Easy Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts
  I hate these darn nuts…absolutely hate them!  They are SO addictive.  I had to make two batches, the first batch was gone before I could even get my camera out!  You will LOVE them!  They are not too sweet, not too spicy…but if you want more of either it’s as easy as adding a little more sugar or spice.   I […]

Easy Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts


Vanilla Kipferl Christmas Cookies 2
The holidays  bring out the best pastries and cookies from every country.   Having  grown up in a very German household with parents who owned a European delicatessen, I am particularly fond of German holiday cookies.  All of my favorites can be found in specialty stores that carry European products  this time of year.  But, as always, nothing beats homemade.  And if I have the time to make homemade, especially […]

Vanilla Kipferl Holiday Cookies


Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Crust
I first made this cheesecake in November of 1996 after seeing it in the Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appetit magazine.  Back then I was just looking for a way to keep my husband, who was yearning for his mom’s pumpkin pie, happy.  Not having grown up with pumpkin pie, I wanted to find something a little more creative.  This tasty dessert fit […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Crust



Cuban Mojo Pulled Pork
Think of this as Latin pulled pork.  There are so many ways to use this incredibly tender, flavorful roasted pork.   Stuff it into a soft roll with ham, Swiss cheese,  yellow mustard and thinly sliced dill pickles and you’ve got yourself an authentic  Cuban sandwich.  Serve piled high alongside a heaping serving of rice and black beans or simply load it all onto corn […]

Cuban Mojo Pulled Pork


Apple Cider Muffins with Caramel Drizzle
Apples and caramel…such a great combination.   Back in the day, when Halloween treats often meant something homemade straight from a neighbors kitchen,  I would covet the occasional caramel apple in my Halloween bag.  I enjoyed every last bite of caramel along with whatever little bits of apple came along!  When I started making these muffins, I was looking for intense apple cider […]

Apple Cider Muffins with Caramel Drizzle


Thai Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp
Silky smooth and slightly spicy…this stuff is GOOD!  Another super versatile recipe, too!  Add chicken instead of shrimp…simply add with liquids.  Change up the veggies…add bok choy, spinach or kale.  Or pour the soup over Asian noodles instead of rice.  Or don’t change a thing…you won’t be disappointed either way! With the flat side of a wide bladed knife, smash the lemon grass until […]

Thai Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp



Pumpkin Raviolis with Sage Brown Butter and Crispy Pancetta
With the arrival of Fall I feel a certain obligation to cook with pumpkin…not that I don’t enjoy pumpkin.  I do…but I do not need another pumpkin pie recipe!  Fortunately, this year, after imploring the great pumpkin gods for inspiration, I was blessed with visions of these AWESOME, I mean TOTALLY AWESOME pumpkin raviolis. This recipe is an amazing combination of flavors that just don’t stop.  You […]

Pumpkin Raviolis with Sage Brown Butter and Crispy Pancetta


Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Bake
Ahh…Fall.  There are so many great things about Fall.  One of my favorite…pumpkin.  Fun to decorate with, but even more fun to eat!  Here’s one more way that you can add a little bit of pumpkin and a whole lot of smiles to your Fall.  Who doesn’t love French Toast?  Throw in a hint of pumpkin and you’ve got a reason to celebrate!  Enjoy! […]

Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Bake


Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake Muffins
This week I am on breakfast duty for my son’s high school water polo team.  Being the cook that I am, I took this VERY seriously!  I wanted to make a muffin that could not only be made ahead but that would be a hit with the boys.  Having  had weeks of notice,  the family was subjected to numerous variations of coffee cake.  No […]

Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake Muffins



Easy Classic Crepes 2
Don’t let the fancy French name scare you!   The word crepe is simply French for pancake.  They’re not only easier to make than you think, they are flat out easy to make!  It seriously only takes a few tries.  Once you have swirled and flipped your first five or so you will get the hang of it!  You will LOVE these, your family […]

Easy Classic Crepes


Bacon Jam 2
Never heard of bacon jam?  It just happens to be the tastiest and most versatile condiment ever!  Number one ingredient…bacon.  Number two…onions.  You just can’t go wrong here.  You may have come into this not knowing what bacon jam was, but I promise, you won’t be going far without  it again. 🙂 Here is a list of just a few amazing things you […]

Sweet & Savory Bacon Jam


Smoky BBQ Baked Beans
You can’t serve cornbread without some really good baked beans…now the meal is complete!   These beans are tangy, yet sweet with a slight kick of heat from the smoky chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  It is a great combination!  Really love that smoky bbq flavor?  Simply add a little liquid smoke.  It’s fun to experiment with.  Just be careful, the stuff is potent.  […]

Smoky BBQ Baked Beans



Killer Cornbread
STOP everything and read this!  It is not often that we are fortunate enough to learn the secrets of those who have cooked before us.  This is one of those times!!! Before having dinner at a quaint little mom and pop bbq place in Oneonta, New York, I really believed that corn bread was supposed to be dry and  crumbly.  Wow…was I ever wrong.  I […]

Killer Cornbread


Caramelized Onion Dip
This caramelized onion dip will bring tears to your eyes and put  a smile on you face.   It goes particularly well with sweet potato chips, but pretzels, pita chips, carrots or crostini would all go equally well!   Make it a day ahead and let the flavors meld for the most awesome experience! Enjoy! Onions should cook for about 20 minutes […]

Caramelized Onion Dip


Fresh Tomato Salsa
  Nothing goes better with an ice cold beverage than chips and salsa.   Make that homemade (in 15 minutes or less) and you’ve just raised the bar!  This fresh and super flavorful salsa has just the right amount of heat to feel it without paying for it later.  If you are afraid of  the heat, NO worries. ..simply scrape the seeds […]

Fresh Tomato Salsa