Orange Olive Salad #FrenchFridayswithDorie

Orange Olive Salad

This elegant Orange Olive Salad is a riff on a Moroccan classic according to Dorie Greenspan. Sliced oranges are sprinkled with onion slices, Nicoise olive and a drizzle of olive oil before a final dusting with Maldon sea salt. Back to Morocco This Week If I was on the ball, this Moroccan inspired Olive Orange Salad […]

Apple Streusel Bars #ChristmasWeek #Giveaway

Apple Streusel Bars

These sublime Apple Streusel Bars have the same flavors as apple pie, but with half the effort! Apples + Streusel + Caramel = Heaven I’ve mentioned my weakness when it comes to caramel desserts…and the same goes for apple treats. Pies, crisps and even apple bars tempt my sweet tooth more than any chocolate dessert. […]

Bacon and Egg Strata #Kerrygold

Bacon and Egg Strata

This Bacon and Egg Strata is ideal for those overnight holiday guests. With a make ahead option, it allows for seamless entertaining. A Family Favorite Savory Breakfast Casserole My mom started serving this breakfast entree back in the ’80’s. In fact, she baked up at least a double batch for  a brunch the day after my wedding. […]

Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars | An easy, swoon worthy dessert!

Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars #TwoSweetiePies

These rich and creamy Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars will please both cheesecake and chocolate lovers alike! Decadent Enough for Special Company; Easy Enough for an Everyday Treat! Blogging has blessed me with many friends across the globe. I’ve met up with Jill in Paris and plan to rendezvous with Suzanne in Auckland in January. Plus blog […]

Chocolate Mousse Cups #SundaySupper

Chocolate Mousse Cups #SundaySupper

I dug deep into my recipe files for this family favorite dessert. These Chocolate Mousse Cups provide a double dose of decadence with a semi-sweet shell filled with silky cream cheese chocolate mousse. Many thanks to Gallo Family Vineyards for sponsoring this post today. See details at the bottom of this post. Holiday Memories The […]

Tartine de Viande des Grisons | A simple, tasty open faced sandwich

Tartine de Viande des Grisons #FrenchFridayswithDorie

This Tartine de Viande des Grisons is basically an open faced dried beef sandwich on buttered hearty bread with a drizzle of walnut oil and sprinkling of walnuts. Simple French fare at its finest from Dorie Greenspan. Another Lovely Tartine from Dorie Greenspan I hadn’t a clue to what comprised a tartine, or elegant French open-faced sandwich, […]

Cherry Pistachio Biscotti

Cherry Pistachio Biscotti

The addition of red cherries and green pistachios make these cookies a festive holiday treat. Cherry Pistachio Biscotti are a lovely hostess gift, too. Who wouldn’t want these crunchy, double baked biscuits to dip in their morning coffee? Holiday Gifts My December is filled with days in the kitchen, stirring pots of fudge, rolling balls of cookie […]

Swiss Butter Braid

Swiss Butter Braid #TwelveLoaves

This slightly sweet, plaited, special occasion bread is perfect for the holidays, entertaining or when you want to treat yourself to some yeasty deliciousness. Crank up your oven a bake a loaf of this magnificent Swiss Butter Braid or Butterzopf. A Swiss Butter Braid for the Holidays I have a “thing” for braided breads. They […]

Fudge Topped Brownies

Fudge Topped Brownies #Chocolate Party

I had LOTS of chocolate to bake up for our Decorators’ Show House party last week. I volunteer for this marvelous organization that raises funds for our county hospital…and this year our Show House is the Historic Schnull-Rauch home just north of downtown Indianapolis. 30+ interior decorators will transform this empty house into a dream […]

Nectarine Upside-Down Chiffon Cake…Tuesdays with Dorie

I was worried my favorite produce stand would not have nectarines or peaches by the time September hit. Our growing season has been wonky due to the lack of rain and extreme heat. So I went ahead and tried this Tuesdays with Dorie recipe before reading all the hints from others who baked before me. […]

Rustic Farro Soup~

I had my first taste of farro in Florence at Trattoria dei Quattro Leoni and was instantly a fan. So I had high expectations for this soup…it smelled wonderful as it simmered away in the kitchen.  Bill wasn’t thrilled with the taste…and I thought it was just so-so.  BUT, after letting it sit in the […]

Mango Strawberry Avocado Salad

Mango Strawberry Avocado Salad #SkinnyTip #Giveaway

Mango Mania Being a food blogger does have some perks. Like the bottle of rum that appeared at my doorstep this afternoon. And the package of fresh mangoes that arrived over the weekend. When I asked my facebook friends for their favorite mango recipes, I was inundated with suggestions. Taking bits and pieces from a […]


Nectarine Cinnamon Rolls #TwelveLoaves

  I grew up in a small, central Iowa college town…a safe, drama-free community smack dab in the cornfields of the Midwest. Well, no major drama until my dad decided to move us to Canada for a year. Harumph…not the news a high school junior wanted to hear. But we packed up the house and […]

Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes

Do you ever buy a cookbook for one recipe?  It was the “Penne with a Quick Sausage Sauce” that enticed me into purchasing Rogers Gray Italian Country Cookbook. It was certainly worth the price.  Even Katie will eat this…I just find a pile of sausage left on her plate.  It’s fabulous enough to serve at […]