Red Wine & Blood Orange Poached Pears

Red Wine & Blood Orange Poached Pear

Getting back into my best shape doesn’t have to mean goodbye to all desserts! It just means getting smarter about the ones I choose. Here’s an occasional indulgence I whipped up last week that won’t derail your weight loss plans completely (hint: go light or… Keep Reading »

Baked Pears with Rum Raisin Mascarpone & Amoretti

Baked Pears with Rum Raisin Mascarpone

Always on the hunt to satisfy my sweet tooth without completely derailing my diet – these luscious baked pears come to life with a hint of cinnamon, a dab of rich rum-rasin mascarpone, and a little crunchy texture from crumbled amoretti cookies…. Keep Reading »

Brownies

Baker’s Chocolate Brownies

I have yet to taste a more chocolatey, fudgey, yummy brownie recipe than the one that used to appear on the back of Baker’s Chocolate boxes, so why mess with perfection? Crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside, with or without nuts, with or… Keep Reading »

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is nothing like the aroma of baking cookies wafting through the house to bring back fond childhood memories for me. Warm cookies with chocolate chips oozing as you bite into them – YUM!… Keep Reading »

Plum Crumble

Plum Crumble

Any kind of crumble is scrumpdilicious to me, but plums have just the right amount of tartness to kick my taste buds into high gear, and the almost jam-like texture once baked compliments the crispy exterior of the crumble to perfection. The rich color peeking… Keep Reading »

Ice Cream Pie

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream Pie

This is my rendition of a family favorite since the 1970’s. Peppermint stick ice cream is such a festive treat over the holidays or Valentine’s Day, and pairs so nicely with the crunchy  chocolate cookie crust and soft billowing marshmallow meringue topping. This winter or summertime… Keep Reading »

Crispy Ginger Peaches

Crispy Ginger Peaches

I threw this recipe together quickly one evening with ingredients I needed to use up, and it got the major thumbs up from my dinner guests. In fact it disappeared so quickly that I just had to test the recipe again the next morning, so I could… Keep Reading »

Grilled Peaches

Grilled Peaches with Greek Yogurt Sauce

I have a sweet tooth, so I’m always looking for ways to satisfy it without packing on the pounds. Did you know grilling peaches not only softens the fruit, it brings out more of the natural sugars while adding an unusual smokey note? It’s fast… Keep Reading »

Pistachio-Chocolate Addict Bars

Pistachio-Chocolate Addict Bars

These Pistachio-Chocolate Addict Bars are my adaptation of the Chocolate Joint recipe from the Chocolate Addicts cookbook. They also happen to be perfect for taking to parties as a hostess gift this weekend…. Keep Reading »

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

This decadent vegan recipe is exactly how I celebrated the second anniversary of launching the Personal Chef Approach™.  Totally satisfying, rich creamy, chocolately indulgence you don’t have to feel guilty about. The avocado provides heart healthy fat, along with antioxidant packed dark chocolate – that’s… Keep Reading »

Banana-Chocolate Addict Bars

Banana-Chocolate Addict Bars

My grandmother Ellie used to have a cookbook called the Chocolate Addict’s Cookbook. All the recipes had drug related names, and my absolute favorite was a recipe called Chocolate Joints. Hey, what can I say – it was the 1970′s! This is my adaptation of that recipe…. Keep Reading »

Lavender Creme Brulee

Lavender Creme Brûlée

The crispy sugar exterior contrasts so perfectly with the silky smooth creamy filling with a slightly fragrant  floral note from the lavender of this classic dessert. It does require a little technique, but don’t let that put you off. It’s really not that difficult once… Keep Reading »

Mom's Chocolate Log

Mom’s Chocolate Log

This can only be described as a light chocolaty cloud of yumminess. We used to have this often when I was a child, because it was one of Dad’s favorite desserts, and ridiculously easy to make. Think ahead though, it has to be made at… Keep Reading »