Category Archives: Desserts & Treats

Karl’s Banana Almond Butter Mini Muffins

I bought some Trader Joes almond butter and it was—to say the least—disappointing, hardly any almond flavor at all. Jan really loves banana bread and when our bananas get to that state of over ripeness where no one will eat them it is time to mix up a batch. Mixing the almond butter with the banana bread seemed a good way to use it up.

Karl’s Banana Almond Butter Mini Muffins

Karl’s Banana Almond Butter Mini Muffins

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Karl’s Banana Oat Mini Muffins with Fresh Raspberries

Several years ago, Cook’s Illustrated had a oat muffin recipe. While it was a tasty oat cupcake, it was not a “muffin”—too sweet! They did, however, have some good techniques for enhancing the oat flavor by toasting the raw oats and then grinding them into flour.

Karl’s Banana Oat Mini Muffins with Fresh Raspberries

Karl’s Banana Oat Mini Muffins with Fresh Raspberries

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Jan’s Ghost Pepper Chocolate Sauce

We had not planned any dessert for this Sunday’s dinner. While we were eating, Jan was talking about her and Eilene’s visit to Monterey this week. While they went to the aquarium—of course—they also stopped at the Pepper Palace.

Jan’s Ghost Pepper Chocolate Sauce

Jan’s Ghost Pepper Chocolate Sauce

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Karl’s Cinnamon Sugar Buns

Over the last few years, I have perfected my biscuit recipe. While I usually simply make biscuits, sometimes I use the dough for other purposes.  Today, I was craving my mother’s sweet rolls.

Karl’s Cinnamon Sugar Buns

Karl’s Cinnamon Sugar Buns

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Claudia’s Sweet Rolls

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  These were all written to fit on a 3×5 card, written to remind her about how to make the dish. As a result, they are often hard for anyone else to “unpack” the sometimes cryptic instructions. Continue reading

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Karl’s  Red, White and Blueberry Biscuits

It is the Fourth of July, so I decided to do something a little patriotic. Red jam, white flour and dried blueberries seemed just the ticket for a holiday breakfast.

Karl’s  Red, White and Blueberry Biscuits

Karl’s  Red, White and Blueberry Biscuits

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Karl’s Seasonal Fruit Salad

BBQ is a tradition meal for Memorial Day. I was serving wings and a variety of salads. A fruit salad seemed the right dessert to go with this meal.

Karl’s Seasonal Fruit Salad

Karl’s Seasonal Fruit Salad

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Karl’s Forbidden Rice Pudding

I keep a wide variety of rice in my pantry—Italian arborio, aged Indian basmati, Spanish Bomba, short grain Japanese rice, Thai Jasmine, Chinese red rice, American wild rice, as well as Californian jasmine and short grain brown rice. Jan has been loving my rice pudding, so when she suggested using Black rice I had it ready to hand. During imperial China, this rice was for the emperor alone.

Karl’s Forbidden Rice Pudding

Karl’s Forbidden Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Alpen Mini-muffins

Sometimes, Jan eats Alpen cereal for breakfast. For the last week, she has been saying, “I should make muffins with the Alpen one morning.”  I finally caught on to what she was really saying which was, “You should make Alpen muffins one morning.”  This is that morning.

Karl’s Alpen Mini-muffins

Karl’s Alpen Mini-muffins

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Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. It has replaced cakes as the go-to dessert for special occasions. Jan has spent years perfecting the techniques of making this mousse, but it took her years more before she dared to tinker with mom’s recipe. This Easter, Jan made chocolate mousse with Drambuie.

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

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