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What is your favorite sweet thing to eat? Bread pudding? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? A smooth and creamy piece of cheesecake? Tell us all about the anticipation and delight of eating your favorite dessert. Not into sweets? Tell us all about your weakness for that certain salty snack.

Forget the salty snacks. My weakness is desserts. I love those fancy dinner occasions when there’s a buffet table where you can try little portions of various delicious delights.

I honestly can’t say what my favorite is. I do know if it’s my birthday, I want a chocolate cake. I do actually like bread pudding, but I make the recipes that are lighter on the sugar, and serve them at brunch. It really is a great breakfast food. I like small pieces of cheesecake, but have only made it a few times because of the calories and fat. I also find it too filling for dessert, particularly after a full meal. Chocolate mousse is divine, and though it’s also calorie-laden, it tastes lighter somehow, and tastes good after dinner. I enjoy fruit recipes — pumpkin and apples cakes and pies, blueberry crisp, and fresh raspberries or strawberries on little meringue shells with a scoop of ice cream.

I had a great time at Christmas when my daughter and I hosted a dessert party for her friends and their parents. (We’ve known most of these people since my daughter was in elementary school, and now she’s 30.) While I have a list of favorites I almost always make at Christmas time, I decided I’d try all new recipes for this event. Cooking as long as I have, and enjoying it, made it fun and challenging try new things.

Fortunately, I think everything I made was good — at least I liked everything, and so did most people. It would have been easier to make tried and true desserts, but it was more fun to break my mindset and venture into new territory.

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