Ina’s Fruit Salad with Limoncello

Fruit in some form is frequently a part of every meal I serve, especially when entertaining. I might just have a bowl of fresh fruit such as apples, grapes or oranges; serve fruit as a salad over greens or have something a little fancier such as these summer berries topped with a yogurt seasoned with … Continue reading

Custard Filling for Mini Tart Shells

This is one of my good ole standbys for quick, easy and delicious desserts that can be made ahead of time. I love these little bite-size treats and they are perfect for any kind of gathering. This version was originally in Tart Shell Fillings Eight Ways but the post needed some better pictures.  So I decided to repost … Continue reading

Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints

Thumbprint cookies are fun to make because you can add any filling you want – this is a cookie that can be made to your taste and of course your family. I was thinking about Valentine’s Day and something sweet to make and this cookie popped up. First as an email from KAF (King Arthur Flour) … Continue reading

Bacon, Beer and Pecan Toffee Sundaes

Ice Cream in the winter? Sure if the toppings are bacon bits, toasted pecans and a smooth and delicious bacon infused toffee sauce. Oh, and then there is the stout beer  infused with vanilla beans and a sprinkling of sea salt to finish. This is definitely not part of my New Year’s resolution diet but it was … Continue reading

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

For a long time I have been wanting to make a “red velvet” dessert. I’ve collected recipes for cupcakes, cakes, brownies, cookies and bundt cakes. Even though I love to bake all kinds of things a bundt cake has always been a favorite as they are attractive for entertaining and they always freeze well. Keeping with the holiday season … Continue reading

Fresh Berries with Lavender Cream

This is a special dessert which I made “way back when” I first became interested in using flowers in cooking. I also was not concerned about calories as you can tell by the ingredients. This is a delicious custard cream topped with some fresh berries – simple but oh so good. This was the beginning … Continue reading

Carrot Cake For Two

Have you ever wanted just one piece of carrot cake instead of making a big dessert such as my Sourdough Carrot Cake? By the way if you are looking for a different way to use your sourdough starter, give this delicious dessert a try; it even has crushed pineapple in it. Yes, you can make … Continue reading

Salt Blocks for Serving, Cooking and a Few Recipes

Salt blocks and other salt mediums such as bowls and cups are a unique means of serving and preparing all kinds of recipes such as beverages, desserts, salads, grilled veggies, meat and fish. There are six techniques you can use with your salt blocks; serving, warming, curing, cooking, chilling and drinking. Mineral richness and amazing … Continue reading

Baklava Tart Filling

This is another super easy dessert to prepare ahead of time.  Just prepare the filling until you are ready to serve. There is no cooking or baking – how easy is this to provide a sweet little treat like pecan pie. I have a total of (now 10) fillings for these scrumptious tarts. See Tart Shell … Continue reading

Buckeye Candy

How about some Buckeyes while you watch college football over the Thanksgiving weekend. There is a lot of eating and watching football during this holiday in my family. It is also the University of Michigan (my alma mater) and Ohio State University game. This is one of the biggest college games for my  hometown of … Continue reading