Patti’s Nut Cups

My family has been making these for over 40 years.  This recipe was given to my sister by a friend’s Mom, many years ago, and we have not deviated one bit from it.  It is wildly popular now, but back in the day it was one of the newer kids on the block and seemed…

Christmas Crack aka Saltine Toffee Bark

Several years ago I stumbled upon this glorious recipe, someone made on television.  I had come into it late on a news segment and missed the ingredients.  So I searched low and behold for this recipe and then tweaked it my way.  I have made this with Shortcread cookies crushed with butter and pressed into the…

Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu

One of our family’s favorite desserts is Tiramisu.  Now I’ll be honest, growing up Italian I never had this at any family parties or special occasions.  I had many Italian desserts at Sunday dinner but not this.  It wasn’t until When Harry Met Sally, that I needed to try my hand at this dessert, and…

Dreamy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I am a big fan of freshly baked cookies, fresh out of the oven.  There is nothing better than a warm chewy chocolate chip cookie except when you double down and make them extra chocolaty.  Made my kiddos a batch of chocolate chunk cookies last night and the fam went crazy for them.  Obligatory milk…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

One of my favorite breads to make is banana bread.  My teens have been inhaling this bread since the time they were toddlers. It is the prefect Saturday morning accompaniment to a warm plate of eggs and bacon, or as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea!  Or a sneaky late night snack that…

Lavender & Lemon Shortbread

I love the taste of lemon and lavender.  They just seem to have an infinity for one another, at least I think so.  I wanted to make a nice light dessert for the kids, since I have been bombarding them with rich heavy desserts lately.  I think this is the perfect dessert for a luncheon,  with…

Food For Hungry Firefighters; House 5 Grub

I have been home recuperating from major surgery, none the less the urge to get off the sofa and start cooking was too overpowering and I had to get back in the kitchen and have at it!  Ahhh…it felt so good! I swear it was euphoric, and no, I am not on pain meds this is…

Salted Caramel Apple and Pear Tart

Nothing says fall like apples, caramel and tart.  Ok maybe pumpkin lattes, but to me I love apples and caramel.  This dessert is so elegant and so simple, you don’t even have to use homemade pie dough.  Most of the time I make my own pie dough but I have been so busy creating recipes…

Pumpkin Spice Muffin with Cream Cheese Frosting

Finally feels like fall, and nothing says fall like pumpkin spice muffins.  I love the way the house smells from the mix of spices so fragrant, and the touch of sweetness that the sugar coating gives them along with the velvety smooth frosting is the perfect Sunday brunch treat! These muffins are so good you’ll…

Maple Bourbon Cupcakes with Candied Bacon

  I love a good cupcake.  I don’t eat them very often except for my kiddos birthdays, but when I do, it is a glorious occasion and I am a happy, happy girl.  One of my favorite shows to watch when I want a good raunchy laugh, which is about every day, is 2Broke Girls. …

Sunday Supper

I have been avoiding regular pasta like the plague lately, since I am trying to lose weight.  Most days this is relatively easy since I just sub in some spaghetti squash or some zucchini zoodles, but for some reason I have been craving my Ricotta meatballs and some gooey stuffed pasta!  The real deal, no whole…

An American Chef in Paris….Sort of

It has been a dream of mine since I was a very little girl reading about the adventures of Madeline, for those of you unfamiliar, I am speaking about the little girl in the children’s book series by Ludwig Bemelmans.  My dream as a chef is to cook alongside some surly French chef, shouting obscenities…