Category Archives: Dessert

Red Velvet Cake – Portillos Style

Around about these parts, Portillos is known for a bunch of traditional Chicagoland foods, hot dogs, Italian beef, but… their chocolate cake? Legendary! And, the recipe has been kindofan open secret for a while. Chocolate super moist cake mix, three … Continue reading

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Key Lime Pie With a Side o’ Blueberries

One of our fave desserts is Key Lime pie, and with good reason: it is tasty, but, it is also wicked simple to toss together! Especially if you buy a graham cracker crust already made from the market. One bit … Continue reading

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Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

Kinda like a Black Forest Cake, but much simpler, and with only three ingredients – if you don’t count the whipped cream and/or ice cream for topping; the nice folx at Betty Crocker have really come through with a winner … Continue reading

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Blender Pot de Crème

Technically, this recipe is based on my Aunt Buzz’s blender chocolate mousse, but I’ve lost that recipe and this is as close as I’ve been able to come to the yummy dessert treat of so very many years ago. And, … Continue reading

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Portillo’s-Stye Red Velvet Cake

Portillo’s is a (mostly) Chicagoland company known for their Italian beef sammiches, hot dogs, tamales, and, mebbe a bit surprisingly, their chocolate cake. I have it on good authority that their milk shakes are also quite good. The thing about … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate Heath Toffee Fudge

Sometimes, fudge just happens. In this case, dark (60%) chocolate fudge with Heath toffee pieces stirred in to make things just that much better. Pretty simple to toss together, and wicked tasty. I guess I could’ve added some walnuts, but … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Creamsicle Cheesecake

And, just when you think it safe to smugly disparage jello, along comes something wonderful like this… A cheesecake that tastes like one of those orange and vanilla creamsicles. Oh, and it is Guten-frikkin-Free! So. Bonus! The nice folk at … Continue reading

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Berry Cream Cheese Galette

So… this was decent, but, I believe I overloaded it with the berries and their liquid. The original recipe, from the nice folx at budgetbytes.com, called for using 1/2 pound of blueberries and, well, I had a one pound bag … Continue reading

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Let’s Have a Guinness (Cake)!

It’s April, and so it was time to celebrate my husband’s birthday by having friends over to share a cocktail, some Thai-Style Stew, rather a lot of wine, and, of course, this tasty take on a chocolate Guinness cake. The … Continue reading

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Blueberry and Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

I have a ton of cook books. I mean, they are quite literally stacked all over my house. But. I get emails. And my husband gets emails. More recipes and ideas and… This one came to my husband fro the … Continue reading

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