Summer smores

Memorial Day is in the rear view mirror now, and we are ready for summer fun and summer treats.  We tried this technique over the weekend, and really enjoyed the taste and texture of these summer smores ice cream treats. I used waffle cone ice cream cups in a bowl and a large scoop of…

Chocolate topped ice cream treats

For those of you who love an ice cream treat, but just can’t have a whole bowl, here is a great way to portion out a delicious dessert.  I scoop out Edy’s Vanilla ice cream into eight large cookie balls with my cookie scoop.  Freeze them on a tray and then make a quick ganache…

Snowman dessert

Living in Michigan during the winter months encourages a love for all things cold and snowy.  We enjoyed these cute snowman desserts over the holiday, but they could be enjoyed all winter long.  Children would love these cute little snowman and they are super easy to construct. The only ingredients are: vanilla ice cream, whipped…

Affogato

Coffee and ice cream are a match made in heaven.  By combining the warm coffee liquid with very cold ice cream, the palate has a chance to taste a spectrum of flavor.  This has to be the easiest dessert on record. Scoop  vanilla ice cream into attractive glasses and simply pour your favorite coffee blend…

frozen strawberry almond yogurt

For years I have used my ice cream machine for making only ice cream.  However, it is capable of making many other products. A few days ago, I made homemade strawberry yogurt for the first time.  I adapted a recipe for blueberry and basil yogurt, changing the fruit ingredients, as my husband is not a…

shopping in Holland MI

  As a gardening and cooking enthusiast, I search to find the best stores for cooks and gardeners.  I love to find unusual gourmet foods from other countries, as well as gardening tools and historic seeds.  On my recent trip to western Michigan, I found some great boutique shops in downtown Holland Michigan.  Michigan is…

Happiness comes with the right scoop

People often tell me that they don’t enjoy cooking or being in the kitchen at all. Sometimes I think it is because they are busy people and just don’t have the time to relax and enjoy the process of making a nice meal. Another reason could be not having the proper tools, which seem to…

one pan cake with fruit

I am becoming a fast fan of Martha’s cookbook  One Pot.  I have been trying recipes in every category with outstanding results.  Even in her dessert chapter, all of the selections are made with just one type of pot, pan or skillet.  So, I would call these quick and easy desserts.  Reading through the recipes,…

easy chocolate croissants

I am certain this is not a new recipe, but I just happened to find this one on the Food Network website.  It uses Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls for a quick and easy dessert. This recipe tasted great and was made within five minutes of preparation time.  Baking is 15 to 20 minutes.  Having…

Homemade ice cream without a machine !

Is your freezer jammed with items ready to cook for the holiday season?  Are you looking for a place to chill your ice cream bowl before making a holiday dessert? Well..I found a delicious recipe from Martha Stewart’s One Pot cookbook.  It was recently released and I have already made many recipes which are nothing…

Las Vegas food

As I have been reviewing my photos taken on my recent vacation to Las Vegas, I am appreciating the artistry of the pastry chefs and food teams at many of the hotels on the strip.  We enjoyed sampling meals from many of the hotels, which have hundreds of choices of types of offerings.  I wanted…

easy pralines

When I lived in Charleston, I was given this recipe for easy pralines from a friend.  I made them many times over the years, and recently found the recipe again while going through one of my files.  It is a classic easy recipe with an upscale taste.  The key to the preparation is covering the…