Pineapple Pico de Gallo

by Heather Harris Brady I hope all my American readers had a great Thanksgiving holiday last week! I had a few welcome days off to spend with family and one of the things I like best is shopping and cooking together. My son, in severe taco withdrawal after three months of college, helped me come…

Rhuberry Pie, No Bake

by Heather Harris Brady Guess who! I know, right? It’s been crazy, but I’ve come out on the other side of two graduation parties for my son and lots of other parties for graduating friends and family. I made most of the boy’s party food myself (with help from the aunts!), and I may get…

Quick Chocolate Candy Cake

by Heather Harris Brady This cake is something you’re going to want to bookmark for the times you need to throw a dessert together in a hurry. The recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax. It’s an amazing book and the fact we lost Richard Sax at such…

Mini Cheesecakes

by Heather Harris Brady This is a nice recipe if you feel like cheesecake but would rather forgo having extra tempting servings sitting around. This gives you four polite-sized servings for a dinner party with no leftovers! I used orange and mini chips, but feel free to vary the flavorings however you wish. I bake…

Orange Bites

by Heather Harris Brady This is going to be a short post today since here in America we’re heading into the big Thanksgiving holiday. If you are going out or visiting this coming holiday season these little bites would be a perfect hostess gift, especially tied up in a clear box with ribbon. Not only…

Panna Cotta with Pears and Salted Caramel

by Heather Harris Brady Panna cotta is quick, easy, delicious and hard to photograph. From all accounts it just appeared sometime in Italy in the 1960’s, first thickened with egg whites like a custard and baked in a water bath, until someone hit on the idea of adding gelatin. If you have a cold refrigerator…

Frozen Lemon Pie

by Heather Harris Brady Being a baker I don’t have a large inventory of no-bake recipes, but we had another hot day last week and knowing it wasn’t going to cool down much overnight I just couldn’t turn the oven on. So I turned to my cookbook collection and pulled out The Congressional Club Cookbook….

Streusel Cheesecake

by Heather Harris Brady This recipe is based on a cookie from Maida Heatter’s Book of Cookies. I’ve tweaked it into more of a cheesecake, and added a poached raspberry topping. The streusel is both topping and crust, with a citrusy cheesecake filling in between. This is a great choice for a make-ahead dessert, as…

Peach Crumb Pie

by Heather Harris Brady This recipe comes from Susan Purdy’s cookbook A Piece of Cake. This is a very easy pie, although for some reason it’s called a cake in the cookbook. It’s perfect for anyone who considers themselves to be piecrust-challenged, because the crumbs become both topping and crust! It should be said the…

Cheesecake with Caramelized Pineapple & Fresh Blueberries

by Heather Harris Brady Since it’s been absolutely sweltering for the past week, my oven’s been getting a rest, but I made an exception for this cheesecake because the kids picked blueberries with grandpa and the berries are gorgeous. So think of this as a summer cheesecake. It’s much lighter than most, bright with lemon…

Banana Sundae (Low Fat, Low Sugar)

by Heather Harris Brady A healthy sundae – whaaaa? Yes, maybe you just can have it all. Again, I apologize for these photos. This time my camera battery charger disappeared, so please bear with me until my new one gets here. Here’s something to sweeten the deal, a light, healthy (mostly!), and refreshing but chocolately…

Roasted Beet Salad

by Heather Harris Brady I know, a whole lotta people hate beets. But if you’re one of them then you’re probably skipping this post anyway. I happen to really like them. I like them even more when they’re ginned up with some vinegar and sprinkled with feta or goat cheese. Roasted beets are your friend….