Classic French Silk Pie #ChoctoberFest #Giveaway

Classic French Silk Pie | The most decadent, dreamy chocolate pie you'll ever eat!

I fell madly in love with French Silk Pie as a teen. But until I made my own from scratch, I didn’t realize how truly exquisite it truly was. Family Trips to Des Moines My mom loved to shop. It must be genetic. A few weekends a year, the family would pile in our Plymouth […]

Ganache Topped Caramel Bars #Chocotoberfest

Ganache Topped Caramel Bars | Shortbread crust, caramel filling and creamy ganache topping make for one exquisite bar cookie

It’s pretty much a given that I package up a batch of sweets with Nick when he returns to college. As a caramel fan like his mother, I knew these Ganache Topped Caramel Bars would put a smile on his face. Caramel Fiasco The shortbread crust was a piece of cake, but the first caramel […]

Easy Grilled Flank Steak | Marinate with pantry ingredients overnight, then toss of the grill for a terrific entree

Easy Grilled Flank Steak

This Easy Grilled Flank Steak starts with a flavorful marinade with pantry ingredients before cooking to perfection on the grill! Simple Marinade for Beef Have you ever had a marinade in mind, but were short just one ingredient? Like the ginger root that’s shriveled in your vegetable drawer? The green onions that were on your […]

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

The Halloween Project Week One #TheHalloweenProject

We have finished Week One of The Halloween Project! Are you gathering with friends to celebrate the holiday or would your wee ones like a spooky dessert before trick or treating? We’ve got you covered! My friend, Heather, of Sugar Dish Me, kicked off this 2015 version of The Halloween Project. First up was her macabre Bloody […]

Candy Corn Cupcakes | An easy recipe for a Halloween treat

Candy Corn Cupcakes #TheHalloweenProject

Start planning your Halloween sweets early! These Candy Corn Cupcakes will delight your family with their colored layers and set the mood for Trick or Treating! Halloween Treats I’m excited to be partnering with some of my favorite, most creative blogger friends to bring you Halloween recipes for the next few weeks. What you may […]

Pumpkin Bread with Apples | Two fall favorites rolled into one delicious loaf

Pumpkin Bread with Apples

This cinnamon sugar crusted Pumpkin Bread flavored with warm spices and studded with diced apples makes for a perfect fall treat! Pumpkin Bread Pumpkin Bread is a long standing autumn tradition at Chez Skinny Chick. Despite the hubby’s dislike of anything pumpkin besides our Thanksgiving pie, my three grown children were instant fans at a young […]

Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes | Delightfully delicious vanilla cupcakes!

Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes #TwoSweetiePies

Katie was throwing a party for her friend who was moving to Buffalo plus celebrating her own plus another girlfriend’s birthday. One of the guests of honor requested a vanilla dessert so I whipped up these Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes for the occasion. Two Sweetie Pies Time! When I need a winning dessert, I head […]

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls | Tender with cinnamon swirls and vanilla icing

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls #SundaySupper

Today’s featured recipe is for Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls with mashed potatoes in the dough. Tender and delicious, they taste like rolls your grandmother would make! Bread Baking through the Years My mom and her cousins spent many afternoons playing at her grandmother’s house in her small North Dakota hometown. Her beloved Dama was a […]


Fiesta Corn Dip

Full of gooey cheese, corn and a bit of heat, this Fiesta Corn Dip is one of our favorite appetizers! I was introduced to this magnificent Fiesta Corn Dip at a friend’s house. A group us who started volunteering together in 2005 sipped on a glass of wine at her house before heading out to dinner. […]

Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Soup

Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup #FRD2013 #FrenchFridayswithDorie

Made with a broth infused with ginger, garlic, chiles, star anise and more, you can imagine the magnificent flavor of this Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup. Through food, Dorie Greenspan shares the Vietnamese influence on the French. Food Revolution Day Today is Food Revolution Day and one of my FFwD friends, Mardi, is leading us in […]

Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed New Potatoes | These two bite appetizers will get rave reviews!

Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Potatoes #SundaySupper

Are you in search of a new appetizer for your next bash? These Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Potatoes combine three well-loved ingredients to make an outstanding two bite starter. This post is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. See below for details. Idaho® Potatoes You’ve heard of Idaho® Potatoes, right? But did you know you can actually taste […]

Zucchini Muffins with Mascarpone Frosting

Moist and scrumptious zucchini muffins are topped with a sweet swirl of mascarpone cream for the perfect way to start your morning!     September’s Improv Challenge ingredients are Zucchini and Brown Sugar. Zucchini is on my husband’s list of dreaded veggies…so I had to think what my daughter would eat. She does enjoy my […]

Gérard’s Mustard Tart

Gérard’s Mustard Tart…Week 2 of French Fridays with Dorie I had to giggle when Bill came home from work, took one glance at this tart and asked whether it was for dessert. He’s not used to me baking such an attractive savory dish! He grew more dubious when I listed the ingredients…mustard, carrots, leeks. But […]

Greek Salad

This month’s Forever Nigella theme is salads…and our lovely host is Belleau Kitchen.  I found Nigella’s Ultimate Greek Salad from Forever Summer on her website…and decided to do her version, then add in some of my favorite ingredients from my recipe.  My additions are red bell pepper, cucumber and artichoke hearts.  If it was August, […]