Category Archives: Desserts

Kel’s Individual Pineapple Upside Down Cakes With Grand Marnier

Place pinapple and cherry in ramekin

Break out your ramekins – it’s time to make individual pineapple upside down cakes. These mini-cakes are so cute and the brown sugar and Grand Marnier sauce is awesome. It soaks into the cake, making it incredibly moist, not to mention mouthwatering delicious.

So good!

I use fresh pineapple for this, but you can use the canned rings instead (buy the pineapple in its own juice, not heavy syrup.) Also, I use a boxed cake mix, but feel free to use your favorite homemade cake batter. I did have enough batter from the cake mix to make six cupcakes, which made the kids happy! Or, just make more of these fantastic pineapple upside down cakes.

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Go Ape Over This Banana Date Nut Bread

Banana bread with cream cheese

Every now and then I wind up with overly ripe, brown bananas, which I really don’t care for. Instead of throwing them away, I like to make banana-pineapple muffins (see my earlier post at: http://kelleychisholm.com/2012/01/19/banana-pineapple-muffins/) or else a more traditional banana bread. I make mine with nuts, but you can certainly leave them out if you have allergies or just don’t like them. For this loaf I included dates and switched the butter I normally use with some chunky applesauce. The result? A lower-fat and wonderfully moist bread that kids and adults will devour.

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Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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