Sexy Salted Caramel Sauce

This is my go to caramel sauce.  You can make this salted caramel or non salted caramel with the use of salt or not.  If you plan on making this as a salted caramel, do not attempt using Kosher salt or table salt as this will be way too salty and will not give you…

Eggnog Soft Bake Snickerdoodles

I have such a fondness for Snickerdoodles, not only because they taste delish, but it was the first cookie I baked in Home Economics when I was 12 years old.  I fell in love with them because well, it’s sugar and cinnamon what’s not to love.  I have been making them for my kiddos for…

Proseco & Chocolate Truffles

I had planned on posting this recipe for New Year’s Eve, but since that didn’t happen, I figured I would do so now.  I love using Proseco (Italian sparkling wine) to create a festive twist to ordinary recipes and make them extra sexy.  This recipe is one of those twists on a classic truffle.   I…

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

I love a good cookie, I really do. I can eat one or two or five, and just bask in the afterglow of the perfection of it all.  Or maybe it’s a carb high, either way it is a ritual I indulge in when the holidays roll around.  This year, however, things will be a…

Mama’s Italian Pignoli Nut Cookies

Ever since I could eat solid food I have been memorized and delighted by Italian pastries and cookies.  Every now and then my fireman and I get in the car and head to Jersey City, and we make two stops from my childhood.  2nd Street Bakery for the most amazing Pepperoni Bread, and a pepper…

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…