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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

How to make the best homemade chocolate orange cheesecake from scratch - This DIY recipe is simple and easy but does take a bit of time. Top with chocolate ganache to hide any cracks and add a layer of richness and decadence. Original recipe uses graham cracker crumbs for the crust. You can leave out the orange extract for a real, classic New York style cake.

I love cheesecake. Joe would say cheesecake is his favorite dessert. Our favorite cheesecake is served at a diner not far from our home.  It’s amazing. I think we might have a new favorite now. I’ve never before tried to make a cheesecake, and I found the April Daring Bakers Challenge a bit daunting. Jenny from JennyBakes.com proposed that we all make the same cheesecake, but she challenged participants to make their cheesecakes show stoppers. I tried. How’s that fellow to the right? He’s a show stopper, all right. I jest. The cheesecake was a little ugly, but I doctored … Read more

The Best Gluten-Free Pecan Pie Recipe

Before my bariatric surgery, I loved pecan pie. It was my favorite pie ever, and I made a lot of them. And ate them. No holiday went by without a decadent pecan pie. When I went gluten-free, I thought I wouldn’t be able to eat another pecan pie, but then I had a thought. I never loved the crust of the pie anyway, so why not adjust the recipe a bit and make the pie without the crust? I did it, and the pie was a crazy success. As you can see in the photo above, the pie was sturdy enough to … Read more

Easy Homemade Ice Cream (Philadelphia Style – No Eggs)

How to make the best homemade vanilla ice cream recipe including variations for many different fruit flavors including strawberry and chocolate! This simple and easy recipe has no cooking, is made without eggs, and uses an ice cream maker machine to make the finished product. This quick eggless recipe is also no cook!

Originally published on June 12, 2009, this easy homemade ice cream recipe has delighted my family for almost ten years. Because it has no eggs, it doesn’t need to be cooked at all before freezing, and I have no worries about giving my kids raw eggs. As you probably have already guessed, I no longer eat ice cream because of my bariatric surgery, but my family still eats and loves it. We usually have some in the refrigerator at any given time. I love ice cream. I love to make ice cream. Back in Febraury, I shared an awesome recipe … Read more

Coconut Macaroons Recipe (Gluten-Free)

We have been doing a lot of baking this holiday season, both gluten-free and regular. Our most recent creation was this coconut macaroon recipe which is delightfully gluten-free, a surprise to me. I thought coconut macaroons usually had flour in them, but when Allie and I made these coconut macaroons last week, there was no flour in them whatsoever. Allie and I love to cook together, and this was, of course, a fun experience. In fact, the recipe is so easy that she was able to do most of it all by herself, and she’s only 5!    Print Recipe Coconut … Read more

Chocolate Cherry Cake (Gluten-Free)

I almost didn’t post this amazing recipe, my friend. My gluten-free chocolate cherry cake sounds delicious (and is!) but looks ugly. I mean, truly hideous. It’s so bad that I didn’t even take a picture of the whole thing. What I have above is as good as it gets. As usual, my foibles make good learning experiences for you. I did some research after my regrettable mistake and found a way for you to make this cake Pinterest-worthy. I have included those instructions in the recipe below. Now, on with the post I wrote as the cake was baking (thus, … Read more

Carrot Cake Pancakes

To celebrate the official launch of Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters next Monday {squee!}, I’m running content from the book this week. You can buy Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything next Monday, July 14.  This awesome recipe comes from the section on using cheese graters. You need either a cheese grater or a food processor to get the carrots cut up in small enough pieces to make the pancakes. A quick word of warning about these pancakes. You can’t cook them quickly. You have to cook them slowly over medium-low heat in order for the … Read more