Soft Vanilla Caramels #ChristmasWeek #Giveaway

Soft Vanilla Caramels | Sweet, chewy, melt in your mouth candies

Need an irresistible holiday treat to share with your friends and neighbors? Try these Soft Vanilla Caramels and sit back and wait for the rave reviews! Christmas Week Continues!!! Welcome to Day Three of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little […]

Caramel Filled Chocolate Truffles #BoozyTruffles

Caramel Filled Chocolate Rum Truffles

These Chocolate Truffles have a sweet surprise in the center: soft vanilla caramel! An unforgettable holiday treat! Start Your Holiday Candy Making with These Caramel Filled Chocolate Truffles Truffles are one of the easiest candies to make. No candy thermometer. No stirring of molten sugar. All that’s involved is melting chocolate with cream and flavoring it to […]

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 […]

Bouche de Noel

Bûche de Noël #HolidayFoodParty

A Yule Log or Bûche de Noël is a traditional French Christmas dessert. Filled with chocolate mousse and iced with chocolate ganache, this cake will be the star of your holiday menu! Three Chocolate Components in this Bûche de Noël A chocolate genoise cake was rolled around chocolate mousse and iced with a whipped chocolate ganache to […]

Microwave Caramel Sauce | A terrific hostess or holiday gift!

Microwave Caramel Sauce #SundaySupper

Did you know you could make caramel sauce in your microwave? In less than 10 minutes you’ll have warm, decadent caramel that’s perfect for your ice cream, apple cake or holiday gift! Does Homemade Caramel Sauce Intimidate You? Are you caramel phobic? Scared of attempting a homemade caramel sauce? Push those fears aside as I […]

Berry Daiquiris

Berry Daiquiris #Giveaway

Summer Cocktails Summer is the perfect time for an slushy cocktail…especially when you have sweet juicy berries at your disposal. The kind folks at Blue Chair Bay Rum sent me a bottle of their premium white rum so I just had  to whip up a cool beverage. The fragrant strawberries and luscious raspberries parked in my fridge enticed […]

Vanilla Bean Gelato

I was flattered when my one of my newest blogger friends, Kiri, asked me to guest post for her.  She writes about her amazing travel and food adventures on her blog, Healthy Foodie Travels.  On her visits to Europe and Asia and beyond, she is ready and willing to try almost anything.  My family is […]

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Challah Pretzels

Do you celebrate Festivus on December 23rd? It’s the secular holiday made famous by the sitcom Seinfeld. It’s Festivus for the rest of us…and it’s what we’re celebrating today with an airing of grievances, feats of strength, the famous aluminum pole and traditional Festivus dinner. So gripe away while you’re planning your celebration. And be […]

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 […]

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Beef Burgundy Pasta #SundaySupper

I have been the crazy lady wearing multiple layers of fleece and long-sleeve yoga tops, finished off with a not-so-artfully placed woven scarf and Uggs while working at the computer. It’s been miserably cold…and as the hubby reminds me, I have a very narrow comfort zone. The negative temperatures we’ve been having need an additional […]

German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

German Chocolate Love I could eat the gooey, coconut and pecan filling you find in a typical German chocolate cake with a spoon. Every January my dad, who always said he didn’t care for sweets, would have a huge slab of said cake for his birthday. My mom would pick one up at the local Randall’s […]