Amaretto Twisted Key Lime Pie

I have been a fan of key lime pie since I first had it at the Blond Giraffe while visiting Key West, Florida about 15 years ago.  The Blond Giraffe moved out of Key West some years ago which made me sad, but they have moved back to Florida.  You can also order the pies online - or, you can make your own! A few years ago I took to trying my hand at making my own version of key lime pie.  I sought out key limes - tiny little buggers - and juiced them.  I found a recipe and tweaked it (of … [Read more...]

Let Them Eat Boozey Cake – Pumpcan Pecan Maple Bourbon Bundt Cake!

I got a crazy idea that I wanted to make a bundt cake using maple bourbon but had no occasion for which I needed a bourbon cake until...Christmas! Since my people are very fond of pumpkin and pecans, the end result was a pumpkin pecan maple bourbon cake and it is good. Give it a try and see what you think. You don't need to wait for next Christmas. It is great in a random Monday. How can you go wrong with cake, booze and pumpkin? Pumpkin Pecan Maple Bourbon Bundt Cake For the cake: 1 Boxes … [Read more...]

Golden Squash Bisque + 1 = Yum

Have you ever found yourself with three squash and no idea where they came from?  I must not be the only one this happens to.  It happened recently and I wanted to use them before they went bad - they were to pretty not to use.  I decided to make a squash bisque.  It turned out quite nice.  I decided to serve it with cinnamon and salt spiced edamame and egg sandwiches.  It was a  cozy, warm meal on a cool winter evening. Golden Squash Bisque Serves 4 1 Butternut Squash 1 Acorn … [Read more...]

Family Traditions and a Recipe

  If you don't have some family traditions that you keep going year after year you need to get busy and develop a few! My family started a tradition of baking and candy making at Christmastime about 15 years ago. Since we subscribe to the "go big or go home" mentality, our baking and candy making consists of 3 days and results in well over 100 pounds of candy and cookies. This year we used over 45 pounds of chocolate and at least 25 pounds of nuts. We work on it for about 12-16 hours each … [Read more...]

Let’s Make Pie!

A couple of weeks ago we had a pie baking contest at work.  I was a bit apprehensive about entering a pie baking contest since I don't often bake pies. Two of my friends were organizing the contest and I wanted to be supportive sooooo I entered the contest.  I bought a book and searched Pinterest for the perfect pie recipe. I found several pies that I thought I wanted to try - Cheddar-Crust Apple Pie; Pear-Raspberry Pie; Pumpkin Chocolate Tart; Pear, Fig and Walnut Pie, Key Lime - so many … [Read more...]

30 Day Challenge – 30 + 1 Days of Tricks and Treats

Did I mention that I love Halloween?  I love everything about it.  The decorations, haunted houses, costumes, candy, trick or treating - what's not to love?  I wanted this month's challenge to be in the spirit of Halloween so I am doing 30 + 1 days of tricks and treats.  I am soooo excited about this challenge. Some of the tricks and treats may be annonmous and others will not.  I am not applying many rules to this challenge - just that I spend the month passing along tricks and treats to … [Read more...]

Tastes Like Autumn – Pumpkin Soup!

Did I mention that I love pumpkin?  It's a bonus that pumpkin is a nutritional powerhouse.  It is packed with vitamin A, has a fair amout of fiber, is a good source of beta carotene, has more potassium than bananas and is a good source of vitamin C. Since summer is oficially over and fall has begun, I celebrated by making a pot of pumpkin soup!  It is really easy to make and tasty too. The oats make it thick and creamy without the cream.  It is savory with a slightly sweet finish and is … [Read more...]

Vanilla Cinnamon Marscarpone Gelato – A New Summer Favorite!

I love ice cream - LOVE IT.  A few years ago, my mother bought me the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaide mixer. I have not used it much and I was determined to find some ice cream recipes this summer and try to lighten them up. I thought that the 4th of July might be a good time to try a recipe out.  Who better to make gastronomic guinea pigs than your own family - right?  I previously tried to make a low fat version of a mint chip ice cream from a mix - not so good.  I pulled out … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Southwest Salad

I went shopping last week and planned to prepare meals for the week, but the weekend took a strange turn which caused me to have to go into work leaving me no time to cook.  Today I took stock of what I had in the refrigerator and pantry from last week. I went about cooking for the week ahead.  This week I was not interrupted and ended up with several meals prepared for the week. Tonight we had tacos and the salad I made up using ingredients that I had on hand.  It was quite tasty.  I hope … [Read more...]

Brownie Cookie Combo – Cupbrookies

For my Dad's birthday i wanted to make a treat for after dinner out.  I had a brownie mix and some cookie dough.  I decided to put them together in a muffin tin and they turned out to be delicious. Here is how you do it.  Make a batch of brownies, either from scratch or a mix.  I used a mix, but substituted coconut oil for butter (just use 3/4 or the amount called for).  I added some chopped macadamia nuts so the brownies had slight coconut macadamia nut flavor.  Next, make a batch of your … [Read more...]