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Fruit can play so many different roles in our lifestyles, whether that be snacking, specific diet approaches or celebrations and holidays.

This category explores the various uses of fruits & preserves, using them in:

– fruit shrub syrups for craft cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks;
– easy summer desserts like cobblers;
– fancy celebration desserts;
– whole food snacking
– low carb diet options

Many of the dishes found on my blog are focused on a low carb lifestyle, and therefore involve recipes that have been modified to be appropriate to a low carb, slow carb or keto diet. Not all fruit is compliant with these diets, but the recipes designated “low carb” offer options and substitutions to make delicious low carb fruit desserts.

You will also find a variety of recipes made with non-compliant fruit and/or jams and preserves. These higher carb options are typically some of the early blog recipes, but they still have a place, whether that be for a specific celebration or holiday, or to send a favorite item in a care package.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies without packaged mix

There are tons of brownies recipes, many of them excellent, so how do you choose? These brownies are special because they have a burst of raspberry flavor throughout the brownie, and there is no better sweet pairing in my opinion than chocolate and raspberry. The cream cheese addition means these brownies are soft and creamy …

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English Steamed Pudding with Persimmon

The Brits do love their steamed puddings, from the Christmas “figgy pudding” to all kinds of sweet and savory renditions. After making this persimmon steamed pudding, I echo their pudding love. It was delicious, and doesn’t require specialized equipment. Most of the “time” is down time while it is steaming away. What is a Steamed …

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Grilled Cheese with Jam Fillings

This taste test compares two versions of a grilled cheese and tomato jam sandwich – one with Velveeta and refined white bread, and one with gouda and robust seeded bread from the bakery. Processed vs Non-processed Cheese There is an ongoing controversy at our house regarding Velveeta. Is it really a cheese or something else? …

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Easy Low Carb Blueberry Recipes: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Low carb blueberry recipes include a low carb dinner salad with chicken and blueberries, some blueberry rum popsicles for a low carb dessert, and a blueberry protein smoothie for a low carb breakfast.  Besides being a healthy superfood, blueberries freeze perfectly and are one of those fruits you can enjoy year-round. Low Carb Dinner: Salads …

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