Dark Chocolate Tart #ChoctoberFest #Giveaway

Dark Chocolate Tart | A cocoa crust with a silky bittersweet filling and topped with a rich ganache

I made a lemon cake for a 90th birthday party last month. Knowing that my friend, the hostess, would much rather eat chocolate, I also baked this decadent, intensely rich Dark Chocolate Tart. Always Balance the Menu with Chocolate Living in a house of chocoholics, I am well aware a non-chocolate dessert might not be […]

Classic French Silk Pie #ChoctoberFest #Giveaway

Classic French Silk Pie | The most decadent, dreamy chocolate pie you'll ever eat!

I fell madly in love with French Silk Pie as a teen. But until I made my own from scratch, I didn’t realize how truly exquisite it truly was. Family Trips to Des Moines My mom loved to shop. It must be genetic. A few weekends a year, the family would pile in our Plymouth […]

Lemon Layer Cake | 4 layers of vanilla cake filled with lemon curd and topped with a lemony Swiss meringue

Lemon Layer Cake

One of my dear friends begged me (well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration!) to bake a cake for her mom’s 90th birthday. The family matriarch wasn’t a huge chocolate fan, so we decided to celebrate her big day with a Lemon Layer Cake. This post is sponsored by Blue Sky Family Farms. See […]

Easy Grilled Flank Steak | Marinate with pantry ingredients overnight, then toss of the grill for a terrific entree

Easy Grilled Flank Steak

This Easy Grilled Flank Steak starts with a flavorful marinade with pantry ingredients before cooking to perfection on the grill! Simple Marinade for Beef Have you ever had a marinade in mind, but were short just one ingredient? Like the ginger root that’s shriveled in your vegetable drawer? The green onions that were on your […]

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

The Halloween Project Week One #TheHalloweenProject

We have finished Week One of The Halloween Project! Are you gathering with friends to celebrate the holiday or would your wee ones like a spooky dessert before trick or treating? We’ve got you covered! My friend, Heather, of Sugar Dish Me, kicked off this 2015 version of The Halloween Project. First up was her macabre Bloody […]

Candy Corn Cupcakes | An easy recipe for a Halloween treat

Candy Corn Cupcakes #TheHalloweenProject

Start planning your Halloween sweets early! These Candy Corn Cupcakes will delight your family with their colored layers and set the mood for Trick or Treating! Halloween Treats I’m excited to be partnering with some of my favorite, most creative blogger friends to bring you Halloween recipes for the next few weeks. What you may […]

Pumpkin Bread with Apples | Two fall favorites rolled into one delicious loaf

Pumpkin Bread with Apples

This cinnamon sugar crusted Pumpkin Bread flavored with warm spices and studded with diced apples makes for a perfect fall treat! Pumpkin Bread Pumpkin Bread is a long standing autumn tradition at Chez Skinny Chick. Despite the hubby’s dislike of anything pumpkin besides our Thanksgiving pie, my three grown children were instant fans at a young […]

Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes | Delightfully delicious vanilla cupcakes!

Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes #TwoSweetiePies

Katie was throwing a party for her friend who was moving to Buffalo plus celebrating her own plus another girlfriend’s birthday. One of the guests of honor requested a vanilla dessert so I whipped up these Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes for the occasion. Two Sweetie Pies Time! When I need a winning dessert, I head […]

Chunky Beets and Icy Red Onions~

I was delighted to see a beet salad on the French Fridays with Dorie roster.  Beets were in our garden growing up…and at least once were pickled, canned and relegated to our basement where they didn’t last long.  And I always fill my plate with beets at the salad bar…trying not to remember they were […]


Pesto Palmiers

  We were invited to an open house the night before Christmas Eve, and, of course, we would never show up empty handed. I rolled up some pesto coated puff pastry and created some festive pesto palmiers for the occasion. This quick and tasty appetizer is always a crowd pleaser. This particular batch was not nearly as […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies from Just Desserts

My baking buddy, Danielle, posted a picture of these cookies chock full of gooey chocolate chunks; and in an instant, I knew I had to try these.  They came from Top Chef Just Dessert’s Eric who made them in the elimination challenge.  The chocoholics here gave these high praise…the extra brown sugar and egg yolks […]

Shrimp Escabeche | Shrimp pickled in an aromatic

Shrimp Escabeche #FrenchFridayswithDorie

This Shrimp Escabeche is a twist on Dorie Greenspan’s sardine version. I had a feeling the picky crew would not touch a sardine anyway, so this Catalan method of sauteing then pickling in a hot aromatic oil was tested out on shrimp. Patience Needed Much as I enjoy canned sardines, there was no chance that I’d […]

Coffee-Glazed Brisket~

This is the first recipe I ever used for brisket…and I have no need to find another. Yes, it’s just that delicious.  Perfect for a cold winter’s meal…the epitome of comfort food.  Serve over mashed potatoes or noodles…you will love it! Print Coffee-Glazed Brisket~ Ingredients From my friend, Joanne (published in EDF Magazine) 3 pounds […]

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

With a base of mocha cake topped with both chocolate and white chocolate mousse, this Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake is heaven on a plate! A Dessert to Please the Whole Family People who know our family are well aware that we are a bunch of chocoholics. A recent hit was this Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake from […]