Ricotta Cheesecake with Blackberries

“WHO KNOWS HOW TO MAKE LOVE STAY?  TELL LOVE YOU ARE GOING TO THE JUNIOR’S DELI ON FLATBUSH AVENUE IN BROOKLYN TO PICK UP A CHEESECAKE, AND IF LOVE STAYS, IT CAN HAVE HALF.”  Tom Robbins

Ricotta Cheesecake with Blackberries | From My Sweet Heart

Ahhhhh!  If only love were so easy to bribe!  But would we really want it then?  For me, there were two reasons for wanting to make this cheesecake.  First, I saw a picture of it naked, in it’s purest form in an issue of Bon Appetit magazine.  And that was good enough for me.  It looked rustic, and simple and beautiful.  But….for some reason, last year, I developed a mad passion for blackberries.  And I wanted to add them to this delicious, creamy and crustless cheesecake.  I am in love with this cheesecake!  And I know it will last!  At least until the last bittersweet bite has consumed me….. [Read more...]

Buttermilk Tarragon Lemon Bread

“GOOD BREAD IS THE MOST FUNDAMENTALLY SATISFYING OF ALL FOODS; AND GOOD BREAD WITH FRESH BUTTER, THE GREATEST OF FEASTS.”  James Beard

Buttermilk Tarragon Lemon Bread | From My Sweet Heart

Does the arrival of spring (and then summer) signal a departure from the kitchen for you, especially in baking?  My ovens run all year round!  Though I do often like to lighten up in the warm weather.  For me though, the arrival of spring is the opportunity to use a new set of ingredients.  A new season, new fruits, new vegetables and all fresh!  I am excited to be able to walk onto my back deck for fresh herbs.  AND….. it means the opening of my local farm markets again!  And two of my favorite markets offer the best fresh cream and butter you can ever imagine!  This bread won’t have you in the kitchen for very long, I promise!  But your reward is a warm, fresh bread that is moist and tender, a little bit lemony with a tiny bite of pepper.  This is most definitely….. [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream

YES!  Peanut butter and Jelly in ice cream!  Because…..it’s the Improv Cooking Challenge!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream | From My Sweet Heart

I took a short break and some much needed time to catch my breath; and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to participate in this month’s challenge.  But I just love this group.  And I couldn’t resist!  And so I admit…..I kept it simple for myself this time.  What I came up with is SIMPLY DELICIOUS and almost addictive!  Thanks so much to Kristen from the Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for being the wonderful hostess for such a great group of food fanatics!  I am looking forward to seeing what everyone did with our two key ingredients this month….peanut butter and jelly!  These ingredients were likely suspects for an ice cream because not only do I like my ice cream sweet…..but oddly, I prefer it salty, too!  My PB & J’s are always made with my favorite, strawberry jam, and it’s so easy to make from scratch.  Come try this!  It’s rich, creamy, sweet and salty.  And it couldn’t be easier….. [Read more...]