Dessert

george washington cherry hand pies

crunchy cherry hand pies

Grab a cup of java or cup of your favorite tea and bite into this hand pie, crunchy cherry hand pie that is and you’ll experience a small taste of nirvana! Back in West Virginia when I was a kid, hand pies were one of Mom’s best treats she’d make […]

cutie pie no bake chocolate coconut almond dessert

cutie pie no bake chocolate coconut almond dessert

There’s not enough great things I can say about this dessert! I mean this cutie pie no bake chocolate coconut almond dessert requires zero cooking skills. Truly, just follow these directions and you’ll have this luscious no bake pie in your refrigerator in now. And, the best thing about it? […]

simple quick apple tart

simple quick apple tart

You know, I know a lot of people want to get back in the kitchen and cook, but I also know most of you don’t want to have complicated recipes that require the steps of getting a new tax act passed and the ingredient list of a monthly grocery shopping […]

almond cinnamon tea cookies

Spices. Yes, they spice up your life. But, spices do more than make life more fun, so to speak or make food tastier. Spices, I’m talking about the real spices that you use with seasoning and flavoring your foods, actually have huge medicinal value. So, anytime you can work in […]

best dang brownies ever

best dang brownies ever

Let me tell you how this recipe came about. Earlier in the week, we were invited to dinner and our hosts said ‘Bring a dessert!’ So, I made one, a delicious lemon poundcake but the dang thing stuck to the bundt pan, and it was a total mess. I mean […]

canned jar chocolate devil cakes

canned jar chocolate devil cakes

This canned jar chocolate devil cakesrecipe was adapted from my biscuit scone recipe. They were just so good that I decided to adapt a little and see if they would work baked in a canning jar.  My original idea was to fill them part of the way, have them bake […]

hallmark croatian cheesecake

hallmark croatian cheesecake

There’s so much history behind this ‘hallmark croatian cheesecake’. From the journey my Grandmother made at the turn of the twentieth century to American from the old country, which was then the Austro Hungarian Empire to now today and sharing this recipe with the world on Hallmark Channel’s Home & […]

wild blueberry pistachio oatmeal cookies

wild blueberry pistachio oatmeal cookies

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! You never know what blueberries will do when your cooking them. Especially in cookies. Sometimes they can burst […]

blueberry lemon cheesecake bars

blueberry lemon cheesecake bars

So many times when I cook, my inspiration comes from what I see on my kitchen counter tops or in my pantry or refrigerator. And, this is especially true with quickly perishable products. So, when I spied a lot of lemons on my counter in the fruit bowl and in […]

crunchy crust spiced pumpkin pie

crunchy crust spiced pumpkin pie

Nothing like a killer pumpkin pie. And, this crunchy crust spiced pumpkin pie is in the over-the-moon pumpkin pie category! Not too sweet. Very pumpkineeeee. Lots of warm spices. And, a heckuva lot of crunch as in the crust that’s made of gingersnaps and almonds! I mean with my recipe […]

banana pumpkin walnut spice cake

banana pumpkin walnut spice cake

This banana pumpkin walnut spice cake has a big shortcut. Yes, I’m going to use a cake mix. But, I’m going to build on that cake mix base and create something entirely different. In today’s world, I do know that lots of folks would love to make homemade cakes, well, […]

pineapple tidbit brown sugar walnut upside down cake

pineapple tidbit brown sugar walnut upside down cake

Some cakes are cakes. Whereas other cakes are not only cakes, but they’re cakes with a history. Yep, that’s what you’ll find with my updated version of the pineapple upside down cake. This pineapple tidbit brown sugar walnut upside down cake takes the vintage version to a new level! Upside […]

retro birthday chocolate sheet cake

No one loves parties more than I do. And, what better time to throw a party than for a birthday! When my boys were young (and up into their teenage years), birthday parties were a family affair, maybe a few little friends from around the neighborhood. And, these parties were […]

vintage graham cracker crème pie with toasted coconut

Preserving history through food is one of my passions. Nothing thrills me more than to have someone share with me a cherished recipe from their family heritage. I’ll usually make that recipe, like these pie crust cookies. Oh, the sweet story behind these cookies. Then I love it when someone […]

french almond cinnamon pastry puffs

french almond cinnamon pastry puffs

Some things in cooking that are so simple are so wonderfully epic. Such is the case with these french almond cinnamon pastry puffs. Thanks to the magic of puff pastry, which I love almost as much as I love parchment paper, I can look like I’m a French pastry chef […]

mango ginger ice cream pie

mango ginger ice cream pie

In this crazy world of everyone being super busy, it’s always great to have recipes that are completely brainless, simple, quick and easy. And, that’s what this mango ginger ice cream pie is. All you need is a food processor, about ten minutes to prepare (if that!), and then let […]

orange apple upside down pie

orange apple upside down pie

Sometimes you don’t mess with an icon. And, in this case, the apple pie is an icon in America. You’ve heard the saying, ‘It’s about as American as apple pie!’ But, being the slight ‘rebel’ I am, certainly not in a negative sense but in a way that makes things […]

pearl sugar tea cake

pearl sugar cardamom tea cake

Cardamom. I can’t remember when or how I fell in love with this spice. But, I’m glad I did. Maybe I was wondering through Jerusalem’s Old City Souk. Maybe I was wondering through the spice aisle at World Market or Trader Joe’s. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that I […]

molten lava brownie coconut marshmallow sm’ores

molten lava brownie s’mores

Sometimes you want something utterly chocolatee. Bizarrely decadent. Insanely gooey, chewy, crunchy. Something that makes you happy. Something that once you have it, you’ve satisfied that urge. That desire. That need. In the case of desserts and sweets, well, the molten lava brownie s’mores is your answer to all these […]

lemon cheese breakfast pastry puff

lemon cheese breakfast pastry puff

There is nothing better than an occasional treat for breakfast. Now, I love to eat healthy. And, I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes you just have to live on the edge and go with something that is decadent and outrageous. And, that’s […]

lemon mango no churn ice cream

lemon mango no churn ice cream

The best taste testers for ice cream that I make? My three and five year old grandsons! Yep, they will be truthful. They will let you know from the expression on their faces whether it’s good or not. And, they will confirm two thumbs up for a new recipe like […]

old world russian tea cakes

old world russian tea cakes

These old world russian tea cakes are part of my history. My first trip to Russia was in 1988. It was momentous. As History.com explains, Mikhail S. Gorbachev became General Secretary of the Communist Party “…in March 1985, and he launched his nation on a dramatic new course. His dual […]

cranberry coconut cookies gf

cranberry coconut cookies gf

Cranberries. One of the world’s healthiest foodies according to World’s Healthiest Foods.  While the Vitamin C and fiber are great, what makes cranberries, and we’re talking fresh cranberries, super are the phtyonutrients in them. These phytonutrients protect against a lot of things like UTI (Urinary Tract Infections), immune support, cardiovascular […]

simple pumpkin spice apple cake

simple pumpkin spice apple cake

A simple pumpkin spice apple cake is just what you need during the busy hectic and stressful holiday season. Actually, anytime of the year, having simple recipes, especially cakes and pies makes entertaining and family gatherings so much more enjoyable for you, the cook! Cake mixes have come a long […]

old south peaches & crème brulee cheesecake

old south peaches & crème brulee cheesecake

Let’s face it, most of us like something sweet every now and then. Then there are those of us who love to nibble on something sweet more often. While moderation is the key word here, it’s nice to know that there are options for getting that sweet tooth satisfied without […]

apple fig custard open faced pie

apple fig custard open faced pie

When apples are in season, it’s time to buy bushels and bags of them and enjoy the bounties of these sweet crisp fruits. This apple fig custard open faced pie is made in a half sheet cake pan and will serve a crowd! You can make ahead, then pop in […]

oreo banana custard pie

oreo banana custard pie

I always say that food is history. And, history is food. Such is the case with this Oreo banana custard pie. Well, really not ‘the’ pie, but the Oreo cookie. This iconic Oreo cookie has been around since 1912. That’s when Nabisco came up with the idea of two chocolate […]

banana coconut waffle s’mores

banana coconut waffle s’mores

Here is the ultimate chocolate banana waffle s’mores dessert that’s so stinkin’ simple and easy to do that you’ll wonder why in the world you haven’t done this before. Well, it’s because you didn’t have the idea and recipe. And, now you do! This dessert is perfect for any occasion, […]

chocolate banana cheesecake bites

chocolate banana cheesecake bites

While I’m not a baker, I can make a mean cheesecake. Well, my version of a rather rustic ‘organic’ farm table like cheesecake. Certainly not the refined French cheesecake version. You know, total perfection. Absolute velvet creaminess, not one lump or air bubble. Regardless of the ‘rogue’ nature of this […]

Almond Zest Cake

almond zest cake

I found this cake while hanging out at Food 52~~it’s called ‘Tarta de Santiago’ and it was created by Emma Gardner whose blog is Poires au Chocolat~~here’s some history behind it as found on the website~~ In Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Tarta de Santiago is sold everywhere. The city lies […]

county fair carrot pineapple cake

county fair carrot pineapple cake

Here’s a littl’ backstory on this county fair carrot pineapple cake. I started making it on the first go ’round from scratch. Yes, everything. it took some time. It was a wonderful batter. Had wonderful flavors. Then I put it in the bundt pan. Big mistake. I knew it before […]

king pineapple no bake cheesecake

king pineapple no bake cheesecake

No doubt about it. Dole Sunshine is the ‘king of pineapple’. Pineapples whether whole and fresh or in various forms and packaged in different ways means lots of options for cooking. From savory to sweet dishes and recipes, pineapples, a natural tenderizer when cooking meats, and they become a veritable […]

chocolate splatter bundt cake

chocolate splatter bundt cake

Sometimes short cuts are just what you have to do in cooking. And, this chocolate splatter bundt cake is one of those recipes that has a shortcut. Now, this doesn’t in one iota way compromise the flavors or taste of this cake. It just saves some time. And, who doesn’t […]

strawberry custard pie

strawberry custard pie

There is nothing better than fresh sweet in-season strawberries. And, when you get them, you are ready to overdose on this berry goodliness! We know that there are upteen zillion ways to use strawberries. I mean they are just so versatile and perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. But, […]

rum coconut liqueur ribbon peach pie

rum coconut liqueur ribbon peach pie

Simple pies with a lot of power and punch. How’s this come about? Well, a short cut with the pie crust. Yes, let’s use a refrigerated roll out crust. Feel totally free to make one if that’s your style and you have the time. However, if not, then there’s not […]

coconut galette

coconut galette

Best time to eat this coconut galette? Right after it comes out of the oven. Oh, yes, warm and creamy, you’re going to experience a pastry that isn’t too sweet. Isn’t too creamy. Isn’t too rich. But, just right. With just five ingredients, you’re going to have a tasty dessert […]

ice cream scoop cookies

Powdered sugar makes so many cookies and desserts prettier. If you don’t have a dedicated powdered sugar container, then get one! They don’t cost much and you’ll find yourself dusting everything from fresh strawberries to grapefruit! Powdered sugar on these ice cream scoop cookies is the icing on the cake. Now […]

almond joy cake

almond joy cake

Did you have a favorite candy bar as a kid? Lots of people have food favorites from childhood. Food is such a powerful memory maker. Seems those flavors, textures, visuals and tastes simply sear indelible memories in our brains. Almond Joy Cake Backstory Almond Joy was, and still is, my […]

lemon mint cake pie

lemon mint cake pie

You can see from the ingredients list that this lemon mint cake pie is super simple to create and bake. The freshness of the lemons and mint add to the lip smackin’ good flavors that burst with each bite. And, the lemon drizzle is just icing on the cake. I […]

Sweet Treat Coffee Chocolate Chewy Crispers

coffee chocolate crispers

Check the tower of coffee chocolate crispers in the first photo.  Now, check the cookies in the second picture.  This arrangement was not intentional.  As I added more cookies to the tower, it toppled.  Now, what’s significant about this is that not one cookie cracked, crumbled and broke! Chewy crispers~~you […]

pearl sugar waffles

pearl sugar waffles

Pearl sugar waffles. Oh, what a new treat for your palate. Of course, we love waffles. And, the goddess of waffles is the Leige waffle or the Belgian Waffle. The only problem is that they take more time to make that regular waffles. And, sometimes we’re just not willing to […]

papa bear’s chocolate chip cookies

papa bear’s chocolate chip cookies

These papa bear’s chocolate chip cookies are too chocolateee says Mama Bear. These cookies are too big says Baby Bear. These chocolate chip cookies are jusssssst right says Papa Bear. ‘I like all the different chocolate pieces, and those peanuts give me the crunchy and salty that I love!’. Yes, […]

banana chip maple syrup cake

banana chip maple syrup cake

Tresa is one of my besties. My besties are a short list of friends that I would walk over hot coals for. And, one thing I always do when she comes over and we’re having eats, which is always, is that I pull out something with crunch and crisp. It […]

apple jack tart

apple jack tart

Apples. Spices. Jack Daniels. And, what do you have? An apple jack tart. Chocked totally full of fresh tender apples, leave those skins on for texture, beauty and nutrition, mix with an array of spices, some sweetness and a splash of Jack, and you’re in business. Now, if you don’t […]

coffee crookies

coffee crookies

I get in the mood for things like most people. And, on this particular day of the birth of these crookies, I was in the mood for a chewy somewhat ‘healthy’ nutty crunchy cookie to go with my coffee for the next few mornings. I knew that oatmeal, brown sugar, […]

Applesauce Currant Walnut Bread

applesauce currant walnut bread

This is really a nutty bread!  I used not only chopped walnuts but almond flour, so it’s quite nutty and tasty!  While I don’t specialize in gluten-free, nor practice it in my eating lifestyle,  it never hurts cut back a littler here and there when I can. Besides I love […]

the bridesmaid’s peach cake

the bridesmaid’s peach cake

This bridesmaid’s peach cake is just about as spectacular as the bride! I have no idea what possessed me to name this cake as such, but I do think it had something to do with being a Southerner, knowing that peaches are part of our heritage, and realizing that Southern […]

bailey's chocolate espresso tart

bailey’s chocolate espresso tart

This bailey’s chocolate espresso tart was not only fabulous and easy, but when I shared it on Instagram, the iconic chocolate company Ghirardelli reshared it. Of course, I tagged them in my post and obviously they were enchanted enough to share with their chocolate loving followers! This tart is rich […]

stuffed savory & sweet strawberries

stuffed savory & sweet strawberries

Strawberries. Surely a summer delight. And, they make a huge splash in February, too, at Valentine’s Day. Yes, chocolate covered strawberries~predictable, right? Well, these stuffed savory and sweet strawberries are perfect year round, and they’re far from predictable. That’s what I love about food. Stretching the usual to the UNusual. […]

nutty cherry cakettes

nutty cherry cakettes

These littl’ creme brulee ramekins are full of sweet dark cherry goodliness! Yes, there’s some ‘healthy’ value added with the ground flax. And, the bursts of cherry juices and Mother Nature’s nectar will just make you cheery cherry happy! If you don’t want the flax, you might try some ground […]

vintage pie crust cookies

vintage pie crust cookies

History is preserved and expressed in food and recipes. Ingredients and recipes have a beginning…somewhere in history. And, that’s the story behind this recipe. Miss Briggs was one of my three sons’ favorite teachers in high school. She is a kind and gentle soul, now retired after being a cracker […]

grannysmith apple ginger cake

grannysmith apple ginger cake

Fresh apples just make me happy! I mean they’re just so versatile, available and diverse in the kinds of apples out there. I really like mine crispy. Then I swing between sweet and tart. So, with this recipe, I wanted a little tartness with this moist cake that’s choked full […]

yogurt pumpkin cake

yogurt pumpkin cake

I love to cook with my 4 1/2 year-old grandson. He gets soooooooo excited to be my sous chef, and he’s becoming quite adept with cooking ‘terminology’. So when we started this cake, I said, ‘Nicholas, why do we need two mixing bowls?’ With his big black as coal eyes, […]

lemon cheese cake

lemon cream cake

Lemon yogurt cake. It just sounds like something you want to bite into! In fact, when I think about the tart lemon flavors and the creaminess of the filling, some serious drooling can fire up! If you want to serve it warm, then by all means do it. Just give […]

pumpkin patch recipes

pumpkin patch recipes

Pumpkins! I love them. When I buy them, they last for a couple of months. I mean I get them at the beginning of October usually, and they’re good through almost the Christmas holidays. I change them up for the Christmas holidays by spray painting them in gold, silver and […]

turkish strawberry chocolate cupcakes

turkish strawberry chocolate cupcakes

Hints of espresso, deep rich chocolate, subtle molasses, the sweetness of a bite of strawberry and the allure of the wonderful spice cardamom, these cupcakes are moist and don’t err on the side of being really sweet. For me, biting into them is like a journey half way around the […]

dead sea granola cookie mounds

dead sea granola cookie mounds

One thing that I’m kinda known for in my cooking is stretching recipes into other ideas and dishes. I have a word for that. It’s called ‘boho’ing’ a recipe or dish. I mean isn’t that what food’s all about~a basic recipe, then creating new versions or variations using this basic […]

~dark red cherry ricotta cheesecake jars~

cherry ricotta cheesecake jars

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! There are some things that I make that I just want to nuzzle my entire face into. I mean forget the […]

persian walnut cookies (naan-e gerdooi)

persian walnut cookies (naan-e gerdooi)

I have this amazingly talented foodie friend, Lin, who lives in England, and her blog is Lin’s Food. She’s traveled the world. Lived in many locales. Her food is adventurous, to say the least. Plus, she’s got this delightfully articulate and sultry British accent that I could listen to all […]

ricotta dumpling with raspberry sauce

ricotta dumpling with raspberry sauce

Every now and then when you’re cooking you need a no brainer~~a recipe that’s easy to do, has some shortcuts, and gives you the satisfaction you’re looking for in a flash!  Well, if you’ve hankerin’ for something warm, gooey, subtly sweet and boholicious, then this ‘Ricotta Dumpling with Raspberry Sauce’ […]

Fresh Palisade Peach Blueberry Skillet Pie

fresh peach skillet pie

Being a South Carolina girl, I know good peaches~~we have some of the best.  However, when I come to Colorado, I’ve met my Palmetto state’s match!  Palisade, located on the Colorado River at the base of the Grand Mesa in far western Colorado,  is town in Colorado.  It’s known for a […]

bourbon drenched raisin nut oatmeal cookies

bourbon drenched oatmeal cookies

Oatmeal cookies seem so Americana to me! I remember growing up and Mom making them sometimes. I think I love the chewy brown sugary taste with a crunch of nuts. But, when you add raisins, and bourbon drenched at that, you have a burst of sweetness that tingles your palate […]

eastern european honey walnut cookies

eastern european honey walnut cookies

The Eastern European countries, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and more, have a rich history and culture~one of the traditions that resonates in my mind when I’ve visited that area is that when you visit most anyone’s home, you’re immediately offered coffee and cake or cookies. There’s always some kind […]

strawberry biscones

strawberry biscones

Hybrids sometimes make the most beautiful new creations. Yes, a hybrid is an offspring of a cross-breeding. Cross pollination is creating a different genetic constitution. Mixtures… combining two or more ‘substances’ where the identities are preserved and there’s a new ‘mix’. on which the identities are retained and are mixed […]

coconut crème anglaise

coconut crème anglaise

Crème anglaise is a French word for English cream. And, with the addition of coconut, which I love, and which you can omit if you don’t care for it, you have this fabulous dessert that’s just so very light and velvety smooth. I highly recommend you spring for a vanilla […]

lemoneee buttermilk cupcakes

lemoneee buttermilk cupcakes

This lemoneee buttermilk cupcake will make you pucker up just taking a whiff of it! Actually, just writing about it now makes my mouth water because I know how moist and boholicious they are. Rather than go totally from ‘scratch’, I decided to save some time using a pre-packaged cake […]

chunkie banana nut brown sugar bread

chunkie banana nut brown sugar bread

Seeing the bananas and not just tasting them is what this chunkie banana nut brown sugar bread’s all about. Since I knew I’d be traveling and couldn’t eat them nor wait for the nanners to ripen to the good ol’ mushy blackened stage, I decided to preserve their beauty in […]

Seems in our house if I buy more than 5 bananas at least two or three turn black and are ready to go 'bad' within just a couple of days. Maybe I should just buy one or two bananas at a time, but that just doesn't seem quite right because part of having bananas is having a cluster sitting on the kitchen counter! Of course when this happens, some kind of banana something will be made with the aging blackened 'nanners, so they don't go to waste. Rather than banana bread, I decided to do cakes. Now I used three different size pans~~two tart pans making the cake not more than about 2 inches thick and a small casserole (5x7) glass baking dish. You choose how you want to bake these and in what...just remember to adjust your baking time depending upon the size and thickness of the batter~~do the toothpick test as an extra precaution! This 'Brown Sugar Almond Banana Cake' is great for morning coffee or tea or a midnight snack!

brown sugar almond banana cake

Seems in our house if I buy more than 5 bananas at least two or three turn black and are ready to go ‘bad’ within just a couple of days.  Maybe I should just buy one or two bananas at a time, but that just doesn’t seem quite right because […]

real chocolate lover's cake

real chocolate lover’s cake

This recipe is from my good friend, Mary Marshall, a SC gal who has a huge following in social media and a fabulous blog, All Things Food~Cooking with Mary and Friends~Mary’s all about farm to table and spends so much of her time connecting with local farmers and producers in South […]

lady jane's spiced whiskey banana pudding

lady jane’s spiced whiskey banana pudding

Friends in the foodie universe are just the coolest! When you’re connected by the passion for food, then you have a delicious bond! So, one of my Google+ dear foodie friends, whom I’ve never met  other than in cyberspace, but know that we have kindred souls, started calling me ‘Lady […]

brown sugar almond spiced clusters

brown sugar almond spiced clusters

You know those big bags of walnuts and almonds you can get at those ‘leading’ big box stores~~you know what I’m talking about…the stores where you can push flatbeds that can hold Kate + 8 or oversized carts that’re the size of a small play pen, you buy in bulk […]

cupcake berry pies

cupcake berry pies

Just like an easy ‘go to’ outfit or that ‘little black dress’ that you just know will fill the bill quickly and appropriately for the occasion, this recipe is one of those pretty much fail safe ‘go to’ desserts that you know will bring smiles when served warm out of […]

blackberry ricotta muffins

Just putting ricotta with anything is good. But, ricotta with blackerries and then turning them into muffins, well, you just have to taste it! When you can’t find fresh berries in season, then most definitely head to the freezer section at your market and get it frozen!  I find it’s […]

peanut butter & jam cookies

peanut butter & jam cookies

There’s nothing more American than apple pie! Right? No, wrong! There’s nothing more American than peanut butter and jelly! And, these cookies let you have just a bite of this goodness without having to eat the entire sandwich~~of course, you’ll probably go back for a second and a third. Now, […]

Lavender & Almond Bessboussa

lavender & almond basbousa

The best part of having a Facebook cooking page is meeting all the great foodies from around the world!  I’ts like having my own virtual cooking kitchen at my fingertips…I mean I can just post that I need to know more about a particular ethnicity’s cuisine, and, within minutes I […]

cream cheese chocolate bites with roasted coconut

cream cheese chocolate bites with roasted coconut

Being the frugal gal I am, I hate to throw out anything unless it absolutely has to be tossed!  Sometimes things get a little wrinkled, like fruit, or dried out, like bread, and you can re-invent them into something else, and no one has even a clue~~that’s what I love […]

~the charleston chewee booze bars~

the charleston chewee booze bars

Do you what a ‘charleston chew’ is?  Well, it’s a candy bar invented in about 1922 when ‘The Charleston’~~as in the dance~~was popular!The company was purchased in 1957 by Nathan Sloane and later sold to Nabisco in 1980.  Pop culture even knows this candy bar as it’s mentioned by Bart in The Simpsons episode “Lisa […]

maple pumpkin meringue pie

maple pumpkin meringue pie

When you take a bite of this ‘maple pumpkin meringue pie’ you’ll think that you’re experiencing a poof of airy lightness mixed creamy warm spiced textures in your mouth. It’s so light that when I took my first bite I thought I was going to float! Well, not really but […]

~lemon cottage cheesecake~

lemon cottage cheesecake

French-inspired cheesecake and simple—if that sounds like an oxymoron, then don’t be alarmed.  French cooking doesn’t have to be complicated—it just has to be good. And while elaborate gastronomic feats can be good, they’re also very intimidating to the everyday cook, like me, and maybe like you, who knows! I’m […]

heavenly chocolate cookies

This recipe was ‘boho’d’ from the original recipe from ‘My Crowded Kitchen‘ one of my favorite foodies in the universe!  When I saw the this incredible stack of chocolate love cookies that It’s Yummilicious had shared, I went right to her page then on to the blog  to see what […]

lemon coconut rose cake

Have you ever watched the Rose Parade (as in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade) while ringing in the new year?  I do and have about every single year. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be covering the parade, but that’s precisely how I’ll be starting out […]

almond orange blossom macaroons

almond orange blossom macaroons

When I make Boston Cream Pie, I use about 6 egg yolks for the cream filling. You know what that means? It leaves me with lots of egg whites! So, what do you do~~well, you can make lots of things like an egg white omelette or you can macaroons. Yep, […]

~madam’s lace cookies~

madam’s lace cookies

A taste of Camelot~~this is a historical vintage recipe~~not mine but that of Marta Sgubin who was with the Kennedy family for 25+ years as governess, personal cook and long-time companion of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  Here cookbook, Cooking for Madam, was a gift to me in 1998 for my birthday from […]

biscoff sea salt cookies

biscoff sea salt cookies

Any recipe that’s just 5 ingredients and gives you a finished product like this is a no brainer.  Since I fly Delta so much (and, yes, adore my loyalty perks) and since I had a jar of biscoff, and most of all since I wanted something sweet and salty, I […]

almond butter granola cookies

almond butter granola cookies

Almond butter’s kinda like it’s first-cousin peanut butter…both nuts and smooshed and ground into a luscious butter.  Now I find that almond butter separates more than peanut butter if it’s left sitting for a while~~by that I mean the oils and actual ‘ground nut meat’ go their own ways. This […]

Raspberry Vanilla Mille Feuille

raspberry vanilla mille feuille

This dessert is actually my version of ‘Mille Feuille’~~it’s the easy quick version, and I can assure you it’s gonna be a plate licker!  If you don’t know what ‘mille feuille’ is, just go to the trusted source for knowing~~Wikopedia~~ The mille-feuille (French pronunciation: [mil fœj], “thousand leaves”),[1] vanilla slice, custard slice, also known as the Napoleon, […]

Chinese Five-Spice Cookies

~chinese five-spice cookies~

The mind is a beautiful thing.  And, the way a mind or brain works especially in creative adventures in the kitchen intrigues me, especially my mind.  So, I wake up and have a hankerin’ for oatmeal cookies, but not just a plain ol’ grandma oatmeal cookie, not that there’s anything […]

Sweet Potato Cardamom Dessert Waffles

I call these ‘dessert’ waffles because I’ve decided that waffles, a beautifully elegant-looking food, have been pigeon-holed into the breakfast brunch category for way too long! They deserve to be not only desserts but entrees, too.  While I made these in my small round waffle maker, and heads up, watch […]

Southern Pecan PoundCake Waffles with Bourbon Smoky Pecans & Peaches

Southern Pecan PoundCake Waffles with Bourbon Smoky Pecans & Peaches

The ‘greatest food’ elements that define this dessert are three ingredients that are smokin’ hot Southern loves—poundcake, pecans, and peaches!  Whether you say ‘peeeeecan’ or ‘peahhcahhhn’ you’ll know that your poundcake waffle is full of the Southern favorite~~you’ll bite into the smoky pecans and juicy bourbon butter and brown sugar […]

~fruity moist sweet cake~

fruity moist sweet cake

This fruity moist sweet cake is like a LBD or ‘little black dress’ creation~~it can be used for so many things~~dressed up or down, worn with flipflops or heels, well, so to speak! Add some frozen yogurt, a swizzle of warm chocolate ganache, and you have a fancy dessert. Cut […]

Vintage Pumpkin Pound Cake

vintage pumpkin pound cake

Vintage recipes are as important, to me, for one’s family history and legacy as story telling, names, photos, and items and objects that are saved and passed down from one generation to another.  It’s a way of sharing with the new generations what life was like ‘back in the day’~~and, with […]

Amalfi Coast Raspberry Mascarpone Desserts

Amalfi Coast Raspberry Mascarpone Desserts

If you’ve never visited ‘Coffee on the Porch-Camden, Maine‘ then you don’t have to go any further than Facebook!  Here you’ll find a down-home entrepreneur, Dan, who started his business with a passion for a really good cuppah coffee.  Now, if you’re a java lover and somewhat of a coffee […]

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caramelized warm pear strawberry & mascarpone

When you have company for dinner, you want to make sure you’re not slaving in the kitchen, but enjoying the conversation and table eats. This dessert is one that can be prepped ahead of time, then assembled really easily for serving. A combo of fresh fruits and flavors, you think […]

~apple date whiskey nut galette~

apple date whiskey nut galette

There’s not much to say about this other than it’s awesome beans!  No, I mean awesome apples~~sure hope you have a ‘mandolin’ for slicing these apples reeeeallly thin because that’s what truly brings the flavors out, plus they just pile high and stack up and almost make a pastry dough […]

boston cream whiskey banana pie

This cake has a history and a story behind it…well, actually three stories.  First of all, as a littl’ girl growing up in West Virginia, I lived in the hollers.  On usually one Saturday a month, Dad and Mom would take us kids to the ‘big city,’ the county seat, to ‘shop’ at […]

Applesauce Coconut Cranberry Walnut Bread

This ‘Applesauce Cocnut Cranberry Walnut Bread’ is a pure form of enjoying the delicious coconut, cranberries, nuts and sweet bread without being distracted by too many competing spices…in fact, I didn’t put one spice in here, unless you consider the vanilla a spice.  You can vary the dried fruit you […]

~chocolate banana buttermilk bread~

chocolate banana buttermilk bread

I call this houdini batter~~the better batter than can become just about anything you want it to be.  Need brownies?  Well, then put this batter in a square or rectangular baking pan.  Need a bundt cake?  Pull out the bundt pan and bake it. In the mood for muffins?  How […]

~chocolate bundt brownie cake~

chocolate bundt brownie cake

What’s the best thing to make teenagers and little ones happy when they’re staying with you? Chocolate! And, nothing better than a chocolate bundt brownie cake. So, my sweet 16 and 17 y/o niece and nephew who live in Germany have come to visit and my 3 y/o grandson, so […]

coconut cake

coconut cake

This is a not-too-sweet moist coconut cake that gets so much of its flavoring from the healthy coconut oil~~throw in a little shredded sweet coconut, and you have a cake that’s versatile and big much tasty! I drizzled mine with chocolate ganache, so this cake was like one of my […]

Sumatra Chocolate Coconut Cream Filled Sandwich Cookie

Spicy Hot Sumatran Tiger Chocomallow Locos

Originally created as an entry into the 2013 Scharffen Chocolate Contests. This cookie sammich had to have a special name.  And, because of that I went to the most creative and zany foodie friends  I know and asked for suggestions…I mean this is not just your ordinary cookie sandwich, right? […]

~chocolate cowboy flop cake~

chocolate cowboy flop cake

You may be wondering why I called this a ‘flop’ cake. Well, it’s because when I cook I’m usually doing two or three recipes simultaneously~~my nature is to multi-task, and that’s what happens in the kitchen!  From photographing, writing down recipes as I’m creating, washing pots, skillets, dishes to having […]

Carrot Pineapple Coconut Cake Tartlets

I haven’t had real good luck with making a carrot cake!  The 4-layer one I made a few months ago was so dry that I had to demolish it and re-cycle it into ‘Carrot Cake Rum Balls’ which, by the way……were quite delicious as well as compellingly gorgeous—simple bite sizes […]

Lemon Coconut Cake

lemon coconut baby cake

Cakes are personal creations, I think.  While you start with a basic recipe, it’s up to the person making it to decide what it’s going to end up looking like~~is it going to be a sheet cake, a bundt cake, cupcakes, a layered cake, a cake left in a glass […]

~ biscoff chocolate crumbly sticks & bites~

~ biscoff chocolate crumbly sticks & bites~

You live and learn. That’s so true when cooking. So, in this easy quick recipe, I learned that to make the slicing of the sticks and bites easier I should have lined my baking dish with parchment paper. Alas, I didn’t~~cutting them in the pan was a pain and getting […]

boston sour cream cake

boston sour cream cake

Baby cakes. Yep, that’s what these sweet delectable boston sour cream cakes are!  Make one for yourself and one to give away!  It’s a Boston Cream Pie on steroids with three layers of tender cake, luscious layers of homemade brandy cream between the layers and then on top, a thick […]

~oreo oatmeal nut bars~

oreo oatmeal nut bars

Sometimes I have these sneak weak chocolate attacks late at night, and I tip toe to the kitchen, turn on the pantry light, and start scouring~~now if I’m lucky enough to have something I’ve baked, awesome~~but, so many times, I give away 90% of what I bake within 24 hours, […]

~whiskey sour lemon ciambella~

~whiskey sour lemon ciambella~

Silvia’s Cucina was my inspiration for this cake, which she calls ‘Lemon & Olive Oil Ciambella’~~ciambella is Italian for donut~~I’ve made ~ciambellini de magro~ cookies and, omg,  they’re just amazingly fabulous, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I wanted to ‘boho’ it to my needs! While Silvia dusted her […]

~dark cherry yogurt poundcake~

dark cherry yogurt poundcake

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! I was inspired to create this poundcake after attending the Dole Summit 2014.  We food bloggers, about 10 of us, had […]

apple pear pie stackers

apple pear pie stackers

March 14 is National Pi Day, so whenever it rolls around, I’m celebrating this mathematics phenom day with something PIlicious!  These ~apple pear pie stackers~ are totally PIriffic because whether you eat them right out of the oven hot or the next day cold, you’re gonna have tingly giggle tastebuds […]

~chocolate joy bars~

chocolate joy bars

Here’s the ditz on this recipe~~ it flopped, I was making cookies, but they all oozed and blobbed together when baked, and they were really ‘ugly ducklings’, BUT they were famously awesomely boholiciously wonderful tasting!  As I peered into the oven when they were baking, I knew these were no […]

~chocolate almond joy spoon cookies~

~chocolate almond joy spoon cookies~

Here’s the ditz on this recipe~~ it flopped, the cookies all oozed and blobbed together when baked, and they’re really ‘ugly ducklings’, BUT they’re famously awesomely boholiciously wonderful tasting!  As I peered into the oven when they were baking, I knew these were no longer ‘cookies’ because they didn’t hold […]

~spiced walnut sandies~

~spiced walnut sandies~

My friends at Platter Talk served up some awesome looking pecan sandies on Facebook~~now as a teenager and in college, a pecan sandie was one of my most favorite cookies!  When I checked out the recipe on their blog, I learned that it was  adapted from the original recipe from Thomas […]

Cayenne Spiced Oatmeal Chocolate Cakies

Cayenne Spiced Oatmeal Chocolate Cakies

What happens when you fix a huge pot of oatmeal, everyone eats, and there’s still a bunch left over?  No way could I throw it out.  I thought about an oatmeal pudding~~but, that sounded kinda hokey to me, and I didn’t think it’s be appealing to teenagers.  Then I thought […]

Preacher Cookies

Preacher Cookies

I remember growing up as a little girl in Southern West Virginia and on good weather Saturday mornings after we cleaned our postage stamp size house, my two sisters and I would head to up the street to Cathy’s house to help her with her chores, so she could get […]

Bourbon Chocolate & Pomegranate Cake YummmeeZ

Bourbon Chocolate & Pomegranate Cake YummmeeZ

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are always the best when cooking and when creating new recipes~~since it’s pomegranate season, I’m creating a windstorm of recipes that use this delectable fruit.  In fact, one of my recipes just won the Stiebs Pomegranate Contest~~I thought why not have these littl’ bursts of bubble […]

Lemon Fresh Herb Pudding Cake

Lemon Fresh Herb Pudding Cake

If you like ‘pudding’ breads and you dig lemon and some fresh herbs, then you’ll really dig this loaf bread!  It’s got a dense moist center, notice the subtle ‘sag’ in the center of the loaf, but that’s where the really good stuff is…like the sweet spot or the pulley […]

Springroll Blueberry & Rosemary Puffs

Springroll Blueberry & Rosemary Puffs

This recipe is brought to you by DOLE Packaged Foods, however, all of the recipe development and creative food artistry, including the photography, is solely the work of Ally in her Kitchen.  For more information CLICK~  Blueberries are truly one of my most favorite fruits!  If you put the world ‘blueberries’ […]

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

The Fall 2013 issue of the Grand Strand Magazine is called the ‘Food & Wine’ special edition.  I’m featured as the Grand Strand personality (it’s a cool article!), and there were local female chefs featured, amazing gals, as well as some of the best dessert recipes I’ve ever seen.  Some […]

Orange Almond Wedding Cookies

Orange Almond Wedding Cookies

These ‘Orange Almond Wedding Cookies’ look like little dollops of ice cream!  Once you bite into the buttery goodness, you know you’re tasting something that could well be addictive~~they’re almost bite size~~unless you want to be dainty and make two bites out of them~~and, they have the subtle hint of […]

Willy Wonka Chocolate Graham Cracker Nut Bars

Willy Wonka Chocolate Graham Cracker Nut Bars

There are times in my life when I get these attacks~~as in chocolate attacks~~it’s like my body craves the rich taste of this aphrodisiac taste!  Now I wasn’t in the mood for just smooth creamy chocolate~~I wanted it combined with chewiness, crunch, nuttiness, and, yes, saltiness.  So, the genesis of […]

Chocolate Whipped Crème Filled Tart Cake

Chocolate Whipped Crème Filled Tart Cake

When my boys were growing up, birthdays were always a big deal.  Not like many of today’s kids’ birthdays where complete entourages of clowns, horses, or entertainers are brought in and there’s a location destination.  No, these were birthday parties that were ‘themed’~~the kind where I went to the Dollar […]

Amalfi Coffee Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

Amalfi Coffee Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

If you’ve never visited ‘Coffee on the Porch-Camden, Maine‘ then you don’t have to go any further than Facebook!  Here you’ll find a down-home entrepreneur, Dan, who started his business with a passion for a really good cuppah coffee.  Now, if you’re a java lover and somewhat of a coffee […]

Trail Mix Sweet Potato & Pineapple Cheesecake

Trail Mix Sweet Potato & Pineapple Cheesecake

I’m convinced you can make just about anything into a cheesecake!  This ‘trail mix sweet potato & pineapple cheesecake’ is a perfect example! It’s like a sweet potato pie with a crunchy crust, then you add the depth of the pineapple juice and top it off with the fig sauce, […]

Rodelle Angel Food Cupcakes with ‘Warm Bourbon Strawberry Sauce & Cacao Nibs’

Angel Food Cupcakes Bourbon Strawberry Sauce & Cacao Nibs

My friends at Rodelle Vanilla always have the most enticing fabulous recipes on their website, and I’m particularly interested in the desserts!  So, I spied one that just spoke to me!  Yes, it said ‘Ally, you have to make me…really don’t be scared, you can do it…I’m not that complicated!’ […]

Sea Salt & Raw Sugar Cinnamon Roasted Walnuts

Sea Salt & Raw Sugar Cinnamon Roasted Walnuts

What happens when you buy the big bag of whole walnuts from Costco?  Well, you do a lot of dishes and recipes with walnuts!  Of course, you can just put some in a bowl and eat them randomly as you pass by, and that’s exactly what I was thinking when […]

Spicy Chocolate Red Dragon Cookie Sandwich

spicy chocolate red dragon cookie sandwich

This recipe artistry was entered into the 2012 Scharffen Chocolate Contest~~no win, but believe me, GOOD! I just couldn’t make up my mind as to whether I wanted waffle cookie sandwiches or round cake cookie sandwiches~~it’s like seeing two stunning LBDs (little black dresses)~~you buy both~  Well, I made both! […]

Lava Double Nut Brownies

lava double nut brownies

I know volcanoes usually spew lava from the top, but these ‘Lava Double Nut Brownies’ spew chocolateee lava from the bottom!  Being in the kitchen trying new things with tried and true desserts like brownies is like being in 5th grade and creating a science experiment!  And, today when I […]

Blackberry Pound Cake

blackberry pound cake

Today I’m going to be like Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!  Why?  Because I’m taking this fabulous ‘Blackberry Pound Cake’ to an unsuspecting recipient and giving it to them!!  Oh, I just can’t wait!!  Actually, it’s one slice shy of a whole cake~~when I photographed the slice that you also see […]

Lemon Orange Marmalade Ultimate Cheesecake

Lemon Orange Marmalade Ultimate Cheesecake

Usually my cheesecakes are rustic and peasant meaning I just dump the ingredients into the mixing bowl, blend, pour into the crust and bake.  This ‘Lemon Orange Marmalade Ultimate Cheesecake’ is different~~I took more time with it, like I used a hand mixer and actually let things get fluffy and […]

Peaches & Cream Parfait Cake

Peaches & Cream Parfait Cake

Finding new fooding products to play with is like finding new toys for my cooking!  I leisurely hang out in grocery stores spending sometimes hours in the aisles looking at various products.  (Each of us has our idiosyncrasies )  My wheels are always turning to have that light bulb go on.  Even […]

Crispy French Toast & Grilled Brown Sugar Apple Slices

I make a lot of what I call, ‘rustic peasant bread’…now these breads are really easy, you’ll find many on my website by just putting in the search box the word ‘bread’!  Since it’s all natural, as in no preservatives to make it last until my youngest child graduates from […]

Oatmeal Cranberry Nut Breakfast Cake (Gluten Free)

I’ve been experimenting more and more with different types of flour for baking purposes…some of this is spurred on by the gluten-free movement, some of it’s just because I want to branch out from regular wheat flour and try some of those cute little, albeit expensive for sure, packages of […]

Chewy Oatmeal Date Raisin Nut Cookies

It’s really hard to mess up these cookies!  This recipe is a variation of one that I’ve used for a while from the ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ cookbook copyright 1970!  That was my very first cookbook, and its wear and tear, stains, dog-ears, and tattered cover are evidence that this […]

Raisin Almond Cookie Puffs

Raisin Almond Cookie Puffs

These cookies are pretty to look at.  These cookies are easy to make.  These cookie keep well for a few days or freeze well in an air-tight container.  These cookies go perfectly well with a cup of coffee or tea or a big ol’ glass of frosty cold milk!  Let’s […]

Vintage Poundcake

Vintage Poundcake

Mama Helen, my precious MIL and Ben’s mom, was a fabulous Southern woman and a  well-known and prolific home cook.  Over the years of being in the Phillips family with her and Daddy Howard, Ben’s Dad, I had many meals in her kitchens. The cabin, the Finley Park house, the […]

Red Dragon Sweetheart Cake

red dragon sweetheart cake

Nothing’s more sexxxy and special on Valentine’s Day than to make something sweet with your own littl’ two hands for your sweetheart! And, this red dragon sweetheart cake will win rave reviews. Now, if you know me well, you know that I consider myself a bush league baker. In other […]

Cinnamon Almond Rolls

Cinnamon Almond Rolls

These are what I call ‘hearty’ cinnamon rolls…they’re not like ‘Cinnab0n’ cinnamon rolls~~yeasty and soft.  These are like cowboy cinnamon biscuit rolls!  A texture that has some dense mass, some bite and chew…don’t expect them ‘melt in your mouth’ like marshmallows~~you’ll need to bite then chew the love and feel […]

Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal Bars

Double duty~~that’s what these ‘Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal Bars’ are~~ well, really triple or quadruple duty!  They’re not real sweet, so they can handle the cream cheese icing and chocolate ganache.  If you don’t want to do that, then don’t!!  Leave them ‘au naturale’!  You might want to eat them […]

Four-Layer Boston Cream Cake

Four-Layer Boston Cream Cake

Growing up, we’d go to ‘town’ on one or two Saturdays a month…now ‘town’ was about 15 miles from our house.  Mom and Dad would pile us four kids into the old 1954 Ford, and we’d spend the day in town doing grocery shopping and going to our favorite plates […]

chewy ginger molasses cookies

It’s always a fun thing to take an admired and talented fellow foodie’s recipe and re-create it with your own spin or twist.  One of my favorite foodies is Stevie Wonder…that would be Steve from The Black Peppercorn!  He always comes up with some great recipes, and I must say, […]

živjeli kata croatian cheesecake

I’ve had others ask me, ‘Why do you call this Croatian cheesecake?’  Probably the best reason is that I learned how to make cheesecake, this version, from my Croatian mom who learned it from her Croatian mom, my grandmother, who came to America in the early 20th century, and who, […]

Guavaberry Blueberry Lemon Spicy Sauce~~Anthropologie Nibbles

You never know the reaction you’ll get from total strangers when they taste your food.  Ally’s Kitchen & my Boho princesses teamed up with our local Anthropologie store one Fall Saturday for an Ally’s Kitchen & Anthropologie Nibbles.  Essentially, I put my spin on recipes I’d chosen from some of their cookbooks. […]