Fruit Recipes

Brown-Sugar Balsamic Strawberry Sauce



This sweet and tart strawberry sauce is amazing! The balsamic brings out the berries naturally tantalizing flavors and the brown sugar caramelizes the syrup as it reduces while cooking. But what’s truly amazing is how fresh the chunky sauce tastes even after simmering.


We enjoyed the thick berries and warm syrup poured over vanilla bean ice cream. I paired my sundae with a scoop of frozen pineapple yogurt which knocked my socks off. It’s just the best homemade strawberry sauce ever! But this sauce has skills and would be just as divine over brownies a la mode, as a compote in fruit crepes, and drizzled over pancakes and waffles.  It’s saucy perfection!image

Brown-Sugar Balsamic Strawberry Sauce

2 pounds fresh, hulled strawberries, chopped
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp balsamic glaze (1 cup balsamic plus 1 tbsp white or brown sugar boiled and reduced by half. Makes 8 tbsp.)

In medium saucepan over high heat, bring strawberries and brown sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and mash berries until broken up but still chunky. Let cool for 30 minutes. Then stir in 4 tablespoons of balsamic glaze. Serve sauce over ice cream.

So good! More please. 🙂


Baked Raspberry Pecan Brie


This recipe and photo is from my cousin Cyndi who lives in Florida. It looks so good — warm, melty, creamy — yummy! And I can’t wait to scoop up some of this gooey goodness for myself. She posted this photo on Facebook and I couldn’t private message her fast enough for the recipe, which she graciously shared. Several of her friends asked for it too, so I know many of you will be happy to have it.  I picked up all the ingredients to bake it this weekend when my sons get back from youth camp — if I can wait that long!  Thanks for the recipe Cyndi! xo

Baked Raspberry Pecan Brie

Cooking spray
4 sheets Fillo (Phyllo) dough
1 egg white, mixed
raspberry jam (not jelly)
1 – 8 oz. round of Brie cheese
1 cup of fresh raspberries
chopped pecans
fresh fruit of choice like strawberries, apples, etc.
wafer crackers of choice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cookie sheet or baking dish with oil. Lay down 4 sheets of fillo dough in center of pan or dish. In the center of the dough spread raspberry jam to make a large circle. Cut Brie in half horizontally through the middle to make a top and bottom. Place and center bottom of Brie on top of jam circle and sprinkle with pecans and top with the other half of Brie. Snip the corners of the fillo to round the dough and avoid overlapping. Brush egg white along the round edge and fold over then brush the top to seal it closed and for nice browning. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and spread raspberry jam over the top. Cool 10 minutes to set. Serve with fresh raspberries and any fruit, favorite wafer crackers, or slices of thin French bread for scooping.

How do you like to bake your Brie? There are so many ways to indulge in this decadent treat.


Fresh Homemade Blueberry Pie

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The ultimate fresh blueberry pie. I have been making this special fruit pie for my family for about 8 years now. It’s so easy to make. This recipe calls for 3 pints of fresh blueberries; half are cooked in a saucepan on the stovetop, for just a few minutes, and the rest of the whole berries Continue reading

Fresh Pineapple Mango Chutney



My family and I recently celebrated a monumental adjustment to my life when I “retired” from the newspaper business after 25 years. Of course our favorite way to celebrate any big (and small) event, birthday, or holiday is to enjoy a nice meal out on the town at a favorite restaurant.  This particular evening the entrees we ordered came with a small side of fruit chutney. I enjoyed dinner, but it was the delicious petite, chopped salad that stuck in my head. I like the texture of a smaller chopped salad versus the big-leaf lettuce or large chunky fruit salad we often throw together.  This tropical fruit and vegetable chutney is simple, light and refreshing.

Fresh Pineapple Mango Chutney

Fresh mango, removed from pit, diced small
1/2 a cucumber, peeled, diced small
Cup of fresh pineapple, diced small
3 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 lemon or lime

Dice first 3 ingredients and toss. Add chopped basil and squeeze lime or lemon citrus juice over the top. It’s that simple. Serve next to your favorite main entree. Enjoy!



Fresh Raspberry-Peach Fruit Jam


The other day I posted a delicious recipe for Strawberry-Orange Jam in this post, which happens to be incredible! Here is the same recipe, but with raspberries and peaches. Both call for the addition of mouthwatering lemon citrus and fresh ginger.  Nothing to be intimidated about here as it’s so easy to make and out-of-this-world good!

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