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...]

Last-Minute 4th of July BBQ Menu!

Last-Minute 4th of July BBQ Menu!

So it's late afternoon on the 3rd of July and you might not know what to make for your 4th of July guests yet.  Do not fear!  I'm here to help. ;-)  Here's an awesome four course menu that you can easily pull off, and you will totally impress your guests!  As long as you can handle fighting the crowds at the market, … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Smoky Poblano Enchilada Sauce and Pasta Para Duros

Smoky Poblano Enchilada Sauce and Pasta Duros-green-clay-ceramic-herbs-pasta duros-don enrique |

Cinco de Mayo recipes are here, there and everywhere at the moment.  And frankly, there can never be too many recipes for this delicious holiday.I love creating sauce recipes using different chile varieties, and the smoky flavor of the dried poblanos makes this recipe incredibly delicious!  Now I'll switch off … [Read more...]

Flourless Chocolate Kahlúa-Espresso Decadence Cake


There are seven more chocolate recipe-planning days until Valentine's Day.Let's be honest: Valentine's Day is simply a good excuse to eat chocolate -- and for one reason and one reason only --  because it's just so good.This recipe is absolutely luscious.  I mean seriously, it's oozing with melting dark … [Read more...]

35+ Super Delicious Holiday Cookie Recipes – 2014

35+ Holiday Cookie Recipes -

There is a cookie here for everyone.  Everyone.Soft and chewy, chocolaty and decadent, light and airy, crisp and fruity, smooth and creamy, sweet and salty, gluten-free and nutty, unique and traditional, and spicy and rich.Lovely with coffee, unbelievable for breakfast, a scrumptious snack, delightful with tea, … [Read more...]

Warm Castelvetrano Olives

Warm Castelvetrano Olives |

A huge crowd pleaser, unbelievably delicious, and quite possibly the most simple hors d'oeuvre or appetizer you'll ever make.Life is super busy.  Too busy!  So it's  important that my husband and I carve out time for the occasional "date night." And when we do, it's also important that we eat somewhere delicious … [Read more...]

Bacon Basil Hasselback Dutch Yellow Potatoes

Bacon Basil Hasselback Dutch Yellow Potatoes |

Can you just imagine the smoky, incredible flavor of bacon seeping into every nook and cranny of these potatoes as they roast.  I'm telling you, the whole potato takes on the flavor and is therefor one of the tastiest bites of potato you'll ever have.  Add to that, fresh basil-garlic deliciousness and it puts it over … [Read more...]

The Very Best Pumpkin Recipes and an Introduction to Bijouxs

Top 10 Pumpkin Recipes |

Enjoy the pumpkin deliciousness, and I have a special treat for you at the end of the post!Now, you know when I say something like "the very best," I mean my very best, right?  Though I'd be delighted if they were known to be the very best.  ;-)I love everything about pumpkins.  Their natural beauty, delicious … [Read more...]

Chocolate-Sesame Truffle Recipe

Sesame Chocolate Truffle Recipe |

If I'm creating a new chocolate truffle recipe, it's typically this time of the year.That's because my in-laws travel to Europe during the summer, and in September they bring back a variety of chocolate bars -- in other words, they bring me chocolate truffle recipe inspiration.All of the chocolate bars get … [Read more...]

Summer Hors d’Oeuvre Recipe: Minty Lime Granita Strawberry Cups

Summer Hors d'Oeuvre Recipe: Minty Lime Granita Strawberry Cups |

Delicious, pretty, refreshing and incredibly fun!  This is quite possibly the best summer hors d'oeuvre your guests will have ever had!  (In my humble opinion, of course.)If you choose to add the vodka, it's like a sweet, edible cocktail. So cool. … [Read more...]