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Fruit Desserts

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Blackberry-Vanilla Pie

Those of us crazy about fruit watch the farmers markets and stores like hawks, waiting for the first berries to arrive as the signal that yes,

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Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a traditional French dessert that originated in Limousin. The name comes from clafotis, which means “to fill up,” in Occitan, an old French

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Sorbets and Granitas

When the heat’s on, the last last thing you want is kitchen time at the stove or have the oven blasting. This is when sorbets,

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Rhubarb Pie

These days when we think of  rhubarb, we think strawberry-rhubarb pie. It wasn’t always that way, however. Rhubarb was a very popular vegetable, easy to

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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

If you aren’t sure whether or not you like rhubarb, this is a good place to start. If someone’s given you rhubarb, pick up some

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Fresh Fruit Tart

Courtesy of Anne Baldzikowski, Easy Artisan: Simple Elegant Recipes for the Everyday Cook Anne says, “This is a favorite dessert at summertime parties when we

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Lemon Trifle with Berries

If you have teenagers, you’ll probably want to skip this blog as the main ingredient in trifle is stale cake. If you actually do occasionally

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Kick-Ass Applesauce

 Anyone with a stove, a pot and apples can make applesauce. But, really good applesauce? Use heritage apples and a few special ingredients and you’ve

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