Desserts

Strawberries and Cream Soda Cracker Pie

Strawberries and Cream Soda Cracker Pie

It's hard to say what the best part about this pie is....the chewy and crispy crust? Or the fresh pile of strawberries and cream? Whatever you decide, I think you'll find this pie is a pure delight! Not only does it have a wonderful texture and taste, but the presentation is beautiful.   With how easy it is to make (no traditional pie crust skills needed!)—this is a dessert that I love to make when we have company over for dinner. And it's something that my kids can easily help make too.  Put them to task slicing strawberries while you make...

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Date Turnovers

Date Turnovers

  Freshly baked, these date turnovers make a highly satisfying morning pastry or dessert. The date filling adds almost all the sweetness for these little pockets of love.  My grandma's family called this recipe "Araz." Sometimes they would make them without any filling at all, and eat them with Armenian string cheese on top.  I had a difficult time finding any other recipes quite like it, although I finally discovered a similar one with a different spelling called "Aros" in Sitto's Kitchen Cookbook. This cookbook contains a collection of Syrian recipes from the same region that my grandmother's family came from (in...

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Protein Chia Pudding

Protein Chia Pudding

With a hint of cardamom, this healthy Protein Chia Pudding is a fabulous way to start off your morning, refuel during the day or become your final treat for the evening.  If you're expecting a very sweet treat, you'll want to add a teaspoon or two of extra honey or maple syrup to my recipe. Otherwise, keep this pudding on the healthier side by enjoying it with the natural sweetness of diced mango, cherries, bananas or your other favorite fruit. What Ingredients are in Protein Chia Pudding? Chia seeds Collagen protein powder (unflavored) Rice, almond or any alternative milk Plain greek yogurt Cardamom Maple syrup or honey...

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Pineapple Freeze

Pineapple Freeze

I've been hitting the waterpark frequently with my kids where they sell the popular Dole Whip, made famous at Disneyland. Usually I refuse to purchase these pricey treats, but it doesn't stop me from craving them! So one evening, I was dreaming up how nice it would be to taste a spoonful of the creamy pineapple goodness but lamenting that I didn't have any fresh or frozen pineapple on hand. Then I perked up when I remembered I had a case of canned, crushed pineapple.  I decided to give it a go and was thrilled with the results.  This Pineapple Freeze is a semi-healthy, delicious...

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Shamali

Shamali

Looking for a new cake recipe or a breakfast sweet? Try this unique Armenian semolina cake with coconut flakes and orange blossom water syrup. It is a simple cake that is known by many other names including Namoura (Lebanese) and Basbousa (Egyptian).  Each piece of cake is topped with an almond and makes a pretty presentation.  What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Shamali? sugar lemon juice orange blossom water baking soda greek yogurt Bob's Red Mill Semolina Flour (or other fine semolina flour) unsweetened coconut flakes butter salt blanched almonds tahini (to grease the casserole dish) How Do I Make Shamali? First,...

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