cut into 1 inch dice.  Place in a saucepan, cover with water,bring . . . → Read More: Plum Dumplings

Peachy Keen Mascarpone Parfait

Peachy Keen Mascarpone Parfait BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON JULY 22ND, 2010 COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2010. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL PHOTOS BY T. MIKE FLETCHER, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

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What could be easier than a no bake, very little preparation dessert that tastes and looks like it was  professionally prepared.  The . . . → Read More: Peachy Keen Mascarpone Parfait

Plum Dumplings of my Dreams

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Few childhood food memories excite my taste buds with anticipation as plum dumplings still do.  My mother knew exactly how to get this pickiest of eaters to stuff herself if only for one night.  I think my mothers’s addition to the recipes was the brown sugar to sweeten the crumbs.  She knew . . . → Read More: Plum Dumplings of my Dreams