Mini Chocolate Zucchini Carrot Cakes w/Cream Cheese Cinnamon, Ginger Topping

chocolate zucchini carrot cakes with whipped cinnamon, ginger cream cheese topping recipe |

These little decadent chocolate cakes are full of healthy secrets. Whether you bake up my recipe for small cakes or make a larger cake, your picky eaters will never guess that you've cleverly used some summer zucchini and a carrot for good measure! Besides its chocolaty and moist goodness, the distraction will be the light and whipped cream cheese cinnamon, ginger topping - and its hint of orange...

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Olive Oil Gelato

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Gelato - Ice Cream recipe |

Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Gelato. Olive Oil gelato? It's the "olive oil" + "gelato" that caught my full attention. I just couldn't fathom what an olive oil gelato (or even an ice cream) would taste like. So it was a sure thing that anything else that was on my list to make these next weeks was going to be gently bumped down the rather lengthy to-dos so I could make this unusual flavor gelato a priority!

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Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble

Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble recipe |

Considering how much I love fruit crisps, I don't make them nearly enough. Aren't they a distant cousin of pies without a crust? I've made some delicious crisps in the past and with some, just didn't think it could get any better...that is until I met this strawberry and apricot crisp with pine-nut crumble. It has to be, hands down, the best crisp I have ever tasted -and- made.

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Rustic Guava Jam and Cream Cheese Pastries (pastelito de guayaba)

Guava Jam and Cream Cheese Pastries (pastelito de guayaba) recipe |

A fondness for guava and the recent find of some guava jam has me conjuring up sweet treats. From what I've read, traditional guava pastries or pasteles/pastelitos de guayaba uses guava paste. I'm using guava jam for these pastries wrapped in flaky and buttery puff pastry. It's South American flavors meets French buttery pastry...

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Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread with Walnuts

Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread with Walnuts recipe |

The Greek yogurt in this recipe caught my eye for the love of zucchini bread. With summer temps headed towards triple digits these weeks, who really wants to turn on the oven during the day? This is a great recipe - producing a moist, no-nonsense quick bread, without the need for mixers and such. Bake it up early in the morning or in the evening when it gets cooler.

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Apricots and White Chocolate, Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Apricots and White Chocolate, Walnut Oatmeal Cookies recipe |

Oatmeal cookies. Just about any way you dress them, they make you feel like you're eating wholesome goodness just because it has "oats" in it. The pairing of the slight tang of the dried apricots with the subtle sweetness of white chocolate chips makes for a tasty combination in this oatmeal cookie classic.

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