ManMade favorite Mark Bittman, who previously brought us The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator, offers a new tasty flowchart: the No-Fuss Dessert Generator.
"Much of these ingredients can be store-bought, and many of them keep well enough so that you can have them around to put something like this together on short notice. (I’m not suggesting that you put all of them out at once, but you could; just three or four of each make for terrific possibilities.)...So fill a pie crust with chocolate mousse and add some caramel corn (why not?). Or try a slice of shortbread with lemon pudding and peaches. The 7-year-old you would have put the caramel corn and the peaches on the mousse, and that’s O.K., too. The animating spirit behind the dessert bar is endless variety. There are almost 800 variations here alone. Better get started."
The No-Fuss Dessert Generator [NYTimes.com]