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 […]

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 […]

Cutout Cookies 101

January 3, 2015

Vanilla-Bean Buttercream Icing

October 4, 2011

This is a modified version of the frosting recipe my grandmother always used.  She was a big proponent of shortening as it was her belief that it stood up well in the heat at family gatherings.  I make this recipe in two stages, then combine the two separate recipes together.  This makes a boatload of […]

Maker’s Mark Chocolate Caramel Walnut Tart

April 7, 2013

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 Tbsp sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and sliced 2 egg yolks 1/4 cup ice water (if needed) 1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour and sugar. Add butter, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal, 10 to 20 seconds. 2. In a small […]

Sunday Smothered Chicken

October 21, 2012

My Grandmother loved to use bottled dressing as her ‘secret ingredient’ to many dishes.  Here she used Caesar to dress up her Sunday Smothered Chicken recipe by using it as a marinade – she said it gave the chicken extra zip noone could figure out.  Grandma always used bottle lemon juice, fresh lemons were too […]

Poached Chicken Breasts 101

May 13, 2013

I am always needing poached chicken for a recipe, so I wanted to come up with a way to keep the chicken moist, yet still flavor it so it adds to the recipe and not be bland. For each three chicken breasts I do this: Place them into a sauce pan and fill to 1″ […]

Feathered Fowl Cookies

March 20, 2009

An icing technique called feathering is when you make lines with a contrasting color while the main background color is still wet allowing the colors to blend. You then take a toothpick or skewere and drag it through the lines to create the look you see here. I would say that this is the easiest […]

Royal Cup Cocktail

February 16, 2012

Here is a drink I call ‘Royal Cup’ – they are fantastic. You can serve them in martini glasses or champagne flutes.  It is easy to make a pitcher of them for small gatherings or serve them up one at at time.  1 ounce Grand Marnier 3 drop bitters 4 ounces Astoria Lounge Prosecco Relax and be Royal!  ‘Look […]

Bacon Grease Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

March 26, 2011

Okay, so I have to admit I grew up with my mother saving the rendered bacon grease to later cook eggs, potatoes or various other items during my childhood.  I still do the same from time to time and with all the buzz lately about bacon and chocolate (although I cannot step into that chocolate-covered […]

Sprinkles Puffcorn

May 27, 2012

Just in time for summer or anytime of year, my latest creation.  Buttery, salty puffcorn blended with M&M Mini’s, white chocolate and SPRINKLES!!!  So super easy, the hardest part is waiting for the chocolate to re-set so you can start eating it! 1 bag Old Dutch puffcorn1 12 oz. bag white chocolate4 oz. M&M Mini’s3 oz. […]

Fire and Spice Nuts

January 1, 2015

Customized nuts are an easy way to tailor a snack and make it your very own. Here I use an often underused pantry item, Chinese Five Spice powder to create an unique treat that is hard to resist. This recipe calls for fancy, mixed nuts – feel free to use your favorite type of nuts. […]

Everything Bagel Panzanella

November 25, 2014

This salad combines the humble bagel with delicious pastrami to create a unique spin on panzanella, Italian bread salad. These salads do not hold over well, and are best served immediately after making as the dried bread tends to get soggy. 1 package everything bagels 1/2 red onion, medium sliced 1 tbsp. minced garlic 1 […]

Chicken Waldorf Salad

November 25, 2014

Firecracker Cookie Bars

January 4, 2015

Bacon, Blue Cheese Tater Tots

April 3, 2011

I have been obsessing about making some gourmet tater tots for months and I decided it was time to give it a shot.   Here I did them with bacon and blue cheese, I also think Gruyere would be wonderful. HINT:  I would say a great way to incorporate these into is to cook some […]

Buttermilk Oatmeal Pancakes

August 22, 2011

I love pancakes and waffles for breakfast and am always trying to think of a little something different to do with them.  Today I decided to add a twist and bring the buttermilk pancake and oatmeal together.  I make four large pancakes like you see here, buttering them on top and keeping them in the […]

Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread

April 21, 2013

In the spirit of easy food when life is busy, I offer up this great game, party or movie night food. As with all of my recipes, feel free to make this your own – maybe use Italian sausage or vegetables instead, the world is your oyster. The pizza sauce used is my best pizza […]

Tiramisu Cupcakes

July 21, 2010

I made these tiramisu cupcakes for the GE Event I did last night. A light vanilla bean sponge cupcake, rich with eggs. Then you infuse the cupcake with a mixture of espresso and liquor, topping it off with a mascarpone frosting, cocoa powder and chocolate shavings.  Here is the recipe: Cupcakes: 1 1/2 cups butter, […]

Garden Greens & Citrus Salad

May 19, 2009

½ cup toasted, chopped pecans or walnuts 1 orange 1 pink grapefruit 8-10 ounces small garden lettuces 1 tbsp citrus vinegar 1/8 tsp salt 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tsp honey ½ cup crumbled feta cheese 2-3 thin slices red onion, separated into rings Pour chopped nuts into fry pan over medium, medium-high heat and […]

Basketweave Easter Cookies

March 17, 2011

I decided to try something different this year with the cookies. My friend Dani called me and we had been procrastinating for months about getting together to cook, so we seized the opportunity and she came over on Monday. We used my usual vanilla-bean sugar cookie recipe, only this time we rolled a basketweave textured […]

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 […]

Peach Bread Pudding

May 12, 2009

½ lb. loaf of French/Italian/Brioche/Challah bread – cubed and dried out for two days. 4 cups heavy cream 4 whole large eggs 6 tbsp. unsalted butter – melted ½ cup amaretto liqueur ¾ cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla ½ tsp. almond extract 6 ripe peaches – peeled, pitted and cubed Do ahead: Generously butter a […]

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

November 25, 2014

Gluten-free, Nut-free Honey Granola

March 5, 2013

I have so many friends that have gluten and nut allergies that it was time for me to start creating recipes with them in mind. I love crunchy, granola-topped Greek yogurt drizzled with honey, so I wanted to make granola using Savannah Bee honey my favorite. This granola is made using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free […]

Greek Edamame Salad

October 15, 2012

OPA!  It’s time for refreshing, light salads.  Here I paired fresh summer vegetables with a Greek Feta Vinaigrette, I happen to only use Girard’s for this.  Nothing could be easier – make it the night before and let the flavors meld overnight.  It is essential to use amazing ingredients for this dish, the kind you […]

Healthy Chili

September 19, 2011

3 lbs. ground beef (93% lean) 2 medium onions, chopped 2 green peppers, chopped 1 cup water 1 tbsp. chili powder 2 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 2 16 oz. cans red kidney beans, drained & rinsed 1 32 oz. can diced tomatoes 1 16 oz. can tomato sauce 1 6 […]

Winter Punch

December 23, 2010

This punch says festive and friends all over it.  It requires a little planning in order to let the flavors blend but it helps me stay more organized since I do not have to worry about pulling everything together at once.  This recipe is slightly reminiscent of traditional sangria but with a twist. Combine in a […]

Unicorn Poop Cookies

April 16, 2013

Let’s not pretend unicorns don’t exist – we all know that they do. I have been telling my niece Gretchen for years that my pet unicorn, aptly named ‘Unicorny’ is the reason my side mirror was cracked on a previous vehicle I owned. I told her he was galloping up beside me to say goodbye […]

Rainbow Layered Salad in a Glass

June 2, 2013

I created this recipe for an article where people needed food they could walk around with. While plastic cups can easily be used here, I love the simpleness of this Marta Cooler Glassware, plus is it outrageously affordable – then no throwing anything in the garbage, I can use them over and over again AND […]