Easter Dessert: Seriously Simple Pound Cake

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While at my conference last week in Denver, I had a conversation with a cookbook publisher to kick around some cookbook ideas. He asked me,  ‘What is it that I am specifically passionate about?” Obviously, I am passionate about this blog, or I wouldn’t be doing it. One of my other clients said, “I light up when I talk about the blog”. So, I started thinking… what is it that I love that I would want to do a cookbook on? I love simple, fresh food. I love sweet treats that are easy to prepare, but still taste awesome. I love easy meals that even my kids will eat without complaining. I love when I can cut corners to make a recipe a bit “lighter,” but without sacrificing flavor. I am not sure where this gets me when thinking of a cookbook title, but I hope it will come to me soon. Actually, I am tossing around a few ideas, but I need your help. If you have any thoughts on why you like my blog, or the recipes on my blog, please email me and let me know. 

 

Here’s an offering of a simple Easter or spring dessert-Simple Classic Pound Cake. I am passionate about it! Hope you like it on Easter weekend or anytime during the year.

 

Easter Brunch or Appetizer-Simple Smoked Salmon Dip

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A lot of my newly married couples and friends have been asking me for Easter brunch recipe ideas. I had to do some thinking because I was trying to come up with a really light, delicious easy recipe that would work for a Easter brunch, lunch or dinner. I also wanted a recipe that would work for Passover. I love smoked salmon so I thought this would be a perfect fit. It’s so quick, delicious and light. I served it as my appetizer for my dinner last night, and it was a major hit.

Spring Chocolate Molten Cakes in 30 Minutes

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Many of you may have seen these Molten Cakes on my blog before. If you have, please forgive me for running them again, but when I went out last for my friend, Julie’s birthday dinner at “Flemmings” restaurant, that was the top dessert pick. It was delicious and oozing of warm chocolate, as it always is, and I told Julie that she can easily do these at home. Then the next day, I saw these spring, Easter ramekins at Target, and was so excited to give them a new look. This is a great idea for an Easter or spring dessert. You can make them ahead and warm them up, right before serving. To see these and other spring dessert ideas, watch the link from  “Daytime Alabama” that was on Monday on NBC 13.

Easter Treats: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Petit Fours and Peeps

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Since spring is in the air and Easter is around the corner, I thought I would show you these awesome gift ideas. First, the combination of Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Gourmet Petits Fours include eight scrumptious California  grown strawberries dipped in dark and white chocolate and then hand striped in Spring pastel colors. The four bite size petits fours include lemon, strawberry, orange and chocolate.  Second, the hand-dipped gourmet chocolate strawberries and Spring Peeps. Each strawberry and Peep is covered in gourmet chocolate and packed with eight delicious, juicy chocolate strawberries and four darling Peeps nestled in decadent chocolate coating. See http://www.bouquetoffruits.com for more information.

Incredibly Easy Blueberry French Toast

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This recipe is perfect for this time of year when spring brunch celebrations are upon us. When we have family brunches, I am always  asked to make this version of Blueberry French Toast. It’s my niece, Jamie’s, favorite, as well as my kids. This recipe is a breeze and can be done overnight. Just see the directions under “preparation” below. It can also be done with strawberries or even bananas in the middle of the cream cheese layer. I love to use Challah bread, but if you can’t find that, use a good French bread.

Look for me today on The NBC 13 show in Birmingham “Daytime Alabama” at 11:30 central time in Birmingham. I will post the link next week for those of you who are outside the viewing area.