Brown Butter Banana Bread Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting

Brown Butter Banana Bread Bars 3

It turns out that I hate the taste of matcha. Ummm…. That’s interesting, Julie, but what does that have to do with this post? This post would never have happened if I didn’t dislike that grassy green tea powder flavor as much as (I recently discovered) I do. This has been a week of recipe fails for me.  I’m OK with the fails.  It happens

Frozen Grasshopper Chocolate Mint Tartlets

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Those of you who are not part of the food blogging community are probably not aware of the many “food holidays”  that serve as inspiration for food bloggers’ recipes and blog post.  There is at least one holiday for each day of the year.  For example, in March we celebrate National Crown Roast of Pork Day, National Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day (OK, that’s a bit too specific) and

Spiced Butternut Cupcakes with Brown Butter Buttercream

Spiced Butternut Cupcakes with Brown Butter Buttercream

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 missed the mark by just a tad.  Note:  In this

Sweet Summer Corn Ice Cream with Salted Butter Cookies

Sweet Summer Corn Ice Cream

My family has always taken our corn very seriously. I spent most of my childhood growing up in New Jersey, where, contrary to popular belief, I very rarely encountered Mafia bosses in track suits, fist pumping Guidos, or table-flipping housewives (although I think my mom came close a few times.) Anyone whose experience with New Jersey is limited to aggressive driving on the turnpike or

Back to the Blogging Board with Coconut Key-Lime Sugar Cookies

Decorated Summer Sugar Cookies

“You’re hot then you’re cold.  You’re yes then you’re no.  You’re in then you’re out.  You’re up then you’re down.”  So far this year, the weather in Las Vegas has been like the above Katy Perry song: one contradiction after another and, at times, unwelcome and extremely annoying.  One day we’ll have 85 degree temps with crystal-clear views.  The following morning my exploding sinuses will

Spiced Sweet Potato Ice Cream Pie

Sweet Potato Praline Ice Cream Pie

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, Eric consumes enough of those to fulfill my quota.  And

Blueberry-Peach Buckle with Caramelized Peach Ice Cream

Caramelized Peach Ice Cream

Just when you thought that you’d gotten rid of me for good……..I’m baaa-aaaack!!  My intended-to-be-brief blogging break, while I wowed the food folks at the Fancy Food Show with my granola, turned into a summer long blog-cation.  There were several occasions when I came really close to whipping up something sweet in the kitchen, but let me tell ya, oppressive 113F degree temperatures pose a

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches

O.K., Mother Nature.  We get it.  You’re in charge, and you can change your mind whenever and as often as you like.  You’ve made your point to virtually all 50 states over the past few months, and we will never, ever take you for granted again.  Now, can’t we just have a nice and uneventful spring and a sunny summer (but preferably not one of those

Lions and Monkeys and Giraffes (oh yum!)

Zoo Animal Sugar Cookies

When I was growing up, birthday parties were a pretty standard, fairly simple affair……at least relative to the complex, expensive, “My party is going to sooo be better than your party” extravaganzas that occur today. Old invitations: Strawberry Shortcake or Snoopy cut-outs that came 12 to a pack, bought for under five dollars at the drug store or gift shop uptown. New Invitations: Custom creations printed

English Spice Cake with Cinnamon Rum Raisin Ice Cream

English Spice Cake with Cinnamon Rum Raisin Ice Cream

Oh, Oprah!  You can’t leave us.  You mustn’t!  We’re not ready to go on without you and your show.  Who will tell us what to read?  Who will give every member of their unsuspecting audience a “BRAND NEW CAR”?  Whose couch will Tom Cruise turn into his personal trampoline?  Most important of all, who will provide us with an annual list of their Favorite Things right

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tomorrow is my birthday.  This year, instead of stepping aside and aging gracefully, I’ve decided that I am going to shake things up a bit and not turn 35.  I’ve already asked my mom for permission, and she said that this was O.K.  Actually, she said “Ask your father,” but years of being Ken and Sherry’s daughter has taught me that this is just part of

Margaritas for Everyone: Cookies and Cocktails

Decorated Margarita Cookies

I’m going to do something very uncharacteristic.  I’m going to keep my blog post relatively short and sweet.  So for those of you who have come to know and love my long-winded stories about why I made what I made that day, I’m sorry.  For those of you who read these stories and wondered “What on earth does this have to do with her recipe?”,

Butter-Toffee Crunch Ice Cream

Butter Crunch Toffee Ice Cream

My parents are coming to visit next week, and I am really excited because this means that I will be able to try my recipes out on a few extra appetites.  Er, that is, I am first and foremost excited that I am going to be able to spend some quality time with my parents, in addition to the fact that I will have new people to cook for.  Look, when your world pretty

Handbag and Sunflower Sugar Cookies

Handbag and Sunflower Sugar Cookies

I know, I know.  Before you say anything, yes, I do realize that this is the holiday season.  I am well aware of the fact that any sugar or gingerbread cookies that come out of my kitchen this month should be shaped like stockings, angels, snowflakes, or candy canes.  For the record, there are a few dozen of these Christmas-y varieties baked and waiting to be decorated

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie with Spiced Maple-Nut Ice Cream

Spiced Maple Nut Ice Cream

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 is the only way to end a meal. As far

Rich Chocolate-Coconut Sorbet

Rich Chocolate Coconut Sorbet

For my birthday, Eric took me to Paris.  Well, not that Paris, but the one located about 15 minutes away, smack dab in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip.  Got your attention, didn’t I? If you’ve never been to the Paris Hotel and Casino, it’s definitely worth a visit the next time that you are in Vegas, if only for a cafe au lait

Gingerbread Bathing Beauties

Gingerbread Bathing Beauties

I’ve been creating in the kitchen for as long as I can remember, with results ranging from disastrous to recipes that become part of my “secret” file.  When I was about 4-years-old, my mom used to give me scraps from her pie crusts to play around with, while she finished her strawberry and blueberry pies.  I sprinkled cinnamon sugar on the surface, rolled it up,

Chocolate Toffee Chip Gelato

Chocolate Toffee Chip Gelato

When Eric and I go out to dinner, we rarely order dessert.  Usually, we are dining with others and have gone through that whole “I’ll order something if you order something” or “Let’s just get one dessert for the table” dance if we opt to get something sweet.  In all honesty, I think that because I do so much baking, it really takes one heck

“Be My Valentine” Cookies

Be My Valentine Cookies

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite days of the school year was Valentine’s Day.  The reason for this wasn’t because I had more boys than I could count bringing me flowers and candy (we’re talking elementary school here–boys for the most part were still “yucky”).  On the morning of Valentine’s Day, we would all arrive to class with the empty shoeboxes