pies & cakes

peach pizza pie

perfect peach pizza pie

Perfect peach pizza pie will wow your food seekers! The crunchy crust, warm sweet peaches and a scoop of vanilla ice cream is all heavenly! Peach Pizza Peach pizza! If you’ve never had it, get ready for a new culinary experience! Fast Peach Dessert While this recipe is one fast […]

easy apple pumpkin recipes

16 easy apple & pumpkin FALL RECIPES

16 apple & pumpkin easy Fall recipes! Right here in one post are some of your favorite recipes that will make you a rock star! Guaranteed! And, it’s official, Fall is here, so let the apple and pumpkin recipes begin!  Ideas for Fall Dinner Oh, the ideas for fall dinner. […]

pumpkin bars

ginger snap pumpkin bars

Pumpkin bars year round! Yes, why wait for the holidays. This ginger snap crust has healthy walnuts. The filling is airy fluffy & delicious! Easy Dessert with Pumpkin An easy dessert with pumpkin can’t be beat. And, that’s what this recipe is! Who says pumpkin isn’t for year round and […]

waffle cookies

best ever waffle cookie

When you need a quick impressive dessert, then serve up this warm waffle cookie with anything from melted chocolate to ice cream! Cookie Wafers Wafers are thin cookies. When bite into them cookie wafers are full of crunch and crispy! And, they’re absolutely perfect to finish off a delicious dinner […]

peach pie

upside down peach pie tart tatin

A peach pie that’s upside down! Call it a peach tart tatin, too! It’s so easy, plus you have some crazy good crunchy flaky, not soggy, crust! Peach Upside Down Tart Classically speaking this peach upside down tart or pie can be a kind of tarte tatin. Now that sounds […]

almond joy cake

almond joy cake

Finding Joy in Life Finding joy in life can be as simple as making something that you love to eat. While I don’t eat this almond joy cake often, when I do, I have a glint and playfulness in my heart!  Mounds Vs. Almond Joy Did you have a favorite […]

lemon cheese cake

lemon cream cake

Best Desserts in the World Lemon cream cake just sounds decadent. And, that’s a good thing because it’s worth making and serving for your next party, picnic, BBQ, cookout, whatever! Honestly, I’d put it up against any of the best desserts in the world! It’s simple. It has some health […]

pound cake

easy mandarin pound cake

Pound Cake Recipes Want a great pound cake recipe that’s easy quick and moist deliciousness? Well, here’s your ticket! It’s a mandarin upside down cake! 150% YUM guaranteed! Gazillions of pound cake recipes out there, but if you’re looking for an easy pound cake recipe, then this easy mandarin pound […]

vintage graham cracker cream pie

Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie Preserving history is important. With this graham cracker cream pie, I’m giving tastes of growing up in those Appalachian mountains. Delicious, for sure! Keeping history alive through food is one of my passions. Nothing thrills me more than to have someone share with me a cherished […]

pineapple dump cake

pineapple coconut buttermilk dump cake

Recipes for Dump Cake Have some chocolate ganache to drizzle on this amazing pineapple coconut buttermilk dump cake! Perfect to take to a dinner party or covered dish dinner! Recipes for dump cake are trending! Why? Well, a few reasons, I think, but most importantly, a dump cake is just […]

peach cake

grandma’s fresh peach coconut cake

Cake with Peaches Want to feel like you’re in Grandma’s kitchen? Well, this fresh peach coconut cake will transport you there with every single bite! Super simple to make! Peach cake made from fresh peaches is just the epitome of summertime to me! And, I’m one lucky one to be […]

southern cinnamon peach pie

Peach Pies Best dang southern cinnamon peach pie you’re ever gonna taste! Not one crust but two for this crunchy peach pie that’s sure to be a hit with your family! Peach pies are just a Southern thing. Like sweet iced tea, we love our peach pies. And, when peaches […]

coconut cream pie

coconut cream scoop pie

Coconut Cream Pie You just might slide out of your chair once you taste this coconut cream pie! Whether you have a slice or scoop, I promise it’s coconutty creamy delight! Nothing calls my name more than a coconut cream pie! And, when I make a coconut cream pie, I […]

coconut banana pie

Magic Coconut Banana Pie

Bisquick Impossible Pie The magic coconut banana pie is gonna be your go to coconut pie with a banana twist! And, the crust happens magically! A spin off of the impossible pie! Social media is a perfect place to see all kinds of recipes and to get inspiration. So I […]

citrus banana nut cake

Yet a new twist on banana nut cake, this is citrus banana nut cake!  You’re gonna get those sparks of citrus with the mandarin oranges, which also add to the cake’s moistness factor, and the fresh lemon juice glaze! I Know it’s a hit when… I get rave reviews and […]

sour cream coconut cake

easy sour cream coconut cake

This easy Sour Cream Coconut Cake is super easy! Moist and lasting several days refrigerated, you’ll love the layers of flavor! Sour Cream Coconut Cake I’d like for you to know that this recipe for easy sour cream coconut cake is a homerun! The moist layers of cake and the […]

peach cobbler

sour cream peach cobbler

Peach Cobblers Making peach cobbler doesn’t get much easier than this sour cream peach cobbler! A few ingredients and you’ll be scooping the ice cream on every serving! Peach cobblers are about as American as apple pie. And, there’s nothing better than a peach cobbler with a crispy crust topping. […]

banana cake

skillet banana cake

Bananas! Most everyone loves bananas. And, while they can go ‘bad’ fast, if you’re a smart cookie, you won’t throw out. You’ll cook with them or freeze them (for smoothies). Now, this skillet banana cake is perfect for bananas sitting on your kitchen counter that are looking a tad bit […]

apple custard tart

easy apple custard tart

Rustic Apple Tart Recipe This apple custard tart is so simple to make! You’ll think that you’re some kind of fancy French pastry chef. But, wait, you are a darn great cook! My desserts and sweets are rustic. Rustic really means they’re not perfect the way they look. This rustic […]

apple hand pie

fresh apple cinnamon hand pies

Sometimes I just can’t wait until Fall and apple season. These fresh apple cinnamon hand pies are so simple to make. And, you’ll want to eat them warm from the oven. But, if you have any leftover for morning, then they’re perfect with your coffee or tea. The honey crisp […]

coconut pie

coconut yogurt blueberry pie

Easy Pies to Make Coconut pie is just flat out delicious. But, with yogurt and blueberries, it’s soaring to the stratosphere! So easy to make using a refrigerated pie crust! It’s your rogue baker back with yet another easy simple delicious recipe that’s sure to bring smiles. And, if you’re […]

blueberry lemon galette

blueberry lemon galette

Just hearing the words blueberry lemon galette sounds delicious, but for some it might be a tad bit intimidating. I’m here to tell you that YOU can make it! Now if you want to spring for a homemade pie crust, then go for it. But, I know for me, the […]

banana almond pie pan cake

Pie pans are good for more than just pies. This banana almond pie pan cake is living proof of that point! Why a Pie Plate or Pan There’s something fun about using something for what it’s not intended for. Maybe that’s a little kitchen rebel in me, but when I […]

DUMP CAKE

mandarin pineapple dump cake

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me on this cucumber celery olive odyssey salad recipe! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! There is nothing easier than a dump cake! It’s precisely what it is. You simple ‘dump’ […]

pumpkin spice bundt cake

pumpkin spice bundt cake

There’s just so much that I love about this pumpkin spice bundt cake! First of all, you well know that I’m not an accomplished baker. In fact, I call myself a ‘rogue baker’ because most of my baking is rustic and pretty ‘organic’ looking. Nothing fancy or prissy like macaroons […]

applesauce spice cake

old-fashioned applesauce spice cake

I’ve been making applesauce cake for decades. It’s one of my favorite cakes! Why? Well, it’s simple. It’s got a great texture, nice and dense. It keeps for several days. Of course, covered. I’ll put an extra few apple slices in with it for moisture. Learned that from my Mama. […]

apple cake

apple filled scone cake

I’ve got this really great scone recipe. Totally always consistent when I make them, as I looked at three apples staring at me on the kitchen counter, I had an epiphany! Why not use this basic scone recipe for an apple cake! Made perfect sense to me. Hello the birth […]

coconut scones

crinkly coconut scones

Fresh homemade scones sound so decadent and may seem a tad bit intimidating to make. But, I assure you that these coconut scones are so easy! Biscuit Scone Recipe Looking for a biscuit like scone recipe? Then these crinkly coconut scones hit on all the ‘it’ factors when you take […]

mango bundt cake

mango sour cream bundt cake

This bundt cake pan is just so dang intricate and pretty! And, that’s why I wanted to create a new cake. Now, who doesn’t love juicy sweet mangoes. But, who the heck wants to peel them? Not me! So, I head for the frozen mangoes, which are perfect for this […]

banana walnut bundt cake

healthier banana walnut bundt cake

Let’s make this banana walnut bundt cake a tad bit healthier with just a few ingredients! Check out how this happens. Best cake ever! Banana Cake Recipes Banana cake recipes are abundant. Finding a banana cake recipe that infuses some really healthy ingredients in it that help ramp up the […]

peach pie

Upside Down Peach Pie Mounds

Best little peach pie recipe you’ll ever taste! Only a few ingredients and you’re set. Individual peach pie mounds. Perfect for any occasion! Fresh Peach Pie Just in time for your next big shindig where you want to impress! And, this recipe for upside down peach pie mounds will impress […]

hometown blueberry banana pie

Hometown blueberry banana pie! It’s gonna be a hit at your house regardless of whether it’s for dessert or a breakfast pastry! I promise! And, another promise to you about this recipe, it is so stinkin’ easy! You’re probably going to consider yourself a pseudo ‘pastry chef’ after you make […]

flourless chocolate tart

flourless chocolate tart

This flourless chocolate 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 and […]

lemon blueberry ricotta cake

ricotta blueberry lemon casserole cake

Easy cake making is what I’m all about. What is Easy Cake Making to Me? Most of the time, I don’t want anything complicated. I sure don’t want cakes that take a lot of time to make and have multiple steps. Nor do I want anything that requires such preciseness […]

healthy banana bread

healthy banana bread

Inspiration for new recipes or at least takes on old recipes come at the most unusual times for me. And, one of those times is when I’m in a yoga class. Yeah, yeah, I know my mind should be clear. I should be in the moment. I should be present. […]

french vanilla almond cake

french vanilla almond cake

French Almond Cake Ever had almond cake? Well, if not, you’re in for a treat! It’s like a three littl’ bears cake. It’s ‘jusssst right’ once you bite into it! Easy recipe! This almond cake is quite moist and fresh tasting. And, it really is better on day two after […]

easy apple cinnamon roll up pie

Most of you who know me are quite comfortable with the fact that I consider myself not to be a baker! Yes, I’m what I call a ‘rogue’ baker, which basically means I create things that are decidedly simple, yet undoubtedly delicious! There’s nothing fancy about my desserts whether it’s […]

butter cookies

almond lavender butter cookies

Is Lavender Edible If you’re asking is lavender edible, well, the answer is yes. But, there are some caveats.  With hundreds of varieties of lavender, you have to use those that are specially and precisely grown for eating. The best edible type of lavender is English lavender, like Lad, Hidcote […]

peach pie

custard peach pie

Easy Peach Pie Recipe Put on a scoop of vanilla ice cream on this custard peach pie, and you’ll know that you’re eatin’ the best peaches and cream custard pie ever! This easy peach pie recipe, for me, is inspired by two things, fresh peaches in season in the Summer […]

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 […]

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

Home and Family Hallmark Croatian cheesecake is dense, slightly sweet and full of some great ingredients to elevate healthiness. Try my 100 year+ family recipe for cheesecake! There’s so much history behind this ‘hallmark Croatian cheesecake’. And, Home and Family TV with the Hallmark Channel has a lot to do […]

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 […]

carrot cake bars

carrot pineapple cookie sheet cake bars

Carrot cake bars are not all created equal! Who doesn’t love carrot cake! I mean it’s an iconic cake. Considered comfort food and, especially, Southern comfort! I think one thing that discourages some from making carrot cake is that it’s just too many ingredients. It’s just too complicated. Take too […]

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 […]

weekend coconut oatmeal pecan southern cake

weekend coconut oatmeal pecan southern cake

The world of cyberspace is filled with great amazing home cooks worldwide! There’s no shortage out there for any type of dish regardless of ethnicity. That’s the origination of this great oatmeal cake recipe! As you well know, food and cooking are certainly one of the most popular things posted […]

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 […]

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 […]

gluten free banana buttermilk bundt cake

There are so many things I love about this gluten free banana buttermilk bundt cake. First thing. The bundt pan. Yes, it’s a beauty. Now the key to making this baked cake release perfectly is greasing it liberally. Yes, it’s non-stick, but, nonetheless, I wouldn’t even think about that because […]

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

S’mores Brownies Molten lava brownie s’mores. Get ready to bite into an explosive dessert that could possibly make you slide out of your chair. Yes, that good. No, GREAT! Sometimes you want something utterly chocolatee. Bizarrely decadent. Insanely gooey, chewy, crunchy. Something that makes you happy. Something that once you […]

fresh pear custard upside down pie

fresh pear custard upside down pie

Probably the best part of a pie for me is the crust. I think a lot of people really like their crusts. Especially, the crust around the perimeter of the pie. Why do we so love that part of the crust. Well, it’s got a little crunch and browning and […]

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 […]

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

Got a can of cranberry sauce, then you’ll wanna make this cranberry sauce nut cake! It’s absolutely divine and simple! Plus did I say pretty! Cranberry Recipes Plenty of cranberry recipes out there for cranberry sauces and salads, but how about a cranberry sauce nut cake. Made in a bundt […]

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 […]

big cherry baby cakes

Big Cherry Baby Cakes

Give this recipe a try. It’s perfect for a lazy weekend morning. Holiday friends and family who may be dropping in. Big Cherry Baby Cakes Big cherry babycakes, I know it sounds like an oxymoron. How can it be big? How can it be baby? Well, it just is. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

goat cheese spinach tart

goat cheese spinach tart

Goat cheese spinach tart. It’s such an easy healthy dish that’s great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. If we were going the French way, we’d call this ‘chevre’ instead of goat cheese. for those who have some intolerance towards milk based cheeses, the goat cheese is a wonderful alternative. […]

strawberry custard pie

strawberry custard pie

Strawberry I’m gonna make you a strawberry pie maker. And, it’s gonna be so easy! Yes, you’ll be the star making this strawberry custard pie! Super simple! Funny how the thought and memory of a strawberry can conjure up memories of growing up in Southern West Virginia. Stick with me […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

hawaiian banana pineapple bake

hawaiian banana pineapple bake

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! All the opinions and creativity are solely my own. For a full disclosure, click here! Sometimes I get soooooooooo excited about new recipe creations that I want to post them immediately! But, I’ve restrained myself with this hawaiian banana […]

the bridesmaid’s peach cake

the bridesmaid’s peach cake

Peach Upside Down Cake Have a taste of the Old South, a feel of Lowcountry living and a vision of heavenly happiness with the bridesmaid’s peach cake. We don’t want to outshine or overshadow the bride, but it could be mighty hard with this beauty! Just in case you want […]

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

Best Pie Crust Recipes I get a warm feeling in my tummy everytime I take a bite of these vintage pie crust cookies. There’s a reason for that feeling! Cookies with a history. History is preserved and expressed in food and recipes. Ingredients and recipes have a beginning. Somewhere in […]

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, […]

big boy apple pie cupcakes

big boy apple pie cupcakes

It’s an apple pie. It’s an apple cupcake. It’s both! Yes, these big boy apple pie cupcake cuties can be made ahead then popped in the oven then ready when dinner’s over and you want an impressive dessert! Now, you can serve right side up or upside down as you […]

easy apple pumpkin 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 […]

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 […]

walnut cherry cake

walnut cherry yogurt loaf cake

You’ll never taste anything more decadent than this walnut cherry yogurt loaf cake! Dense. Moist. Nutty. And, exquisitely divine! Hello love! Cherry 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 cherry cake and […]

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 […]

coconut crème anglaise

coconut creme anglaise

  What is Anglaise A delicious version of anglaise with this coconut creme anglaise. Your palate will feel quite special as each bite is a delight. Family kudos will come! Anglaise is really a British or English thing. It’s a sweet custard dessert made from milk, egg yolks, vanilla and […]

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 […]

bessboussa

lavender & almond bessboussa

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 […]

~Peach Blueberry Yogurt Rum Nut PoundCake~

peach blueberry yogurt rum nut poundcake

You know that something’s reeeeeally good when you hear moans and groans. I mean moans and groans of ecstasy and happiness.  These are sounds that I heard when Ben, my hubster, went to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee after dinner~~it was as if he was sprouting wings, […]

~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

Some folks might be intimidated with the thought of baking a cheesecake, but I can assure you that this recipe for lemon cottage cheesecake is fail safe! French Style 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 […]

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 […]

~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!

~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 […]

fried apples

maple syrup fried apples & dates

Fried apples and dates with an array of warm spices! Yes, this is a perfect side or topping with anything from pork to turkey! Cooked Apples Growing up in Appalachia, I always looked forward to Fall because it was time for apples. And, Mom would make THE very best cooked […]

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’. […]

~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 […]

~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 […]

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 […]

~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? […]

dole wild blueberry grunt

I’ve had the great privilege of getting to know Chef Ben Ford, the talented son of Harrison and the owner of the amazing ‘Ford’s Filling Station’ restaurant in Culver City, CA. Ben, a really down-home, warm, hug-able fella (at least I lay some big Ally West Virginia hugs on him!), […]

~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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bourbon Chocolate & Pomegranate Cake YummmeeZ

bourbon pomegranate chocolate cake

Just saying bourbon pomegranate chocolate cake makes me *swoon*! Once you taste this chocolate cake, well, get ready to seriously SWOON! Whiskey Cake Recipe Everyone’s going to love this whiskey cake recipe! I mean what’s not to love about bourbon and chocolate! This recipe and the final result is so […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

živjeli kata croatian cheesecake

Croatian Foods Croatian cheesecake is a taste of my heritage that’s off the charts delicious! Rustic and peasant like in its looks, Croatian cheesecake is easy to make! I’ve had others ask me, ‘Why do you call this Croatian cheesecake?’ Is it really what’s considered Croatian foods. Probably the best […]