Bermuda Rum Candied Pecans

It’s my last week in the office before the holiday (we’ll for most folks in the office), and little bags of treats have been appearing on my desk daily.  I suddenly felt behind on my office gift giving and began to search my cupboard for options.  Pecans!  I have lots and lots of pecans and…

Salted Maple Pie

The last time I was in Detroit, I went to a new bakery called Sister Pie.  I fell in love with the place immediately.  Unfortunately, I arrived minutes before the shop was closing and had a very limited selection of pie slices to choose from.  One of them was a salted maple pie.  I couldn’t…

Chocolate Chess Pie

I was in a pie baking mood, but I wasn’t in a go to the store to buy the ingredients mood.  I was lucky enough to have the ingredients to make a chocolate chess pie which is something I’ve never made before.  I’m also still trying to understand what a chess pie is. The pie…

Croissants with Prosciutto and Gruyere

Croissants made with bread flour. Croissants made with all-purpose flour. When I first saw this recipe for prosciutto and Gruyère croissants, my mouth watered and I struggled over whether or not to make them. I remember making them once in school. I took two days and about 2 pounds of butter. When I saw how…

Tomato Cupcakes with Balsamic Frosting

Don’t let the title of the post put you off reading any further.  When I saw this recipe for tomato cupcakes with balsamic frosting on How to Philosophize with Cake’s blog, it took me a few minutes to comprehend what I read.  Savory dessert is so in right now and when I saw this recipe…

Grilled Lemon Saffron Pound Cake

When I was visiting friends in Chicago last month I stopped by The Spice House, my favorite place in the city to buy spices.  Actually it’s still my favorite place to buy spices.  They have a mail order service, so when I do my corporate baking for holidays, I order from them. While I was…

Blue Cheese and Pear Ice Cream

Blue cheese and pear ice cream.  When I first heard of it, I couldn’t decide if it sounded good or not.  I love blue cheese and pears in salads, but for ice cream?  Maybe? When I saw a picture of the ice cream, it was served with a croissant and salami and it looked delicious,…

Lemon, Garlic and Chili Potato Salad + Exciting News!

Happy Memorial Day!!! I’m so excited about sharing this recipe with you because I’m now a recipe tester for The Washington Post!!! I had an opportunity to attend the photo shoot and meet food photographer for The Post Deb Lindsey and chat with Deputy Food Editor Bonnie Benwick. It was heaven. Talking about food and…

Churros

Churros are one of Miles’ favorite desserts and I couldn’t pass up making them for Cinco de Mayo. It was also a huge coincidence that our Taco Tuesday (we started it before the Lego movie) was also on Cinco this year. It was great having all of our, well his favorites on the same day….

Blondies with Candies and Nuts

Guess what I found in my cupboard? A bag of m&m’s in a ziploc bag? I can’t escape them! I also found half a bag of peanut butter chips and pecans. Time to put my thinking cap back on…..Blondies! I will make blondies with all three. I used my blondie base from the peanut butter…

Banana Butterscotch Trifle

I have a friend who comes to DC from California for work. She’s usually in town for a week at a time and we eat out every night. One night we went to The Partisan, in Penn Quarter. It’s a meat-centric masterpiece of a restaurant. They start you off by presenting you with a sheet…

Lemon Sweet Rolls

We’re entering our second full week of 2015, and it’s already been one of great transition. I’m starting a new job in a couple of weeks. It’s a change I wasn’t expecting so soon, but it’s a welcomed and pleasant surprise. My son has officially declared that he’s now twelve and a half and I should…