Pumpkin Palmiers #PumpkinWeek

Pumpkin Palmiers #PumpkinWeek

These sensational Pumpkin Palmiers were gobbled up by my girlfriends…need I say more? Homemade Pumpkin Butter This recipe for pumpkin palmiers deserved to be revisited. The first time I baked them up, I had a jar of pumpkin butter from Williams-Sonoma in my fridge, but that’s a seasonal item and these are too tasty to […]

White Chocolate Drizzled Pumpkin Scones #PumpkinWeek

Pumpkin Scones with White Chocolate Drizzle

Get your pumpkin fix in the morning with these scrumptious pumpkin scones! Strike One I whipped up a batch of pumpkin scones for my knitting group…supposedly a Starbucks copycat recipe, though I’ve never tasted them before, so I couldn’t say. The recipe contained an egg, which made them more of a cross between a scone […]

Spider Web Cookie Cake

Spiderweb Cookie Cake #HolidayFoodParty

 A Chip Off the Ol’ Dad I am not an artsy craftsy gal. I have two sisters who are painters, one who actually got her Masters in Painting, and a mother who also has her MFA and is an accomplished calligrapher. Unfortunately, I inherited my dad’s artistic ability. The epitome of a physics professor complete with the […]

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Cinnamon Rolls #TwelveLoaves #Kerrygold

An Autumn Breakfast Treat I made a batch of butter laden brioche dough for some dinner rolls. Half was left in the fridge and I had up to 5 days to use it up. My family adores cinnamon rolls…they were truly in mourning when we could no longer get Sara Lee frozen cinnamon rolls at […]

Brown Butter Toffee Cookies

Brown Butter Toffee Cookies #GuestPost

Brown Butter Toffee Cookies for a Friend Have you met my sweet blogger friend, Kate, of Food Babbles?  Kate is the mom of three gorgeous daughters, a wife, EMT as well as a talented cook and baker. Her dedication to family and helping others make her a one of a kind friend. When I heard she was having shoulder […]

Brioche Dinner Rolls #SundaySupper

Brioche Dinner Rolls #SundaySupper

Brioche Dinner Rolls: Tender and Buttery The cool, crisp start to autumn brought back my desire to turn on the oven and bake up some bread. Since my mixer can do all the kneading, it’s a matter of allotting enough time at home for the yeast to work its magic. These rolls required an overnight rising […]

Celery-Celery Soup |celery, celery root and apple soup from Dorie Greenspan

Celery-Celery Soup #FrenchFridayswithDorie

Celery and More Celery We haven’t discussed celery much. I happen to love the stuff. Cooked or raw, it’s terrific on a crudite platter as well as in salads, stews, soups and casseroles. One night, a few years back, I had a casserole for dinner which happened to have some minced celery as one of […]

Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars

Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars #Kerrygold

A Quick Dessert We spent most of the day on I-74 driving from western Illinois back home to Indiana. It was Labor Day and we invited our oldest to join us for a simple cookout. But I also needed a simple dessert. I whipped up these Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars in a matter of […]


Slow Cooker Coffee Glazed Brisket #SundaySupper

Brisket was not a cut of meat I grew up eating. When my friend, Joanne, had her Coffee Glazed Brisket recipe published in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Foods magazine, I knew I had to make it. SO simple and delicious, I’ve never been tempted to try another brisket recipe. I’ve always made this in a Dutch oven, […]


Classic Pizza Dough #Twelve Loaves

Lent has arrived and it’s always a challenge to figure out meals that the carnivore,  AKA “man of the house”, will approve.  I like fresh seafood…he likes salmon loaf and tuna casserole. As a compromise, I often pick up some Trader Joe’s ready made pizza dough and create a pizza Margherita.  But I knew I […]

Brown Sugar Caramels #GuestPost for Cake Duchess

  Lora, of Cake Duchess, was one of my first blogger friends. You may remember that her mom, Lizzie, of Food and Thrift, immediately reached out to me when I joined Foodbuzz over two years ago. Just as warm as her mom, Lora became a friend and a blogger who I admired and emulated. A […]


French Silk Pie with Pretzel Crust #ImprovChallenge #FBFOrl

Some recipe challenges throw me for a loop…like this month’s Improv Challenge hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Fish and Chips? What does a baker do with this? I know the hubby would have liked a tuna casserole topped with potato chips, but I just couldn’t go there. With a little […]


Thomas Keller’s gorgeous Ad Hoc at Home cookbook has been stacked on the ottoman in our great room since I received it for Christmas last year…fabulous enough to be a coffee table book, it is chock-full of incredible food photos as well as enticing recipes. I finally brought it into the kitchen to try one […]

Truffle Brownies | Rich, dense truffle brownies over a shortbread crust

Truffle Brownies

Updated photo in 2014 My delightful (and generous!) neighbor, Sharon, will occasionally leave wonderful treats in our mailbox. We’ve been blessed with incredibly decadent hot fudge sauce, pumpkin bread with chocolate chips, and these incredible Truffle Brownies. This finishes the trio of baked goods which will accompany us on our road trip to visit the grandparents…and […]