Spring into new season with lighter fair

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring is just around the corner. One more day of winter’s chill, according to the calendar, and the cold gives way to calmer breezes, and green sprouts begin to poke through the ground. It’s time to celebrate — with outdoor sports, with light new fashions and, of course, with delicious foods that lighten up our menus.

Creamy Baked Cheesecake

Treat your family to cheesecake, a perennial favorite. Its light and velvety appearance is especially apropos in springtime, as smooth and unblemished as the world is fresh and new. Cherry pie filling makes a classic topping; try garnishing it with jelly beans, chocolate eggs or green-tinted shredded coconut for a seasonal flair.

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Fruit-Filled Crepes

Greet the season with this delectable treat — feather-light crepes wrapped like a hug around a richly delicious fruit-and-cream-cheese filling. Make the crepes for breakfast or dessert using your favorite flavor of pie filling or topping.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Awaken your family or guests to the aroma of freshly-made Blueberry Coffee Cake. It’s a special treat if you prepare the cake a night ahead — then all you have to do is wake, bake, serve and enjoy.

Peach Melba Trifle

This easy-to-make dessert is a simply delightful layered arrangement of peach pie filling, fresh raspberries, pound cake and vanilla cream. The trifle is glorious on display; make it the centerpiece of your table or a dessert buffet.