Mini Mexican Tarts #SundaySupper #GalloFamily

Mini Mexican Tarts

These sausage, salsa and cheese filled wonton shells will disappear by halftime! My personal football fanatic taste testers gave these Mini Mexican Tarts their seal of approval! Many thanks to Gallo Family Vineyards for sponsoring today’s post.  The Peak of Football Season Oh, boy, the tension was growing. Our two favorite teams were still in the […]

Spice-Crusted Tuna #FrenchFridayswithDorie

Spice Crusted Tuna

Rare Ahi tuna is at the tip top of my favorite dishes list, so it’s no wonder I was thrilled with this Spice-Crusted Tuna from Dorie Greenspan. A Confused Cook I was at the local fish monger when I realized  that I needed some ahi tuna for Dorie’s confit, but I didn’t know how much. […]

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

Favorite Bar Cookie Recipes #SkinnyTip

In case you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier,  I’m sharing a roundup of my Favorite Bar Cookie Recipes. I’ll be scare for another few days, enjoying some family time. Happy New Year! My Favorite Bar Cookie Recipe Line Up: Truffle Brownies A rich, decadent brownie bar with a shortbread crust, truffle filling and ganache topping.

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili #SkinnyTip

A terrific game day chili option featuring chicken and cannellini beans! This White Chicken Chili is a spicy and comforting dinner to enjoy at half time. White Chicken Chili: A Family Favorite from Way Back I bumped into a mom of one of Tom’s grade school classmates at an event recently. She pulled me aside and […]

Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Favorite Cake Recipes #SkinnyTip

We’re halfway through our holiday trip to New Zealand and I thought I’d share some of my favorite cake recipes. Happy New Year to you all! Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting For those rare occasions when you don’t want chocolate! One Layer Fudge Cake One of my most pinned cakes. A magnificent specimen for when […]

One Layer Fudge Cake

Top 14 Recipes from 2014 #SkinnyTip

Happy New Year! Here are my TOP 14 recipes from 2014. Top 14 Recipes in Descending Order: #14 Chocolate Coma Cookies Two decadent chocolate cookies filled with silky ganache. #13 Coconut Cupcakes Coconut extravaganza with coconut cupcakes, cream cheese frosting and a generous sprinkling of coconut!

Sausage, Pepper, Mushroom Fettuccine

Sausage, Pepper, Mushroom Fettuccine #SkinnyTip

I’ve been making this Sausage, Pepper, Mushroom Fettuccine for decades. Creamy sauce plus spicy sausage and vegetables makes for pure comfort food. Destined to Be a Food Blogger When I had a toddler and a newborn at home many years ago, I found much pleasure in watching cooking shows on TV. This was way before […]

Slow Cooked Asian Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooked Asian Baby Back Ribs #SkinnyTip

These oven baked Asian Baby Back Ribs are so tender, succulent and flavorful, your guests will never guess they weren’t pulled right off the grill. Cook Your Ribs Low and Slow We typically throw ribs on the grill in the summer and ignore them the rest of the year. Such a shame. So when I […]

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Vanilla Chiffon Roll #TuesdayswithDorie

Well, this may be a first. The hubby ate a dessert that had a heck of a lot of walnuts in it. This gorgeous Vanilla Chiffon Roll was filled with a chocolate walnut mousse. Granted, the walnuts were ground to a paste and indiscernible, but there was a cup and 2/3 of lightly toasted walnuts […]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

  If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you probably know that baking is my passion. So imagine my reaction when my youngest started requesting grocery store cookie cakes for his birthday treats in elementary school! Harrumph.  But when I passed the supermarket bakery last week, and spotted the heavily ice cookie cakes […]

One layer chocolate cake topped with cream cheese icing

Chocolate Guinness Cake

I was assigned  Lisa’s Cooking Adventures for October’s Secret Recipe Club.  She just happened to have a link to her Delicious and Unhealthy Recipes.  Does it surprise you that  I checked there first?  I didn’t think so.  There I found a beautiful red velvet cake, brisket and latkes, and this Chocolate Guinness Cake. Lisa’s husband […]


Prosciutto, Gorgonzola and Rosemary Strata #SundaySupper

  When I broached the subject of breakfast for dinner, Bill was all for it. He suggested waffles with sausage, pancakes with sausage…or even steak and eggs. Well, sure, those would certainly work. But I had something a little more gourmet in mind…a frittata, strata or quiche. And, yes, I had to define all these […]

Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies

  This is another decadent layered brownie I’ve seen circulating the Internet…there are many different versions, and I’ve pieced together a few recipes and added my own twist.  These were part of the tailgate goodies I took for the weekend reunion with my fabulous friends from college. These little gems are outrageously rich and delicious. […]


Coupétade #FrenchFridayswithDorie

French toast or bread pudding? What exactly was this coupétade? Well, it’s a French-toast bread pudding…and a rich, sugar laden one at that. Brioche or challah slices were soaked in a sweetened French toast batter (I spiked mine with a slosh of Grand Marnier), then browned in butter. Next, these slices were cut on the […]