holiday memory makers

herb seasoned crispy dressing balls

herb seasoned crispy dressing balls

I don’t know why I’ve taken so long to post this vintage-inspired recipe of my Mom’s, herb seasoned crispy dressing balls. It’s an adaptation of her delicious recipe for dressing balls! Growing up in West Virginia, this was truly a Thanksgiving and Christmas treat that all of us looked forward […]

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 […]

apple parfait bundt cake

apple parfait bundt cake

There’s nothing more inviting and helpful than an easy cake recipe! One that cuts a few corners, saves you some time, but gives you that end product that you’re so very proud of. This apple parfait bundt cake is just that! There are actually two steps. Step one is with […]

cranberry sauce nut cake

cranberry sauce nut cake

I believe that most people probably have leftover cranberry sauce from the Thanksgiving day feast. Now some folks buy their cranberry sauce in a can. That’s ok. Convenient. But, if you do, I think the chunky whole cranberry kind is much better. I admit I’ve bought it before. Well, before […]

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 […]

fresh cranberry mandarin nut salad

fresh cranberry mandarin nut salad

Some dishes just bring back vivid and warm childhood memories. Food has a way of being that for me. A memory maker. Of course, I was always in the kitchen with Mom, watching, helping and learning more than I ever imagined. Holidays were always festive in our postage stamped size […]

holiday walnut bread povitica

holiday walnut bread povitica

First of all, let’s pronounce ‘povitica’. It’s Po-vuh-teet-zuh. And, it’s a Croatian holiday walnut bread. Growing up this was an EXTRAordinary treat. Mom would use the entire kitchen counter or table to roll out the dough, yes, always made from scratch, until it was paper thin. She’d be almost covered […]

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 […]

pumpkin fig date nut bread

pumpkin fig date nut bread

I have several friends who are gluten intolerant. And, I have a handful of friends with Celiac’s Disease. Then I have friends and family who want to cut out some of the gluten in their diets. That’s why I created this pumpkin fig date nut bread. It’s something that I […]

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 […]

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, […]

pimento cheese deviled eggs

pimento cheese deviled eggs

Can deviled eggs melt in your mouth? Well, take one bite of these pimento cheese deviled eggs and you’ll see what I mean! I’m always telling you that food is history, and it’s exactly that with deviled eggs, which date back to the Roman Empire. There’s lots of versions of […]

Apricot Ginger Mustard Glazed Ham

apricot ginger mustard glazed ham

I usually buy spiral hams for Easter. This year I decided to break away from this tradition and do a real ham meaning that I’d create my own glaze as well as I’d be able to control the slicing of it, the thickness, size, shape, more ‘organic’ and natural. Not […]

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, […]

the valentine’s wild side

Valentine’s Day is a chance for you to show how much you care. And, there’s no better way to communicate ‘love’ than through food. This love interest can be a special someone or ‘someoneS’ as in plural. Yes, it could be a V-Day dinner you host for girlfriends, friends, couples, […]

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 […]

boho paella

boho paella

Creating a paella can seem daunting. The way I’ve created my ‘boho paella’ is in steps. Actually creating each component of the paella and then combining it all, each separately, in a beautiful paella pan lends itself to letting folks choose what they want on their plates. Now usually paella […]

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 […]

fresh orange cranberry scones

fresh orange cranberry scones

Sometimes things can ‘look’ and ‘seem’ more complicated than they really are. Take for instance, ‘scones’, I mean it’s a cool word and, for me, it conjures up images of being prim and proper and British. Maybe afternoon tea where you have your pinky finger posied and you’re sipping from […]

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 […]

Pumpkin Pomegranate Walnut Bread

pumpkin walnut bread

When do you know you’ve created something that’s off the charts boholicious?  When your 2 1/2 year old grandson, who’s my #1 Sous Chef, chants, ‘Mooore Mama Allllweee…mooowrre!’  That’s precisely what happened when I made this ‘Pumpkin Walnut Bread’! He was like glued to the prep table sitting on his […]

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 […]

~vodka infused fruit drink~

vodka infused gypsy fruit drink

Better watch this fruity boholicious vodka infused gypsy fruit drink because you’ll want to sip more and more and more, and before you know it, it can body slam you!  It’s a treat for the eyes as well as the palate.  Make it a day or more ahead of when […]

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 […]

walnut cherry yogurt loaf cake

walnut cherry yogurt loaf cake

This walnut cherry yogurt loaf cake is choked full of juicy sweet cherries and crunchy nuts. They just occupy the top of this loaf cake and are like a soft bed of happiness! Now, this makes slicing a tad bit tricky, unless you really chop your walnuts finely (I prefer […]

coconut crème pancakes

coconut crème pancakes

Weekends are probably the highlight of most people’s week. And, why not make each morning special, especially when it’s a long weekend like Labor Day, maybe a special weekend like Mother’s or Father’s Day. Now you don’t even need a special weekend to makes these coconut crème pancakes! They’re special […]

cumin corn soufflé with cilantro & caramelized onions

cumin corn soufflé cilantro & caramelized onions

Corn souffle! Yes, a dish that for me is synonymous with Thanksgiving, and here’s the backstory on this recipe! The best inspiration and ideas for new recipes come from folks who are my foodie followers~whether it’s social media virtual friends, long-time flesh n’ blood friends, acquaintances I meet in random […]

cherry limeade cheesecake

cherry limeade cheesecake

What happens when a foodie turns to romance novel writing? Nothing sweeter and more loving than using the food in the passion! Please Forgive Me Cheesecake, also known as a cherry limeade cheesecake, is the masterpiece of Terra Romance Author and Food Blogger! She’d asked me and other foodies to […]

spring salad couture collection

spring salad couture collection

Spring means so many things to folks after a long, and sometimes hard, winter. Well, at least for those of us who live in seasonal parts of the globe! We look forward to so so many things~~from losing all the heavy layers of clothing and wearing flip flops to longer […]

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 […]

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, […]

brussels sprouts & eggs

brussels sprouts & eggs

I believe that eggs are purt near close to a perfect food. I mean they’re just so versatile and can be made into so many things. Nothing’s better for me than soft-boiled eggs or sunnyside up eggs. Of course, I’ll never turn down a plate of creamy scrambled eggs, a […]

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 […]

one-half dozen artisan holiday eggs

one-half dozen + 2 artisan holiday eggs

Holidays when family and friends get together~~there’s always room for late-morning eating~~and, this is the time to travel around the globe exploring your artisan side of eggs~~eggs are such a glorious food, and making them the show piece of a bowl, plate or the skillet in which they’re prepared becomes […]

~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 […]

shakshuka recipe

mexican-inspired shakshuka

When visiting Jerusalem one of my most memorable experiences was eating the street food. Shakshuka! OMG, it was soooooooooooooo good. No utensils needed, just lots of crusty tender bread to sop up the tasty tomato sauce and creamy eggs on top. If you want to see 10 seconds of my […]

Fresh cranberry crunch with Coconut Cream Sauce

fresh cranberry crunch & coconut cream sauce

Yes, some foods just dance with happiness during the holidays~~why? Well, because for a short time of the year they’re showcased and special~~things like pumpkins, pomegranates, types of squash and, not to overlook cranberries~~and now we have a star in this fresh cranberry crunch & coconut cream sauce salad! While we […]

roasted acorn squash & hardwood smoked bacon

roasted acorn squash smoked bacon

You might think you’re eating a sweet potato or yam, but the outer green skin gives it away as a squash. Lots of time, these small baby squashes and pumpkins are overlooked, but I find them perfect for individual servings, plus the skin is Mother Nature’s bowl that holds the […]

carrot cake waffles

carrot cake pineapple date nut waffles

A carrot cake won the 2013 World Food Championships~~the winner took home $50,000 that day for his family’s recipe. Not too shabby, huh? It’s just incredible how comfort food, like carrot cake, warms the soul. That’s why I wanted to stretch carrot cake to another venue~~that of breakfast or brunch […]

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, […]

buttermilk pumpkin walnut spiced popovers

buttermilk pumpkin walnut spiced popovers

If you’ve never used a popover pan, then jump on the bandwagon because they’re so much fun. And, these buttermilk pumpkin walnut spiced popovers are just one example. You can change up regular recipes making them whimsical and happy. I mean popover pans are not just for ‘popovers’…although I’ve a […]

~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 […]

granola cookies

almond butter granola cookies

Let’s make granola cookies with almond butter! 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 […]

~tart apple currant spice pie~

tart apple currant spice pie

This pie is the bomb. Of course, the star of this pie is the granny smith tart apple~~and, sliced every so onion-skin thin on a mandolin~~be super careful when working with this gizmo because it be sharp~~and all the spices. What I love about this ‘pie’ is that it will keep on your counter for a few days if you keep it covered and air-tight~~perfect for a quick snack or to sit down with your cup of coffee or tea and savor before you get your day going or, hey, at the end of the day!

~spiced maple syrup fried apples and dates~

maple syrup fried apples & dates

What happens when your apples start to lose their luster, show signs of aging, and have soft spots and bruises~~I mean it’s really funny how food, like people, age in much the same way! Well, what I do is re-invent the food or ingredient and bring new life to it! […]

~pineapple date current oatmeal cakies~

pineapple date oatmeal cakies

My barometer for cookies changes with my mood~~sometimes I want something really crunchy and crisp like these chocolate crispers…sometimes my palate’s calling for something chewy like these ginger cookies…and at other times, I just want something really salty!   Today my mood was calling for something earthy and spicy as in […]

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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 […]

~blueberry & rhubarb compote & crumbles~

~blueberry & rhubarb compote & crumbles~

Sometimes you just must cross over to the ‘prissy’ side of serving your desserts after a fabulously boholicious meal~~and, it doesn’t matter with me if it’s just me or just hubby and me~~as in this dessert. Because these flavors and textures are beautifully varied~~a slight tartness in the compote, a […]

~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 […]

~mozzarella zucchini egg tortilla skillet pie~

mozzarella zucchini egg tortilla skillet pie

You just can’t go wrong with eggs!  Eggs are versatile, healthy and can do magical things~~like be hard boiled, soft boiled with a runny yolk, be scrambled, fried from sunny side to over easy, medium, or hand, made into an omelette or poof up this skillet pie.  Actually I wanted […]

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? […]

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 […]

~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, […]

~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 […]

~standing rib roast~

~standing rib roast~

Disclaimer~~This is just not for special occasions!  Holiday dinners call for something pretty fanceee schmanceee, and there’s nothing more stunning and delicious than a standing rib roast!  Christmas for us as the kids have grown up, started their own families and have their own lives has morphed from lots of […]

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 […]

~red chard pomegranate & currant salad~

red chard pomegranate & currant salad

One healthy salad this is!  And, the flavors and textures are like a small marching band on your palate~~you have the creaminess of the pine nut, the sweetness of the currant and then the bubble wrap juicy pop of the pomegranate seeds.  Using the red chard gives this salad an […]

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 […]

cocoa espresso babovka

Traditional Bábovka is kind of alike a coffee cake, rich with eggs and chopped blanched almonds and baked in a round pan with a hole in the center. This feather-light delicacy is served with hot coffee for the Easter Sunday feast in Czechoslovakia.  I have a wonderful friend, Natasa, who has […]

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’ […]

Cranberry Fruit Salad

Cranberry Fruit Salad

Dontcha love things that get better the next day and even betterER the next day after that!  Well, this ‘Cranberry Fruit Salad’ is precisely in that category!  You can use this in so many ways…on sandwiches, as a sauce, as a spread, as a salad, as a topping on meat […]

Holiday Morning Eats!

holiday morning eats

True to my Boho nature, I really let the gypsy in me burst forth with holiday morning eats when there’s a crowd in the house!  There’s a mishhhmoooosh of eats–nothing matches, nothing probably makes sense, but it’s always a twist on a global influence knowing that the traditional Cracker Barrel […]

Oatmeal Nut Sea Salt Chewies

oatmeal nut sea salt chewies

Rather than just slicing and baking this blue tube of sugar cookie dough that was lurking in my refrigerator~~I mean how in the world did it get there ***tsk tsk*** {blame the Pillsbury Bake Off competition, which, by the way, I never made it past the entry level of competition […]

Holiday Rockin' Recipes~~A Baker's Dozen + 1

Holiday Rockin’ Recipes~~A Baker’s Dozen + 1

We’re all looking for new recipes during the holidays~~with time limited, you certainly don’t want to do the intergalactic search for recipes online, so I’m going to make it a tad bit easier for you!  These are some of my favorites and ones that I’ve oftentimes served at my table […]

Pumpkin Pineapple Ginger Tart

pumpkin pineapple ginger tart

Nothing makes me happier than a good pumpkin ‘pie’~~I’ve been know to eat an entire pie over the course of 2-3 days!  This ‘Pumpkin Pineapple Ginger Tart’ puts a new twist on an old favorite. The crust has a sweet ginger flavor and some subtle crunch in it. The addition […]

July 4th Smack Down Great DESSERT Recipes!

July 4th Smack Down Great DESSERT Recipes!

Fourth of July means family, friends, parades, fireworks, and tons of activities from camping, boating, and swimming to jet-skiing, picnicking and beaching!  And, nothing says July 4th more than FOOD!  Oh, yeah, there are the standard dishes that are on most tables~~hot dogs, burgers, ribs, baked beans, corn on the […]

July 4th Smack Down Great Recipes!

July 4th Smack Down Great Recipes!

Fourth of July means family, friends, parades, fireworks, and tons of activities from camping, boating, and swimming to jet-skiing, picnicking and beaching!  And, nothing says July 4th more than FOOD!  Oh, yeah, there are the standard dishes that are on most tables~~hot dogs, burgers, ribs, baked beans, corn on the […]