Almond Cafe Cookies [Week 11 of 12 Weeks of Holiday Treats]
A few weeks ago, I was asked by Smucker’s if I would like to be their guest at the Pillsbury Bake Off . It took me less than 2 seconds to say YES! Something you should know about me – I love watching cooking competitions on TV. Build-A-Better-Burger, The Gingerbread House competition, Cupcake Wars,
I hope that you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We had a very low key holiday at my brother’s and it could not have been any nicer. My brother supplied the space, I made the sides and pecan pie , and my sister took care of the turkey and sausage. I don’t know why, but we [...]
Roasted Pears with Maple Ricotta Cream
I just got back from a wonderful weekend at Mixed . I was lucky enough to speak again this year, and I love this event so much. The perfect size, wonderful hosts, the coziest inn, great people, generous sponsors, and lots of learning. I had a fireplace in my room and spent some time in front of it
Cinnamon Sugar Turkey Kid Craft
Thanksgiving is a week from today. I have made no secret about the fact that Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday . I love everything about it. Family, friends, good food. What can be better? I usually host Thanksgiving at my home, and one of my favorite things to do is decorate the kid’s
Magic Bars [Week 9 of 12 Weeks of Holiday Treats]
My mom is an amazing cook, but not much of a baker. She doesn’t like to measure anything and is not super patient. When I was a little girl, she owned a catering company and I remember these bars being one of the few things that she actually baked. I have not had these bars since I was probably 5,
Caramel Commotion Bars
These bars are no joke. They look so fancy with all of those layers, but they were really easy to make. You do need to do some dishes after, but how impressive are they? They are very similar to a Snickers bar, but with a chocolate cookie layer on the bottom. One word – heaven. Rich, chocolaty, ...
Apple Pie with Cheddar Thyme Crust
Last weekend, I took a pie 101 class at Sur la Table with Sylvia from the Sargento team. She came all the way from Chicago to help me explore my assigned flavor trends, desserts using herbs and habanero peppers . We had a great dinner [...]
Pumpkin Butter Bars [Week 8 of 12 Weeks of Holiday Treats]
When I was in high school, I worked in an ice cream and candy shop. During the holidays we made hundreds and hundreds of gift baskets and cookie trays that went out during the Christmas holiday. One doctor did something that I really thought was smart and thoughtful. Instead of sending out his ...
Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin
I am writing this tonight from Las Vegas. Today I watched the Pillsbury Bake Off and it was a celebration of the home cook. I loved it. Had a great time, and will share more about the experience in a few days. Tonight though, we are going to talk about chefs. Food + [...]
Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
I don’t love making the kid’s lunch every day. If left to their own devices, they would eat PBJ every single day. As easy as that is for me to make, I want them to have a varied lunch. They are really picky, and especially so about their school lunch. Now that it is getting colder here in the ...