Health Editor
August 11, 2010

If you're living most anywhere in the Northern hemisphere, you've been sweating out the hottest, most wretched part of the summer like me. Here in the South, I am swimming through the air from air-conditioned building to car to building. And with my AC working its hardest, I am turning on heat-creating appliances as little as possible, but I wouldn't want to cut back on my dessert-making habits. So I turn to no-bake desserts.

Last week I made this delicious Strawberry Icebox Cake I found on The Kitchn. You layer graham crackers with whipped cream and strawberries and then top it with a ganache. Mmm. The crackers soften and meld with the other ingredients for a few hours. It tastes so very fruity and refreshing. 

 It seems that creamy fresh whipped cream is the best main ingredient for no-bake desserts because it also serves as the base for another of my favorites, Peanut Butter Pie (from the Bride and Groom First and Forever Cookbook). [Actually, you have to bake the crust according to the recipe I use, but you can always buy a pre-made graham cracker crust and skip that step.] Simply whip peanut butter and powdered sugar into whipped cream and chill for this fluffy, flavorful pie. I like it topped with chocolate chips.

I don't intend to stop there. These recipes are in my no-bake to-make queue:

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