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May 22, 2018

No-Bake Mascarpone Mini Cheesecakes

My favorite mini cheesecakes! All the flavors of traditional cheesecake – a brown sugar graham cracker crust, creamy and indulgent mascarpone cheesecake filling, and a sweet fruit topping – combine for an easy, delicious, and crowd-pleasing no-bake Summer treat.

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When it comes to back pocket desserts, these no-bake mascarpone mini cheesecakes are an easy favorite.

These sweet cheesecake jars check off a lot of boxes: they’re a breeze to make (in advance), but still feel a little bit fancy thanks to ultra-creamy Italian mascarpone cheese. They can be adapted to the season with any number of different toppings – think macerated berries in Spring, stone fruit and syrupy figs in late-Summer, homemade caramel in the Fall… – and most important, are delicious, and can be counted on to please a crowd.

And these red, white, and blue babes would look real’ pretty as part of a Memorial Day or 4th of July barbecue spread.

(See also, these lemon buttermilk cupcakes!)

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May 16, 2018

Easy Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Thick and creamy avocado chocolate pudding – an easy and indulgent, naturally sweetened twist on the classic, that comes together in minutes in a blender. You’d never guess the main ingredient was avocado!

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Something you may not know about me: I grew up on a teeny tiny avocado ranch.

If you follow along on Instagram, I mentioned this briefly the other day. Not to brag, but I have a delicious connection to the tastiest, organic Hass avocados on the central California coast. It’s not their day job, but my parents tend about thirty avocado trees on their property, and sell to the likes of Calavo. So if you live down south, and happen to buy an organic avocado when they’re in season, it might be one of ours.

I grew up eating avocados practically with a spoon, and like many homegrown fruits and veggies, they really are the best. They’re often smaller, but have a richer flavor and perfect, buttery texture. Growing up, it was easy to take our seemingly endless, nearly year-round supply of tree-ripened avocados for granted. Especially now that I’m shelling out several dollars a piece for avocados at the store.

Nonetheless, avocados are still on the grocery list every week, along with our other pantry “essentials.” They add a finishing touch to all kinds of savory dishes, but don’t make their way into sweeter fare very often.

However, that’s changed with this super creamy avocado chocolate pudding. I just can’t get enough. Naturally sweetened and packed with healthy fats – but equally chocolate-y and indulgent, with a spot-on silky texture – this is the chocolate pudding of my dreams.

I kind of can’t believe the main ingredient is avocado.
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May 4, 2018

Honey Rosemary Grapefruit Sodas

Tart and fizzy honey rosemary grapefruit sodas combine a sweet and herbaceous rosemary simple syrup with fresh grapefruit juice and pure honey for a flavorful, naturally-sweetened homemade soda you’ll want to sip on all Summer long.

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Calling all citrus lovers! I made you the most refreshing rosemary grapefruit sodas, perfect for warm days ahead.

When I was pregnant with Henry, I became something of an expert on delicious homemade (non-alcoholic) beverages. With the key being ultra refreshing.

Let me tell you, being eight months pregnant in August – sans air conditioning – is not ideal. It was approximately ten thousand degrees last summer when I was in the final stretch to meeting our little one, and I was thirsty. all. the. time.

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There was no pale pink rosé for me of course – my ever-adored Summer sipper – and even my love of LaCroix has its limits, so to cope, and stay hydrated (and give myself a sweet treat), I started making homemade Italian sodas with fresh herbs and fruit juices.

This rosemary grapefruit soda was one of my early concoctions, naturally-sweetened with a rosemary simple syrup, made with honey and pure cane sugar. It’s bright and herbaceous, thanks to freshly-squeezed, perfectly tart, ruby red grapefruit juice, and topped off with a splash of sparkling water.

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