Hazelnut Apple Crisp Doughnuts

September 15, 2014
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I’ve been thinking about doughnuts quite a bit, lately.  Doughnuts have always occupied at least a portion of my mind, but their territory has been rapidly expanding over the past few months. Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve been very lucky — no bouts with morning sickness, little fatigue and minimal aches and pains.  I also have not.. read more →

Mummy Trick-or-Treater Maple Sugar Cookies

October 21, 2013

So….. my second cookbook, 100 Best Decorated Cookies came out a few weeks ago (woo-hoo!), and I’m obviously a bit tardy posting about it on this blog.  Fall, 2013 has shaped up to be one heckuva busy season, and there is no sign of it slowing down any time soon.  I have become Starbucks’ best.. read more →

Caramelized Apple Cupcakes with Spiced Cider Buttercream

September 25, 2013

For this post, I am going to take a cue from what is now being called “The Best Emmy Speech of All Time.”  Even if you didn’t watch the telecast (which was somewhat depressing–not only because of the excessive time spent remembering deceased celebrities but because neither Aaron Paul nor Bryan Cranston won awards for.. read more →

Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cranberries, Dates and Walnuts

September 4, 2013

When you are a super-organized type-A personality (like yours truly), you have a tough time dealing with unexpected events that completely throw your meticulously scheduled day out of whack. Take yesterday, for example. This recipe–this perfectly moist spiced loaf of pumpkin bread, loaded with tart cranberries, sweet dates and crunchy walnuts–was all ready to be.. read more →

Gingerbread Pear Pocket Pies

November 15, 2012

One of the cardinal rules of food blogging (or any blogging, for that matter) is: Never start a post telling your readers, “I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve been very busy.” Well, I don’t know who had the authority to create this blogosphere no-no, but whoever you are, guess what?.. read more →

Spiced Apple Pull Apart Bread

September 28, 2012

We all learn something new everyday. You could discover that the walk to your mailbox is exactly 26 paces or that Oxy Clean will remove the worst red wine stain from your favorite white pants (long story). No, it’s not always something mind-bogglingly enlightening, but that doesn’t mean that your fun fact won’t ever come.. read more →

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake with Toasted Walnut Buttercream

September 17, 2012

Ah! The circle of life. Last week we experienced a loss in our household. The good news is that it wasn’t a person or a pet. It wasn’t even a plant. It was a treadmill. My treadmill. My BELOVED treadmill. Allow me a moment to compose myself before continuing. I really loved that treadmill. In.. read more →

Holiday Entertaining: Gingerbread Creme Brulee

November 4, 2011

Broken items in our home don’t tend to become fixed items until it is absolutely necessary for them to be fixed. It wasn’t until we had guests coming over for dinner on the patio that we deemed it “necessary” to mend the outdoor speaker system, which had been a problem for months. So Eric spent.. read more →

Spiced Butternut Cupcakes with Brown Butter Buttercream

October 25, 2011

Well, I did it again. It has been two weeks since my last post, but that’s because it was a busy two weeks.  I did have some rather lofty and laughable aspirations of posting a new recipe within 3 or 4 days of the Tate’s Bake Shop giveaway (congratulations to the winner, Donna!), so I.. read more →

Spiced Apple Pancakes with Boiled Cider Syrup

October 4, 2011

Since I spent most of my childhood on the east coast, one of the biggest bummers about living in Las Vegas during the fall season is that, well, we don’t really have a fall season. I mean, sure, we have a few short weeks when you finally, after months and months of oppressive heat, feel.. read more →

Spiced Sweet Potato Ice Cream Pie

November 3, 2010

I’ve said it once.  Actually, I’ve probably said it about 1000 times, but that’s not going to stop me from saying it again:  I love sweet potatoes. I’ve never been a huge fan of white potatoes themselves.  I know;  that’s very un-American.  Baked potatoes don’t thrill me, and I’m rarely tempted by french fries.  Luckily,.. read more →

Butterscotch, Pear, and Hazelnut Sticky Buns (and a commentary on restaurant pet peeves)

October 26, 2010

One would think that living in a city like Las Vegas means that you have endless options when it comes to dining out.  Well, technically that’s true.  We do have hundreds, probably thousands, of restaurants within a thirty minute drive from our house.  Unfortunately, the number of those that I would consider to be “great”.. read more →

A Duo of Pumpkin-Apple Delights

October 11, 2010

So, my previous post might have been a bit premature.  I truly, truly, intended to get back to a consistent blogging schedule after my summer hiatus.  If you could see the stack of torn out recipes, notes, and cookbooks with dog-eared pages that I have on my nightstand, then you would know that my lack.. read more →

Pumpkin-Caramel Flan with Ginger Spice Cookies

November 6, 2009

This is the second of the two recipes that I was asked to create and of the three that I ultimately decided to create. There were just too many ways for me to use the Carnation Evaporated Milk, and, try as I did, I couldn’t narrow it down.  I’m really unskilled at the whole narrowing.. read more →

Brown Sugar Pear and Cranberry Bars

October 25, 2009

I’ll be the first to admit that I subscribe to waaaayyy too many magazines.  One might even say that I have issues.  Sorry, bad pun. It all started innocently enough.  I recall receiving a subscription to Seventeen for my 13th birthday, and I felt so grown-up.  I used to read it cover-to-cover, taking every quiz.. read more →

Sweet Potato Hazelnut Cupcakes with Gingersnap Buttercream

October 15, 2009

Ah, sweet potatoes!  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways: I love thee in a salad, or in a loaf of bread. In sweet potato pancakes when they’re served to me in bed. Roasted in the oven, marshmallow topping golden brown. Dear sweet potato pie–who could ever turn you down? You’re hearty in a soup,.. read more →

Maple-Glazed Apple Spice Cake

September 6, 2009

Ah, September!  It’s the month that marks the end of summer with the onset of crisp, cooler weather.  Leaves start to make the transition from green to an array of vibrant jewel tones.  Roadside stands replace the bins of green beans and heirloom tomatoes with ones containing Macintosh apples and sweet sugar pumpkins. Well, that stuff doesn’t really.. read more →

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie with Spiced Maple-Nut Ice Cream

November 9, 2008

When I go to Dietsch’s (dee-chez) ice cream parlor in Findlay, Ohio with my grandpa, I know for certain that he will order a scoop of black walnut.  Eric never eats dessert, but if key lime pie is on the menu, he will make an exception.  For my mom, a bowl of fresh red raspberries.. read more →

Apricot-Glazed Turkey with Caramelized Shallot Gravy

November 16, 2007
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Well, I’m sure that you were wondering when my turkey recipe would make its grand appearance.  You certainly didn’t think that I was going to leave it for Wednesday night, did you?  Of course this means that my husband will be eating turkey for breakfast, lunch, and dinner up until the time that we leave.. read more →

Maple Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust

November 9, 2007

  When thinking about which desserts I was going to post prior to Thanksgiving, one option that I considered was to take the less traditional route and make a pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin mousse, or even pumpkin profiteroles.  But then I realized that having a Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie might be viewed as inexcusable by.. read more →