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Dutch Yellow Potato Coconut Fudge

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Potatoes…can we ever get enough of them? Considering that the average American eats about 126 pounds of potatoes each year, I dare say not. There are more than 5,000 varieties of this delectable tuber worldwide to fall in love with, but today I am narrowing it down to one, the Dutch Yellow Potato (DYP).

If I ever doubted the endless possibilities of the mighty potato, my faith has been renewed thanks to a new cookbook called DYP’s The Perfect Everyday Potato Cookbook from Melissa’s Produce. Continue Reading →

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Easy Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel | She Paused 4 Thought When I was growing up my mother used to make the most amazing apple strudel. It has been years since I have tasted this fall treat with apples picked right off the tree in our backyard. When I was back in Iowa last month I made my mother dig deep into her memory banks and teach me how to make it. It tasted as good if not better than I remembered it. I knew this recipe was a keeper, so the best way to remember something is to teach it to someone else. Fortunately for me, I had two willing participants. Apple Strudel | She Paused 4 Thought My niece Liz and my most adorable and energetic great niece Halle were up to the task. They completed the mission with excellent results. Continue Reading →

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“BOO”Berry Truffles

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I am not a Halloween lover. I can pass out over a cut on my finger, let alone looking at gory bloody body parts, zombies and such. So why am I posting something for Halloween? My Food Blogger Los Angeles group decided Halloween would be a good theme for this month’s meeting. Continue Reading →

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Fig and Ginger Brûlée Tart

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Figs are my current obsession. They make me happy when I gaze at them. Their sensuously rich, honey-like taste – which always makes me think of a hot summer day under the Mediterranean sun, pairs well with many flavors as well as on their own. I suspected a few people didn’t know what a fresh fig tastes like, and after my last fig post my suspicions were confirmed. How can something so seductively flavorful, something as old as the Bible, still be so unknown to so many?

I recently hosted a party for my Mom and her sisters for their annual silliness fest, where they eat and laugh until they can’t do it anymore. The day of the party just happened to be my Aunt Sharon’s birthday. So with my abundance of fresh figs generously donated by the California Fig Industry from the Figology Fest LA event, I thought what better way to celebrate than with a fresh fig tart.

When the gals all arrived I mentioned that I had a special fig dessert for them, the conversation stopped, until my dear Mom got it started again with a silly Ole and Lena joke. It turned out the joke was on me when I found out they thought they hated figs.

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Fresh Apricot Almond Tart

Fresh Almond Apricot Tart | Cathy Arkle

This week I bought my first apricots of the season at my local farmer’s market. I couldn’t stop eating the samples because they were sweet and slightly tender… perfection.

I took them right home and with the ones left in my bag (!), I decided I’d make my favorite tart. I have been making this tart for so many years, that I have lost track of the source. (Sorry whoever created this amazing dessert)

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I love taking this tart to a picnic because there is nothing quite like the feeling when I pull it out of my basket. Conversation simply stops. “Did you MAKE that?” is the question I get followed by “May I have the recipe?” and that all happens before they’ve even tasted it.

So, here is the recipe for all – be a winner and take this to your next picnic (or black tie supper – it’s a perfect choice there, too). Continue Reading →

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