Cardamom Pear Custard Pie

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I hesitate to call this a cake because it’s really more of a pie. Actually, it’s most like a clafoutis but with that, I often lose people ūüôā ¬†Whatever you call it, I think we can all agree this recipe is THE.BEST.FALL.DESSERT. Quick, easy…and with pears.

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Eggnog Chia Pudding with Pomegranate Seeds

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Nothing says Christmas flavor¬†more than eggnog and I’m always on the hunt for good recipes to use it with. Since this time of year is really the only time I indulge in such a rich beverage, I thought it might be fun to make it quasi healthy by adding chia seeds for a festive, creamy dessert.

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Smoky Pumpkin Pecan Bars

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We are in the thick of pumpkin season, my favorite time of year in the kitchen. So many versatile recipes – from sweet to savory – and this one, I do believe, is now at the top of my list.

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Chocolate Chia Seed Mousse

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As if that isn’t a mouthful enough…here is a super easy, rich and healthy dessert. ¬†It truly takes 5 minutes to make and just a little longer to ‘set’ but this cocoa coco chia pudding/mousse is sublime!

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie

I’ve never really understood the expression ‘easy as pie,’ because quite frankly, pie has never been easy for me.¬† And it’s all because of the crust.¬† But, alas!¬† This is music to your ears (and hands…) since this pie is crust-LESS.

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Fig Clafouti

I make clafouti’s all year round, depending on what fruit is in season.¬† I’ve used apricots, berries, plums, cherries, apples and now figs.¬† It’s the same simple recipe with maybe a sprinkle or two of different spices. With apples I use cinnamon; with cherries and pears, a little almond extract.

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Apricot Blueberry Crisp

The Napa farmers’ markets are bursting with fresh fruit…and these two gems will disappear in just two weeks!¬† Apricots have been scare the last two years so I am stocking up on my supply for desserts, sauces and jam.¬† The very best come from our good friend, Michele Bera, who indulges us at market with her stone fruits from Vacaville.¬† And if you think blueberries are mild with flavor…then you have not tried Stokes!¬† In a word: explosive.

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Grapeseed Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you follow this blog, you know what a goof I am for coconut oil.¬† And recently there have been several posts from other like minded writers who list over 200 ways to use it!¬† In addition to all its health benefits, coconut oil has a high smoke point and is great for baking.¬† But there’s another healthy oil to cook with, and this one just so happens to come from my neighborhood – the Napa Valley.¬† It’s grapeseed oil and it’s made by Salute Sant√©.

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Coconut Cream Pie ala Cafe Gratitude

I had to wait a few days to let the chocolate dissipate from my veins, but now I’m ready to launch into my next favorite indulgence: coconut cream pie!¬† I hope this is one of your resolutions this year…because no one should deprive themselves of such a decadent health food.¬† That’s right: it’s good for you.

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