Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies

Do you need a sure thing brownie recipe? Here it is. This recipe for Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies has been in my recipe arsenal for nine years. I think it is a terrific idea to start off the week with a dessert recipe.

With Father’s Day and July 4th coming up, these brownies will come definitely come in handy. I consider these brownies to be better-for-you. They  are rich in chocolate, but balanced in sweetness by almonds, which also add a little crunch. You can substitute your favorite chocolate for the dark chocolate chips.

I originally developed this recipe for Canola.org for the World Health Day campaign, one of my favorite recipe projects. You will find a lot of fabulous recipes on their site. Here’s to starting the week off with something chocolate and sweet!

Fresh Peach Pecan Crisp

If you’re looking for a super easy summer dessert, try this Peach Pecan Crisp recipe. In 45 minutes, you’ll have an a scrumptious dessert for friends and family to enjoy. This is fantastic dessert for Memorial Day weekend!

I love using two of my favorite ingredients—peaches and pecans. I typically purchase mine from Pearson Farms in Georgia. They’ve been in business since 1885 and are a wonderful, friendly family-owned business. I also have been buying Stone Mountain Pecans from my favorite local market Murphrees’s Market in Birmingham. I  purchased these peaches below yesterday.

We go through peaches and pecans so quickly at my house, so I try to always have them on hand while peaches are in their peak season. If you want to prepare this recipe when peaches are not in season, feel free to use frozen peaches (be sure to thaw them slightly before serving).

Peaches are so healthy for you. One fresh peach (about 21/2 inches) is only 68 calories and has zero fat. Peaches contain 10 different vitamins. A large peach provides Vitamin A, which is important to healthy vision, Vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacin, folate and more.

I’ve been using my cast-iron skillet often for desserts lately, but if you don’t have one, you can substitute a 10-inch or 2 quart baking dish. Be sure to slightly grease it before adding the peaches and brown sugar. If you don not have a 10-inch, you can also use an 8-inch as well as a 61/2-inch if you have these smaller sizes. Have a great week ahead1!

Watermelon Mint Floats

Watermelon Mint Floats

It is hard to believe that school starts in a week. I will be driving my son to Missouri for College in a week (another thing hard to believe or think about). Before summer ends, I am continuing to use summers freshest fruit and vegetables in my kitchen. I created these Watermelon Mint Floats the other day which were a huge hit! With 4 ingredients, how could you go wrong? Watermelon is SO good for you. See my top health benefits of watermelon in my post here.

 

S’mores Ice Cream Pie

My kids and I have been making a lot of S’mores this summer. I  had the idea of a S’more’s Ice Cream Pie, and I quickly put this recipe together. I used fudge ripple ice cream, but feel free to use any flavor of your favorite ice cream. You could also sprinkle the top with chocolate shavings, but kids were in such a hurry to eat it, I didn’t even have the time. Oh, well, here’s to summer 2012!

So Easy Blackberry-Blueberry Cobbler

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The other night we had some leftover blueberries and blackberries, and I thought we better do something with them quickly before they go bad. I gave this recipe to my family to prepare while I was working away. I was was so excited when this came out of the oven. We ate half of it (I have to admit), standing up and before it even cooled down. So beware.

Cool and Crisp: Watermelon-Lime Granita

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For a refreshing summertime dessert, try Watermelon-Lime Granita. This is so easy and only 3 ingredients. How could you go wrong? Van from Boutwell Studios asked me on a podcast I did recently for Birmingham Magazine what he could do with his leftover watermelon. I thought this was a fabulous recipe to share. It’s so cool and refreshing and the perfect combination of watermelon and lime. My kids loved it!

Easter or Summer Entertaining Idea: My Favorite Cupcakes

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Lots of you have been writing to me asking for awesome Easter dessert ideas so how about these Easter Cupcakes? This recipe comes from “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” cookbook, and it is fabulous. If you’re short on time, I have also included a “cupcake express” recipe to save you time. Either way, I just simply sprinkled mine with spring sprinkles, a perfect look for this time of year.