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treb Sep 18, 2013 08:49 AM

Lately, at least on week-ends either at home or going out, I've been liking a variety of room temperature imported cheeses accompanied by some wine or port. Occasionally, I'll add in some dried fruits and nuts. I also like anything dark chocolate desserts and crème brulee's. My old standard by during the week is fresh cut fruit.

How about you, what are some of your favorite dessert desires and how often do you indulge. Life is too short to be deprived!

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  1. pinehurst RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 08:52 AM

    I don't eat a lot of dessert because I tend to eat a good-sized dinner, but when I do, I lean toward bitter things (esp after a big meal) like espresso or dark (80%+) chocolate.

    After a light meal, I will nibble on a cheese plate happily.

    In the winter, I really really really (REALLY) like oven baked custards. These were a standard in my home growing up. So comforting!

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      treb RE: pinehurst Sep 18, 2013 09:24 AM

      As a kid, I used to enjoy a simple vanilla custard.

    2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 09:07 AM

      If I could have anything, it would probably be a Napolian or Turkish Baklava, cannoli's are awfully good and then again there is mincemeat pie and tarts. I've always enjoyed oversized cream puffs and just the other day I had some of the best Wyoming cowboy cookies. Come to think of it I also really like............

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        treb RE: mrbigshotno.1 Sep 18, 2013 09:21 AM

        Love Baklava, I could eat about a million calories, found in 2 pieces, of it!

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          Monica RE: mrbigshotno.1 Sep 18, 2013 09:26 AM

          I love baklava...it's just that it's hard to find good ones.

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            Kate is always hungry RE: Monica Oct 8, 2013 07:38 PM

            Very easy to make great baklava especially if you are okay with using package filo dough. Just takes patience! YUM!

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              kitchengardengal RE: Kate is always hungry Oct 9, 2013 03:24 AM

              My son and I made baklava for him to take to an international food day when he was in 10th grade. One of the young ladies asked him to marry her, she loved it so much.

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                cstr RE: kitchengardengal Oct 9, 2013 10:16 AM

                Your son made a hit with the sweets dept!

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                  Kate is always hungry RE: kitchengardengal Oct 10, 2013 07:57 PM

                  What a cute story! I made a tray for my brother to take to our cousin in Chicago. From all reports, she ate the entire tray in 2 days--except for the 2 pieces my brother ate!

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                EWSflash RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 07:43 PM

                I'm not even that picky, since it's rarely offered to me. I LOVE baklava.

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                treb RE: mrbigshotno.1 Sep 18, 2013 09:29 AM

                'Come to think of it I also really like............' Please elaborate for the curious!

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                  mrbigshotno.1 RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 09:41 AM

                  I will as soon as I get back from sewing the buttons back on my shirt.

              4. Midknight RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 09:18 AM

                I don't have much of a sweet tooth (usually much to everyone elses charinge around the table) but two dessert items I can rarely pass up are:

                1) a good regular flavoured creme brulee, none of this chocolate or raspberry or whatever flavours crap.
                2) a creamy UN-BAKED cheese cake with a thick graham crust and preferably a cherry topping.

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                  treb RE: Midknight Sep 18, 2013 09:22 AM

                  Unbaked cheese cake? How does it set up?

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                    BeefeaterRocks RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 10:07 AM

                    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cherry-C...

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                      Midknight RE: BeefeaterRocks Sep 19, 2013 06:38 AM

                      Yup, that's the one! :)

                      I've also seen it with whipped cream folded into the recipe, as well. It's not bad, but MUCH sweeter.

                      Then there's also out double chocolate with meted chocolate folded into the cream, and has an oreo crumb crust instead of graham.

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                        treb RE: Midknight Sep 19, 2013 07:44 AM

                        Double Chocolate, nice.

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                    FoodWacky RE: Midknight Oct 10, 2013 08:07 PM

                    Creme brulee for me too!

                  3. Monica RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 09:25 AM

                    Both my husband and I work full time and have 2 young kids so I don't have a lot of time to cook and bake anymore but we love eating. At home, we usually eat Haagen dazs vanilla ice cream with toasted walnuts and caramel syrup. I honestly wouldn't know what to do if Haagen dazs ice cream wasn't available everywhere. Even so called high quality ice cream isn't always as good as Haagen dazs. We also eat fruits and nuts.
                    If i do make desserts at home, I make things that are simple to make like blueberry bundt cake..just whip up and bake...no frosting, etc.
                    I work in Manhattan and live in NJ so I often times buy desserts in manhattan during work hours and eat it at home. Last night, I bought lemon meringue pie on the way home.
                    I also buy packaged European desserts from gourmet shops...like butter cookies, fruit cookies and chocolate cakes and packaged chocolates from Lindt is always good.
                    Chocolate chip cookies dough I recently purchased from Trader Joe's were excellent as well.

                    1. JungMann RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 10:26 AM

                      I try to minimize my sugar intake so I don't eat dessert terribly often. If I do, it's usually a digéstif (usually a cocktail made with amari or a whiskey). Around certain holidays I may have a piece of sugar-free something (baklava, turron, candy) or a small serving of ice cream. I'm also not opposed to a wedge of aged cheese and preserves to end a meal.

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                        EWSflash RE: JungMann Oct 10, 2013 07:45 PM

                        Sugar free baklava??? Where do you get this miracle food?

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                          JungMann RE: EWSflash Oct 11, 2013 06:54 AM

                          There are two Middle Eastern bakeries in the old neighborhood that make fantastic sugar free sweets. Not just diamond baklava, but also birds' nests, lady fingers and the coveted burma. I always bring a couple boxes back with me when I visit; they keep for about a month.

                          https://jaafer.com/
                          http://www.nazarethsweets.com/

                      2. financialdistrictresident RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 10:37 AM

                        I am currently addicted to dried apricots dipped in nutella.

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                          FoodWacky RE: financialdistrictresident Oct 10, 2013 08:15 PM

                          Okay, that sounds fabulous!!

                        2. Candy RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 10:39 AM

                          I've been making ice cream lately. I made buttermilk ic last week. I've been enjoying it with a blueberry sauce.

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                            wonderwoman RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 11:02 AM

                            i've always loved the simplicity of melted dark chocolate on a sliced of toasted baguette, with a few drops of a fruity olive oil and a few grains of sea salt.

                            even better with nashoba brook's harvest bread (studded with nuts, dried fruit and ginger) i found in the freezer.

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                              treb RE: wonderwoman Sep 18, 2013 11:05 AM

                              Wow, that sounds excellent. Like the olive oil and chocolate idea.

                            2. fldhkybnva RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 11:13 AM

                              I eat dessert probably a total of 15 times a year but when I do it's either at the holidays and apple pie. On a regular day it's either a bowl of berries or yogurt with fruit and a hint of something crunchy (granola, crunchy cereal, etc.). i don't have much of a sweet tooth so fruit usually satisfies me without overwhelming me.

                              I think this topic is interesting. My mother made dinner every night but didn't routinely or ever that I can remember make dessert however I had friends and dessert was an everyday staple no matter what even if just ice cream.

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                                treb RE: fldhkybnva Sep 18, 2013 11:15 AM

                                During the summer, Greek yogurt with fresh fruit mixed in was my week day thing. Great sweet and tart plus the texture.

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                                  wonderwoman RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 01:21 PM

                                  i mix a bit of vanilla and almond extract into the yogurt, then mix in cherries and sliced almonds.

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                                    treb RE: wonderwoman Sep 18, 2013 03:23 PM

                                    Never used extracts, I'll give it a try, thanks WW.

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                                    pinehurst RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 01:56 PM

                                    SO good.

                                2. kitchengardengal RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 11:17 AM

                                  DH and I love dessert. I make frozen yogurt or ice cream, tapioca or rice pudding (that's what we have in the fridge now) . Or oatmeal jam bars or some other cookies. Or cake, but not often because we can't (shouldn't) eat a whole cake between the two of us. Or pie, depending on what fruits are in season. Or, if we are actually trying to watch our calories, sugar-free jello with fruit and walnuts and mini marshmallows in it.

                                  1. cookie monster RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 11:27 AM

                                    I also have major sweet tooth, and for years I would eat a "real" dessert every night - ice cream, cookies, cake, etc. I don't have much of a problem with portion control, so I would bake things and then freeze them in individual servings to be doled out on a nightly basis. However, lately I've been trying to curb my sugar intake, so most eveings I limit myself to a piece of good dark chocolate or a handful of my latest love - dark chocolate chipotle almonds from Whole Foods.

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                                      SilverMoth RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 01:51 PM

                                      I love sweets although I've been trying to be good about cutting down on sugar intake.

                                      Currently my fav dessert has to be the Nordstrom Cafe Bistro's bread pudding. It is fantastic with white chocolate and raspberry sauce and whipped cream. It's rich but just the right amount of rich. Every time I eat there, I order this.

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                                        pine time RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 02:37 PM

                                        As much as I'd like to be sophisticated enough to enjoy fruit (and maybe cheese) for dessert, I just can't find it special enough. Dessert needs to be something at least somewhat decadent, even if that means just a small sliver.

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                                          treb RE: pine time Sep 18, 2013 03:19 PM

                                          Ever try a nicely veined Roquefort cheese spread on a delicate thin cracker with some Brut Champagne? And also some real good dark chocolate or some dried fruit dipped in dark chocolate with the bubbly. That should qualify as decadent.

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                                            pine time RE: treb Sep 19, 2013 08:08 AM

                                            Sounds like a lovely tidbit and drink, but not a dessert, to me.

                                        2. SaraAshley RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 04:41 PM

                                          I have a huge sweet tooth, but I keep it in control by not keeping a lot of sweets in my house, otherwise it would be bad. There really isn't a sweet I don't like and you'll never find me turning down any dessert if it's offered to me. I bake once every month or 2 and sometimes I buy ice cream (which actually sounds awesome right now). Other than that, I almost always have some sort of candy on hand since I put a different candy dish out for every Holiday. So if I really get a craving and I have nothing else, there's always that. My parent's always have dessert though and I go there once or twice a week for dinner. I would say that's where I eat most of my sweets. Good thing I moved out!

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                                            treb RE: SaraAshley Sep 19, 2013 07:45 AM

                                            That's me also, dessert sharing only if other at the table order as well. These days it's more about the waistline than the sweet tooth.

                                          2. Will Owen RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 04:59 PM

                                            We don't have it often at all unless it's a dinner party, or a friend joining us brings it, but sorbet or gelato is the most frequent component. I like to make a tart or pie once in a while, and about now I'm thinking it's time for persimmon pudding. Simple and cold is the hot-weather rule, except at the height of strawberry time I can hardly resist doing shortcakes. I like doing those gelatin/cream-cheese "cheesecakes" someone was mentioning, topped with halved peaches poached in a nutmeggy lemony syrup. But I think I missed that season again …

                                            And I loathe baklava, sorry - it's ghastly sweet and grates on my teeth.

                                            1. gaffk RE: treb Sep 18, 2013 05:12 PM

                                              I am the child of a man with the biggest sweet tooth, so growing up we had dessert every day: something mom baked, something my sisters or I baked, or even just ice cream. Dad had to have dessert after dinner.

                                              These days, I rarely have dessert at home. I do always have a box of chocolates in the house, so if I'm craving sweet after a meal I just have a piece from that.

                                              At restaurants, I'm a dessert sharer, so I only order dessert if one or more DCs are also in the mood. The last two desserts were a Belgian chocolate mousse cake and a dessert of chocolate cake and chocolate mousse covered in a chocolate ganache. So yeah, chocolate--with a good strong cup of black coffee.

                                              1. YAYME RE: treb Sep 19, 2013 07:05 AM

                                                I take pride in making oven baked custards. I love making short bread crust tarts and chocolate chip cookies. Also creme brulee.

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                                                  treb RE: YAYME Sep 19, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                  One of my favs is grapenut custard. Real old school!

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                                                    Sra. Swanky RE: treb Sep 19, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                    Love grapenuts custard! My favorite way to use that cereal!

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                                                      treb RE: Sra. Swanky Sep 20, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                      Yah, I like the old school desserts made at home, just brings back great memories and great flavors as well.

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                                                      HillJ RE: treb Sep 22, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                      I like Indian pudding even more than grapenut custard but the cook at least softens those grapeNUTS!

                                                  2. tcamp RE: treb Sep 19, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                    I almost never have dessert at home. We usually have ice cream in the fridge which is typically eaten by DH later in the evening while watching TV. When I bake, it is generally something that can go into kid lunch boxes, i.e. apple cake, brownies.

                                                    No sweet tooth and don't need the calories.

                                                    1. Monica RE: treb Sep 19, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                      Crepe is actually very versatile dessert...and so simple to make too. I recently made it and ate it with sliced strawberries and some fresh whipped cream. So good.

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                                                        treb RE: treb Sep 20, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                        Went to a function and they had German Chocolate Cake, Oh yes..... nice dark choc flavor and the coconut frosting was spot on!

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                                                          BuildingMyBento RE: treb Sep 21, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                          It's a very long list, so I'll just pick out a few on me gulliver now:

                                                          -Whipped cream. For me, it's nauseatingly addictive. Often eaten in tandem with the next entry...
                                                          -Peanut butter. Creamy or crunchy, and sometimes with honey.
                                                          -My favorite candy of all time is Reese's Pieces. Started eating those way too early on. But I'm also a fan of
                                                          -Crunchie and Flake, c/o the UK. The former has honeycomb toffee, and the latter is true to its name.
                                                          -Sujeonggwa, a Korean soup/punch of sorts made with cinnamon, ginger and persimmon. Quite refreshing after a savory Korean meal.

                                                          That's enough for now. That there are are way too dang many is anathema to my teeth and pancreas.

                                                          Jonathan
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                                                            treb RE: BuildingMyBento Sep 22, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                            I've been known to hit whipped cream bowl with a large spoon.

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                                                              BuildingMyBento RE: treb Sep 22, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                              Homemade, store-bought or both?

                                                              Basically, on the rare occasion I order dessert at a restaurant, I'll get it for the whipped cream.

                                                          2. Wahooty RE: treb Sep 21, 2013 10:06 PM

                                                            Most days? Another glass of wine.

                                                            But when visiting my parents, an old standby is the basket. The basket has nuts, odd bits of very dark chocolate, light biscuits. The Nutella and dulce de leche come out, along with whatever fresh fruit is in the house. When nobody has bothered to make a dessert...there's always the basket. If it's a special occasion (which it always seems to be the first night I'm home), the liqueurs and spirits come out too.

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                                                              treb RE: Wahooty Sep 22, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                              My grandparents often had a bowl with nuts, fried fruits etc. Great with a tawny port.

                                                            2. Beach Chick RE: treb Sep 22, 2013 12:01 AM

                                                              After all these years, I just started eating desserts.
                                                              Love love love me a pie..lemon merinque, banana cream or blueberry.
                                                              My fave dessert is some fab Stilton, walnuts, dried fruit, glass of port or a late harvest wine..
                                                              Crusty bread, triple cream brie/stinky bleu..
                                                              A plain creme brulee is another fave.
                                                              I make hot fudge sundaes with a dark choc and toffee peanuts that is off the chain, but that is mostly a monthly thingy..
                                                              Cheese plate love.

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                                                                treb RE: Beach Chick Sep 22, 2013 07:33 AM

                                                                Nice list for being a 'newbie' dessert eater, very refined, I would expect no less from you. Glad to see you're on the bandwagon! Do tell more BC.

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                                                                  Beach Chick RE: treb Sep 22, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                  Refined...you obviously know me..hee hee
                                                                  I do love me warm Jello chocolate pudding and I have no patience whatsoever to let that bad boy cool down.
                                                                  Dark chocolate with a high % of cacao is delicious and good for you too.

                                                                  Cheese chicks rule.

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                                                                    treb RE: Beach Chick Sep 22, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                    Funny thing, when I was a mere child I liked when my mother made chocolate pudding and I ate it warm, YUM!!!! On the other side, I'd always put one in the frig with out covering it so a skin would form.

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                                                                      Beach Chick RE: treb Sep 22, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                      Ha..me too!

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                                                                        Beach Chick RE: treb Sep 22, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                        Forgot to add that I could eat a whole tray of baklava..stuff is sublime.

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                                                                          BuildingMyBento RE: Beach Chick Sep 23, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                                          With or without honey?

                                                                          In NYC, there are a couple of branches of Istanbul's baklava giant Güllüoğlu. When my pancreas is in the mood to "look for a good time," I'll order a side of kaymak, or buffalo milk clotted cream (a butterfest) and sour cherry and hazelnut baklava.

                                                                          There was a place called Pyramida in Manhattan that sold "cashewlava," and I was a big fan, but that restaurant closed a while ago, and I haven't found it (or tried searching much) again.

                                                                          Jonathan
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                                                                            Beach Chick RE: BuildingMyBento Sep 23, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                            With honey!

                                                                            Hazelnut baklava sounds fab. . .cashewlava too!

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                                                                            treb RE: Beach Chick Sep 23, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                                            At about a million calories per tray, it's a good way to start enjoying desserts! I'm impressed!

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                                                                              Beach Chick RE: treb Sep 23, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                              Baklava caloric breakdown:

                                                                              Serving Size Calories
                                                                              1 cubic inch 56
                                                                              1 oz 121
                                                                              1 piece (2" x 2" x 1-1/2") 334

                                                                              Honestly, I could eat maybe 2 pieces max. .
                                                                              I'd have to run to Yuma and back if I was gonna go for the tray!
                                                                              ; )

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                                                                                Beach Chick RE: Beach Chick Sep 25, 2013 06:20 AM

                                                                                I was at my Poway Costco a couple of days ago and saw a 33 piece tray of baklava..it was around $12 bucks..took a long loving look at the little honey dripping beauties but thought I'd check here first if the baklava was any good.

                                                                                It was in the Christmas candy decorations and Easter displays..don't get me going on that crap.
                                                                                ; )

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                                                                                  treb RE: Beach Chick Sep 25, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                  I've had Costco's baklava, it's pretty good for commercial, I surely wouldn't pass it up. BTW - only eat 2 pieces?? really?? You're so strong!

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                                                                                    Beach Chick RE: treb Sep 28, 2013 05:46 AM

                                                                                    I'm hitting up Costco and I'm going for the baklava tray..
                                                                                    The fresh mango, pineapple slices with the homemade granola is a good breakfast and dessert alternative..dark chocolate covered coconut is really good too.
                                                                                    Love love love Costco!

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                                                                                      treb RE: Beach Chick Sep 28, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                                                      Tell what you think of their baklava.

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                                                                                        treb RE: Beach Chick Sep 28, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                                        Dang, in addition to baklava, I'm craving me some hot out of the fryer Masalada's lightly dusted in cinnamon sugar. Any ideas?

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                                                                                          Beach Chick RE: treb Sep 29, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                          Had my share of Leonard's malasadas in O'ahu last week...so friggin' good.

                                                                                          Headed today to Costco and gonna look at the baklava tray.
                                                                                          The new dark chocolate coconut chunk they had demo'd was really good.
                                                                                          Wish Costco had more pies..
                                                                                          I am a pie chick..

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                                                                                            treb RE: Beach Chick Sep 29, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                            Love me their pumpkin pie, just right. BTW - saw those trays of baklava, looked yummy!

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                                                                                              Beach Chick RE: treb Sep 29, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                              Decided against the baklava. .too much tray action.

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                                                                                  BuildingMyBento RE: treb Sep 24, 2013 10:32 PM

                                                                                  Ya...I was transiting Beirut's airport a few years ago, and noticed that there were a couple of baklaverías ripe for the marauding. I was on my way to Hong Kong, so that tray was meant to last for a while. I think it had about 25 pieces on it, which I finished in, oh less than three days.

                                                                                  Though, it's not the most difficult part of the world to find baklava, for Guangzhou has a small Arab neighborhood by XiaoBei, and HK has some Middle Eastern restaurants too.

                                                                                  Jonathan
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                                                                                    treb RE: BuildingMyBento Sep 25, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                                    Bravo!!! BuildingMyBento, you did well, my will power would have lasted 3 days, I'd probably demolish that tray in 2!

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                                                                                      BuildingMyBento RE: treb Sep 28, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                      What the, Costco has baklava now? What are your thoughts, anyone?

                                                                                      Well, on the subject, I dug their chocolate and lemon poppy muffins (when we had membership), but then again, the lemon poppy ones sometimes tasted metallic.

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                                                                                        treb RE: BuildingMyBento Sep 29, 2013 06:41 AM

                                                                                        Yes, Costco generally carries baklava during the holiday season. Get a friend to bring you in.

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                                                                                          BuildingMyBento RE: treb Sep 29, 2013 09:17 PM

                                                                                          treb, does Costco offer "day passes?" Unfortunately, my friends here don't roll that way, but it's a good point. Maybe that can be an extra source of income for some people, inviting others in on their cards...

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                                                                                            treb RE: BuildingMyBento Sep 30, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                                            No but, if you can have someone buy you a gift card then you're in.

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                                                                        HillJ RE: treb Sep 22, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                        warm weather = fresh fruit desserts or assort fruit & cheese platters
                                                                        colder weather = cooked puddings, baked fruit, baked cheese desserts

                                                                        exceptions: pumpkin desserts, Greek & Indian sweets, my son's dark chocolate mousse and my daughter's rugelach
                                                                        exception 2: holiday season in our home, guests who come bearing delicious food treats and after work gatherings.

                                                                        I enjoy something savory & something sweet fairly regularly but I eat small portions and work out daily (I really need to, to keep strong at my age) and doing so allows me to indulge.

                                                                        1. Monica RE: treb Sep 23, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                          Here are some of the sweets I bought over the weekend...finished almost all over the weekend..between my husband and I and we complained why we are gaining weight.

                                                                          2 boxes of Turkish delights with pistachio(love these)
                                                                          A few types of Kinder chocolates and waffles filled with chocolates
                                                                          Pistachio filled chocolate bars
                                                                          cookies with chocolate and cream fillings(this, my daughter finished)

                                                                          From a local French bakery,
                                                                          2 large chaussons aux pommes
                                                                          2 sticky buns

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                                                                            kitchengardengal RE: Monica Sep 23, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                            The pistachio are my favorite Turkish Delights.
                                                                            I never have them in the house since my older son moved out. He always had a box of them. I think it's time to visit TJ Maxx!

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                                                                              treb RE: Monica Sep 23, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                              Nice array of goodies. Week-ends are off limites to calories!

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                                                                              rainey RE: treb Sep 23, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                              We're not much into dessert apart from special occasions either but I just made the bread pudding below. It has apples caramelized in sugar and Calvados and I made it from the ATK Cinnamon Swirl Bread that's pretty heavenly by itself.

                                                                              I do love comfort foods so this was right up my alley.

                                                                              Apple Bread Pudding: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ap...

                                                                              Cinnamon Swirl Bread: http://www.americastestkitchen.com/re...

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                                                                                treb RE: rainey Sep 24, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                                Nothing like the aroma of freshly baked Bread Pudding coming out of the oven, yum!! How could you not be in to desserts when you can make that. Welcome Aboard!!

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                                                                                  rainey RE: treb Sep 24, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                  Thanks. ; >

                                                                                  I highly recommend both of those recipes.

                                                                              2. Bill Hunt RE: treb Sep 24, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                                                For me, it is usually a Cheese-Course, with maybe only a taste of whatever my wife chooses. For her, something with chocolate.

                                                                                Now, a fresh fruit tart would be just fine, with the correct dessert wine.

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                                                                                  treb RE: Bill Hunt Sep 25, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                  I really enjoy a good cheese plate with maybe some tawny port or muscadette or even bubbly, especially with a good blue. Agree, fruit style dessert with a delicate ice wine etc.

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                                                                                    Bill Hunt RE: treb Sep 29, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                    For general Cheese Courses (exceptions abound greatly), I either keep a bit of Montrachet (or similar), pour similar, or order similar.

                                                                                    For Bleu cheeses, I concur - a Sauternes, or similar, is tough to beat.

                                                                                    While I love Tawny Port, that usually is reserved for Bleus, such as Stilton.

                                                                                    If the Cheese Course is broader, I lean toward a big, FR Chard, or a PN.

                                                                                    When we construct a Cheese Course, if the big whites are too far back, we have some aged Bdx. in front of everyone, or I want a bigger red, we go with Manchego, Assiago, Aged Jack, and a few others, and leave out the Creames, etc., but maybe that is just me.

                                                                                    Still, when dining out, and anticipating a Cheese Course, I try to keep a taste, or two, of ALL of the meal's wines, just to experience each one with the cheeses. Some work better, than anticipated (and I make a big mental note for later), but many just do not - it depends on the wines, and the cheeses.

                                                                                    To me, some cheeses just demand certain wines, but I still try to keep an open mind - though not every restaurant is set up to, or of a mind to, accommodate. Too many, IMHO, are set in their ways, and likely have never done a fully comprehensive cheese and wine tasting - and then, there are personal tastes.

                                                                                    Hunt

                                                                                2. westsidegal RE: treb Sep 25, 2013 01:09 AM

                                                                                  when having dessert at home:
                                                                                  Three Twins Organic Ice Cream
                                                                                  (mocha difference flavor)

                                                                                  however
                                                                                  Gelato Lounge is 5 minutes from my home and open until 10 at night. I get gelato and/or sorbetto there at least four times a week.

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                                                                                    treb RE: westsidegal Sep 25, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                    lately, I like gelato more than ice cream for the intense flavor. My favs are pistachio or lemon.

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                                                                                      Beach Chick RE: treb Sep 26, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                                                      pistachio gelato rates right up there with. .

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                                                                                        treb RE: Beach Chick Sep 26, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                        Gelato is great! and yes pistachio is an experience.

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                                                                                    nojunk RE: treb Sep 28, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                    for the last couple weeks, two or three times a week dessert has been a diced up honeycrisp apple drizzled with caramel sauce then topped with chopped walnuts and some bittersweet chocolate chips and a sprinkle of course sea salt. mmmmm!

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                                                                                      gaffk RE: nojunk Sep 28, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                                      Oooh . . . that sounds good; the perfect taste of fall.

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                                                                                        fickle RE: nojunk Oct 10, 2013 08:48 AM

                                                                                        I've been drizzling my honeycrisp apples with either peanut butter or speculaas.

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                                                                                          treb RE: fickle Oct 10, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                          Those apples are unbelievably good!

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                                                                                        grumpyspatient RE: treb Sep 28, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                        as some one mentioned up stream, another glass of wine is always a popular choice. If I really want a sweet after dinner, its seldom a lot. just a bite of chocolate or maybe a handful of candy corn (in season)
                                                                                        but there is a place the next town over that has pots de creme and creme brulee that I order to take home if I am too full to eat at the table. rich but not overwhelming...just perfect.

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                                                                                          jbsiegel RE: grumpyspatient Sep 28, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                          Candy corn - LOVE it! Even more, though, those mellow cream pumpkins! But...I've discovered the hard way...you can definitely overdose on candy corn. It's one of those things that's really great until you eat too much of it. Guess it's good it's only available for Halloween. (I refuse to acknowledge the Easter candy corn!)

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                                                                                            treb RE: grumpyspatient Sep 29, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                            pots de crème, nice elegant touch!

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                                                                                              Beach Chick RE: treb Sep 29, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                                                              Isn't pots de creme a gussied up name for warm Jello pudding..
                                                                                              :o

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                                                                                                jbsiegel RE: Beach Chick Sep 29, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                To me, pots de crème is more like warmed up chocolate ganache...

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                                                                                                  treb RE: Beach Chick Sep 30, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                                                                  maybe a couple of notches better than warm Jello. Do you mean a classy chic like you has never partaken??

                                                                                            2. tim irvine RE: treb Sep 28, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                              My favorites include apple pie, bread pudding, and most anything vanilla, especially gelato with salted caramel sauce. Also a panna cotta with lemon zest topped with sliced strawberries.

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                                                                                                Redstickchef RE: treb Oct 4, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                What I really want- bread pudding, with cream sauce; chocolate cake; cheesecake. What I usually have: greek yogurt mixed with almond milk, whey protein, cocoa powder and truvia, frozen for about thirty minutes with a homemade pumpkin protein bar crumbled on top.

                                                                                                1. Monica RE: treb Oct 7, 2013 06:15 AM

                                                                                                  I made rice pudding over the weekend.

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                                                                                                    treb RE: Monica Oct 7, 2013 06:21 AM

                                                                                                    Was it a classic version or did you put your own name on it?

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                                                                                                      Monica RE: treb Oct 7, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                                                                      I just made it with whole milk and vanilla beans because I had too much milk in the fridge that I had to get rid of. I wanted to make the Indian version with cardamom or the Mexican version with condensed milk..next time.
                                                                                                      ate it with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg...yummy..

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                                                                                                        treb RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                        What a great old school comfort dessert.

                                                                                                  2. Ttrockwood RE: treb Oct 8, 2013 07:26 PM

                                                                                                    At home a few times a week i will reach for candied ginger, or a chunk of dark chocolate with ginger (do we see a theme here....??) or a few dark chocolate covered almonds. Sometimes i find myself with a spoon in my nut butter (5-6 kinds in my cupboard right now)

                                                                                                    Eating out i love a nice glass of dessert wine-i still remember fondly the year i had a glass of chateaux Yquem on my birthday, but a nice ice wine or moscat is appreciated.
                                                                                                    Any house made coconut sorbet is a definate, if i see pistschios in there i'm ordering it, or still hot mini donuts to share with others.
                                                                                                    I would really rather have my dessert wine and a bit or two of your dessert......:)

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                                                                                                      treb RE: Ttrockwood Oct 10, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                      Do you ever dip the candied ginger in dark chocolate ?

                                                                                                    2. EWSflash RE: treb Oct 10, 2013 07:42 PM

                                                                                                      Usually I don't. So when I do, I feel like I can go overboard if I want to. But not often because I'm constantly watching my weight.
                                                                                                      But I will not turn down a vanilla/dark chocolate dipped Dove Bar. I don't buy them, because it's so much easier to not buy them than not eat them when they're in the house.

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                                                                                                        treb RE: EWSflash Oct 11, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                                        Dove bars, a real weakness for me. I totally agree with your last sentence!

                                                                                                      2. FoodWacky RE: treb Oct 10, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                                                                        I eat a couple of big bowls of homemade yogurt with honey almost every night for dessert!!! Double yum!!

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                                                                                                          treb RE: FoodWacky Oct 11, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                                                                          During the week, I sometimes eat Greek Yogurt mixed with fresh fruit or homemade jam.

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                                                                                                            Monica RE: treb Oct 11, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                                            yogurt is...healthy food...at least in my household...it's not a dessert. =)

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                                                                                                          Jerseygirl111 RE: treb Oct 10, 2013 09:21 PM

                                                                                                          We very rarely order dessert out, preferring apps and entrees.

                                                                                                          At home, right now, we are obsessing over apples. All different varieties. Occasionally an apple or pumpkin pie or tea and cookies if the mood strikes.

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                                                                                                            treb RE: Jerseygirl111 Oct 11, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                                            Pumpkin Pie, I like Costco's, a fav comfort dessert. Also ginger snaps dipped in my coffee.

                                                                                                          2. westsidegal RE: treb Oct 10, 2013 11:25 PM

                                                                                                            gelato, 4 times a week.
                                                                                                            iced blended mocha

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                                                                                                              treb RE: westsidegal Oct 11, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                                              Gelato, can you elaborate on your favorite flavors?

                                                                                                            2. GraceW RE: treb Oct 11, 2013 03:22 AM

                                                                                                              Mostly fruit--especially berries dipped in unsweetened cocoa powder.. but if/when I bake then I keep the rest (whatever I did not mail/use for others) in the freezer so I always have homemade items if/when I want them

                                                                                                              1. jrvedivici RE: treb Oct 11, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                Grand Marnier !

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                                                                                                                  treb RE: jrvedivici Oct 11, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                  Solo?

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