Birthday cake icing

For years I have owned a checkerboard cake pan and finally decided to attempt to make this layer cake.  First and foremost, I want to emphasize–this takes time.  I planned two days to prepare the cake, chill the cake, and make and decorate the cake. And by no means, am I any sort of expert. …

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,…

Martha’s ginger scented pecans

Holiday seasoned nuts are very popular.  I have tried a couple of recipes over the years, and decided to try one from Martha’s Hors d’oeuvres Handbook.  These were very flavorful toasted nuts that were a favorite of my family. The toasting brings out a nice texture of the pecan, and the ginger flavor was not…

Martha’s chicken with sauteed mushrooms

Here is another recipe that can be made in under 1/2 hour straight from Martha’s One Pot Cookbook. It has a pan saute made from white wine and chicken broth, which is very flavorful and helps the chicken to stay moist. I served this dish with rice, but it could also be served with noodles…

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…

blueberry pancake

fruit pancakes are one of our favorite.  with blueberries being so plentiful in the market, i just had to try this Martha Stewart recipe for an oven baked pancake.  this is a delicious recipe, and could be made with any type of fruit. i am going to try it with strawberries next time. the baked…

mushroom and spinach tortilla cups

  here is a quick and easy recipe for weeknight dinners. this one comes from Martha Stewart, and is very tasty.  i think this one could be varied with any of your favorite ingredients.  i adapted Martha’s a bit and only made four of the cups, and found that i liked my additions and changes….

cookbook reading on a cold day

winter is here to stay.  however, over the years i have been collecting a library of cooking and gardening books that i treasure.  i would have to say that i truly enjoy my book collection.  and when the weather is frightful, i simply resort to reading.  yes, i do read cookbooks. i heard Martha Stewart…

roasted carrot fries

OK, so it is the beginning of the new year 2014, and once again we are being really conscious of our eating patterns.  however, this recipe from MAD HUNGRY CRAVINGS is one that fits into my usual healthy cooking style.  these carrots are not fried in any way, shape or manner.  they are simply sliced…

cookbook review

everyone seems to be talking about addictions today.  almost like they are accepted as the norm.  well, i am confessing that i also have an addiction.  i am addicted to cookbooks and recipes.  i don’t consider this addiction to be harmful.  but, i have come to realize that i will never in my lifetime be…

double chocolate brownies

from Martha Stewart comes this recipe for double chocolate brownies made with bittersweet chocolate plus unsweetened cocoa powder. this is another easy recipe and so much better than any store box brownies.  take the time to make these and enjoy a much better product all around. preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  line an 8…

peonies

i think i really fell in love with peonies when i saw Martha Stewart arrange them in a tall glass vase.  she has the most amazing peony garden with rows of the various varieties.  i totally understand why, as this herbaceous perennial has spectacular fragrant flowers.  the different varieties offer either cup, bowl or saucer-shaped…