Plum Frozen Yogurt with Blackberries & Sage

Plum frozen yogurt with blackberries, honey, and sage.

Plum frozen yogurt with blackberries, honey, and sage - perfect treat on a hot summer day. The first year I got an ice cream maker, I made ice cream every weekend. In truth, I went a little crazy. I experimented with infused custard bases, and added balsamic swirls and chocolate chunks. I tried adding a glug of alcohol at the end for a super-smooth, soft texture, and worked with every fruit I could find. I made rich ice creams, sorbets, and sherbets before simplifying with frozen yogurt. I ...

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Blackberries, Blue Cheese & Endive Appetizer

Endive leaf scoops filled with blue cheese and blackberries - recipe.

Endive appetizer with blue cheese and blackberries, drizzled with a blackberry sauce. Summer demands easy entertaining and food that refreshes. I'm generally carrying a fan around the house to stay cool on days the San Francisco fog stays out at sea (I have a svelte little tower model by Wexford that I love), and have loads of things I'd rather do than slave in a hot kitchen for hours on end during the hottest part of the day. So on days that sizzle, when friends stop by for a casual ...

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Farmstand Cornbread & Blackberry Buckle

Blackberry Cornbread Buckle summer cake recipe

A twist on a blackberry buckle: easy cornbread cake covered by a blanket of luscious blackberries, topped by oat streusel. I've had a hankering to make a blackberry buckle for a long time. Every since, in fact, I saw this recipe on Food52 for Blackberry Cornbread Buckle by janeofmanytrade. So, a couple of weeks ago when Carnivorous Maximus and I stopped by a farm stand in the Central Valley selling boxes brimming with fat blackberries, I knew immediately what I would make. But would they ...

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Berry-Pineapple Salad & Poppyseed Dressing

strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, gorgonzola, with ginger poppyseed dressing for cooking for a crowd

Mixed berries, pineapple and gorgonzola come together for a great summer salad with a ginger-poppyseed dressing. Many years ago, a far-flung group of us came together every year for a ski vacation. We rotated it a bit between Deer Valley (Utah), Aspen, and other places in Colorado. One by one, we stopped skiing for any number of reasons, and after not seeing each other for several years, we cranked the group ...

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Roasted Berries + Coconut and Lime

Roasted strawberries and blackberries topped with lime and toasted coconut, gluten-free dessert recipe

Berries are roasted to intensify their flavors, and topped with lime juice and coconut. This is an incredibly easy dessert, and is a riff of one I had at a friend's home last month. It's vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, and almost everything-free except flavor-free. You may have picked up by now that I love roasted just about anything, and that includes fruits. It really intensifies the flavors, and needs little ...

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Blackberry Cornbread Pancakes

cornbread pancakes with blackberries for Mother's Day breakfast

Fluffy pancakes made with corn flour and loaded with blackberries for a special breakfast. This week's theme for #SundaySupper is Mother's Day, hosted by Heather Lynn at the wonderful Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks blog. My thoughts immediately flew to pancakes. But not for breakfast. Pancakes for me means breakfast for dinner. Breakfast for dinner conjures up quiet suppers, all snuggled into the den sofa in my jammies after a long day. And it brings back childhood memories of my mom’s ...

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Blackberry-Cherry Turnovers

Blackberry Cherry Turnovers 2 : The Wimpy Vegetarian

High-Altitude Baking: Tender pastries filled with summer fruit and hints of cinnamon.   We moved last weekend to a new rental condo in one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever lived, Lake Tahoe. Tahoe personifies summer: a deep azure-blue lake dotted with boats, idyllic white sandy beaches, and heavily forested mountains laced with hiking trails. As a special treat, we now have a deck that backs up to tall pine ...

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Very Berry Mini-Pies

Very Berry Mini Pies / The Wimpy Vegetarian

Two-bite mini pies loaded with blueberries, blackberries, and a dab of cream cheese. Streusel topping includes ground flax seed and cocoa nibs. I’ve forgotten how to relax. How to flop down on a beach with nothing better to do than feel the heat of the sand between my toes, half-listen to nearby chatter and squeals muted by the waves, and just let my mind wander aimlessly. After weeks of jam-packed days filled with long “to do” lists to ...

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