Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers | An easy twist on the Italian appetizer

A twist on the classic Italian appetizer, these Antipasto Skewers are easy and irresistible! Antipasto Skewers Heavy hors d’oeuvres was the request from our hostess. I always show up with a dessert as any gathering is an excuse to bake up something new (stay tuned for my Turtle Poke Cake), and I needed a non-labor […]

Grilled Peach Melba

Grilled Peach Melba | A grilled version of this classic dessert with peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream

Summer is the time for lighter desserts. Grilled fruit is an excellent, healthier option. I tossed some peach halves on the barbecue and made these marvelous Grilled Peach Melbas. Peach Melba Have you heard of a peach melba? It’s an old-fashioned dessert with poached peaches, raspberry sauce, and vanilla ice cream. Named after Nellie Melba, […]

Homemade Taco Seasoning | So easy and delicious that you'll never buy a seasoning packet again!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning is SO much better than those grocery store packets, and super easy to make! Homemade Taco Seasoning Once I can find homegrown tomatoes at my local farmers’ market, I declare it taco season. I’ve been making my own seasoning for years, just dumping in the usual suspects. Always yummy, but never measured, […]

Berry Cheesecake Flag Dessert | Shortbread crust covered with a light whipped cheesecake filling, then decked out like the American flag with luscious, ripe berries!

Berry Cheesecake Flag Dessert #SundaySupper

This Berry Cheesecake Flag Dessert is a revamping of one of our favorite summer treats for Independence Day. Usually decked out with just strawberries, this version has blueberries representing the blue field and strawberries echoing the stripes of the American flag. Berry Cheesecake Flag Dessert I make an iteration of this dessert every summer. The […]

Deviled Eggs | Jazzed up deviled eggs plus tips for perfect hard boiled eggs

Jazzed Up Deviled Eggs

Bill has a thing for deviled eggs. His eyes practically glaze over when our friend, Sally, brings a platter to our 4th of July party. I thought I’d treat him to a batch, being the nice wife that I am. Jazzed Up Deviled Eggs At our house, I can’t get too crazy. I kept the […]

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BEST Picnic Recipes for National Picnic Month

Did you know July is National Picnic Month? Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Today, along with some of my favorite bloggers, I’m sharing the BEST Picnic Recipes! Whether you are gathering with friends in your backyard or heading to a park for a picnic, you’ll find tons of inspiration for your next outing. Pack your […]

Strawberry Pie Dessert | A dreamy frozen strawberry fluff dessert!

Mile High Strawberry Pie Dessert #ProgressiveEats

This Mile High Strawbery Pie Dessert recipe is a blast from my past. Updated from my mother’s luscious version, this frozen dessert is made with fresh berries. Strawberry Pie Dessert When it came to food, my mom pulled out all the stops for the holidays. I fondly remember her Mile High Strawberry Pie Dessert making […]

Strawberry Waffle Cake | A sensational layered dessert reminiscent of strawberry shortcake

Strawberry Waffle Cake #SundaySupper

Waffles made with vanilla cake batter were layered with berries and cream to create this sensational Strawberry Waffle Cake! Strawberry Waffle Cake At our house, the hubby is the waffle maker. He takes the box biscuit mix out of the pantry and makes a hot breakfast for himself on the weekends. On occasion, I’ll whip […]

Blackberry Scones | Moist, scrumptious and packed full of berries

Blackberry Scones

If you’ve only eaten scones that taste like cardboard, you need to make some from scratch. With butter, cream and loads of berries, these Blackberry Scones are a moist, delicious breakfast treat! Berry Love Decent raspberries have been scare this winter.  A local produce distributor owner saw me poking around the berries at the market one […]

Cheesecake Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce

    My daughter’s palate is a bit of a mystery…she avoids the intensely chocolate desserts that the rest of the family craves; but one thing is certain: she loves her cheesecake.  So when I saw that Nigella had a cheesecake ice cream, I knew it would be my selection for Iced Dreams Forever Nigella this month.  […]

Tagalong Bars | All the flavors of your favorite Girl Scout cookies in bar form

Tagalong Bars

I was in a bit of a baking slump with the chaos called life. But many of the contributing factors can now be checked off my list. Lasik surgery on my eyes…check, valve surgery and hospitalization for Bill…check, and finally, jury duty…check. But I did manage to whip up these Tagalong Bars to share with […]

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Chocolate Mousse Torte #SundaySupper

I spied this decadent Chocolate Mousse Torte on the Fine Cooking website and knew immediately it would be our Christmas dessert. Rich and exquisite, this is definitely mousse in cake form. The only downside is that it’s difficult to slice into perfect wedges. Fine Cooking recommended using dental floss, but my clan really doesn’t care […]

Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote

Brown-Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote #FrenchFridayswithDorie

Yeah, without reading the second part of this title, you could probably guess it was a French Fridays with Dorie post. And that Bill didn’t like it…well, I didn’t even give him a chance. I made 1/4 recipe of this Brown-Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote so I would just have one serving for myself. […]

Ricotta Gnocchi with Marinara

 A terrific recipe for Ricotta Gnocchi with Marinara that is sure to please your family!   With our household size dwindling, and with the picky palates outnumbering the adventuresome one, there is an occasional French Fridays with Dorie recipe that gets a bye week. The Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes would raise at […]