Tomato Crisp

February 11, 2011

Filling:36 oz cherry tomatoes, halved5 garlic cloves, minced1 tbsp. capers, rinsed, drained and chopped2 tbsp. pepperoncini, minced2 tbsp. honey2 tsp. dried basil3/4 cup red wine Combine all ingredients in a medium pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Bring to boil and reduce heat to simmer – allow to simmer for 40 minutes.  While mixture is […]

Tortilla Pizza

May 17, 2009

Life needs to be easy since everything wants to suck up our time. Why not make a simple dinner like pizza, even easier while allowing each person to have what they want. The trick…? A whole wheat tortilla. You can use regular flour tortilla’s as well, but I tell myself the whole wheat alternative is […]

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Guide

November 25, 2014

Here is the list of amazing things everyone needs to host their Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. Recipes, Drinks, Games and Festive Ideas to make your party complete. http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/24213102/6-things-you-need-on-your-ugly-sweater-party-menu Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies: GET RECIPE Aretha Franklin’s Queen of Soul Ham: GET RECIPE Miniature Cheese Balls with Pecans and Smoked Black Pepper: GET RECIPE Grandma’s Sausage […]

Cordon Bleu Casserole

April 26, 2011

Filling:2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts –  poached and diced small1 lb. ham – diced small1/4 cup butter1/3 cup flour2 cups half & half1 cupgrated three-cheese blend1 tsp. ground mustard1 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg Topping1/4 cup butter melted1/2 cup chopped walnuts1 cup dried bread crumbs1 cup grated three-cheese blend In a saucepan over […]

Giant Cookie Cake

June 27, 2009

So I have to admit, that sometimes I get suckered into culinary items that I later regret or wonder how others have fared after buying it. I purchased this cookie cake pan and after four failed attempts at getting the cake to finally come out of the pan, it hit me how to do this. […]

The Best Hummingbird Cake Recipe

August 15, 2011

I love this cake, it is somewhat reminiscent of carrot cake with a twist.  If you aren’t from the South, you’ve probably never heard of it – sometimes I think Southerner’s want to keep this treat a secret.  I had never had Hummingbird Cake before until I was in Chicago having dinner with my friend […]

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

February 26, 2015

The ‘macaroni’ in this recipes is actually spiralized butternut squash. I use the thickest blade on my Paderno Spiralizer to achieve this. Peel the butternut squash and cut off the rounded, seed-filled portion – leaving the core to be turned into ‘noodles’. 3 or 4 butternut squash 2 tbsp. olive oil 4 tbsp. butter 1/4 […]

Miniature Oreo Cheesecake

May 13, 2010

Here is an example of how to look at a favorite recipe of yours and mix it up.  I took my Oreo cheesecake recipe and decided to make snack-sized versions.  There are great for when you want a quick fix or perfect for parties so guests can walk around.  Using a standard muffin pan filled […]

Caipirinha Pie

June 3, 2011

Take an amazing cocktail, and turn it into an even more amazing dessert!  That’s what I’ve done with the Caipirinha Pie, all the delicious flavor of the classic Brazilian cocktail packaged into a dessert.  It is made with Cachaça, a Brazilian spirit derived from sugar cane. Cachaça can only be made in Brazil, it is comparable […]

Cutout Cookies 101

January 3, 2015

Throw the ultimate PRIDE spread

June 13, 2013

I wanted to elevate the tired rainbow of years past and give it a classic twist with which to launch from. No-Bake Birthday Cake Cheesecakes Rainbow Layered Salad in a Glass Rainbow Bread Sprinkles Brownie Cookies Blackened Chicken Chopped Salad with Honey Vinaigrette Smartini ZOKU Slushies Glitterbomb Cupcakes Rainbow Vegetable Platter with Pepper Ranch Dip […]

Brookies – Brownie with a Cookie on top!

August 21, 2011

This is for all of you with a major sweet tooth, the Brookie.  A rich, chocolately brownie baked with a pecan, chocolate chip cookie on top of it.  This recipe requires a teeny bit of patience as you have to wait for the batter to chill (one in the refrigerator, one in the freezer).  I […]

OIive Oil Cake with Pine Nuts & Lemon

July 14, 2011

I want to show you various ways to use olive oil outside of for sauteeing or salad dressing. Here paired with lemon and pine nuts, it makes a satisfying loaf of quick bread for any occasion, any time of the day. 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powderpinch salt1 cup sugar2 eggs, lightly […]

Doritos Chicken Strips

February 1, 2015

What a delicious pairing, the Doritos flavor really comes through with the chicken as the background. And easy, easy, easy! You could easily do this recipe using any flavor of Doritos or even Funyuns or Fritos Chili Cheese chips – YUMMM. 4 chicken breasts Doritos – flavor of your choice olive or canola oil 1 […]

Steakhouse Burger Meatloaf

July 25, 2011

The inspiration here is the proverbial steakhouse burger – remixed into a meatloaf.  The end result is delicious paired with garlic mash or roasted, skin-on potatoes.  Amazing the next day nestled in between two slices of bread as a meatloaf sandwich.  The made-from-scratch steak sauce bakes to a beautiful mahogany color, almost shellac.  The raisins […]

Farro Parmesan Pie

January 4, 2015

Sausage & Beans

January 22, 2015

1 pound JIMMY DEAN Ground Pork Sausage 1 onion, diced 2 (28-ounce) cans baked beans of your choice 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained 1 (15-ounce) can light or dark kidney beans, drained 28 oz. bottle barbecue sauce of your choice 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 1/4 cup yellow mustard 1 teaspoon black […]

Citrus Curd Mousse Tart

May 3, 2010

I am always trying to find ways to remix the known into an updated version.  Here I took half of my lemon curd recipe, but I used up lemons AND oranges I had to create a citrus curd.  See recipes below.  Once that was cooled, I heated up the juice of one lemon with one […]

Helen’s Hotdish

June 16, 2012

Memories from my childhood recall this being served by my mother on very, special occasions.  I have searched and searched for this recipe for over a decade, my mother claiming she gave it to me eons ago.  All I could do until now is lament about this wonderful hotdish which was quickly devoured by our […]

Decadent Brownie Bites

May 27, 2009

Decadent Brownie Bites 5 tbsp unsalted butter3 ounces bittersweet chocolate – chopped1/3 cup flour3 tbsp cocoa powder½ tsp baking powder1/8 tsp salt2/3 cup sugar1 egg1 tsp. vanilla Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter and half of the bittersweet chocolate into a saucepan and melt over medium-low heat. Let cool for ten minutes In a […]

Shades of Lilac cake

May 12, 2012

Shaded or gradual tones as seen in the world of fashion and textiles for centuries, here fashioned into a cake. This version is done in lilac for Spring! This recipe is fashioned for two, with leftovers for later…. Out of the ordinary tools for this project are my 6″ cake pans and I use Americolor […]

Glitterbomb Cupcakes

June 1, 2013

Inspired by Nick Espinosa, who was the originator of glitterbombing in an effort to support glbt rights – I wanted to pay homage to him and all the fine work he has accomplished through his organization. Feel the rainbow…. Here I took my cupcake recipe that is frosted with the standard vanilla-bean buttercream, yet I encrusted […]

Dandelion Cookies with Honey and White Chocolate

May 26, 2013

These are like a chewy, lace cookie infused with honey and white chocolate chunks – unexpectedly Spring. I use Savannah Bee Honey in all my recipes, which is readily available. To remove the dandelion petals, hold the stem end that is attached at the bottom of the flower and then pull the petals out with […]

Sprinkles Brownie Cookies

June 2, 2013

Deep, dark and delicious – I would say these brownies cookies are more like a dense and chewy, middle-ground between fudgy and cakey. Drizzled with ganache and covered in sprinkles – they are sure to please everyone in the crowd. I sprinkled a few with sea salt flakes to an added surprise. 1 c. (2 […]

Vanilla-Sugared Bacon

March 31, 2012

This is a nice unexpected treat to serve for breakfast, bacon with a hint of sweet vanilla.  You will need to get some Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Sugar and some thick-cut bacon – it’s really that simple.  I place the bacon onto a cooling rack fitted into a half-sheet pan and sprinkle 2 tbsp. […]

Guinness Mac & Cheese with Bacon

February 19, 2013

This recipe is a variation on my Mom’s Mac & Cheese recipe with a nod to our Irish friends. The Guinness imparts an interesting flavor profile that pairs nicely with the salty bacon – and all topped off with crunchy, bacon grease breadcrumbs. 1 lb. dried pasta 1 lb. thick-cut bacon, diced and browned (save […]

Baked Ravioli & Chicken with Pesto

January 14, 2012

I love ravioli, and wanted to find a way to make a hearty dish out of it that was easy to prepare and could feed a hungry family. Paired with shredded chicken and pesto, then topped with tomatoes and Parmesan – the casserole dish was soon empty. 1.25 – 1.50 lb package boneless skinless chicken […]

Brown Sugar Cutout Cookies

October 20, 2009

Brown Sugar Cookies 1 cup butter, room temperature 2 ounces cream cheese 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and cream […]

Blueberry Cardamom Cream Biscuits

July 4, 2013

If you have five minutes to make breakfast in the morning, then you have time to mix these up. Yes, I know – it also take 30 minutes to bake in the oven, but that’s when you can take time to get other morning tasks taken care of. This recipe can be easily converted to […]

Pumpkin Pie Swirl Bread

September 30, 2012

I love pumpkin pie, so that obviously is the inspiration for this yeasted loaf of bread which just kind of crossed my mind to try.  I have to admit, I was shocked this turned out with my first try.  I wanted to create something that had a swirl of deliciousness inside of it as well […]

Sweet Potato Scones

August 22, 2009

Sweet Potato Scones 1 tbsp butter, room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 large egg 1 cup mashed sweet potato, room temperature 2 cups all purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and salt. Beat […]