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Alejandra Ramos
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Simple Summer Cake
Everyone needs a simple summer cake recipe in their baking repertoire. This lovely cake is mine. (And maybe it'll become yours, too?) I LOVE cakes like this. Fragrant, not too sweet, totally covered in gorgeous fruit. It's as pretty as it is delicious, but ...
This simple summer cake recipe will be your new go-to. Top it off with whatever fruit is ripe and you'll have the perfect easy summer dessert.
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Unpacking the groceries
The doorbell buzzed just after 7AM on Saturday morning. It was Fresh Direct with the groceries I'd ordered the night before. I always choose the 6-8AM delivery time slot because it forces me out of bed early. "I'll do more!" I think. I don't always follow t...
On summer produce, dirty fridges, and weekend mornings.
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Malbec Wine-Poached Cherries
Cherries and red wine makes sense together. Both red, lush, equal parts sexy and intoxicating. Together, they're magic and an easy dessert on its own or served atop slices of cake, scoops of ice cream, your morning yogurt, a stack of pancakes--really anythi...
Malbec-Poached Cherries made from fresh summer cherries simmered in red wine and spices are amazing for summer desserts and easy dinner parties.
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Watermelon Frosé Cocktail (Frozen Rosé)
Last summer I went to a party where they served frozen rosé wine slushies by the pool. I loved the concept, though the execution wasn't the best--they tasted more like ice than anything else. I got home and promptly tried out my own version of the frozen dr...
Get the recipe for this refreshing frozen rosé cocktail made with watermelon and Campari.
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Spicy Herbed Salmon Salad with Kale and Avocados
Well this is basically all I want to eat during the summer. OK, maybe not THIS specifically, but things LIKE this. Big green salads loaded with fun things (like ripe tomatoes and avocados) and topped with some kind of protein. Usually salmon. If salmon is a...
This Spicy Herbed Salmon Salad with Kale and Avocados is perfect for summer lunches and light dinners. Cooks up in about 15 minutes with little fuss. Perfect for summer parties, too!
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Hotels I've Loved: The Charlie, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Work has been bringing me to Los Angeles more and more lately, and I've been using each trip as an opportunity to explore different neighborhoods and hotels. West Hollywood is one of my favorite neighborhoods in LA because of how walkable it is. Restaurants...
Take a peek inside the charming Charlie Hotel in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. An English-bungalow style hotel with full kitchens and living areas.
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Grilled Peach Caprese with Pickled Onions
I felt like painting today. Not with paint, but with peaches. (And fresh mozzarella. And basil. And pretty pink pickled onions.) I love dishes like this that are simple, but gorgeous. Just a few perfect ingredients brought together on the plate. This is a p...
Try this recipe for Grilled Peach Caprese with Pickled Onions. Warm grilled peaches and tangy lime juice pickled onions are a perfect summery twist to this classic salad recipe.
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Salted Sweet Corn Ice Cream
A quick note: I originally shared this post and recipe for Salted Sweet Corn Ice Cream back in 2011 on Real Simple magazine's website, but after a redesign a few years ago, the article and recipe were deleted. With summer sweet corn season around the corner...
Try this Salted Sweet Corn Ice Cream recipe made with fresh summer sweet corn and thickened with corn starch. No eggs needed for this easy recipe!
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Orange and Smoked Paprika-Marinated Pork Loin Roast
Most of my favorite recipes start in the blender. I throw things in, puree until smooth, and then cook. It's the best way of getting maximum flavor with minimum effort. That's how this easy roast pork loin recipe works. You start off by making a super simpl...
This simple pork loin roast is marinated overnight in smoked paprika and orange for maximum flavor. Perfect for family dinners or smaller parties.
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Grilled Nectarines with Honey, Almonds & Orange Blossom Ricotta
Our fruit bowl lives on the counter right at the entrance to the kitchen, just underneath the knives and the light switch. Each time that I walk in, the sweet scent of ripening summer fruit hits me and makes me weak in the knees. Right now there are peaches...
Grilled nectarines served on a bed of whipped ricotta with hints of honey and orange blossom are a perfect and easy summer dessert.
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A Weekend in Michigan (The Fresh Coast Retreat)
There is a lot about blogger life that is totally delicious. Setting your own hours and schedule. Working from home (especially on those nasty weather days!). Tasting and trying and traveling and creating. It's a whole lot of magic, and I am so thankful tha...
This is what happens when a group of food bloggers take over a Lake Michigan beach house for the weekend.
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Pickled Ramps Escabeche (Puerto Rican Style Picked Ramps)
I was 20 minutes late to meet a friend for lunch last week. We've been friends since college, so he knew well enough to order a cocktail to sip until I arrived. "Oooh, what's that?" I asked as I finally arrived, tossing off bags and sunglasses and waving th...
Try this recipe for Puerto Rican style pickled ramps made with vinegar, bay leaves, black pepper and honey.
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Food & Lifestyle Writer, Blogger, TV Lifestyle Expert
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  • Alejandra Ramos Culinary & Lifestyle
    Food & Lifestyle Writer, Blogger, TV Lifestyle Expert, 2011 - present
  • Hearst Corporation
    International Editions Editor, Cosmopolitan, 2007 - 2011
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Food & Lifestyle writer; Blogger; TV Lifestyle Expert. Ditched the 9-5 & now I cook, teach & talk about food for a living. I blog at http://AlwaysOrderDessert.com.
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Alejandra Ramos is the creator of AlwaysOrderDessert.com, an internationally recognized home cooking and entertaining blog featuring original recipes, cooking tips, do-it-yourself crafting tutorials, and ideas for creative and inspired entertaining.

Alejandra's recipes and expert advice have appeared in O Magazine, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, ReadyMade, Saveur, BonAppetit.com, MarthaStewart.com, Oprah.com, The Times of London, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn, AOL Slashfood, YumSugar, and many more.  Always Order Dessert has been called one of the "Best of the Web" by Saveur magazine, and in 2009, the leading new media website Mashable.com named Alejandra one of the top "55 Foodies to Follow on Twitter."

While she considers herself primarily a home cook, Alejandra was professionally trained at Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy. Alejandra and her husband, Eugene, live in New York City.
 
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