Brown Sugar Cookies

ou’re not tired of thinking about food after yesterday I hope.  Because BROWN SUGAR COOKIES.  Or more specifically, browned butter cookies rolled in brown sugar and baked into a chewy, caramelly confection....more

Peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes

As a child I never liked peanut butter, even as an adult I was not that big a fan. That is until I discovered that peanut butter had a soul mate, and its name is chocolate.Peanut butter + Chocolate = HEAVENIcing piled high upon a moist, rich chocolate cupcake, these are quickly becoming a favourite of mine. I just wished I’d discovered the joy of PB and chocolate sooner....more

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)

Pão de Queijo – literally cheese bread in Portuguese – is a bread-like snack baked with cheese and tapioca starch, or manioc, as they call it. It is a very popular street-side snack found in many South American towns and cities and even in America itself; a commonly loved delicacy due to its chewiness and cheesy flavours....more

Christmas, let's do this (but don't forget the whiskey)

Well, it's not even Thanksgiving yet and I'm already breaking one of my major rules: No holiday music until the Friday after the big stuff-your-face day....more

Peanut Butter Walnut Muffins

My boyfriend and I are headed to his families for the Thanksgiving holiday. I was not ask to bring anything specific for the meal. It can be difficult to decide what to take when you don't know what others are bringing. When that is the case, I bring something to snack on prior to the meal....more

Can you make pumpkin pie with a jack-o'-lantern pumpkin?

As a kid, I didn't understand where pumpkin pie came from. My best guess was that it was somehow made from the goopy insides we scooped out while getting ready to carve jack-o'-lanterns. I thought of the outside as kind of a hard shell and was surprised to learn that (minus the peel) is actually the edible part. It seemed like magic, and I knew I had to do that myself one day....more

How a Bad Baker Made Pretty Good Muffins

I used to have a blog devoted primarily to my exploits "cooking badly."  I didn't have to try too hard to come up with material either; every time my hands touched a cookbook, something would go awry. Believe it or not, even my Dishwasher Chicken experiment didn't go as planned.So I was excited to get my new red and white checkered Better Homes and Gardens cookbook this week. I was ecstatic even. ...more

Warm Fig Chutney - Crostini w/ Fig Chutney, Goat Cheese & Fresh Thyme

Sometimes the most perfect things on Friday evenings are deliciously simple appetizers {that you may or may not turn into dinner}, a nice big glass of wine in a spotless wine glass, and a warm fire.  Here is one of my favorite appetizer recipes, perfect for those types of Friday nights:CROSTINI W/ FIG CHUTNEY, GOAT CHEESE & THYME...more

Delicate Oriental String-Work

A cake piped with Oriental string-work gives wow-factor.The method of beautiful Oriental string-work  involves piping a series of overlapping loops around the side of a cake to make intricate woven designs....more

Attitude of gratitude: Thankful for food ... and pumpkin pie squares

Folks, I love to eat. I do.I wake up ready to eat breakfast. I am a stumble-down-the-hallway-and-start-making-breakfast-while-I’m-barely-coherent kind of gal....more