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 Desserts

Everyone knows that you can pick up a half gallon of ice cream, some twinkies, or a box of cookies at the local market. That's fine for dessert some of the time for some people, but if you eat that stuff after most of your meals you will look like the Goodyear blimp in no time at all. Fruit is a great alternative and much more nutritious than all that sugar and it's just as easy to make.

Fruit in Ice

That's it! Fruit in ice. Slice up some apples, pears, grapes or cherries into a bowl of broken ice and water. Serve fruit in the iced water. It sounds kind of crazy, but it's actually quite an elegant, unusual dessert.

Baked Apples

This one is a bit tougher to make than "Fruit in Ice". Cut the core out of the center of an apple. Place apple in baking dish, then pour lemon-lime soda, or any other flavor soda, into the center of the apple. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and bake for about 30 min. at 450. Serve hot.

Berries n' Cream

Whether it's straw-, blue-, black-, or raspberries, they are all great. If you want to be fancy, buy fresh whipping cream and beat it up to a frothy lather. If you don't want to go to the trouble, buy a can of whipping cream. Clean and wash berries, then add whipped cream. Best fresh berries are quite dependent on weather conditions and time of year. Canned and frozen berries are always available.

Cheese

Here's another tough one: Place cheese on tray and serve. Actually cheese for dessert is quite popular in many parts of Europe. About 3-5 different cheeses are plenty to sample. Remember, you don't have to use very much of any particular cheese - they are usually pretty expensive.

Yogurt Sundae

A little more nutritious than the ice cream type of sundae. Cut up your favorite fruits and mix with any flavor yogurt or arrange the fruit around a scoop of yogurt. Top with nuts and raisins if desired.

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