White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake | A luscious White Chocolate Cheesecake with a marbleized raspberry topping

This White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake is not only gorgeous but absolutely scrumptious. A  food blogger friend told me she thought her mom made the best cheesecake until she tried this one. How’s that for an endorsement??! Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake We were invited to a dear friend’s house for dinner. Six of us, the wives all […]

Grilled Blueberry Cobbler #SundaySupper

Grilled Blueberry Cobbler | A rustic berry dessert made on the BBQ!

When it comes to grilling, we usually toss burgers or a simple marinated flank steak or chicken on our Big Green Egg. For a change of pace, I decided to make a Grilled Blueberry Cobbler instead of baking it in the oven. Grilled Blueberry Cobbler The hubby is in charge of grilling most nights. But when […]

Gretchen's Baklava | My mom's baklava with layers of buttery filo & a walnut filling doused with orange blossom water kissed sugar syrup

Gretchen’s Baklava #SundaySupper

Nothing held my mom back in the kitchen and this Baklava was one of the most delicious, memorable treats she made for our family! Layered with filo, nuts and an orange flower water flavored syrup, it’s unforgettable! My Mom’s Baklava I was blessed to spend most of my childhood in a small, Midwest university town. […]

Best Banana Cream Pie | This is the richest, most decadent and creamy custard pie you'll ever experience!

Best Banana Cream Pie

My Mother-in-Law requested a Banana Cream Pie to celebrate a momentous birthday. I was happy to oblige. Banana Cream Pie Bill is the one who loves banana cream pie at our house.  Peach, apple or raspberry with a nice scoop of vanilla is more my style. But when I snuck a sample of the Tom […]

Pretzel Rolls | Chewy yeast rolls with all the fabulous flavor of a pretzel!

Pretzel Rolls #ProgressiveEats

I love making yeast breads so when this month’s Progressive Eats theme was a Pretzel Party, I knew that I must bake up some Pretzel Rolls. Pretzel Rolls I hadn’t a clue how pretzel rolls were made, but turns out they’re a bit like bagels, needing some time in a steamy water bath after their […]

Sugar Cream Pie | A classic dessert in Indiana made with sugar, cream and vanilla!

Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie #SundaySupper

This week, the Sunday Supper team is sharing regional specialties. As I hail from Indiana, I thought I was overdue to make my first Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie. Indiana Specialties Even though I was born in South Bend, Indiana, while my dad was at Notre Dame, AND have lived in Indiana for the past few […]

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie | A gooey, chewy cookie baked in a skillet!

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

I’d categorize my family as cookie monsters. And the bigger the cookie, the better. This Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie was a huge hit x 4!  Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie  About a week after I whipped these up for dessert, the hubby, in a most serious tone, commented, “You know that skillet cookie you made? You […]

Roasted Creole Edamame | A healthy, flavorful snack!

Roasted Creole Edamame

Folks have been roasting chickpeas for quite a while, but a girlfriend mentioned that she’d been using edamame. I picked up some of these legumes at the market, added some oil and seasonings and whipped up this Roasted Creole Edamame. Roasted Creole Edamame My real life friends know I eat a relatively healthy diet. I […]

S’mores Bars~

  “Mom, you can make these again.”  I take that as a huge endorsement…and that’s the first comment I got after my oldest sunk his teeth into one of these bars.  I think I will~ S’mores Bars…adapted from Hershey’s Kitchen 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature1/4 cup brown sugar1/2 cup sugar1 egg1 teaspoon vanilla3/4 cup […]

Short Ribs in Red Wine and Port~

Short Ribs in Red Wine and Port~French Fridays with Dorie After last week’s simple, yet delicious Pancetta Green Beans, I was up to a new challenge.  This one actually took two days…beginning with broiling the short ribs (hubby was ready to chow down when he came home to that aroma!), then slow cooking them with […]

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

There’s nothing like a batch of Classic Cinnamon Rolls to start the day off right. My family enjoyed this breakfast treat! It was finals week…for my junior in high school. I’m not sure feeding him a sugary treat first thing in the morning was the most responsible parental move…but it does make for a happier […]

Mustard, Garlic, Lime Marinated Chicken Breasts

Mustard, Garlic, Lime Marinated Chicken Breasts

A Finicky Consumer I admit I’m a bit of a food snob. I pore over the bell peppers at the market, looking for the most vibrant, unblemished option. I search out fragrant berries and open the packages one by one to find the most perfect, unmarred fruit. I’m sure the produce folks roll their eyes when they […]

Beef Stew with Red Wine, Carrots, and Tomatoes

Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Red Wine, Carrots and Tomatoes #SundaySupper

One of my dearest friends found this recipe for Slow Cooked Beef Stew deep in the archives of my blog. Her family immediately dubbed it Lizzy Bourguignon. The ultimate compliment. I thought it was worth re-sharing for this week’s Sunday Supper theme, One Pot Recipes. Slow Cooked Beef Stew This slow cooked dish featuring big chunks […]


Double Chocolate Cheesecake

I needed a rich, show stopping dessert to park in the freezer for a future party. I knew I’d be flying home from Denver only hours before the neighborhood gathering…what to do, what to do???  I found this ultra-rich Double Chocolate Cheesecake from Abby Dodge that was featured in Fine Cooking…it would be perfect. I saw […]