In this copious collection of homemade favorites, Wisconsin moms Louise and Koopmann make good on their belief that ""a good meal deserves a good dessert."" Organized by month, the duo offer more than 250 ideas that take advantage of seasonal ingredients: lemon squares in August, stuffed baked apples in October, and five ideas for rhubarb (pie, cake, torte, cobbler and mousse) to get families through May. Those with little confidence or experience will get the most out of the book; many recipes call for canned fillings and boxed mixes (Cakes in a Jar"" calls for just two ingredients, cake mix and canning jars). Still, those interested in making their own cannolli shells or pate choux for eclairs (here called Puff Pastry for Cream Puffs) will find faithful recipes. The focus is on family favorites that can be whipped up on a whim or a weekend; comfort food desserts like Swedish Cardamom Cookies, a simple no-bake cheesecake, and Neil's Popcorn Balls (incorporating M&Ms, peanuts, popcorn, melted marshmallows and butter) aren't likely to win any culinary prizes, but they will certainly make for warm family memories-a fine prize for any chef.
Reviewed on: 03/30/2009 Release date: 04/01/2009 Genre: Nonfiction