Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

November 25, 2014

Pigs on Pillows

November 2, 2014

This is a variation of the old Pigs in a Blanket remixed with the Smokies in BBQ to form a new appetizer – Pigs on Pillows. For this recipe I used Southern Style Grands Biscuits, I also think the Corn Grands Biscuits as well. 1 14-oz. Little Smokes (I prefer the Ambassador Little Weiners) 1 […]

Strawberry Poptart Slab Pie

May 17, 2016

A slab pie is simply a shallow pie that’s made in a rimmed baking sheet, usually a jelly roll pan. It feeds more revelers than a standard 9-inch pie. Here I used a classic slab pie recipe and transformed it into a large Poptart with icing and sprinkles. Slab Pie Crust 5 cups AP flour […]

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 […]

s’more cookies

November 25, 2014

Spicy Ranch Ritz Crackers

June 2, 2013

Why not customize the Ritz cracker for your next party? Here you take a full box of regular Ritz crackers and toss them in 8 tbsp (1 stick) of melted, unsalted butter. In a separate bowl, combine one package Ranch Seasoning mix, 1 tbsp. red pepper flakes, 1 tsp. garlic powder and 1/2 c. grated […]

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 […]

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 13, 2011

When making these cookies, you can do it either one of two ways. If you like a crisper cookie, bake them off as soon as you make them. If you desire a chewy cookie, let the dough sit for a day – then bake them off. The dough will be stiff the next day, but […]

Sugar-Crusted Brownies w/Vanilla-Bean, Walnut Caramel

June 27, 2011

Decadent brownies baked in a USA Pans Mini-Cake pan, this is truly a dessert to share.  You could easily make these in a muffin pan for a scaled-down version as well.  Butter and sugaring the wells of the pan create an unexpected crunch to the brownie.  The flour in this recipe is also scaled back […]

July 4th Star Cookies

July 2, 2009

Here I used my vanilla-bean sugar cookie recipe with my 7″ star cookie cutter. Topped it with colored sanding sugar before baking. These will be at my bake sale!

Honey Palmiers

March 6, 2011

In my fantasy life I have more than 24 hours in a day and I can easily find time to make things like puff pastry, phyllo dough and croissants at ease whenever I choose.  Yet, I actually have a life to live and lucky for me there are great products out there that are almost […]

Pumpkin Brownie Loaf

January 3, 2015

Cauliflower Gratin w/Bacon and Pepper Jack Cheese

May 6, 2012

So the grocery store had a BOGO coupon for 8 oz. prepackaged, cut cauliflower on sale giving me 1# of cauliflower to create with.  I decided to create a cauliflower gratin that was ooey, gooey and cheesy – oh, and it had to have bacon since I had a half pound of bacon in the […]

Blackberry-Blueberry Mini, Deep-Dish Pies

May 15, 2012

Will post the recipe shortly.

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 […]

Homemade Toaster Pastries

July 14, 2011

I am a firm believer that the hand-made version of something far outweighs the factory-made version any day.  I recently discovered this Toaster Pastry cutter at Williams-Sonoma and figured I would give it a try.  My only issue was trying to make this a non, time-consuming process and the only way I realized this would […]

Grandma’s Swedish Meatballs

January 24, 2013

Technically, these aren’t my Grandmother’s recipe – although she was the one who always made them.  The truth is, this is my Grandfather’s mother’s recipe which Grandma used to make as a special treat when she wanted something from Grandpa – or at least that is what she whispered to me one day while we […]

Wedding Cake Cookies

February 26, 2009

I was asked to cater for a wedding shower and I have a vintage wedding cake cookie cutter, so I decided to make some as favors. I had very little to go on for a theme aside from the fact that I was told ‘black, white and red in a modern/contemporary style’. I thought ‘this […]

Scones 101

January 28, 2011

3 cups all-purpose flour ½  cup sugar ½  teaspoon baking soda 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder 3/4  teaspoon kosher salt 1½ sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces 1¼ cups buttermilk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ¼ cup heavy cream (for brushing) ¼ cup sugar (for sprinkling)   Instructions 1. Preheat oven to […]

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 […]

Faux Bois [foh-bwah] Cookies

March 11, 2009

I was testing out a new sugar cookie recipe that was infused with nutmeg. The smell of nutmeg is comforting and the wood-looking exterior of nutmeg inspired me. I ran across faux bois mats that imprint a design onto clay which I transferred onto cookie dough. One of the mats had a wood grain on […]

Strawberry Scones

April 3, 2012

I have to admit that I rarely ever buy fruit to actually eat fresh – I generally always eat it in something, like pie or jam.  It’s funny because I had a moment yesterday at the supermarket when I walked in and grabbed the coupon booklet that there was a display of fresh strawberries at […]

Flag Tarts

June 24, 2010

I have made these for years for any holiday that celebrates our country. They are super easy. You will need 3 3/4-by-13 1/4-inch, fluted, rectangular tart pans, which are available in many shops that specialize in culinary tools. This recipe also calls for golden raspberries, but you can use regular ones since you ultimately will […]

Mini Autumn Butter Pecan Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg Filling

November 23, 2010

What a fun way to celebrate Autumn than with these fun, embossed miniature whoopie pies.  Butter pecan batter baked into little autumnal cakelets in the shapes of walnuts, pinecones, pumpkins and acorns.  Filled with a decadent mixture of creamy butter, vanilla-bean paste and nutmeg to complete this remixed version of the classic whoopie pie into scaled-down […]

Green Bean Casserole

November 22, 2012

I know some people believe this dish a little too low-brow for their taste, yet to me I think if presented in the right fashion can be elevated to a higher level. I love making this in a Lodge cast iron skillet all Winter long. I have altered the ‘original recipe’ as I like there […]