Lori Longbotham

Lori Longbotham
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Lori, who develops and tests recipes at home, is always giving desserts to the neighbors. Although they sometimes complain that she's trying to make them fat, mostly she makes them happy.


Lori Longbotham
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Raspberry Truffle Tart

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Lori Longbotham is a cookbook author and recipe developer for books, magazines, newspapers, and food companies. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has also worked as a caterer, private chef, and restaurant chef.


Formerly food editor at Gourmet magazine and a freelance test kitchen chef for Food & Wine, her work has appeared in food and women’s magazines, and other publications ranging from the New York Times Magazine to Prevention. In recent years, Lori has written for Bon Appetite, Martha Stewart Living, Fine Cooking, Gourmet, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and many more publications.


Lori is the author of Luscious Coconut Desserts, Luscious Creamy Desserts, Luscious Berry Desserts, Luscious Chocolate Desserts, The Scoop, Lemon Zest: 175 Recipes with a Twist, Luscious Lemon Desserts, and Summer/Winter Chicken.  She was the contributing editor for The Dean & Deluca Cookbook and a contributor to the Joy of Cooking.


Although the majority of her books are about desserts, Lori says she never really had a sweet tooth. In fact, she prefers savory foods — or did until the mysteries of sweet and tart, and bittersweet grabbed her palate and wouldn't let go. It's the contrast she loves, she admits, even more than the sweet. The flavors of ingredients such as lemon zest and the bitterness of dark chocolate intrigue her.


Lori’s family felt strongly about sweets, though. She recalls that her mother prepared a terrific desserts. “There was a Boston cream pie or lemon meringue pie sitting on the counter. There was something so homey about it. They just made you feel better," she says. Her grandmother, who grew up on a self-sustaining farm, influenced her, too. "She made ice cream out of four different kinds of peaches, blended in a certain ratio. It was pure genius," says Lori. "We would all help crank the machine, and when we were finished, we had really accomplished something. It was just like heaven."


Lori spends much of her time developing and testing recipes at home in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York.




Latest Recipes

Strawberry Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

If you have an abundance of strawberries and need some ideas on how to use them, then it's time to roll up your sleeves and make this recipe for Strawberry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream! A refreshing twist on the traditional ice cream recipe, this frozen treat will be a delightful dessert to share with family and friends on a hot day this summer. You'll want to share scoop after scoop of this dessert. This recipe is easy to make and includes notes on how to make the Fabulous Flavored Sugar, as well as information on creme fraiche, both of which are included below.

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Luscious Raspberry Ice Cream

When you think of ice cream, you likely think of a carton that you can purchase in your favorite grocery store. But what about making your own ice cream? Luscious Raspberry Ice Cream is an easy-to-make ice cream recipe that you will want to try. This versatile recipe can be served at a barbecue or simply eaten while sitting on your patio. It also makes full use of fresh raspberries when they are in season.Youll find lots of uses for this. One ideause the ice cream to fill the brown sugar meringues, and serve topped with Raspberry Sauce.

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Raspberry Truffle Tart

This dark and lovely tart is adapted from a recipe in Bake It to the Limit, by Dede Wilson. It’s like a big truffle with a luscious raspb...

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Square Strawberry Puff Pastry Tart

This has all the elegance of a Paris pastry shop. Try to find an all-butter puff pastry; the flavor will be much better. (Dufour makes an...

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Lattice Pie

This recipe was given to me by Carol Prager—one of the best cooks I know. A classic, with perfectly balanced flavors and textures, this i...

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Strawberry and Basil Shortcakes

Even more than tomatoes and basil, strawberries and basil are my favorite summer flavor combination—and they make a great shortcake.

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Blueberry Cobbler

Slumps and cobblers are both fruit desserts topped with biscuit dough and baked. The difference? A slump is topped with dropped biscuits ...

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Strawberry-Hazelnut Crisp

In the main, I don’t care for cooked strawberries except in jam; I think they can lose their magic flavor, color, and texture—their soul....

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Vanilla Creams with Lime-Sugar Blackberries

The lime sugar is great with the blackberries and the cool, smooth, sweet creams, but use any of the Fabulous Flavored Sugar you’d like (...

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Lemon Sugar

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Blackberry and Raspberry Semifreddo

The word semifreddo, pronounced “seh-mee-freh-doh,” comes from the Latin, semi meaning half and frigidus meaning cold. This dessert is no...

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