Tag: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

picnic strawberry orange ice cream

picnic strawberry orange ice cream

Sometimes the name of something just speaks volumes. And, I think that’s the case with this ‘picnic strawberry orange ice cream’. It’s fun. It’s sassy. It’s creamy. It’s velvety. It’s sweet and citruseee. And, the picnic can be on your high-rise condo deck, your back yard, your patio, your coffee […]

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 was, and still is, my favorite candy bar. Yes, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

pineapple upside down minis

pineapple upside down minis

Do you believe in fairy tales? As a kid, you probably did. Then you grew up. Realized ‘reality’ and may have given up on dreams. I remember watching the Rose Parade on TV as a kid and thinking it was a fantasyland. A place that was only for rich, famous, […]

orange ginger ice cream

orange ginger ice cream

So many things in the kitchen and with cooking, I do the ol’ fashioned way. By that I mean not having fancy gadgets and equipment that does the work for you. I just think that more of ‘me’ is infused in the food, dish or whatever I’m making when I […]

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’ […]

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 […]

blueberry ramekin pancakes

blueberry spooncakes

This is the kind of recipe that’s like a chameleon. Drizzle on some maple syrup and put some bacon with it and you can call it breakfast. Dollop on a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and you can smile because you’re eating dessert! Perfect for packing with […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

~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 […]

~cherry & blackberry galette~

cherry & blackberry galette

 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! Anytime you mix juicy cherries with explosive sweet large blackberries, you have a tornado of great tastes!  And, just to make […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

~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!

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 […]

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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 […]

~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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

~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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]

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 […]

Vintage Buttermilk Sugar Waffles

vintage buttermilk sugar waffles

Mom was the best cook ever. Gosh, I learned so much from her as she worked in our postage stamp size kitchen. Like most home cooks living in the hollers of WV in the 1950s and 1960s, our kitchens were basic, not a lot of gadgets and gizmoes. It was […]

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 […]

oatmeal almond chewies

oatmeal almond chewies

After winning the ‘Voters Choice’ in Sara Moulton’s ‘Locavore’ contest, I got not only a set of awesome copper clad cookware, but Sara sent me her three cookbooks all personally signed!  There are so many fabulous recipes, I just decided to fan through  and stop where it stopped~~and, it just […]

Lemon Cottage Cheesecake

Lemon Cottage Cheesecake

This cheesecake is a variation of my Croatian Mom’s wonderful cheesecake she used to make us when I was growing up.  The key ingredient, cottage cheese, was used because it was cheaper and more readily available than creamed cheese, mascarpone, or ricotta cheese, plus cottage cheese is used in many […]

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 […]

Buttermilk Blueberry Scookies

buttermilk blueberry scookies

You may wonder—what’s a ‘scookie’?  It’s a new word I’ve created for this recipe because I started it out thinking I was making scones, but they ended up looking like a big fat yummy cookie, so they’ve become a ‘scookie’! These scookies are moist with a little touch of crunch—a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Crispy Pancake Babies with Fresh Raspberries

crispy waffle babies

This recipe for crispy waffle babies is more about technique than anything.  That’s why I used a waffle and pancake mix~~I was also excited and wanted to get started with my new idea! I wanted to see if I could make a rippled and fluted pancake that has crisp for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vodka Chocolate Cake Balls

~chocolate vodka sweet bites~

Unless we have a carload of people visiting or food-seekers stopping by, it’s hard for us to wipe out an entire triple-decker chocolate cake.  Made this one from my granddaughter’s 19th birthday~~I mean you’d think three college-age kids would make a cake disappear in a couple of days~~so, on the […]

Sumatra Chocolate Cupcake Vixen Bites

You’ll wonder what’s in these vixen bites that have an ever-so-slight crunch when you eat one!  It’s the vixen in all of us coming through!  Between the mystery crunch, the extra chocolate blast and then the rich nutty Sumatra  eating just one or two will bring complete bliss and nirvana! Sumatra Bittersweet […]