Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes - Honey Glazed Korean Pears in Wonton Crisps with Cinnamon Cream

From unique and delicious twists on favorite classic Thanksgiving pies, to perfectly fall- spiced apples and pears for the holiday -- there's a dessert here to wow every guest at your table.Here are my top ten Thanksgiving dessert recipes!  (And yes, there's chocolate, too!) Click on the title or image to get each … [Read more...]

Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Pie Recipe with Gluten-Free Pecan-Walnut Crust

Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Pie with Gluten-Free Pecan-Walnut Crust -- This pie tastes like the perfect blend of pecan pie and pumpkin pie. Only it's neither one and even better!

This pie tastes like the perfect blend of pecan pie and pumpkin pie -- only it's neither one and even better!I remember the Thanksgiving when I was in culinary school.  I was in my third month of the pastry course, and I made pie after pie for my family's feast.  Each one was more elaborate and prettier than the next.I … [Read more...]

Halloween Treats and Desserts

Frankenstein Marshmallos for Halloween

Here are a few adorable and tasty Halloween treats that are super fun for kids or ideal to bring to a party. The truth is, I'm not really into Halloween. (GASP!)  Sure, for the past 11 years, since my first son was born, I've rallied and done everything from painting my face, to making homemade costumes.  I even have a … [Read more...]

Passion Fruit-Ginger Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Passion Fruit Ginger Cheesecake Bars - - Sweet, tart, subtly spicy, creamy and oh-so-pretty!

My Passion Fruit-Ginger Cheesecake bars are sweet, tart, subtly spicy, creamy and oh-so-pretty!This is an interesting and very delicious dessert.  And by interesting, I mean it's far different from your run-of-the-mill (also delicious) cheesecakes.It's alluring.  I mean, look at it!  That color!  Those spots!  Look … [Read more...]

Chai Spiced Pumpkin Caramel Coffee Cake {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Chai Spiced Pumpkin Caramel Coffee Cake {Gluten-Free Recipe}-text

This coffee cake is the ideal way to start a fall morning -- it's warmly spiced, soft, crumbly and full of the delicious flavor of pumpkin.  I have to be honest here.  When I get a recipe idea in my mind, more often than not, it turns out as I'd hoped it would.  Not this time -- however, the result was amazing, just … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Pretzel Seven Layer Magic Bars Recipe

Peanut Butter Pretzel Seven Layer Magic bars

Please forgive me. I simply had to make them. And then I had to post them. I thought twice about it, but then I figured . . . why?After all, I'm only human. ;-)These treats totally deviate from the typical fare -- sweet or savory -- that you might normally see here.  First, there's not a lot, if any, … [Read more...]

Chipotle Bacon Brisket Chili Recipe

Chocolate Chipotle Smoky Bacon Brisket Chili Recipe

This is not a sponsored post. Melissa's Produce sent me their Steamed Red Kidney Beans for recipe testing. Precooked, with a super smooth texture, they're a delicious addition to this chili.  All opinions are my own, and as always, I only work with products I like and want to share with my readers."When you're … [Read more...]

Grilled Corn Ice Cream Recipe

Grilled Corn Ice Cream Recipe

We took a family trip to Seattle a couple of weeks ago and had some absolutely incredible meals.  I'll be writing all about all of them and the restaurants very soon, but today you get a small taste from one of them.At Matt's in the Market restaurant, (where I also got my inspiration for the Compressed Watermelon … [Read more...]

Summertime Garden Party Menu

Summertime Garden Party Menu

photo credit: Isn't it so hard to slow down?  To make time for yourself?  To do something just for fun?  It sure is for me, and when I do it, it never fails to remind me that I should make a bigger effort to do it more often.   Last week I had the most delightful time with some of my favorite … [Read more...]

The Best Root Beer Float Recipe

The Best Root Beer Float Recipe

My grandfather made the best Root Beer Float ever.It wasn't the delicious vanilla and coffee ice cream, or the A&W Root Beer, that made it the best.  (The three key, and only ingredients.)It was the best because of how he took making this treat so seriously.  Making a Root Beer Float was a tradition for my … [Read more...]