Dessert Recipes

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    July 23, 2014

    Giovanni's Kitchen Has Quality of the Hill without the Bill: Review

    Giovanni's Kitchen (8831 Ladue Road, Ladue; 314-721-4100) Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (Closed Sun.) Several years ago, my friend and I got all gussied up and treated ourselves to dinner at Giovanni's on the Hill. Clad in semi-formal attire, we wined and dined in exquisite style as tuxedoed wai ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Crepes Etc.'s Crepe Cake: Layers and Layers of Delicate Flavors

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. It should be no surp ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Super "Bowl" Sunday: The Gut Check Guide to Curing the Munchies

    The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos face off this Sunday in the Super Bowl and in case you haven't noticed, both of those states got real friendly with an entirely different kind of "bowl" recently. In celebration of both states' recent legalization of marijuana, many will be marking game da ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Six Pastry Chef Secrets to Perfect Holiday Cookies

    In her semi-regular column Real Life of a Pastry Chef, pastry sous chef Mary Boehne of Cielo (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800) at the Four Seasons Hotel dishes on secrets of the trade and about the industry as a whole. This week's topic: holiday cookies. As I have mentioned previously I gener ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    How Does a Pastry Chef Get Her Dessert Ideas?

    In her semi-regular column Real Life of a Pastry Chef, pastry sous chef Mary Boehne of Cielo (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800) at the Four Seasons Hotel dishes on secrets of the trade and about the industry as a whole. This week's topic: Dessert conceptualization. "Honey lavender meringue lay ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    A Look Inside Fizzy's Soda Fountain and Grill [Photos]

    Old-fashioned soda fountains bring out the kid in anyone, regardless of what era they grew up in. Fizzy's Soda Fountain and Grill (29 North Gore; 314-395-4550) hopes to tap into that fountain of youth, delivering a shot of old-school charm in each of its handmade sodas. See also: - First Look: The ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Top 5 Recipes to Celebrate 4/20 -- From a Professional!

    Didn't win our 4/20 Cannabis Cupcakes giveaway? Fret not, dear reader. Gut Check has a treat for you! It just so happens that a person of our acquaintance -- we'll call her "Mary Jane" -- spent three years traveling the jam-band circuit, supplying cannabis-based baked goods to hungry audiences from ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Food Photo Essay: The Block Restaurant Butcher and Bar in the Central West End

    Editor's note: Sometimes food renders Gut Check speechless. That's why God invented the DSLR. In our continuing effort to cause your mouth to water onto your keyboard, we bring you our weekly Food Photo Essay... This week's edible pixels combine to form the recently opened Central West End location ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    First Look: Chronicle Coffee Opens on North Grand

    Sitting on the former site of the Blumeyer Housing Project -- St. Louis' last housing project dedicated to families -- Chronicle Coffee (1235 Blumeyer Street; 314-534-0524) aims to revitalize the area in a way the housing project never could. The shop, which opened on February 22, serves coffee, smo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Holiday Cocktail Countdown #4: Milagro's Spicy Chocolate Martini

    Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Update: Six Buttery Recipes for the Holidays​Update: A Norwegian blogger named Tommy recently posted a vlog where he expressed disgust at Americans who've been taking the crisis lightly. We're also pretty sure he calls us fat, and he mentions something about Norwegians eating cats. Check out the video after t ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Holiday Cocktail Countdown #9: Mangia Italiano's The Grinch

    Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Recipe: Melba's Baked Pork Chops from Stirring it Up with Molly Ivins by Ellen Sweets

    Mabel SuenCopies of Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins now available at Left Bank Books.​Last week, Gut Check spoke with St. Louis native Ellen Sweets about her new book, Stirring it Up with Molly Ivins. The memoir celebrates Ivins' life by taking a deep look into her joyous domestic side. As a t ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Marianne Prey of Extra Virgin's Recipe for Jaffa Mousse

    Read more about Marianne Prey and Extra Virgin: an Olive Ovation here. Marianne Prey is an olive-oil enthusiast. She approaches the different varieties and flavors scientifically and is able to recommend the best oil to fit each customer's particular preferences and needs. "My palate has become m ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    #50: Bread Pudding at Harvest

    Evan C. Jones​How good is the bread pudding at Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522)? When Gut Check dropped by to pay homage to this favorite desert, chef de cuisine Brendan Noonan came clean about his consumption. "I've already had four portions of the bread ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Sanctuaria's Joel Clark Creates the Schweddy Ball Fizz Cocktail

    Sarah Baraba​Gut Check tried Schweddy Balls ice cream last week. We found the gimmicky ice cream to be surprisingly tasty! Meanwhile, the name of the flavor alone has left a bad taste in these ladies' mouths: One Million Moms has started a letter writing campaign and boycott to pressure Ben & ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Casey Shiller of Jilly's Cupcake Bar: Recipe for Banana Toffee Cupcakes, a.k.a "Space Monkeys"

    This is part three of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of confectioner Casey Shiller of Jilly's Cupcake Bar. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Shiller, is published here. Emily Wassermancaption​Walking into Jilly's Cupcake Bar (8509 Delmar Boulevard, Ladue; 314-993-5455) ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Janet Shulman of the Caramel House: Recipe for the Caramel House Baked Apples

    This is part three of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of confectioner Janet Shulman of the Caramel House. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Shulman, is published here. D. E. Shulman​Janet Shulman knows sweets. Before forming the Caramel House company on her own, she started ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Vom Fass Samples Absinthe as Part of Let Them Eat Art

    Deborah HylandVom Fass' absinthe​Long before Willard Scott was terrifying small children as the first Ronald McDonald or Tony the Tiger and Spuds MacKenzie, the Green Fairy was luring consumers to indulge in her wares: absinthe. And just like with Happy Meals and Joe Camel, the fuddy duddies f ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    John Griffiths of Truffles: Recipe for Olive Oil Shortcake

    This is part three of Amanda Woytus' Chef's Choice profile of chef John Griffiths of Truffles. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Griffiths, is published here.Amanda WoytusThe Olive Oil Shortcake at Truffles​We know what you're thinking: Rachael Ray nearly ruined olive oil for al ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Reine Bayoc of SweetArt Bakeshop: Recipe for Jezebel Bars

    This is part three of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of bakery chef Reine Bayoc of SweetArt. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Bayoc, is published here.Chrissy Wilmes​ Making recipes and presentation less and less conventional, more and more bakers are deviating from th ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Ericka Frank of the Cakery and the Cup: Recipe for German Chocolate Icing

    This is part three of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of bakery chef Ericka Frank of the Cakery. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Frank, is published here. Chrissy Wilmes​Cupcakes have experienced quite the spike in popularity these last few years, and bakers have gotten ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    #95: Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

    Mike Appelstein​Let's stipulate from the start that bread pudding isn't a "St. Louis dish," as such. Apparently first concocted as a way not to waste stale bread, this dessert staple has lasted for centuries and still shows up on brunch and dessert menus from Argentina to Louisiana. (We once h ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011
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    April 27, 2011

    Not Invited to the Royal Wedding? Celebrate From Across the Pond With Treats from Queen's Cuisine

    Image viaRoyal bride and groom shortbread​Gut Check happily celebrates National Pretzel Day, National Doughnut Day and 50%-Off-Cadbury-Crème-Egg Day, also known as Easter Monday (okay, we sort of made that one up). Naturally, we're beyond ecstatic about the royal wedding. Pageantry, crown jew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Dirt: An Earth Day Treat for Kids of All Ages

    Kholood EidEarth Day calls for ... a supersweet snack made with packaged, processed ingredients!​ Earth Day is upon us -- meaning it's time to celebrate (and/or mourn) the earth's glory (and/or imminent destruction). While there may be plenty of Earth Day-related activities scheduled for the L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Salt: Wesley Johnson's Latest Venture Is a Restaurant to Savor

    Chrissy WilmesThe view of Salt from Lindell Boulevard.​Driving down Lindell, it's easy to misconstrue the beautiful building Salt occupies as a residence. The white, pillared manse -- which in fact is a former residence, albeit a big-ass one --identifies itself by only a simple street number a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Eat Your Way Out of the Snow: Seven Snow-Based Recipes

    Did you scoff at the storm warnings, shun the overcrowded grocery stores, and post insults on Twitter about just how stupid it is to panic at the impending snowmaggedeon/pocolypse/MG? And do you now find yourself snowbound and eying your dog because he's looking mighty tasty? Don't panic! And plea ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010
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    September 3, 2010

    Robin Murphy's Spicy Pistachios

    ​This is the final installment of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Robin Murphy of Baileys' Chocolate Bar, Rooster and the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar. Part one is available here; part two, a Q&A, is posted here. Robin Wheeler​Robin Murphy had already proven herself at Baileys' Choc ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Beckie Jacobs' Dipstik Sundae and Homemade Peach Ice Cream

    This is the second installment of Robin Wheeler's Chef Choice profile of Beckie Jacobs of Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream. Part one is a profile of Beckie Jacobs. Part three, a Q&A, will follow.Robin Wheeler​Browse the commercial ice cream freezers at the grocery store, and you'll find no lack ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Chef's Choice Recipe: Jennifer Pensoneau's Cochon de Lait and Cherry Cobbler

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Jennifer Pensoneau of JFires' Market Bistro. Part one can be accessed here. Part three, a Q&A with Pensoneau, is here. Robin WheelerThis little piggy looks delicious!​The cochon de lait at J.Fires' Market Bistro reflects the Louisia ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Chef's Choice Recipe: Marilyn Scull's (Mom's) Gooey Butter Cake

    This is part three of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with chef Marilyn Scull of Ann & Allen Baking Company and Park Avenue Coffee. Part one is available here; part two is here. Robin WheelerGooey butter batter!​Marilyn Scull's culinary education came in the most fundamental form - h ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    St. Patrick's Day Special: Bake Your Own Chocolate Stout Cupcakes!

    How early is too early for beer? One could choose to hold off until after sunrise. Fortunately, crumb toppings are the great equalizer: Is it breakfast? Brunch? Dessert? Who cares! It's beer! Here's to you, patron saint of unnaturally colored alcoholic beverages! These cupcakes have an exceptional ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010

    Bryant Terry's Vegan Chocolate Pecan Pudding Pie: A Gut Check Kitchen Recipe Test

    ​Experiment: To commemorate chef/author/food activist Bryant Terry's visit to Washington University, bake a recipe from Terry's Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine. The chosen recipe: Chocolate Pecan Pudding Pie. [To read a Q&A with Terry, click here.] ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Throwback of the House: Holiday Binging with Weight Watchers' Maine Pumpkin Pudding

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia Commons​Who did Weight Watchers in the 1980s? I did, in 1985, when I was 13 years old. Yes, that's insane. I was a little chubby, but I probably would have run it off while playing softball.I did lose weight. It lasted until about a week after I stopped the program. Having ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    The Novice Foodie's Deadline Trick? A Candy Corn Treat

    Kelli Best-Oliver​Much like deadlines, Halloween is a holiday that often sneaks up on me. I always have grand ideas for costumes (or columns), I lose track of time, and then I've got to throw something together. (Except for last year, when I planned my costume a year in advance.) This Halloween, ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Peach Pound Cake and Apple Honeycake

    Alissa Nelson​While training for my first 100-mile bike ride last spring, I developed a terrible habit. Although I stocked my saddlebag with the finest in sports goos and my back pocket with peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches, I couldn't help but plan the huge meal I would eat as soon as I got ho ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Throwback of the House: Orange Jell-O for the Diet-Conscious Dearly Departed

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsRobin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. After years of making and eating fancy food, Robin is sick of it all. She's returning to the basics: recipes that haven't surfaced in three decades. She reports on the results for Gut Check every Tuesday.This week, I looked ... More >>

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    August 22, 2008

    Cooking for Your Cat: Shrimp Frozen Yogurt

    RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure. Last week I went on vacation. Bess had to stay at home. It made us both sad, but there was nothing to be done. At each of the places where I was planning to crash lived at least one person who had severe cat allergi ... More >>

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    April 30, 2008
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    April 16, 2008
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    July 13, 2005

    There Goes the Eruv

    You'll dig the delightfully unorthodox (yet totally Orthodox) food at Shmeers

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    October 27, 2004

    All Abroad!

    Bring an adventurous palate to these great spots, and your inner cheapskate will thank you

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    December 5, 2001

    Urban Chic

    Sqwires proves just how cosmopolitan St. Louis can be

  • News

    March 7, 2001

    The Anarchists' Cookbook

    They make bread, not bombs, at the Black Bear Bakery

  • Dining

    November 1, 2000

    The Story of Eau

    The Chase Park Plaza harks back to its heyday with the addition of a spectacular new restaurant

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    September 20, 2000

    Russian Roulette

    A visit to Astoria European Cuisine yields mixed but largely enjoyable results

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    January 12, 2000

    Lorenzo's Toil

    Dishing the latest addition to the Hill's restaurant menu

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    August 18, 1999


    A sweet recipe from Hot Locust's kitchen, scaled down for yours

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