Favorites: Summer Berry Recipes

Greetings to all the foodies out there!

It’s hard for me to believe that there’s only about a month until the calendar once again turns to Autumn. To help me celebrate the offerings of the current season, I’ve decided to periodically post a collection of favorite recipes that I adore and I hope you will too. 

To kick things off – I bring you the Summer berry edition. Enjoy!


Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

I’m still waiting for the day that a strawberry recipe is going to disappoint me. Even this low-key strawberry cake got rave reviews when I baked it up for an Easter family gathering. Ever since that meal, it’s been put on the permanent list of items I MUST bake again!


Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Fruit 

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Fruit

Some of my favorite food items are from breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day after all! Even if I was skeptical how much I’d enjoy a quinoa breakfast cereal at first, the taste of this dish won me over. Plus, it’s low-fat, gluten-free, lactose-free, and a very healthy oatmeal alternative.


Fresh Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart

This fruit tart has a special place in my heart. You see, I was on a mission when I started baking them and only until my third iteration did I taste success (quite literally). A couple of years later, this is still my go-to recipe for a lighter dessert for fruit lovers. It’s a show stopper and the compliments always flow!

Rice Cooker Pancake

Rice Cooker Pancake

Last week I came upon a post at Rocket News 24 about cooking one big pancake in a Japanese rice cooker. Yes, you read that right – a rice cooker. I really didn’t believe it unless I tried it for myself and I told several of my friends that I was going to attempt it on the first opportunity I got. I figured the worst that could happen was that it ruined my rice cooker and I’d have to buy another.

Rice Cooker Pancake

It turns out that I don’t have to buy a new rice cooker and the giant cake-sized pancake is amazing. Making this breakfast treat really is as easy as mixing up packaged pancake batter, pouring it into the pot of a rice cooker, and hitting the start button. Ding – the pancake is served!

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Raspberry Clafoutis

Raspberry Clafoutis

It is almost the middle of April and the end to yet another work week. Is it just me or has the beginning of 2014 whizzed by?

No matter what month I turn to on my calendar, there are always upcoming plans for gatherings with good food and company. Being busy surrounded by friends and family is a problem I am blessed to have, however I have to occasionally remind myself to slow down and to smell the roses desserts.

Raspberry Clafoutis

This week was one of those times. I had come across a recipe for raspberry Clafoutis and making this French treat on a Tuesday evening sounded like the best idea ever. Clafoutis is a baked dessert of fruit, traditionally cherries, arranged in a buttered dish covered with a custard-like batter. It can be served warm, sprinkled with powered sugar or with cream (in my case, vanilla gelato).

Turns out it was a pretty good idea!

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