Holiday KitchenAid Giveaway

Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway

Along with some of my favorite bloggers, I’m sponsoring a magnificent Holiday KitchenAid Giveaway! It’s the perfect kitchen appliance to help you with your holiday baking or to give as a holiday gift to your favorite baker!  KitchenAid Giveaway Who doesn’t covet an iconic KitchenAid mixer? The state of the art Artisan mixer is a […]

Best Cookie Exchange Recipes

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It’s that time of year! Holiday parties have filled my calendar including a cookie exchange or two. Here are my BEST cookie exchange recipes if you need some inspiration! Cookie Exchange Recipe Packaging up loads of sweet treats is part of our holiday routine. Bill and Katie deliver all the goodies to our friends and […]

Apple Coffee Cake | Filled with chopped apples, warm spices and topped with a brown sugar and cinnamon streusel

Apple Coffee Cake

I hosted a coffee for group of volunteers and baked up a couple treats to accompany the mulled cider, coffee and tea. This Apple Coffee Cake was a huge hit, filled with chopped apples and warm autumn spices. A Crowd Pleaser There’s nothing better than a sweet tender slice of coffee cake to nibble on while […]

Semisweet Chocolate Tart | Semisweet chocolate tart with a buttery crust and a touch of Grand Marnier

Semisweet Chocolate Tart with Candied Pistachios #BloggerCLUE

This incredibly silky and luscious Semisweet Chocolate Tart wowed my chocoholic family. The candied pistachios and dose of Grand Marnier in the filling took this extraordinary tart to the next level! A Heavenly Chocolate Tart I knew I had a winner even before adding the dreamy chocolate filling to the pastry shell. The press in […]

Dry Brined Turkey | Easy way to brine your Thanksgiving bird

Dry Brined Turkey

Tired of the mess of brining your holiday bird? Try this Dry Brined Turkey recipe for delicious, moist results! Dry Brined Turkey: You’ll Never Go Back! After years of soaking our turkey overnight in a brine solution, I finally got wise and tried a new method. Dry brining is basically rubbing your bird with kosher […]

Classic Pecan Pie | A rich, ultra-sweet indulgence. Perfect for the holidays!

Pecan Pie #Giveaway

A Classic Pecan Pie belongs on every Thanksgiving table.  A rich, ultra-sweet indulgence filled with toasted pecans, it is truly a perfect holiday dessert! And I’m also treating you to a roundup of terrific Thanksgiving recipes and giveaways from over 20 of my blogger friends.  Pecan Pie for Your Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet It’s been eons […]

Coconut Cream Pie | Coconut crust filled with creamy coconut laden custard with a decadent whipped cream topping!

Coconut Cream Pie

I’m in Chicago for BlogHerFood 2015 having way too much fun with some of my dearest blogger friends! I thought I’d leave you with this decadent Coconut Cream Pie inspired by Tom Douglas, the renowned Seattle restauranteur. A Coconut Showstopper You either love or hate coconut. I’ve been a lover ever since I had a […]

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies |Chewy oatmeal cookies filled with almonds, dried cherries and chocolate

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Our community lost a terrific father, husband and friend last month. So many are devastated by his death and I assisted with the luncheon after his funeral.  These loaded oatmeal cookies with almonds, dried cherries, chocolate chips and chocolate chunks were my way of offering comfort. Oatmeal Cookies with the Works Unlike the rest of […]


Fudgy Brownies with Reese’s Chunks

You may have read about the death of a childhood friend in May. To deal with my grief, I headed to the kitchen. I knew I’d be gathering with some of my dearest, oldest friends to mourn our loss at a memorial service. One of my classmates planned to fill a cooler with booze for […]


Boca Negra with White Chocolate Frangelico Cream #TuesdayswithDorie

Our second Tuesdays with Dorie recipe this month was very apropos for Valentine’s Day…an extremely rich, creamy sensation called Boca Negra…which translates to black mouth. And even better than just a magnificent chocolate wonder was the topping of white chocolate cream. As with all our TwD recipes, we have a host blogger, Cathy, of A Frederick Food Garden, […]


Steak Diable #FrenchFridayswithDorie

The mood has been somber in our household. My dear father-in-law has been dealt an unexpected blow which has devastated the entire family. His cancer diagnosis has aligned our priorities again…it’s family first…all the other “stuff” is insignificant. We’ve been storming the heavens with prayers…and hoping for a miracle. But there is a pervasive sadness in […]


Chocolate Mousse Challenge plus a Mousse Recipe Round Up

I planned a Mousse-a-Palooza gathering for some friends a week ago. We taste tested and compared 4 different types of chocolate mousse…one classic with raw egg, one with no eggs, one with marshmallows and one made in the blender. I promised Nick I would have this Chocolate Mousse Challenge before he headed off to college for […]

KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

Holiday KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway #Giveaway

How would you like to win your very own 5-quart, Artisan KitchenAid Mixer? Enter this Holiday KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway and you could start the New Year with a new kitchen toy! KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway I’m sponsoring this giveaway with some of my favorite blogger friends: Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts, Kate of Diethood, Ally […]

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries

One of my favorite bakers, Lindsey, of Gingerbread Bagels, inspired me to bake some oatmeal cookies this week.  She loves to eat all the add-ins from her cookie doughs…and I like to eat the dough.  No wonder I like her…we balance out each other!  Her cookies were studded with chocolate covered cranberries…they sounded fabulous.  Chocolate […]

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