Category Archives: Desserts & Treats

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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Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding II

Tuesday is Jan’s long day, she teaches until 8:45 pm, and she texted that she needed rice pudding when she got home. I live to serve—good food. I started with a Food.com recipe for rice pudding, but I have continued to change it. One of the recipes I had looked at earlier suggested that arborio rice was the best choice. Having made this variation twice now, I must agree.

Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding II

Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding II

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Karl’s Irish Rice Pudding

Adapted from a Food.com recipe

Eilene has been sick, so Saturday I looked up a recipe for rice pudding. Jan thought it was such a success that I should make it again for our St. Patrick’s Day feast on Sunday (two days late).  What would make a rice pudding Irish? Baileys Irish Cream.

Karl’s Irish Rice Pudding

Karl’s Irish Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding

Adapted from a Food.com recipe

Eilene is down with the British flu—nose and throat vs American flu, stomach. She thought that a warm rice pudding would feel good going down. I looked up a recipe and, of course, changed it to my liking.

Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding

Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding

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Claudia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jan asked me to make some cookies for a bake sale at the university. Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  Her chocolate chip cookies was one of my favorites, growing up.

Claudia's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Claudia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Miriam’s Christmas Whiskey Balls

This year I was unable to participate in the family holiday rum-ball spectacular.  I was in Italy, and also had the stomach flu.  That is indeed as unpleasant a combination as it sounds.

So now that I’m stateside and better, Christmas Eve I did some pickup cookie assembling. I popped on A Very Murray Christmas (which I love but my parents can’t stand) and made my own twist on Jan’s Christmas Rum Balls.  Only, I used bourbon and scotch whiskeys.  The base is the same, the boozy variations follow.

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Karl’s White Peach Jam

A few weeks ago I had some peaches sitting on the counter in danger of over ripening. Jam was the obvious solution. Jan thought it was “too sweet.” This flaw did not stop her from eating the entire jar in two weeks.

Karl’s White Peach Jam

Karl’s White Peach Jam

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