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6 Cool Summer Desserts


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I have issues with dessert.  I love it too much.  Hubby, not so much.  So when we go out to dinner I order two – when I’m done with mine we swap plates and then I work on “his”.  Here and there he takes a spoonful and when it’s really good he takes more and then I get all bent out of shape  – cause if I knew he was going to eat so much I would have ordered a third, which I do on my birthday.  I am also a bad influence on Tamar — when we go out for dinner on my NYC trips I pressure our resident dietitian into ordering dessert, uhm, ok desserts.

These cool summer sweets incorporate a few of my favorite things into refreshing desserts – some of which Tamar may even approve of.


Low Fat Cheesecake

Low Fat Lemon Cheesecake: This here was developed cause I love cheesecake but I’m the only one in my house who does.  So now I don’t feel as guilty when I eat the whole thing.

Green Tea Ice Cream

Green Tea Ice Cream

Green Tea Ice Cream: Am gaga over green tea.  I drink at least 3 BIG cups a day – out of my husband’s beer mug. Green tea speeds up that fat/calorie burning process in our bodies and I find it helps curb my insatiable appetite.  Therefor a perfect match for my ice cream (made with whole milk, heavy cream and egg yolks – YAY!).  This way I won’t eat too much (since I am eating the entire aforementioned cheesecake).

Mango Melon Pops

Mango Melon Pops

Mango Melon Pops: Oooooh mango is nature’s candy!  My kids prefer it to taffy.  These pops scream summer.

blueberry lemon tarts

Mini Blueberry Lemon Tarts

Blueberry Lemon Tarts: You can look at this as portion controlled dessert or an excuse to eat more than one – but do that standing because we all know that calories consumed while standing and eating over the sink (on shabbos!) don’t count.  I made these for a kiddush and we all loved them.  So much so that my friend Atara made this into a big pie – but for some reason she said it wasn’t as good.  So best to keep these babies bite-sized.

Peanut Butter Bar

Peanut Butter Bar

Peanut Butter and Jelly Slice: My mom has been known to wake up in the middle of the night and eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with milk.  This here is the same mom who orders chocolate mouse before the meal so she has room for dessert.  I mean come on, who wants to have to stuff it in after a big dinner?!  I agree and have the same taste and turned our love for PB&J into a cool cake you can eat before the meal (my mommy said so :-) .

creamy raspberry jello square

Creamy Raspberry Jello Square

Raspberry Jell-O Squares: You don’t even need teeth to eat jello so in my book it’s practically FREE.  Aunt Zahava one of the family’s great bakers always made a recipe like this which I love because it’s one of her few desserts I am actually qualified to recreate.

Keep it cool and keep it sweet this summer but before you bow out let me know your favorite cool dessert in the comments below.

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Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




7 Responses to 6 Cool Summer Desserts

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  2. Love the green tea ice cream idea! The mango melon pops look so refreshing too!

  3. That PB&J cake looks amazing!

  4. First of all, I love these pictures. Second of all, I didn’t know that about Green tea and now must make like 6 cups STAT!! Also, your hubby doesn’t like dessert!? Oy, we have the opposite issue in my house.

  5. I am also not so much a dessert person. But that green tea ice cream is calling my name.

  6. Ha! DH also has a beer mug that I stole from him – I use it for coffee or English Breakfast tea. And the PB&J slice totally caught my eye first. All of the desserts look delicious!

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